Back in November, UBS worked out a prettay, prettay, prettay sweet deal for itself re: Libor manipulation. Like many another bank, UBS’s employees had their way with London Interbank Offered Rate. Unlike many other bank, which faced stiff penalties for doing so, the Swiss struck an immunity deal with the EU wherein it paid a relatively small fine and then, in exchange for cooperating with authorities and “turning over information about other banks,” found itself in the clear. Anyway, that worked out so well for UBS last time that it’s decided to take the same approach with a new rate-rigging investigation, and save itself a coupla bucks.

trying to reprise its success in limiting fines in a probe of interest-rate rigging, is seeking immunity in the U.S. and European Union as part of the global investigation of currency markets, two people with knowledge of the case said. UBS saved itself billions of euros in fines in December by disclosing to the EU its role in manipulating the London Interbank offered rate. Now, the bank aims to be the first to report its own conduct in currency markets to European and American regulators, said the people, who requested anonymity because the matter isn’t public.

The Zurich-based bank is making its bid for leniency as at least a dozen regulators probe allegations that traders colluded to rig benchmarks in the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency market. The world’s biggest banks are under scrutiny, and at least 21 people have been fired or suspended as a result. “They’ve been through the drill and understand the benefits of cooperation,” said Douglas Tween, a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie LLP and a former Justice Department attorney.

Obviously, this is the new way of doing things around the bank; up and just not engaging in fraud at all would be biting off more than everyone could chew and, frankly, unrealistic. To recap, it’s 1. Manipulate foreign exchange rate and then 2. Race to beat everyone else who might want to cooperate, be of some use to regulators, limit that fine. Look out for a section on all of this in subsequent editions of the company handbook and in the meantime, a memo will be circulated with various phone numbers to call based on specific rate rigging so that employees can take it upon themselves to speed up the process by, for example, screwing with the fed overnight rate and the immediately, like, seconds after they push the button, picking up the phone and reporting themselves.

UBS Said to Seek Immunity in FX-Rigging Probes by EU, US [Bloomberg]

Comments (11)

  1. Posted by Im_a_Dude | February 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    forgetting something today Bess?

  2. Posted by UBS sucks guy | February 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    UBS is #1 in the league tables for its success in limiting fines. And 0% down Honda Civic purchases.

  3. Posted by Snoogins CFA | February 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Hey UBS, you ever have your asshole licked by a fat man in a trench coat?

  4. Posted by Quant me maybe ... | February 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I know. I'm in a total kerflufle.

    Contract clearly states '… any opening bell posted after 1:30pm est will contain a picture of Bess Levin in a state of total … '

    >There are many lawyers who read this site who would be excited about enforcing this clause 'pro bono' if you catch my drift …

  5. Posted by Shaz's beard | February 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I'm really hoping she didn't forget to shitcan Shazzy.

  6. Posted by Alt_EST | February 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    You know, its not like you all ever said thanks for all the Opening Bells that did make it up.

    -Bess, probably

  7. Posted by J. Shazner | February 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Too soon.

  8. Posted by Guest | February 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    They got something right. Well done on singing like a canary to save your soul.

  9. Posted by Guest | February 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Someone (read Shaz) definitely shit the bed today

  10. Posted by E. Texas Gas Trader | February 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I guess the person doing Opening Bell was long some natural gas this morning.

  11. Posted by Futes | February 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Always spread out before last day of roll,