Jefferson County, Alabama, received an investment-grade rating from Standard & Poor’s for $1.74 billion of sewer-refinancing securities that may be issued in two weeks to help exit a two-year bankruptcy.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Charles LeCroy said the key to landing bond deals in Jefferson County, Alabama, was finding out whom to pay off. In one example, that meant a $2.6 million payment to Bill Blount, a local banker and longtime friend of County Commissioner Larry Langford.
U.S. banks would have to change the way they compensate traders involved in market-making activities under one of the proposed restrictions of the so-called Volcker rule, according to a draft circulating among regulators.
A BP Plc investor has sued the company’s board of directors on claims its pursuit of profits at the expense of safety led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that could cost the company billions of dollars.