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Switzerland: UBS employees banned over market rigging

 |  December 17, 2015

Swiss financial regulator, Finma, said on Thursday it had issued temporary bans ranging from one to five years on two former managers and four forex and precious metals traders with UBS bank over suspected market rigging.

“Finma has determined that the individuals concerned were directly responsible for serious regulation breaches,” the body said in a statement following an investigation undertaken last year. It added management had failed to implement appropriate safeguards and monitor wrongdoing.

The regulator said it had identified serious organisational deficiencies and illicit behaviour not in the interest of clients at the bank which management had “tolerated, and at times encouraged”.

In November of last year Finma launched procedures against 11 staff at Switzerland’s top bank to determine to what degree UBS was aware of deliberate manipulation on the forex and precious metals markets and what the bank was doing to curtail such practices.

Four other individuals received reprimands in a case which shook the financial world, while one case remains open, the Swiss regulator said.

Finma added that none of those investigated was still working at UBS.

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