Corzine Resigns From MF Global

Jon Corzine has stepped down from the CEO’s post at MF Global.

The news was first reported by CNBC, and shortly after by The Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

And the investment firm has now released a statement confirming the news.

Corzine, a Democrat, is a former governor and senator from New Jersey. MF Global, a securities firm, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. As NPR’s Zoe Chace has reported, “the company, at Corzine’s urging, made big investments in European sovereign debt. Those bets turned out to be losers.”

After the bankruptcy filing, as The New York Times reported, word emerged that regulators had discovered that “hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing” from the company. That’s being investigated.

According to the AP, MF Global says Corzine will decline a severance package worth $12.1 million.

Today, the TimesDeal Book blog writes that “months before MF Global teetered on the brink, federal regulators were seeking to rein in the types of risky trades that contributed to the firm’s collapse. But they faced opposition from an influential opponent: Jon S. Corzine, the head of the then little-known brokerage firm. … While other financial firms employed teams of lobbyists to fight the new regulation, MF Global’s chief executive in meetings over the last year personally pressed regulators to halt their plans.”

Update at 8:25 a.m. ET. In Statement, Corzine Says He Feels “Great Sadness.”

This statement from Corzine was just sent to reporters:

“I have voluntarily offered my resignation to the Board of Directors of MF Global. This was a difficult decision, but one that I believe is best for the firm and its stakeholders.

“I feel great sadness for what has transpired at MF Global and the impact it has had on the firm’s clients, employees and many others.

“I intend to continue to assist the Company and its Board in their efforts to respond to regulatory inquiries and issues related to the disposition of the firm’s assets.”

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