At the yearly general meeting in Germany, Deutsche Bank AG (DB) told shareholders that the German lender is nearing an agreement with ex-executives in which they would have to help pay for the fines that the financial institution paid for their past misconduct. Deutsche Bank has been trying to determine whether it could hold these former executives liable for the different regulatory investigations to which it has been subject. An agreement is expected in the next months.
Bloomberg reports that according to Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan, former management teams made the German financial institution “too complex and inefficient” when they placed short-term earnings before long-term interest. As a result of misconduct fines that Deutsche Bank was ordered to pay, it experienced two years of losses in a row, not to mention that earlier this year, the German lender agreed to pay US regulators $7.2B because of the way it dealt with mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Meantime, along with Nomura Holdings (NMR), Deutsche Bank is dealing with other fraud allegations,this time in Italy for allegedly aiding Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. in hiding the latter’s losses. In the use of complex derivative trades, thirteen ex-managers at all three banks have been charged with market manipulation and false accounting. The German bank also is accused of running an international crime organization during the relevant period.
It was just last October that Deutsche Bank and several of its ex-and current managers were indicted over allegations that they, according to Bloomberg, “helped” falsify the Siena-based lender’s account. The prosecution called for the German bank to be named an international criminal association because of events that occurred outside Italy, including possible index-rigging. A confidential audit involving Bafin, the German regulator, accused Deutsche Bank employees of rigging internal indexes to ensure successful deal results.
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Deutsche Bank Says Former Executives Set to Pay for Missteps, Bloomberg, May 18, 2017
Deutsche Bank To Former Board Members: These Absurdly Expensive Fines Ain’t Just Gonna Pay Themselves, DealBreaker, May 18, 2017
Deutsche Bank to Settle Mortgage Inquiry for $7.2 Billion, New York Times, December 22, 2016
Deutsche Bank Ran “International Criminal Organization,” Says Italian Court, ETF Daily News, May 17, 2017