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MF Global Told SEC, CFTC of Potential Customer-Account Lapses

November 02, 2011

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- MF Global Holdings Ltd. told U.S. regulators this morning there were potential “deficiencies” in some customer accounts, according to a joint statement from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

“For several days, the SEC, CFTC and other regulators had been closely monitoring developments affecting MF Global, Inc., a jointly registered futures commission merchant and broker- dealer, in anticipation of a transaction that would include the transfer of customer accounts to another firm,” the regulators said in the e-mailed statement. “Early this morning, MF Global informed the regulators that the transaction had not been agreed to and reported possible deficiencies in customer futures segregated accounts held at the firm.”

The regulators said they determined that a bankruptcy proceeding “would be the safest and most prudent course of action to protect customer accounts.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Silla Brush in Washington at sbrush@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Otis Bilodeau at obilodeau@bloomberg.net


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