There's a lot of noise about the latest front running accusations in FX world, with people talking excitedly about a fundamental change in how the market operates, but it strikes me that the changes these people talk about have already happened. Does any one really carry risk any more? Aren't targets expressed not in P&L terms but in fees generated and market share (which is itself a quasi fee)? Nothing is going to change - including the lawyers getting rich at the industry's expense!
Robert Bogucki, who was facing six counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy, was acquitted by a federal judge in Northern California today. Bogucki, the former head of Barclays’ New York FX operation was charged last year in an indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to front run client orders. Bogucki was alleged to have misused information provided to him by Hewlett Packard (HP), which had hired Barclays to execute an FX transaction – which required the sale of £6 billion of options– related to the planned acquisition of a UK-based company in 2011. Bogucki previously lost a bid to dismiss the case.
The news this week that the US government has failed to prosecute another FX trader is yet another indication of both the eagerness of the authorities there to have a “head” to represent the general misconduct of bankers, as well as those same authorities’ lack of understanding as to how the FX market works. In this case, as well as that of Mark Johnson, there is more than enough evidence to indicate the "customer" knew perfectly well how the FX market operates and therefore were most definitely not "victims".