EU Commission Fines Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan Chase
The EU Commission has fined Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan Chase a total of 485 million Euros ($520 million) for their role in fixing the price of financial benchmarks linked to the Euro. They were part of a cartel between September 2005 & May 2008 to disrupt the Euribor benchmark interest rate used to reflect the cost of interbank lending
“The EU Commission has fined Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan Chase a total of 485 million Euros ($520 million) for their role in fixing the price of financial benchmarks linked to the Euro.”
Credit Agricole was fined 114.7 million euros, HSBC 33.6 million euros and JPMorgan Chase 337.2 million euros. Deutsche Bank, RBS and Societe Generale admitted guilty in December 2013. Barclays avoided a fine because it alerted the Commission.
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