Nikhil Kumar

Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.

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Frey & Co has become the second private Swiss bank to close shop because of the ongoing US campaign against wealthy Americans suspected of using the European country’s famously secretive banking system to skirt domestic tax laws.

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Almost four years after the case was dramatically thrown out, four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of unlawfully killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad have now been charged in connection with the incident following a new indictment handed down by a US grand jury.

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IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

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By early 2012, Carmen Segarra, then a bank examiner at the New York Federal Reserve, had gathered enough information to convince her colleagues whose job it was to keep tabs on big banks that Goldman Sachs, one of the most influential financial institutions in the world, was lacking in its conflicts of interest policies.

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Blackberry, the struggling smartphone maker that last month agreed to sell itself to a group of buyers led by its largest shareholder, could find itself at the centre of a bidding war after the company's co-founders said they were considering buying the business.

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