Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:36 PM
suffragette (7,833 posts)
Add Canadian and Japanese investigations to the list plus interesting note on Deutsche Bank
Libor-rigging went on until 2010, claims Canadian watchdog
An investigation in Canada alleges that interest-rate rigging by staff working for British banks and financial institutions continued until at least June 2010, more than a year after Barclays' derivatives traders were found to have colluded in such practices.
An affidavit filed in Ontario's superior court by the criminal matters branch of Canada's competition bureau alleges that traders working for the British banks HSBC and RBS, as well as the broker Icap, conspired to fix rates relating to Japanese yen trades for personal gain. Traders from Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Citibank Canada are also said to have taken part. All contest the claims.
The competition bureau is being aided in its investigation by Swiss bank UBS, which has turned whistleblower and agreed to hand over key documents, emails and transcripts that are expected to shine new light on the nature of the alleged collusion between staff at the banks.
According to the affidavit, UBS has "provided the bureau with information that, during the material time, the participant banks, at times facilitated by the cash brokers, entered into agreements to submit artificially high or artificially low London interbank offered rate (Libor) submissions in order to impact the yen libor interest rates published by the British Bankers Association".
Deutsche Bank suspends two over Libor -report
Two Deutsche Bank employees have been suspended after it used external auditors to examine whether staff were involved in manipulating interbank lending rates, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing no sources.
A spokesman for Deutsche Bank on Sunday declined to comment on the article, referring to its quarterly report, which said it has received subpoenas and requests for information from U.S. and European authorities in connection with setting interbank rates.
On Friday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters that Germany's markets regulator has launched a special probe into Deutsche Bank over suspected manipulation of interbank lending rates.
Investigators in the United States, Europe and Japan are examining more than a dozen big banks over suspected rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).
Hmmm, looks like Ackerman (the former CEO of Deutsche Bank) tried to settle (buy off) as many potential illegal and scandalous endeavors as he could before leaving but the LIBOR investigations shows there were even more that took place.
Deutsche Bank Settles Lawsuit with the US
With just a couple of weeks to go before the era of CEO Josef Ackermann comes to an end at Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest financial institution is cleaning house. On Thursday, the bank reached a $202 million (€156 million) agreement with the US Department of Justice to settle charges that Deutsche had engaged in fraud.
The deal puts an end to a civil lawsuit alleging that Deutsche Bank subsidiary MortgageIT breached federal housing regulations from 2007 to 2009. The subsidiary made hefty profits during that period, partially due to the resale of risky mortgages. The Thursday deal included an admission by Deutsche Bank that it was in a position to know about the regulation violations.
The government lawsuit argued that bad mortgages made by MortgageIT cost the Department of Housing and Urban Development some $386 million to cover insurance claims made by the Federal Housing Administration. The costs stem from some 1,400 housing loans made by MortgageIT that have defaulted. More may be on the way.
Deutsche Bank bought MortgageIT for $430 million in 2007, on the eve of the bursting of the US real estate bubble. The Department of Justice accused Deutsche Bank of knowing at the time of the risky and illegal practices engaged in by MortgageIT, practices which, US officials said, only became worse following Deutsche's takeover of the company. According to the Financial Times Deutschland, Ackermann once called the purchase of MortgageIT the "biggest mistake of my time as CEO."
Many of the same banks are currently under investigation for energy price manipulation as well:
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