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Swiss bank to pay billions to settle securities disputes

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Swiss bank to pay billions to settle securities disputes
11:39 CET+01:00
Credit Suisse said on Friday it had reached an agreement with US authorities to pay almost $5.3 billion to settle disputes over the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
 "Under the terms of the settlement, Credit Suisse would pay to the DoJ (US Department of Justice) a civil monetary penalty of $2.48 billion," the Swiss banking giant said in a statement.
   
"In addition, Credit Suisse would provide consumer relief totaling $2.8 billion over the course of five years post settlement," it said.
   
The settlement, which still needs approval by the bank's board, would release Credit Suisse from "potential civil claims by the DoJ related to its securitization, underwriting and issuance" of mortgage-backed securities, it added.
   
The business was mostly carried out from 2005 to 2007, it said.
   
Just hours earlier, Germany's Deutsche Bank said it had agreed to pay a total of $7.2 billion (6.9 billion euros) to settle a case with the DoJ over its role in the subprime mortgage crisis.
   
On Thursday, the DoJ sued the British financial giant Barclays, accusing the bank of massive fraud in the sale of mortgage-backed securities, which contributed to the global financial crisis of 2008.

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