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DOJ Redaction Flub May Undermine Libor Case

Law360, New York (August 31, 2017, 10:54 PM EDT) — U.S. Department of Justice lawyers made a potentially serious error in a Libor-rigging case against a former Deutsche Bank trader Wednesday when they mistakenly revealed the nature of testimony he was compelled to give to U.K. authorities in a separate probe.

The DOJ partially redacted a motion to conceal the content of former Deutsche Bank trader Gavin Black’s testimony before the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority out of concern it could taint the DOJ’s Libor-rigging case against him. But the DOJ lawyers failed to properly excise the…

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Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan to pay $148 million to end yen Libor cases in U.S.

Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co have agreed to pay a combined $148 million (114 million pounds) to end private U.S. antitrust litigation claiming they conspired with other banks to manipulate the yen Libor and Euroyen Tibor benchmark interest rates.

The preliminary settlements, totalling $77 million for Deutsche Bank and $71 million for JPMorgan, were detailed in filings late Friday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and require a judge’s approval.

They followed similar settlements last year with Citigroup Inc and HSBC Holdings Plc totalling $23 million and $35 million, respectively.

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HSBC : settles bondholders’ claims of Libor manipulation

HSBC Holdings Plc has settled claims by a group of U.S. bondholders that it conspired with rivals to rig the Libor benchmark interest rate, according to a New York court filing on Monday by the bondholders’ attorneys.

The filing did not disclose the terms of the settlement, which it said must be approved by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan federal court.

“We are pleased the matter is resolved,” said HSBC spokesman Rob Sherman. He did not comment on the terms of the deal.

Lawyers for the bondholders could not immediately be reached.

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Three former Barclays traders denied Libor appeal request

Three former Barclays (>> Barclays PLC) traders jailed for manipulating Libor benchmark interest rates after a London trial have been denied a request to appeal against their conviction and sentence, the wife of one said on Friday.

Julie Pabon said her husband, Alex, and former colleagues Jay Merchant and Jonathan Mathew were recently notified that their requests had been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

The men’s lawyers and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the prosecutor in the case, did not respond to requests for comment.

Pabon, an American, was sentenced to two years and nine months in jail in July. Merchant, his former New York-based superior, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years, and Mathew, a London-based junior rate submitter, was handed four years.

“I am shocked and saddened yet somewhat relieved that our fight appears to be nearing the end,” Julie Pabon wrote in an email received by Reuters.

Julie Pabon, an American who lives in the United States and had appealed directly to the head of the SFO, David Green, on behalf of her husband, said Alex had sent her a text message on June 30 after his London trial saying: “I’m sorry … guilty…”

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Deutsche Bank : clears chairman of blame for bank’s poor cooperation in Libor case – paper

Deutsche Bank has cleared its chairman of accusations by shareholders that he was partly to blame for the bank’s poor cooperation with authorities over alleged rate-rigging, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung has cited financial sources as saying.

Last year, Deutsche Bank agreed to settle a case over the alleged manipulation of interbank rates such as Libor for a record $2.5 billion with U.S. and British authorities, which had accused the lender of obstructing their investigations.

Some shareholders subsequently accused Chairman Paul Achleitner and other board members of being responsible for the bank’s poor cooperation, which led to it having to pay more to settle the case than other lenders.

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UBS, Barclays Settle With Bondholders In Libor Suit

Law360, New York (October 26, 2016, 2:55 PM EDT) — Bondholders suing major banks for allegedly conspiring to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate told a Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday that they have settled with UBS AG and Barclays Bank PLC.

UBS has reached a settlement with bondholders over Libor-rigging claims. (Credit: AP) The bondholders, whose claims against the banks were resurrected by the Second Circuit in May, told U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald that they have reached a settlement with UBS and are finalizing one with Barclays over claims that the banks engaged…

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Barclays reaches $100 million U.S. Libor settlement – NY attorney general

Barclays (>> Barclays PLC) has reached a $100 million (£76.70 million) multi-state settlement over charges that it manipulated the Libor and Euribor interest rate benchmarks, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday.

The settlement with 44 states marks the latest in a series of enforcement actions the bank has faced in connection with Libor manipulation.

Barclays is the first of several banks under investigation by state attorneys general to reach a settlement, Schneiderman said in a statement, adding that the bank cooperated with the multi-state probe.

He said government entities and non-profits were “defrauded of millions” when they entered into swap contracts with Barclays as a result of the rate-rigging.

In 2012, Barclays reached a $453 million agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and British authorities to settle parallel charges.

As part of its agreement with the Justice Department, Barclays admitted to wrongdoing that occurred between August 2005 and May 2008, when some of its traders called their counterparts at competing institutions and colluded to submit Libor rates that benefited their trading positions.

“Barclays is pleased to have resolved the state attorneys’ general investigation into Barclays’ legacy LIBOR- and Euribor-related activities,” a Barclays spokesman said.

“We believe this settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders and clients, and allows us to continue to focus on the future and serve our clients.”

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