Commerzbank fined €650k by Cypriot regulator
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has fined Commerzbank €650,000 for its role in market manipulation performed by Laiki bank.
Cyprus Popular Bank – also known and Laiki – invested in two structured products issued by Commerzbank in 2008.
The composer of the portfolio, Marfin-Egnatia, merged with Laiki in 2011 creating “a clear conflict of interest”.
CySEC evidence reportedly shows that Commerzbank executed the voting rights of the underlying shares based on instructions from Marfin-Egnatia.
The regulator says both firms acted to manipulate markets in relation to shares in Laiki between April and May 2011.
Laiki entered administration in March 2013 in a fall from grace for what had once been Cyprus’s second-largest bank.
The bank was wound down under the terms of a €10 billion international assistance package to the country.
Fines and job cuts
This is the second fine the German lender has received in July.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined Commerzbank’s London branch £37.8 million last month for failures in its anti-money laundering (AML) systems.
The regulator states that while Commerzbank London was aware of these weaknesses, it “failed to take reasonable and effective steps” to fix them despite the FCA raising its concerns with the bank.
According to a filing from the regulator, Commerzbank London failed to conduct timely periodic due diligence on its clients, which resulted in “a significant number of existing clients” unchecked.
Commerzbank has also seen Cerberus Capital Management, a vocal shareholder, call for the cutting of 7,000 jobs.