Ian Hannam resigned Tuesday from J.P. Morgan Cazenove in London after he was fined by the British Financial Services Authority (FSA) for insider trading. He intends to appeal the fine.
Reuters reported that the FSA fined Hannam 450,000 pounds ($720,000) for providing inside information about a client via email in 2008. The move was part of a crackdown by the regulator, which has previously been accused of being ineffective against abuses in the financial industry.
“I will complete my current client commitments and ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities,” Hannam said in a statement. “Appealing the case while still at the firm would be an unfair distraction to my clients and colleagues.” J.P. Morgan notified personnel in an internal memo of his decision.
Hannam is the fifth person to be fined this year, and is one of the most high profile, and the fine levied against him is one of the largest against an individual.