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FSA fines hit record with more to come

Fines so far have totalled £22.6m – the second highest amount yet. It would be a record were it not for the distorting effect on the 2004 £24.8m record of the £17m fine against Shell.

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Regulators stuck in a fine mess

The biggest fine ever imposed by the Financial Services Authority was £17 million. On Shell, sitting on $270 billion-worth (£146.8 billion) of oil, according to the last accounts.

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Winterflood challenges FSA over market abuse fine

A £4m fine would be the fourth largest ever levied by the watchdog. The record was £17m against Shell for mis-stating its oil reserves.

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FSA fines Winterflood £4m over market abuse

In August 2004, the authority fined Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, a total of £17 million for market abuse and breaching listing rules after the oil group overstated the level of its oil reserves.

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US watchdog wants London to tighten oil market rules

American regulators are heading for a direct confrontation with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) after trying to slap new trading restrictions on the London oil market without the approval of the British watchdog.

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Is it right or fair the describe the Shell reserves scandal as a “Fraud”

Christopher Cox, the Chairman of the SEC is on record as describing the scandal as a “fraud” when he listed European frauds.

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FSA joins western watchdogs in search for oil price rigging

Oil prices ended a volatile week almost $10 below their record $135 levels as the Financial Services Authority joined a worldwide investigation into the price manipulation of crude.

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£17m fine against Royal Dutch Shell in 2004, the watchdog’s largest to date, for market abuse

It is dwarfed by the £17m fine against Royal Dutch Shell in 2004, the watchdog's largest to date, for market abuse.

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Financial Times: Sir Philip Watts and the Markets Tribunal: “Beware of what you boast. When the Financial Services Authority fined Royal Dutch Shell £17m last summer for market abuse, the regulator pointedly referred to the “speedy resolution” of the case…”: Tuesday 26 July 2005 By Martin Dickson Published: July 26 2005 Beware of what you boast. When the Financial Services Authority fined Royal Dutch Shell £17m last summer for market abuse, the regulator pointedly referred to the “speedy resolution” of the case, which was held up as an example of its new and desirable emphasis on faster justice. In fact, the outcome was not ultra quick. Shell first publicly revealed it had mis-stated its reserves the previous January, and by the time the FSA announced its fine, the company was already facing a substantially larger penalty from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US. Still, by the past standards of FSA investigations, this was relatively fast. But now its speediness has come back to haunt it, with yesterday’s appearance of Sir Philip Watts, Shell’s former chairman, before the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal. Sir Philip, who has also been under FSA investigation, claims the regulator treated him prejudicially. First, it failed to give him a copy of its decision notice criticising Shell, and the right to respond. Second, it published the notice. For although it did not name Sir Philip, he was clearly identified with running the company. The FSA, he argues, could have delayed its notice until its individual investigations had been completed, or kept its findings at a higher level of generality. The FSA replies that the fact Sir Philip was not singled out, and that all its criticisms were at the level of corporate personality, means he cannot have been prejudiced. The case highlights the tension between the FSA’s desire for speedy results, and the rights and differing interests of companies and the individuals employed by them. If the FSA loses, it could mean enforcement cases are more tortuous and take substantially longer. The regulator is fond of saying that “justice delayed is justice denied”. But, as Sir Philip would doubtless agree, that may not always be the case.

Financial Times: Sir Philip Watts and the Markets Tribunal

“Beware of what you boast. When the Financial Services Authority fined Royal Dutch Shell £17m last summer for market abuse, the regulator pointedly referred to the “speedy resolution” of the case…”

Tuesday 26 July 2005

By Martin Dickson

Published: July 26 2005

Beware of what you boast. When the Financial Services Authority fined Royal Dutch Shell £17m last summer for market abuse, the regulator pointedly referred to the “speedy resolution” of the case, which was held up as an example of its new and desirable emphasis on faster justice.

In fact, the outcome was not ultra quick. Shell first publicly revealed it had mis-stated its reserves the previous January, and by the time the FSA announced its fine, the company was already facing a substantially larger penalty from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US. read more

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Financial Times: Case of ex-Shell chief could make life complicated for FSA

Financial Times: Case of ex-Shell chief could make life complicated for FSA

Thursday 28 July 2005

By Barney Jopson

Published: July 28 2005

The Financial Services Authority and headstrong business executives do not mix. Following a clash with Sir David Prosser, chief executive of Legal & General, at a tribunal earlier this year, the FSA this week crossed swords in the same place with Sir Philip Watts, former chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

L&G’s criticism of a mis-selling case against it triggered an overhaul of FSA enforcement procedures announced last week. Sir Philip’s action has the potential to prompt even more change at the regulator. read more

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BLOOMBERG: Watts Accuses U.K.’s FSA of `Mischief’ in Shell Reserves Probe

BLOOMBERG: Watts Accuses U.K.’s FSA of `Mischief’ in Shell Reserves Probe

“The regulator, which didn’t mention Watts’s name in the penalty notice, rejected the accusations and said it’s still probing Watts.”: “The watchdog’s imposed a record 17 million-pound ($30 million) fine on Shell last year amid investor lawsuits, the loss of the company’s top-tier credit rating and the departure of Watts and two other executives. Clearing his name may provide Watts with ammunition for a defense in any class-action suits against him.”

