Rpt-top London Banker’s Effort To Clear Name Nears End

Ian Hannam has been a high-profile name in London financial circles for more than a decade. Once a so-called rainmaker at investment bank JP Morgan, he brought in clients, money and respect thanks to his bulging contact book. But the former soldier, dubbed “king of mining” because of his weight in the resources sector, fell foul of the regulator and was fined 450,000 pounds ($730,000) last year. That was one of the highest penalties levied in Britain against an individual. He quit his job as chairman of capital markets at JP Morgan to clear his name and is seeking to restore his reputation with an appeal against the fine that began in July. Lawyers on both sides will present concluding arguments on Thursday before the judge-led Upper Tribunal retires to consider its decision, a process that could take months. Even if the tribunal backs the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator which replaced Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) earlier this year, the judges will still have to decide if a fine is warranted, and if so how much. Hannam was accused in 2012 by the then FSA of sending two emails in 2008 on behalf of a client, Heritage Oil, which included what the regulator considered “inside” or market-moving information. The emails, out of a batch of 20,000, were pored over after Hannam himself blew the whistle on an unrelated insider trade. No-one traded on the information in Hannam’s emails and the regulator did not remove his “fit and proper” status, required for working in London’s financial sector. But the regulator, which has sought to make an example of a banking heavyweight, has accused Hannam of having a “relaxed and improper attitude to confidentiality”. Hannam, who was disciplined by JP Morgan in 2009 around the time the FSA began its investigation, denies the statements in the emails constituted inside information and argues that the disclosures were made in the course of his work and for the benefit of the client.

Vikings get first win, Steelers don’t in NFL’s London showcase

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt walks off the field after the Texans were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.

It holds approximately 84,500 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Local fan flavor can also permeate the field. Streeter Lecka, Getty Images The NFL supplies mascots to the scene. Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP You’ll find them off the field. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP And where there are mascots, there are usually cheerleaders. USA TODAY Sports Lots and lots of them. Tom Shaw, Getty Images The Bucs cheerleaders performed better than their team in 2011. Elsa, Getty Images 49ers cheerleaders worked fan events during the week. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before rooting on the team Sunday. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009. Brady passed for three TDs. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Brits got a full dose of Broncos QB Kyle Orton (8) in 2010 rather than experiencing the play of then-rookie Tim Tebow. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports WR Michael Crabtree and the 49ers were too much for Orton’s Broncos, winning 24-16. Alastair Grant, AP Fullscreen The Buccaneers, who are owned by the Glazer family (they also control world-famous soccer club Manchester United), were back in 2011. But they fared no better against the Bears, who won 24-18 as RB Matt Forte racked up 183 yards from scrimmage and scored one TD. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Brady and the Pats invaded again in 2012. They faced a Rams squad that had initially agreed to play three “home” games at Wembley but later backed out given their tenuous stadium circumstances in St. Louis. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski stole the show in a 45-7 wipeout of the Rams, catching eight passes for 146 yards and two TDs. In his Gronk save the Queen performance, the tight end mimicked a member of the Queen’s Guard after one of his scores — or, in Gronk-speak, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house. …