Last time Standard Chartered had a little run-in with Benjamin Lawsky—you know, for money laundering for the ayatollahs—it walked away $340 million lighter. It also promised to pay some extra attention to the kinds of things that Benjamin Lawsky might want it to pay attention to.
The firm, which is accused of lacking the objectivity and integrity expected of consultants but not actually breaking the law, agreed to pay the fine and accept the two-year sidelining of its regulatory consulting unit. PricewaterhouseCoopers appeared to have had little choice: Mr. Lawsky’s office, which has the authority under a little-known New York law to censure erring consultants even without a legal violation, threatened to otherwise inflict a more sweeping and lengthy prohibition…The settlement involves the firm’s work for the Japanese banking giant, which regulators long suspected of routing money through its New York branches on behalf of nations blacklisted by the United States. The bank voluntarily hired PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2007 to quantify its improper transactions with Iran and other sanctioned countries. [Dealbook]
That $10 million fine he slapped on Deloitte for doing shoddy work may be only the beginning, of both a crackdown on consultants and, even more likely, a run for state comptroller/attorney general/governor/president/city comptroller (the latter if there should be a hiccup in the former path). Read more »
Bank consulting is a cushy, lucrative business, what with all of the handsome fees and the total lack of supervision to ensure that you are doing your job well. Or at all.
Unfortunately for those of you who work in New York, Benjamin Lawsky has discovered a 121-year-old law that basically lets him put you out of business if he doesn’t like the work that you are doing (or not doing). And in the tradition of the immortal Eliot Spitzer, he’s going to use it to show you (and the federal government) up. Read more »