Articles by Sinead Cruise and Lawrence White

Global Banks Battle COVID-19 Crime Wave

LONDON — Fraud risk analyst Rajendran Raj was used to the odd out-of-hours alert from authorities, but a call one Saturday in March heralded a new era, of tackling criminals seeking to cash in on coronavirus. A French drugs firm …

Insurers Drop Appeal Against UK Court Ruling on 3 COVID Business Interruption Policies

Six insurers have decided not to appeal against a London High Court ruling that they were wrong to reject claims from holders of three business interruption insurance policies who have been pushed to the brink of collapse by the COVID-19 …

Employees Say Rules at Britain’s Banks Block Use of Contact Tracing App

Branch staff at some of Britain’s biggest banks say rules that require them to store phones in lockers while at work are putting them at undue risk of COVID-19 from colleagues and customers, as they cannot use the country’s tracing …

RBS Risk Manager Gets Day in U.S. Court Seeking Whistleblower Payout

The U.S. Second Circuit Appeals Court on Tuesday considered arguments by an ex-Royal Bank of Scotland employee who is suing the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission for a bounty he says he is owed under a whistleblower …

Brexit Trade Talks Back on Agenda After COVID-19 Hiatus, Facing Tight Timetable

Banks are dusting off their no-deal Brexit plans as concerns deepen that Britain and the European Union won’t agree a trade deal by December as the COVID-19 pandemic compounds fundamental disagreements over future relations. Financial services exports to the EU …

Growing Number of UK Insurers Cancel Dividends Amid COVID-19 Concerns

British insurers canceled more than 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) of dividends on Wednesday, in moves welcomed by the Bank of England which had cautioned the sector about the risk of heavy costs from the spread of the coronavirus. Aviva, …

UK, U.S. Banks and Regulators Warn of Wave of Coronavirus Scams

UK banks are stepping up fraud prevention measures to protect customers from scammers eager to exploit the coronavirus pandemic with a whole range of new tricks, including fake sales of medical supplies and bogus government relief schemes. With British households …

Prudential in Talks to Fully Control China Venture; Weighs Sale of U.S. Business

Prudential is in talks that could lead to it taking full control of its 50:50 joint venture with China’s CITIC and is considering selling some or all of its U.S. business to sharpen its focus on Asia, a source told …

U.K. Financial Services Firms Prepare for Worst in Brexit Trade Talks

Britain’s finance sector is losing hope of securing even basic access to European Union markets from Dec. 31, as talk that the EU wants UK fishing rights in exchange draws the industry into a political struggle between the bloc and …

British Accountants Under Pressure to Do More to Detect Fraud at Companies

British accountants could be required to look for fraud at companies they audit under proposals made in a government-backed review of recent corporate scandals which went undetected. Lawmakers called for a shake-up of auditing after the collapses of construction company …