BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Dutch financial institution Rabobank was hit with a 26.6-million-euro ($29 million) effective by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for participating in a euro-denominated bonds buying and selling cartel for a decade.
Banks around the globe have been fined billions of euros by antitrust enforcers in recent times for rigging key monetary benchmarks and currencies.
The European Fee mentioned the cartel, which operated between 2006 and 2016, centered on euro-denominated SSA bonds (Supra-Sovereign, Overseas Sovereign, Sub-Sovereign/Company bonds) and authorities assured bonds traded in Europe.
Authorities assured bonds have been issued for a restricted interval because of the 2008 world monetary disaster.
Deutsche Financial institution (DBKGn.DE) staved off a effective of just about 156 million euros after it alerted the European Union’s competitors watchdog to the cartel, triggering an investigation in 2017.
“Deutsche Financial institution has proactively cooperated with the European Fee on this matter and, in consequence, has been granted full immunity,” the German financial institution mentioned.
The merchants operated at Deutsche Financial institution’s EUR SSA desk in Frankfurt and at Rabobank’s Funding Grade Bonds desk in London to change data on costs, volumes in addition to present and future buying and selling methods and positions, the Fee mentioned.
It mentioned the merchants used Bloomberg emails, prompt messages and on-line chatrooms to speak.
“Reliable and well-functioning bonds buying and selling markets are essential not just for the nationwide authorities issuing bonds but additionally for the buyers shopping for and buying and selling,” EU antitrust chief Didier Reynders mentioned in an announcement.
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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Sudip Kar-Gupta
Modifying by Mark Potter
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