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FCA points to issues in Deutsche Bank controls

Reuters, FRANKFURT, Germany

Deutsche Bank has “serious” and “systemic” failings in its controls against money laundering, terrorist financing and sanctions, according to a confidential letter by the UK’s financial regulatory agency, the Financial Times reported.

The watchdog agency, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has now ordered a separate independent review, the Financial Times reported the letter as saying. The authority declined to comment.

“Our overall conclusion was that Deutsche Bank UK had serious AML [anti-money laundering], terrorist financing and sanctions failings which were systemic in nature,” the Financial Times quoted the authority letter, dated March 2, as saying.

“Effective senior management engagement and leadership on financial crime had been lacking for a considerable period of time,” it added.

Deutsche Bank said it is cooperating with regulators to fundamentally reform its anti-financial crime program.

“We understand the importance of this issue and are committed to and engaged in fixing it,” a company spokesman said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

In late 2014, the authoprity had put Deutsche Bank’s London office under enhanced supervision owing to concern about the bank’s governance and controls. Enhanced supervision procedures are normally kept private and can follow fines.

Following its review, the authority ordered a so-called skilled persons report — also called a Section 166 report — to assess remedial work Deutsche must now carry out, the newspaper reported.

Deutsche Bank’s new chief executive, John Cryan, who took over in July last year, has embarked on a deep restructuring of the bank, which includes an overhaul of governance procedures.

Cryan announced in November last year a review of its know-your-client mechanisms and its vetting procedures when taking on new clients. It has also suspended taking on new customers from 109 countries which it has defined as high risk, compared with 30 countries it had earlier classified as too risky.

The report on the authority letter comes days after a public squabble among members of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board and the ejection of the board’s member tasked with clearing up past scandals.

Germany’s largest bank, struggling to extract itself from regulatory and legal tangles that have already cost it billions of US dollars, announced late on Thursday the resignation Georg Thoma, a top financial lawyer who headed the supervisory board’s Integrity Committee.

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