Deutsche Bank AG will pay $220 million to settle claims brought by 45 USA states in connection with the German bank's artificial manipulation of benchmark interest rates, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday.
The investigation, conducted by a multistate working group of 45 state attorneys general led by the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, California and IL, revealed that Deutsche Bank manipulated LIBOR in a number of ways.
"We will not tolerate fraudulent, manipulative or collusive conduct that interferes with or undermines confidence in our financial markets", Mr. Schneiderman said. "Large financial institutions, like all other market participants, have to abide by the rules", said Attorney General Schneiderman.
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Governmental and not-for-profit entities with LIBOR-linked swaps and other investment contracts with Barclays (Deutsche Bank) will be notified if they are eligible to receive restitution from a settlement fund of $213.35 million.
A multistate investigation by 43 Attorneys General found that Deutsche Bank's phone interest rate submissions involving the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, affected financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and had a widespread impact on consumers. "In the process, they left government entities and non-profits in California hanging out to dry". They also attempted to influence other banks LIBOR submissions in a way meant to benefit Deutsche Banks trading positions. Bank employees improperly made internal requests for LIBOR submissions to benefit Deutsche Banks trading positions. Miller and 44 other state attorneys general were part of the settlement agreement.
Deutsche Bank, along with more than a dozen other banks, helped set the interest rates for trading of the US dollar and other currencies. The balance of the fund will be used to pay investigation-related costs and for other uses consistent with state laws.
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"This settlement resolves the bank's final pending US regulatory inquiry related to Libor", Troy Gravitt, a spokesman for the bank in NY, said in a statement. Such cooperation can facilitate civil enforcement efforts, including the distributions of funds for victims of the offense.
NY and California led the investigation, according to Becerra's office. Two years earlier, the bank paid almost $1 billion to resolve a European antitrust investigation into Libor. This conduct is unacceptable and it is illegal.
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