SA News • Jul. 10, 2014
Jul. 10, 2014, 2:41 AM
- Commerzbank (CRZBF, CRZBY) is now expected to pay between a $600-$800M settlement for its money transfer operations which evaded U.S. sanctions, CNBC reports. The bank is accused of transferring money on behalf of companies in Iran and Sudan.
- It was previously reported that the bank would have to pay more than $500M.
- Over the past five years, American authorities have found more than half a dozen foreign banks guilty of sanctions violations.
- The U.S. is still probing UniCredit (UNCFF), Credit Agricole (CRARY), Societe Generale (SCGLF), and Deutsche Bank (DB).
Jul. 6, 2014, 9:46 AM
- France's finance minister Michel Sapin states that he is not worried about additional U.S. probes on other French banks, following last week's guilty plea by BNP Paribas for violating U.S. sanctions.
- "I think the risk is rather being perceived by other very big European banks," says Sapin.
- According to U.S. sources, French banks Societe Generale (SCGLF) and Credit Agricole (CRARY) and Germany's Deutsche Bank (DB) are also being investigated for having potentially violated U.S. sanctions.
Feb. 5, 2014, 12:35 PM
- Ben Lawsky, New York's financial services superintendent, reportedly has opened an investigation into manipulation of the currency markets by large banks and is requesting documents from more than a dozen institutions.
- Lawsky is said to have asked for documents from Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), Goldman Sachs (GS), Lloyds (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Societe Generale (SCGLF, SCGLY) and Standard Chartered (SCDRF, SCBFF).
Feb. 3, 2014, 3:44 AM
- The Department of Justice has joined an expanding probe of banks, private-equity firms and hedge funds over the possible violation of bribery laws involving Libya's state investment fund prior to the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the WSJ reports.
- The investigation originally focused on Goldman Sachs but now includes Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), Société Générale (SCGLF), Blackstone (BX) and hedge-fund operator Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (OZM).
- A criminal probe is taking place in parallel to an SEC civil investigation.
- The Libyan Investment Authority invested sums of as much as $1B in funds operated by the firms being investigated, except Blackstone.
Dec. 4, 2013, 5:51 AM
- As flagged, the EU Commission has fined international banks €1.71B for the manipulation of inter-bank interest rates, including.
- The banks fined are Citigroup (C) [€70M], Deutsche Bank (DB) [€726M], Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) [€391M], JPMorgan (JPM) [€79.9M] and Societe Generale (SCGLF) [€446M].
- UBS (UBS), Barclays (BCS) and Citigroup helped expose the cartels and so received immunity for their violations. UBS avoided a fine of €2.5B and Barclays €690M, while Citigroup's was €55M lower as a result.
- The EU has opened proceedings against HSBC (HSBC) and Credit Agricole (CRARF), as well as against JPMorgan (JPM), for Euribor infractions. JPM's fine is for Tibor violations. (PR)
Dec. 4, 2013, 4:57 AM
- The EU Commission will reportedly fine a group of leading multinational banks €1.7B for rigging inter-bank interest rates in what would be the largest antitrust penalty that the commission has ever levied.
- The banks to be fined include all the old favorites - Citigroup (C), Deutsche Bank (DB), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Barclays (BCS), as well as Societe Generale (SCGLF).
- The banks have admitted liability in return for a 10% reduction in their punishment.
- However, HSBC (HSBC) and Credit Agricole (CRARF) are contesting the proposed sanctions from the EU and are set to be formally charged today.
- UBS (UBS), which paid $1.5B to U.S. and U.K. authorities for similar sins, is escaping a penalty, as it alerted the EU to the Libor and Tibor cases.
- EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is due to announce the penalties at a press conference at 5:30 ET.
Sep. 24, 2013, 3:43 AM
- The National Credit Union Administration is suing JPMorgan (JPM), Credit Suisse (CS), UBS, Societe Generale (SCGLF.PK), Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), Royal Bank of Canada (RY), and several others on behalf of five failed credit unions.
- According to the suit, the banks' alleged manipulation of LIBOR caused the defunct credit unions to receive "less in interest income than they were otherwise entitled to receive."
Jul. 29, 2013, 9:46 AM
- Caterpillar (CAT +1.3%) agrees to repurchase $1B in stock from Societe Generale (SCGLF.PK).
- Caterpillar expects to complete the buyback in September.
- The deal brings Caterpillar's total repurchases to $2B in 2013 after it announced a similar $1B buyback in April. That deal was completed in June. (PR)
Jul. 17, 2013, 12:53 PM
May. 7, 2013, 6:55 AM
Mar. 29, 2013, 7:34 AMBofA (BAC) and Societe Generale (SCGLF.PK) have appealed a judge's denial of a lawsuit in which they sought to reverse regulatory approval of MBIA's (MBI) restructuring in 2009. The bank's argue that overhaul harmed them as policy holders, and that the authorization "was arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion." | 6 Comments
Jan. 7, 2013, 4:04 AMCredit Agricole (CRARF.PK) leads major European banks higher, rising 4.7% after regulators ease Basel liquidity rules, followed by Deutsche Bank (DB) +4.3%, Unicredit (UNCFY.OB) +4.3% and Barclays (BCS) +3.7%. Also, SocGen (SCGLF.PK) +3.4%, HSBC (HBC) +0.75%, Lloyds (LYG) +1.9%, Santander (SAN) +2%, RBS (RBS) +1.5%, UBS (UBS) +2% and Credit Suisse (CS) +3.4%. Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMDPY.PK) +15%. | Comment!
Oct. 26, 2012, 8:36 AMParis is busily rebounding from S&P's negative rating actions on the French banks overnight. BNP Paribas (BNPQY.PK) was cut to A+ from AA-, while SocGen (SCGLY.PK) and Credit Agricole (CRARY.PK) were given a negative outlook. "The economic risks under which French banks operate have increased in our view." The CAC 40 +0.2% after a near 1% early decline. | Comment!
Jun. 22, 2012, 3:52 AM
Apr. 2, 2012, 3:57 AMSome of Europe's biggest banks are preparing to pay back some LTRO funds in the next 12 months. The banks, which sources say include UniCredit, BNP Paribas and SocGen, are keen to repay the money as soon as they can - December of this year - even though they have until Dec. 2014 and Feb. 2015. | Comment!
Mar. 7, 2012, 3:10 AMWith Greece's debt-swap deadline a mere day away, posturing continues from both bondholders and Greek officials, but some of the largest private holders are falling in line. SocGen, Assicurazioni Generali and UniCredit all say they'll participate in the swap, as will Greece's six largest banks.
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