FSA fines Ian Hannam Chairman of Capital Markets at JP Morgan Cazenove for Market Abuse

On 3 April 2012 the FSA published a Decision Notice stating that the FSA had decided to fine Ian Hannam £450,000 for two instances of market abuse (improper disclosure). In the FSA’s opinion, Hannam disclosed inside information in two emails sent in September and October 2008 to a prospective client considering buying a stake in Heritage Oil Plc (Heritage), an existing J P Morgan client for which Hannam was the lead adviser. The September email contained information about a potential offer for Heritage and the October email contained information about a new oil find by Heritage.

The Decision Notice states that the FSA accepts that Hannam did not set out to commit market abuse but considers that Hannam’s failings were serious in view of his experience and senior position within J P Morgan. Mr. Hannam has resigned his position as Chairman of J P Morgan in order to appeal the matter to the Upper Tribunal.