JP Morgan is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. 'a leading global financial services firm with assets of $1.5 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries... JPMorgan Chase serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its JPMorgan and Chase brands.'
UK investment banking division
JP Morgan Cazenove became a wholly-owned part of J.P. Morgan in 2010, having originally operated as a joint venture between J.P. Morgan and the UK investment bank Cazenove.
It is the marketing name for the UK investment banking businesses and EMEA cash equities and equity research businesses of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its subsidiaries. It says it:
- offers corporate, institutional and hedge fund clients a full-service Cash Equities platform across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides Cash Equities solutions spanning Sales and Trading, Special Situations, Electronic Client Solutions and Commission Management.
- Ian Hannam - global chairman of equity capital markets who stepped down in April 2012 to concentrate on fighting a £450,000 fine by the Financial Services Authority for market abuse related to passing on inside information to a client.  It was announced that Hannan would however remain at JP Morgan until he had completed the £50bn merger between Glencore and Xstrata expected to close by the end of summer 2012.
In May 2015 JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays and RBS were found guilty of manipulating the price of US dollar and euros and fined nearly $6 billion between them. US authorities discovered that between December 2007 and January 2013 traders at the banks had referred to themselves at 'The Cartel' in chatrooms 'where they used coded language to set benchmark rates'. During a trial period, one Barclays trader was even told 'mess this up and sleep with one eye open at night' with another Barclay's trader, in November 2010, saying 'if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying'. JPMorgan will pay $550 million in criminal fines as part of their guilty fines.
Lobbying and political access
In 2014 the bank also hired: Brownstein, Hyatt et al for $120,000, Capitol Counsel for $140,000, Clark, Geduldig et al for $120,000, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock for $240,000, Glover Park Group for $50,000, Jones Walker LLP for $80,000, K&L Gates for $240,000, Lawrence J Romans & Assoc for $80,000, McBee Strategic Consulting for $100,000, Monument Policy Group for $120,000, Nappi & Hoppe for $120,000 , Triangle Assoc for $0 and Walter Group for $50,000. Amounting to 62 lobbyists for the bank including three former congressman and 53 from the revolving door.
Attendee at UK energy minister's May 2018 shale gas roundtable
Energy minister Claire Perry hosted a roundtable with the fracking industry in May 2018 just hours before she gave evidence to a committee of MPs on the Conservative government's proposed changes to relax the rules on shale gas development in the UK.
JP Morgan was listed on a 'reconstructed' attendee list released under the freedom of information act to North Yorkshire resident Jonathan Bales following an internal review of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's initial, almost completely redacted, FOI response.
Oil and gas companies at the roundtable included:
- Aurora Energy, BP, Cuadrilla, IGas, Ineos, Third Energy and lobby group UK Onshore Oil and Gas.
- Service companies: Ground Gas Solutions, Marriott Drilling, Onshore Energy Service Group, Zetland Group.
- Investors and fund managers: Riverstone (a major partner in Cuadrilla), Kerogen (investor in IGas), Global Natural Resource Investments (formerly part of Barclays which invested in Third Energy), KKR, JP Morgan.
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