Bloomberg News reports that Commerzbank may incur penalties of at least $500m as part of a deferred-prosecution agreement with authorities as soon as summer in the U.S., the person said, asking not to be named because the talks are confidential. Such agreements spare companies a felony conviction.
The probe is part of a U.S. crackdown on financial institutions for handling funds linked to blacklisted nations that led to a record $8.97bn fine against BNP Paribas. Credit Agricole, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank and UniCredit SpA are among other lenders being investigated by U.S. authorities.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is working with the Justice Department, New York’s banking regulator and the Federal Reserve on the Commerzbank investigation, according to the person.
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