Reuters: U.S. to begin settlement talks with Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank

|About: Commerzbank AG (CRZBF)|By:, SA News Editor

U.S. authorities are starting to discuss settlement options with Commerzbank (CRZBF, CRZBY) and Deutsche Bank (DB) for their money transfer operations which evaded U.S. sanctions, Reuters reports. The banks are accused of transferring money on behalf of companies in Iran and Sudan.

Commerzbank, is likely to settle with a deferred prosecution agreement that would suspend criminal charges in exchange for a financial penalty and other concessions. The NYT reports the bank could likely pay at least $500M, although the the timing of the deal is still unclear. The bank set aside $1.3B at the end of 2013 as a provision for litigation risks, including a possible U.S. investigation.

The new litigation comes after last week's BNP Paribas settlement for $9B.