February 5, 2010 |
Former Bank of America Chief Executive Ken Lewis now holds the inglorious distinction of being the first top figure from a major bank to be sued by the government over the financial industry's debacle of the last 18 months. The New York attorney general's office Thursday accused Lewis, the bank and another former top official of fraud in connection with Bank of America Corp.'s acquisition of investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co. at the height of the financial crisis. Bank of America and its top executives misled the government and its shareholders about the size of Merrill Lynch's losses, according to the civil lawsuit filed in New York state court.
September 29, 2012 |
Clearing one major thorn from its thicket of legal problems, Bank of America Corp. agreed to spend $2.4 billion to settle an investor lawsuit accusing it of understating the financial decay at Merrill Lynch & Co. when it acquired the giant investment house during the financial crisis. "Our primary focus is on the future," Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said in a statement Friday, admitting no wrongdoing and explaining that the giant Charlotte, N.C., bank just wanted to end the costs and uncertainties of the class-action suit.
May 1, 2012 |
Bank of America, which has been working to downsize its consumer operations by 30,000 employees, now is targeting highly compensated investment bankers and non-U.S. wealth managers -- efforts expected to reduce the job rolls at the bank by 2,000 people. The cuts, first reported in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, also will cost some commercial bankers their jobs at BofA, the second-largest U.S. bank as measured by assets. The actions include the planned sale of a division handling wealth management in Europe, Latin America and Asia, according to a person briefed on the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and requested anonymity.
March 3, 2004 |
The chief executive of Bank of America has dropped his employment contract because he wanted his pay to be based on performance, the bank said in a regulatory filing. The company's board agreed to terminate the contract at the request of Ken Lewis, who is also chairman, spokeswoman Eloise Hale said. The board's compensation committee will determine Lewis' pay based on customer, employee and shareholder satisfaction, she said. In 2002, Lewis made a base salary of $1.5 million and a bonus of $5.
August 30, 2013 |
The state of California and the Bank of America have a lot in common, says BofA Chief Executive Brian Moynihan. Both were all but written off by critics as the economy tanked. Both endured painful budget cuts and remain hampered by unemployment and housing issues. And yet each is now well positioned as the economy recovers, according to Moynihan, who spoke to The Times during a recent round of visits with California business owners and venture capitalists. Despite lingering image problems, BofA is gaining traction, Moynihan says, thanks to what he calls "addition by subtraction.
April 18, 2009 |
Two large advisory firms for institutional investors recommended on Friday that shareholders vote to oust Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis as chairman of the bank. In the latest fallout from Lewis' $50-billion takeover of loss-drenched Merrill Lynch & Co., the investor advisors RiskMetrics Group and Glass Lewis & Co. also supported a shareholder proposal to require different people to hold the posts of chairman and CEO at BofA.