Article: Financial Conduct Authority Fines Merrill Lynch International $20 Million

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Financial Conduct Authority Fines Merrill Lynch International $20 Million

Corporate Crime Reporter, 22 April 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Merrill Lynch International $20 million for incorrectly reporting 35,034,810 transactions and failing to report another 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014.

The size of the fine – the highest imposed for transaction reporting failures to date – reflects the severity of Merrill Lynch’s misconduct, failure to adequately address the root causes over several years despite substantial FCA guidance to the industry and a poor history of transaction reporting compliance, consisting of a private warning issued in 2002 and a fine of $225,000 in 2006.

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