Exclusive: How FTX bought its way to become the ‘most regulated’ crypto exchange

FTX bought a 10% stake in IEX with an option to acquire 100% FTX spent $2 billion on ‘acquisitions for regulatory purposes’ Documents show FTX saw its regulatory status as a way of luring new capital from major investors Nov 18 (Reuters) – Before it collapsed this month, FTX stood apart from many rivals in … Read more

Exclusive: Behind FTX’s fall, battling billionaires and a failed bid to save crypto

Nov 10 (Reuters) – (This story contains language some readers may find offensive in paragraph 2) On Tuesday morning, Sam Bankman-Fried, owner of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, caught his employees off-guard with a somber message. “I’m sorry,” he told them. “I fucked up.” The reason for the mea culpa: His announcement half an hour earlier that … Read more

India orders Google to allow third-party payments, slaps on another fine

NEW DELHI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google should not restrict app developers from using third-party billing or payment processing services in India, the country’s antitrust body said on Tuesday, as it fined the US giant $113 million for anti-competitive practices. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said Google (GOOGL.O) used its “dominant position” … Read more

Nasdaq halts IPOs of small Chinese companies as it probes stock rallies

NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Nasdaq Inc (NDAQ.O) has put the brakes on initial public offering (IPO) preparations of at least four small Chinese companies while it investigates short-lived stock rallies of such firms following their debuts, according to lawyers and bankers who work on such stock launches. The stock exchange operator’s actions come … Read more

More US companies charging employees for job training if they quit

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – When a Washington state beauty salon charged Simran Bal $1,900 for training after she quit, she was shocked. Not only was Bal a licensed esthetician with no need for instruction, she argued that the training courses were specific to the shop and low quality. Bal’s story mirrors that of dozens … Read more

US grocer Kroger carts away Albertsons for $25 bln but faces antitrust test

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kroger Co (KR.N) snapped up Albertsons Cos Inc (ACI.N) in a $25 billion deal on Friday, creating a US grocery behemoth to better compete with leader Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on prices while bracing for potential antitrust roadblocks. The mega merger between the No. 1 and 2 standalone grocers in the United … Read more

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the US bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – US legislation that could open members of oil producing group OPEC+ to antitrust lawsuits has emerged as a possible tool to tackle high fuel prices, after the body said it would slash production despite lobbying by the Biden administration. The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels (NOPEC) bill, which passed … Read more

Barclays hit by $361 million US penalty for ‘staggering’ blunder

Sept 30 (Reuters) – British lender Barclays (BARC.L) agreed a $361 million penalty with US regulators on Thursday for “staggering” failures that led it to oversell $17.7 billion of structured products, racking up further costs for an error that has blighted CEO CS Venkatakrishnan’s first year in charge. Barclays shares rose 2% in early trading … Read more

Cryptoverse: Bitcoin miners get stuck in a bear pit

A bitcoin representation is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Sept 27 (Reuters) – Spare a thought for the beleaguered bitcoin miner. In late 2021, miners were the toast of the town with … Read more

EXCLUSIVE China sends regulators to Hong Kong to assist US audit inspection-sources

A Chinese national flag flutters outside the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) building on the Financial Street in Beijing, China July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register HONG KONG, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Beijing has sent a team of regulatory officials to Hong Kong to assist the US … Read more