fines

Britain and the US tag-teamed a 1-2 punch around breakfast and lunch, respectively so who wants to knee the bank in the balls on its way home from work tonight or just after dinner? France? Germany? Read more »

Over the last several years, Bank of America has paid something like $827 billion in fines and settlements, including $16.65 billion just last month. So while another billion here or there would represent but a drop in the bucket, you can sort of understand why Moynihan et al would be done, emotionally, cutting these checks and why they would try and get out of whatever penalties they can, however thin the arguments for doing so (“Just put us out of our misery already”) may be. Unfortunately, today is apparently not Moynihan’s day and tomorrow’s not looking very good either. Read more »

Steven A. Cohen proved to be a stickler for the letter of the law when it came to paying the criminal penalty imposed on his former hedge fund as part of its guilty plea on insider trading charges. On April 10, Judge Laura Taylor Swain of Federal District Court in Manhattan gave Mr. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors up to 90 days to pay the $848 million penalty, part of an overall $1.2 billion criminal settlement reached with prosecutors last November. On Tuesday, the 90th day since Judge Swain accepted the firm’s guilty plea, Mr. Cohen’s firm made that payment, according to court records. [Dealbook]

On Monday, Paradigm Capital Management became the first investment fund to pay a fine for retaliating against an employee who reported his firm’s misdeeds to the S.E.C. The hedge fund, which is based in Albany, N.Y., and manages $1.5 billion of client money, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the civil charges…Mr. Nordgaard was head trader at Paradigm Capital from 2009 to August 2012, when his contract was terminated. Mr. Nordgaard, who filed a lawsuit against the firm in 2012, said that shortly after he told his employer that he had reported trading violations, Paradigm Capital “embarked on a campaign of retaliation” against him. Days later, Mr. Nordgaard was removed from his desk and stripped of his trading privileges, according to the lawsuit. He was then assigned to “an isolated location to do low-level compliance work”. [Dealbook]

For the past number of weeks, we’ve heard about how the U.S. wants BNP Paribas to plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against certain countries like Iran, and pay upwards of $10 billion to show they really mean it. We’ve also heard about how a lot of people in France– like its President, for one– are none too pleased about the idea of such a high fine, and are working hard (though mostly in vain) to get the number down. And while $10 billion does sound like a lot of money, a new report reveals that 1. It could’ve been a lot worse and 2. At this time, BNP might not wanna press its luck. Read more »

Complete with the fake static. Read more »

Late last month, Credit Suisse pleaded guilty to helping many of its clients hide their assets from the IRS, and paid the U.S. $2.6 billion to demonstrate just how sorry it was for doing so. And though some thought that clients and counterparties would subsequently look at the bank in a different and negative light, it turned out that no one cared at all. BNP Paribas, however, is not so lucky.

Although the number has yet to be finalized, and the president of France is doing his part to pull some strings to get it down, it’s highly possible that the French bank will be forced to pay upwards of $10 billion for “transferring funds for clients in violation of [U.S.] sanctions against countries including Sudan and Iran.” And while $2.6 billion is but pocket change, when you get past, say, $7 billion, and certainly up to $10 billion, you start to talk about real money. Naturally, this has BNP clients nervous about what all this means for business, and the upper echelons of BNP management nervous about how their employees might respond to questions without the benefit of a script (“I’m glad you asked, Jaques…1“). So… Read more »