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Watchdog Hammers Credit Suisse for Corruption, Poor FIFA Oversight

Watchdog Hammers Credit Suisse for Corruption, Poor FIFA OversightWatchdog Hammers Credit Suisse for Corruption, Poor FIFA Oversight

Credit Suisse, bank in New York City, showed serious “deficiencies” in its efforts to prevent money laundering when dealing with FIFA, Brazilian oil giant Petrobras and Venezuela’s state energy company, Switzerland’s financial watchdog said Monday.

Swiss regulator FINMA announced the findings following an investigation that looked at Credit Suisse’s conduct from 2006 to 2016. In addition to shortcomings regarding FIFA and the two oil firms, the probe also blasted Credit Suisse for shortcomings in its oversight of a high-profile money manager who exposed clients to excessive risk, AFP reported.

The money manager was not named in the probe, but the Bloomberg news agency has identified him as Patrice Lescaudron, who was sentenced to five years in prison in February by a Geneva court over a raft of illegal trades.

In a statement, Credit Suisse acknowledged FINMA’s findings but stressed that most of the purported missteps occurred before 2014 and that the bank has since taken measures to beef up its compliance systems.

FIFA in 2015 became engulfed in a massive corruption scandal that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in graft spanning multiple continents.

FINMA said it launched an investigation that year to uncover the extent to which Swiss banks and their clients were involved in the corruption within Zurich-based FIFA.

When dealing with FIFA, Credit Suisse did not do enough to properly identify its clients, determine the real beneficiary of accounts or identify business relationships that posed an “increased risk,” FINMA said. While the investigations into the bank’s dealings with scandal-marred Petrobras and Venezuela’s PDVSA were conducted independently of the FIFA probe, FINMA said it identified “commonalities” with respect to Credit Suisse’s shortcomings in all three cases.

 

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