Ex-JP Morgan executive wins right to challenge UK financial watchdog

Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:19am EDT
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By Clare Hutchison

LONDON (Reuters) - A former JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote) executive has won the right to challenge criticisms by Britain's financial watchdog of his actions in connection with the "London Whale" derivatives trading scandal.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) infringed the rights of Achilles Macris by failing to give him the right of reply to its report into the affair, a London tribunal ruled on Thursday.

Macris ran the London division of JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office, where Bruno Iksil, nicknamed "the London Whale" for the size of his derivatives trades, stacked up losses of more than $6.2 billion.

Macris, a Greek citizen, appealed against the findings of the watchdog's report in October.

In its report on the 137.6-million-pound ($231 million) fine it levied on the bank over the losses, the FCA did not mention Macris by name but said that "by virtue of the conduct of the CIO London management", JPMorgan had deliberately misled the regulator.

Macris argued that the FCA had infringed his rights and unfairly prejudiced him in the notice without giving prior notice or a right of reply.

In a statement published on its website on Friday, that FCA said the tribunal ruled that Macris "was identified in the notice and therefore should have been afforded third-party rights".

The FCA said it was seeking permission to appeal against the decision.   Continued...

The offices of JP Morgan in the Canary Wharf district of London, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Simon Newman