Posted Tuesday 26 July 2005

(Bloomberg) — Philip Watts, ousted as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc last year, accused the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority of “mischief” for implicating him personally when it punished the company for overstating oil reserves.

Watts today stepped up a campaign to clear his name of wrongdoing by asking an independent tribunal to support his claim that the FSA “identified and prejudiced” him when it published findings of an inquiry into Shell and fined the company last July. The regulator, which didn’t mention Watts’s name in the penalty notice, rejected the accusations and said it’s still probing Watts. read more

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Watts new? Hardly

Financial Times: Watts new? Hardly

“He was even still wearing the shell-shaped ring that had always seemed to be a token of his corporate loyalty. It turns out to have been his wedding ring.”

Tuesday 26 July 2005

By Clay Harris

Published: July 26 2005

Sir Philip Watts walked into the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal yesterday looking not a day older than when he disappeared from the scene in March 2004. He wore the same glasses, his hair was no greyer and no thinner than it had been. In fact, Watts looked healthier and less stressed than he ever did as Shell’s chairman.

The stiff, sometimes forced smile, with which he ends all his sentences was still there, and his need to break any silence with a joke had not diminished. He was even still wearing the shell-shaped ring that had always seemed to be a token of his corporate loyalty. It turns out to have been his wedding ring. read more

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Former Shell boss challenges the FSA to launch proceedings

Financial Times: Former Shell boss challenges the FSA to launch proceedings

“Yesterday’s one-day hearing was Sir Philip’s first legal move since he was forced to resign from Shell in March 2004, following the company’s admission that it had incorrectly booked nearly 4bn barrels of oil and gas.”

Tuesday 26 July 2005

By Carola Hoyos and Barney Jopson

Published: July 26 2005

Sir Philip Watts, former chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, yesterday challenged the Financial Services Authority to launch proceedings against him to determine his role in the Anglo-Dutch oil company’s reserves scandal.

Lawyers for Sir Philip told the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal, which hears appeals against the FSA: “The applicant’s principal concern is that he be provided with an opportunity to clear his name. read more

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The Independent: Former Shell chairman accuses FSA of prejudice

The Independent (UK): Former Shell chairman accuses FSA of prejudice

“Representing the FSA, Anthony Grabiner QC dismissed Mr Pannick’s claims, insisting that Sir Philip was not identified or prejudiced by its announcement of the fine. ‘This is all nonsense,’ he said.”

Tuesday July 26, 2005

James Daley

Sir Philip Watts, the former chairman of Shell, accused the Financial Services Authority of mischievous behaviour yesterday, claiming that its handling of disciplinary proceedings against the oil giant last year had been prejudicial towards him.

Speaking on behalf of Sir Philip at a one-day hearing of the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal in London, David Pannick QC criticised the regulator for failing to give Sir Philip a right to reply before it fined Shell a record pounds 17m for overstating its oil reserves last summer. read more

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The Guardian: Ex-Shell chief seeks to clear his name

The Guardian (UK): Ex-Shell chief seeks to clear his name

“…his legal team argue that the Financial Services Authority had damaged his reputation when it fined Shell a record £17m a year ago for “unprecedented misconduct”. The fine followed the admission by the Anglo-Dutch group that it had over reported its reserves by almost a quarter.”: “For the FSA, Lord Grabiner said that Sir Philip was using the tribunal to “take on the media” which used the Shell fine to identify him.”

Tuesday July 26, 2005

Jill Treanor

Sir Philip Watts yesterday began the process of trying to “clear his name” almost 18 months after resigning as chairman of oil group Shell.

In his first major public outing since his departure in March 2004, Sir Philip attended a City tribunal to hear his legal team argue that the Financial Services Authority had damaged his reputation when it fined Shell a record £17m a year ago for “unprecedented misconduct”.

The fine followed the admission by the Anglo-Dutch group that it had over reported its reserves by almost a quarter. Sir Philip is arguing that the FSA identified him – and prejudiced him – when fining Shell, even though he was not named personally when the so-called final notice against Shell was issued. read more

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FSA dismiss as ‘nonsense’ an appeal by Sir Philip Watts

THE LONDON TIMES: Need to know: “The Financial Services Authority has dismissed as “nonsense” an appeal before the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal by Sir Philip Watts, the former Royal Dutch Shell boss, that the regulator’s report into Shell’s reserves scandal unfairly damaged his reputation.”

Tuesday 26 July 2005

Natural Resources

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The Financial Services Authority has dismissed as “nonsense” an appeal before the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal by Sir Philip Watts, the former Royal Dutch Shell boss, that the regulator’s report into Shell’s reserves scandal unfairly damaged his reputation.

Afren, the newly-listed oil and gas company, has appointed Charles Jamieson as nonexecutive chairman. Mr Jamieson was the long-serving chief executive of Premier Oil.

BHP Billiton, the Anglo-Australian miner, will invest $4.3 million (£2.5 million) to become the biggest external shareholder in European Nickel, the AIM-listed company, with an 8.9 per cent stake. read more

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