The IMF is replacing the head of its Manila mission, Joshua Felman, after he was linked to leaks of confidential information. The Philippine central bank last month barred UBS Warburg from managing funds after the investment bank issued a report saying official current-account data were overstated. The report seriously hampered the sale of $500 million of government bonds. UBS apologised in a letter that identifies the IMF as the source of the data. The Fund denied that Felman’s impending job change was linked to the dispute.
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EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.