Customer Asset Protection Company
(CAPCO) was formed in late 2003 to provide protection
over the limits provided by the Securities
Investor Protection Company ("SIPC") in the United
States and the Financial Services Authority ("FSA")
in the United Kingdom.
The excess protection (sometimes
referred to as "Excess SIPC") was provided to the
securities affiliates of CAPCO participants in
the form of bonding coverage. CAPCO issued its first surety bonds in early 2004. As of early 2009, all surety bonds issued by CAPCO had expired. Given that account protection under the CAPCO surety bond is triggered
only in the event of the financial failure and liquidation
of a participating securities affiliate commenced prior to the 2009 expiration of the bonds, CAPCO account protection remains available only under the bonds issued to Lehman Brothers Inc. and Lehman Brothers International (Europe), and according to the terms of those bonds. No CAPCO account protection is available to customers of any other CAPCO participant or any non-participant broker. Account protection is available only if the customer's securities are not returned, does not cover
investment losses in customer accounts due to market fluctuation
or other claims for losses while these securities affiliates
remain in business. The protection is also not triggered
unless the customer's account exceeds the limits of account
protection provided by SIPC or the FSA. Other restrictions
apply as contained in the applicable bond.
All Bonds issued by CAPCO expired in or prior to
February 2009. Only customers of Lehman Brothers Inc. and Lehman Brothers International (Europe) may be beneficiaries under the Bonds because insolvency proceedings were commenced prior to expiration of the Bonds with regard to only those firms. Coverage provided by the Bonds is described in more detail in this web site.