The European Commission (EC) has released a provisional version (29 January 2014) of a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union (EU) on "structural measures improving the resilience of EU credit institutions". According to the EC, the proposed reforms aim to stop large banks from engaging in proprietary trading and the EC has also adopted a number of accompanying measures aimed at making transactions more transparent.
Japan-based airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has apologised for and decided to modify a video commercial following social media users' complaints that it uses offensive stereotyping.
Wells Fargo & Co (Wells Fargo) has asked its staff to refrain from lending their own money using peer-to-peer (P2P) loan platforms. Reportedly, the request follows the United States-based bank's ethics administrators conclusion that "for-profit [P2P] lending is a competitive activity that poses a conflict of interest".
The Poland Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has made available its Decision (31 December 2013 - Polish language version available only) in relation to proceedings against bank PKO BP.
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made available a Final Notice (19 December 2013) fining Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT Group) subsidiary JLT Specialty Ltd (JLTSL) £1.876 million for its failure to properly deploy its risk management checks in relation to its business with foreign entities over a period of three years.
Beijing-based private training institute Juren has offered a plaintiff RMB30,000 (approximately US$5,000/€3,600) in compensation and a formal apology to settle her allegations that Juren discriminated against her on the basis of gender in rejecting her job application.
The following United States (US) authorities have made available documentation of JPMorgan Chase & Co's (JPMorgan) settlement of criminal and civil charges relating to its dealings with Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC (Madoff Securities), including in connection with a multi-billion-US-dollar ponzi scheme operated by Bernard Madoff (the Madoff fraud) in his former role as Madoff Securities chairperson:
The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made available an Order (12 December 2013) requiring London-based hedge fund adviser GLG Partners LP (GLG) and its former US-based holding company GLG Partners Inc to pay a total of almost US$9 million to settle charges regarding internal controls failures.
The Hong Kong (HK) Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has made available Towards better corporate governance (12 December 2013), a speech delivered by SFC chairperson Carlson Tong at the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies 11th anniversary gala dinner.
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it has fined United States-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) €10.8 million and Switzerland-based Novartis €5.5 million after finding that subsidiaries of the two pharmaceutical companies breached European Union antitrust rules by concluding "an anticompetitive agreement to delay the market entry of a cheaper generic version of the pain-killer fentanyl in the Netherlands".
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