Madoff fraud fallout rippling around the globe, but no Australasian impact
17th Dec 08, 4:00pm
The extraordinary US$50 billion Bernard Madoff fraud has forced banks as widespread and high profile as HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Santander, Natixis and Nomura to declare tens of billions of dollars in losses in the "giant Ponzi scheme". However, the big Australasian banks have yet to declare any exposures and are not expected to. The heavy losses by Northern Hemisphere banks is expected to force yet more capital raisings by banks in a market already already short of cash to bolster balance sheets. Questions are now being asked about how 'fund of fund' hedge fund managers failed to miss the warning signs around on Madoff, who had not filed accounts for this fund for years, had not registered it, and was using auditors no one had heard of that ran out of a small suburban office. The SEC's inability to spot the fraud by one of Wall St's most respected figures is also under scrutiny. * This article was first published yesterday in our daily subscription newsletter for the banking and finance industries. The email costs NZ$365 per annum and carries exclusive news and analysis for New Zealand banking and finance industry executives, regulators and investors. Sign up for a free trial here.