Wednesday 20 September 2017

JPMorgan in $920m (€679m) payout over Whale probes

JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay $920 million in penalties in two countries to settle some of its potential liabilities from its
JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay $920 million in penalties in two countries to settle some of its potential liabilities from its "London Whale" derivatives trading losses last year
A security guard patrols outside the JP Morgan Chase & Co annual shareholders meeting at the bank's back-office complex in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Reuters

JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay $920m ($679m) in penalties in two countries to settle some of its potential liabilities from it "London Whale" derivatives trading losses last year, according to terms made public by regulators on Thursday.

The penalties include $300m to the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, $200m  to the Federal Reserve, $200m to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and $219.7m to the UK's Financial Conduct Authority.

The regulators' citations focus on failures in risk management and financial reporting systems. The biggest U.S. bank was also cited for failing to tell its board of directors and regulators about deficiencies in its risk management systems that had been identified by management.

The settlements are a major milestone in the drive by JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon to resolve legal issues weighing on the bank, but leave unresolved a probe by U.S. prosecutors into the derivatives debacle. The "London Whale" derivatives losses last year totaled $6.2bn.

Dimon, in a statement issued by the company, said, "We have accepted responsibility and acknowledged our mistakes from the start, and we have learned from them and worked to fix them."

Bruno Iksil, the trader whose large bets earned him the nickname "London Whale," has signed a cooperation agreement with prosecutors and has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

JPMorgan also faces other investigations into areas that include possible bribery in hiring practices in China and potentially fraudulent sales of mortgage securities.

JPMorgan has been under intense scrutiny from the U.S. government since May 2012, when Dimon disclosed that the firm was losing billions of dollars on derivatives deals that had been questioned a month earlier in press reports.

Dimon initially criticized those reports as a "tempest in a teapot." He has repeatedly apologized for that remark and said the bank was "stupid" in handling the trades from a London desk of the bank's Chief Investment Office.

Reuters

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