Article: Danske Bank faces preliminary charges related to market abuse

COPENHAGEN, June 25 (Reuters) – Danske Bank said on Friday it had been charged with violating rules related to market abuse, after a criminal complaint filed by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) a year ago.

The FSA had said Danske, which has been embroiled in a separate money-laundering scandal, had misinformed the market by facilitating “wash trades”, in which the same person sells and buys securities, between Aug. 12, 2016 and Feb. 22, 2019. Such trades can create misleading prices for securities.

Danske said the preliminary charges were “for two potential violations of the Market Abuse Regulation on the basis of inadequate monitoring of transactions in financial instruments and market manipulation as a result of certain self-matching trades”.

The charges were brought by the Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime.

Danske’s chief compliance officer, Philippe Vollot, said: “The bank did not have adequate market monitoring in place, and we have therefore since 2019 made significant investments to strengthen our trade surveillance, our systems and controls and have also implemented strengthened pre-trade controls.”

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