Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Four foreign banks convicted in Milan in derivatives case

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Milan, December 19 - Four international banks were
found guilty of fraud Wednesday by a Milan judge in a case
involving the sale of derivatives to the city of Milan.
Judge Oscar Magi convicted Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase &
Co., UBS AG, and Depfa Bank Plc. - which had all denied the
charges - ordered the confiscation of 88 million euros.
Magi also found guilty nine current and former bank
employees, who received suspended sentences of six months to
eight months.
The trial involving the four banks began in May 2010, when
the banks stood accused of defrauding the city of Milan by
hiding how much they earned on the derivatives.
Prosecutors alleged Milan lost 105 million euros as part of
the sale of bonds worth 1.69 billion euros between 2005 and
2007.
Prosecutor Alfredo Robledo called Wednesday's decision
"historic".
The banks settled with the city of Milan in March in the
case involving 1.7 billion euros in bonds sold by the city in
2005.
The banks all issued separate statements say they planned
to appeal Wednesday's ruling.
The ruling came on the same day that, in a separate case,
the Swiss bank UBS agreed to pay $1.5 billion US in fines to
U.S., British and Swiss regulators for attempting to manipulate
the Libor inter-bank lending rate.
The fine is more than three times the $450 million US
levied last June against the British bank Barclays for similar
allegations.

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