Deutsche Bank reaches settlement with the DFS over Russian securities trades
Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) has reached a settlement with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). The settlement concludes the DFS’s investigation into the bank’s anti-money laundering control function in its investment banking division, including in relation to certain securities trades that occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving its Moscow, London and New York offices.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement with the DFS, Deutsche Bank entered into a Consent Order, and agreed to pay civil monetary penalties of 425 million dollars and to engage an independent monitor for a term of up to two years. The Consent Order acknowledged Deutsche Bank’s cooperation and remediation efforts and noted that the DFS considered those efforts in arriving at the settlement amount.
The settlement amount is already materially reflected in existing litigation reserves. As previously disclosed, Deutsche Bank is cooperating with other regulators and law enforcement authorities, which have their own ongoing investigations into these securities trades.
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