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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

WSJ: Money laundering probe could hold up Commerzbank sanctions settlement

Image courtesy of CommerzbankThe U.S. Attorney in Manhattan is investigating Germany’s  Commerzbank AG for alleged violations of money-laundering laws, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The story by Chris Matthews said the new investigation could block efforts by Commerzbank, Germany’s second biggest lender, to settle separate allegations that it violated U.S.… Continue Reading

U.S. to Deutsche Bank: Fix reporting and risk controls

Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, courtesy of WikipediaU.S. banking regulators have ordered Deutsche Bank AG to improve its compliance systems and risk controls, the Wall Street Journal said.

The report Thursday cited an agreement Deutsche Bank entered into with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and New York’s Department of Financial Services.… Continue Reading

NY Fed knocks Deutsche Bank financial reports

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found serious problems in Deutsche Bank’s U.S. operations, including poor financial reporting, weak technology and inadequate auditing and oversight.

A source told Reuters Wednesday that a senior official with the New York Fed said in a letter last December to the German bank’s executives that that financial reports produced by some of the bank’s U.S.… Continue Reading

Sanctions probe now targets German banks

State and federal authorities have begun settlement talks with Commerzbank AG and Deutsche Bank over their alleged dealings with countries blacklisted by the United States.

The timing of a possible deal could cost the German banks billions in penalties is still unclear, Reuters said. … Continue Reading

BNP admits guilt, fined $8.9 billion for U.S. sanctions violations

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas (Image courtesy of Euro Business Media via YouTube)French banking giant BNP Paribas agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay an $8.9 billion penalty for transferring billions of dollars on behalf of blacklisted Sudan, Iran and Cuba, U.S.Continue Reading

UK fines Barclays £26 million for fixing gold prices

The Financial Conduct Authority fined Barclays £26 million ($43.9 million) after accusing a former trader at the bank of improperly influencing gold prices at the expense of a customer.

The FCA said in its final notice Friday that it had imposed the fine because Barclays did not adequately manage conflicts of interest between itself and its customers.… Continue Reading

U.S. probes two French banks for possible sanctions, AML violations

French banks Societe Generale and Credit Agricole are being investigated by U.S. authorities for alleged money laundering and economic sanction breaches involving Iran, Cuba and Sudan.

The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the New York Department of Financial Services are conducting the investigations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.… Continue Reading