Brokerage Decision May Favor Morgan Stanley Over Citi; Regulator Who Probed Insder Trading Commits Suicide: Roundup

Morgan Stanley is going to win out over Citigroup when a mediator places a value on the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokerage, The New York Post reports. The two banks have disputed the value of the joint venture: Morgan Stanley, which owns 51 percent of the brokerage and plans to acquire remaining shares, said the joint venture was worth $9 billion. Citi, meanwhile, submitted a $22 billion valuation. Citing an unnamed source, The Post says the mediator is likely to value the brokerage between $10 and $15 billion, which could be an especially good result for Morgan Stanley.

Tadahiro Matsushita, the Japanese official leading a recent crackdown on insider trading, died yesterday in what police concluded was a suicide. Mr. Matsushita’s investigation, which Bloomberg reports was not yet complete, led to the resignations of Nomura Holding’s chief executive officer.

With the government reducing its stake in AIG, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Neil Barofsky had a telephone conversation about how taxpayers have fared in the bailout.

A German court will rule tomorrow on the legality of the European Central Bank’s new bond-buying program.

With the ECB set to start buying sovereign debt, investors’ bets on European bonds are looking pretty smart.

Deutsche Bank will cut costs by $5.8 billion in order to meet new regulatory capital requirements, the bank said.

Carl Icahn called the board of directors at Navistar International, the truck and diesel engine maker, a “poster child for abysmal business decisions and poor corporate governance.” Navistar answered that despite Mr. Icahn’s “unproductive tactics of threats, attacks and disruption,” the board knows what it’s doing.

Court bailiffs in Hong Kong evicted Occupy protestors from HSBC headquarters.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner finished ninth in the 50 to 54 age group at a recent triathlon.

There’s a 4 percent chance Ron Paul is the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, according to Morgan Stanley (via Business Insider).

Canadian banks! Hiring amid cutbacks at financial firms elsewhere.