WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major global banks, Barclays and Credit Suisse, will pay a combined $154.3 million to settle state and federal investigations that they misled clients about the safety of trading on their “dark pool” financial exchanges, the New York Attorney General’s office expects to announce Monday.
The banks left their customers on these private exchanges vulnerable to “predatory, high-frequency traders” that could intercept their financial trades, despite assurances by Barclays and Credit Suisse to the contrary, according to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press that announces the joint settlement with New York and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“These cases mark the first major victory in the fight to combat fraud in dark pool trading,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the statement. “We will continue to take the fight to those who aim to rig the system and those who look the other way.”
Zurich-based Credit Suisse, a major firm on Wall Street, declined comment.