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Fair Finance Watch is a non-governmental organization known for its investigations of the banking industry’s treatment of low-income communities of color from around the world. It produces weekly reports on global banks like HSBC, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Mizuho Financial Group and others. It was founded by Matthew Lee.

In October 2012, Fair Finance Watch raised fair lending and compliance issues about M&T Bank’s application to acquire Hudson City Bancorp, which remains unapproved as of June 2013.[1]

In the Spring of 2013, in the US, Fair Finance Watch has for example raised fair lending issues regarding Investors Bank.[2]


In 1998, Fair Finance Watch and its predecessors took the lead in opposing the merger of Citicorp and Travelers to form Citigroup. Fair Finance Watch’s founder Matthew Lee spoke at both companies’ shareholders’ meetings, commented to the Federal Reserve Board, and ultimately initiated litigations against the merger, the largest in the financial services industry. Since then, Fair Finance Watch has pursued Citigroup as it has made acquisitions in Mexico and elsewhere, while initiating similar campaigns regarding HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wachovia, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, American International Group, Wells Fargo and others.

On the merger of US Bank and Firstar, Lee’s questioning for Inner City Press triggered a Federal Reserve Board inquiry into the banks’ practices.[3]


  1. ^“Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  2. ^“Investors, Roma bank merger still awaiting regulator’s approval”. NJ.com. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^“Feds require more information…” Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 8 December 2018.


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