The Swiss competition authority, the Competition Commission, has become the latest jurisdiction to levy fines on six banks related to their dealers’ activity in several chat rooms. COMCO says it has detected several anti-competitive arrangements between banks in foreign exchange spot trading and concluded “amicable” settlements and imposed fines of around CHF 90 million. Therefore, […]
Tag: FX manipulation
Australia has become the latest location for a class action lawsuit against a group of banks with a law firm filing a cartel class action in the Australian Federal Court claiming the banks “systematically manipulated foreign exchange rates to boost profits at the expense of Australian businesses and investors”. In what has become a familiar […]
In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert attempts to answer Galen Stops’ question, why are some banks fined more than others for what appears to be the same conduct? Stops then attempts to answer a long list of questions from Lambert on the “digital asset” world, and also shares some of his observations from a big […]
This week’s podcast sees Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the latest lawsuit facing banks over their actions in FX markets, during which Lambert invokes the spirit of a film that he can’t remember the name of, by asking, “Could you ask me that question again Galen?”
Stops also has a series of questions relating to the Virtu-ITG tie up reported this week as our two podcasters discuss the evolution of the non-bank trading firm business model. Where do these firms expand? Lambert is fairly confident (is he ever not?) that it is not by buying other trading firms, but both men see opportunities away from trading.
They also discuss volatility in crypto markets and ask – at what stage does the institutional enthusiasm for crypto start to weaken?
This week’s podcast also highlights how Lambert giveth…and taketh away…as it is bookended by praise and ridicule for his colleague! Find out why by listening in to this week’s edition.
Just two weeks after the three members of the notorious Bloomberg chatroom The Cartel were acquitted in a New York court of manipulation of FX markets, a group of banks are facing yet another lawsuit from a class action of investors over their FX market activities.
The action has been brought by a group of major investors who explicitly opted out of the class action settlement last year that saw 14 of the 16 banks accused pay over $2.3 billion in damages (a 15th settled later).
More than a few people have told me in recent weeks that they see the trial (which is now at the appeal stage) of Mark Johnson, and that of the Cartel threesome – which started this week in New York – as being inextricably linked. You all know what’s coming…I don’t agree. In fact I would argue there are some fundamental differences that mean this week’s trial – complex as it is – cannot be seen through the same lens.
Brazil’s Tribunal of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) has approved three Cease and Desist Agreements to settle a cartel probe in the foreign exchange market, involving the Brazilian real and offshore currencies.
The agreements were signed between CADE and the Royal Bank of Canada and Morgan Stanley Bank, as well as Pablo Frisanco de Oliveira, a former Deutsche Bank trader in local markets. A total of BRL 42.9 million ($13 million) will be collected for the Fund for the Defense of Diffuse Rights, as a pecuniary contribution, CADE says.
The Federal Reserve Board has announced that it is seeking to permanently bar Peter Little the former head of the G10 FX spot desk at Barclays in New York, from employment in the banking industry. The central bank is also seeking to impose a $487,500 fine on Little, who joined HSBC in New York in mid-2013 as head of G10 spot FX trading.
Little, who is believed to be preparing to challenge the Fed’s finding, is alleged to have engaged in unsafe and unsound practices.
The Federal Reserve Board has fined HSBC just over $175 million for the firm’s “unsafe and unsound practices” in its FX trading business.
The Fed says it levied the fine for deficiencies in HSBC’s oversight of, and internal controls over, FX. It adds that the firm failed to detect and address its traders misusing confidential customer information, as well as using electronic chatrooms to communicate with competitors about their trading positions.
The Board’s order requires HSBC to improve its controls and compliance risk management concerning the firm’s FX trading.
One of two banks still to settle a class action lawsuit over FX manipulation claims has agreed to pay $190 million.
Court documents filed today (September 29) show that Deutsche Bank has agreed to settle, leaving Credit Suisse as the only bank of 16 that were named in the class action yet to agree a deal. The proposed settlement remains subject to a Fairness Hearing – Deutsche has also agreed to provide “reasonable cooperation” in the continued prosecution of the Action, according to court documents.