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Some banks are under scrutiny (again)

July 17th, 2014

What a wonderful industry. Are there any ethics in banking at all?

via Barclays, Deutsche Facing U.S. Senate Hearing – Bloomberg.

Barclays Plc (BARC) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) face scrutiny over their sale of products to a hedge-fund manager that allowed it to skirt borrowing limits and avoid taxes, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations plans a hearing next week on what it calls abusive transactions by financial institutions, according to a July 14 notice from the panel. The companies, which aren’t named in the notice, are Barclays, Deutsche Bank and hedge-fund manager Renaissance Technologies LLC, the people said. Representatives for each of the companies plan to testify at the July 22 hearing, the people said.

The investigation is another blow for Antony Jenkins, chief executive officer of London-based Barclays, as he seeks to restore the firm’s reputation after it became the first lender to be fined for rigging Libor. For Deutsche Bank, the hearing comes less than four years after the Frankfurt-based lender paid $554 million to avoid unrelated U.S. criminal charges involving the sale of tax shelters.

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