Deutsche Bank records said to show silver rigging at other banks
By David Glovin and Edward Pettersson
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Eight months after Deutsche Bank AG settled a lawsuit claiming it manipulated gold and silver prices, documents it disclosed as part of the accord provide "smoking gun" proof that UBS Group, HSBC Holdings, Bank of Nova Scotia, and other firms rigged the silver market, plaintiffs claim.
The allegation came in a filing today in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed in 2014 by individuals and entities that bought or sold futures contracts.
According to the plaintiffs, records surrendered by Deutsche Bank show traders and submitters coordinating trades in advance of a daily phone call, manipulating the spot market for silver, conspiring to fix the spread on silver offered to customers, and using illegal strategies to rig prices.
"Plaintiffs are now able to plead with direct, 'smoking gun' evidence," including secret electronic chats involving silver traders and submitters across a number of financial institutions, a multi-year, well-coordinated, and wide-ranging conspiracy to rig the prices," the plaintiffs said in their filing. The new scheme "far surpasses the conspiracy alleged earlier."
The plaintiffs are seeking permission to file a new complaint with the additional allegations. Their proposed complaint broadens the case beyond the four banks initially sued to include claims against units of Barclays, BNP Paribas Fortis, Standard Chartered, and Bank of America Corp. ...
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