September 28, 2017 / 10:23 AM / a year ago

UBS says not target of German tax evasion investigation

FILE PHOTO: The offices of Swiss bank UBS are seen in the financial district of the City of London, Britain October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS (UBSG.S) said on Thursday it was not the subject of a German investigation into suspected tax evasion following a search of its Frankfurt site a day earlier.

No documents were seized at UBS’s offices in Wednesday’s search, which was part of a probe into suspected tax evasion by UBS clients.

“The investigation of the German authorities is not related to a criminal or civil proceeding against UBS,” the bank said.

The statement expands on Wednesday’s comment, when UBS said there were no investigative proceedings against any employees of its Frankfurt unit.

In 2014, UBS paid about 300 million euros ($352 million) to settle claims by the authorities in Germany’s western city of Bochum that it helped wealthy Germans dodge taxes.

Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Edmund Blair

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