Financial Regulatory Forum

BNP’s ‘huge’ role in undermining U.S. Sudan sanctions behind looming tough penalty, sources say

June 19, 2014
By Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete ST. LOUIS, June 18 – The pivotal role BNP Paribas played in helping Sudan sell oil in violation of U.S. sanctions is the major reason U.S. authorities are pushing for harsh penalties against the French banking giant, two sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter said.”BNP basically was the Sudanese economy. They were just huge in helping the government of Sudan evade U.S. sanctions,” one of the sources said.BNP’s role involved removing references to Sudanese parties from wire-transfer messages, so U.S. dollar oil payments could clear through New York and move into accounts controlled by Khartoum, the sources said. The sources declined to name the buyers of the Sudanese oil or to say what Khartoum did with the revenue.

FACTBOX – Britain makes arrests in insider dealing probe

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2010

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – A raid on top banks and a hedge fund on Tuesday as part of an insider dealing investigation sent shockwaves through London’s financial centre, as British authorities try to establish their crime-fighting credentials.

Dutch government, Deutsche Bank in ABN AMRO deal

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2009

By Ben Berkowitz and Edward Taylor
AMSTERDAM/FRANKFURT, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG agreed in principle to buy some ABN AMRO assets from the Dutch state in a deal which should clear the way for a merger of nationalised banks ABN and Fortis Bank Nederland.

Japan regulator investigates BNP Paribas – newspaper

October 15, 2009

BNPPARIBAS-FORTIS/    TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Japan’s securities regulator is probing allegations of market manipulation in share trading by BNP Paribas <BNPP.PA>, the Asahi newspaper reported, in what would be another regulatory issue for the French bank following a controversial deal last year with a failed property developer. (more…)

Dutch finance ministry talks with Deutsche about ABN remedy

By Reuters Staff
October 5, 2009

AMSTERDAM, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The Dutch Finance Ministry and Deutsche Bank are still in talks to meet an EU competition remedy that would allow a merger between state-owned ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland, the ministry said on Monday.
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