BlackRock Fined £9.5 Million

Sep 12 2012 | 1:04pm ET

British regulators have fined BlackRock £9.5 million (US$15.2 million) for failing to adequately protect client assets in the wake of its acquisition of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers six years ago.

The Financial Services Authority said that BlackRock had failed to heed British laws requiring it to obtain letters from third parties assuring that client money is both identifiable and protected in the event of a bankruptcy. No BlackRock clients lost any money in the matter.

BlackRock apologized for its oversight.

“This is not the first time we have seen the impact on client money overlooked as part of a reorganization,” the FSA's Tracey McDermott said. “The fine imposed today should remind all firms of the critical importance we place on ensuring proper protection of client money at all times.”


In Depth

An Interview With Harvest Volatility Management's Rick Selvala

Mar 23 2017 | 5:39pm ET

Several years of extremely low interest rates have pushed some investors into equities...

Lifestyle

'Tis the Season: Wall Street Holiday Parties Back In Fashion

Dec 22 2016 | 9:23pm ET

Spending on Wall Street holiday parties has largely returned to pre-2008 levels...

Guest Contributor

SEI: Private Debt Coming Into Its Own

Mar 8 2017 | 9:24pm ET

The explosive growth of private debt over the past few years has caused the lines...