UBS nears settlement with Swiss, UK on rogue trader case

Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:01pm EST
 
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By Katharina Bart

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - UBS UBSN.VX is nearing a settlement in the coming days with regulators in Switzerland and Britain for control failures that led to a $2.3 billion (1.4 billion pounds) rogue trading loss, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The Swiss bank has finished its discussions with Finma, the Swiss regulator, and is finalizing a settlement with Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA), the source said. The two regulators then plan to make a joint announcement.

The FSA could fine UBS between 20 million and 50 million pounds, the Financial Times said earlier on Thursday, adding that a deal could come next week.

The two regulators are jointly investigating the bank's control failings that led to Kweku Adoboli, a trader on UBS's "Delta One" desk, losing $2.3 billion for the bank.

That investigation is continuing after being put on hold during Adoboli's criminal trial. He was convicted of fraud and jailed for seven years on Tuesday.

UBS is keen to put the rogue trading scandal behind it, which could speed up any settlement with regulators.

Finma does not have the power to impose fines. It is expected to impose new supervisory conditions on UBS.

UBS, the FSA and Finma all declined to comment.   Continued...

 
A woman walks past a logo of Swiss bank UBS at a building in Zurich November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer