Deutsche Bank FX trader Guillaume Adolph fined and banned by the FCA

SFC fines

UK financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has fined Guillaume Adolph £180,000, and banned him from performing any function in relation to any regulated financial activity.

Mr. Adolph formerly worked at Deutsche Bank AG (FRA:DBK) as a short-term interest rate derivatives trader, trading products referenced to CHF (Swiss Franc) and JPY (Japanese Yen) LIBOR. For a period of time, Mr. Adolph acted as the primary JPY LIBOR submitter for Deutsche.

Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA said:

Mr. Adolph improperly influenced several of Deutsche’s LIBOR submissions in disregard of standards governing LIBOR submissions. Mr. Adolph’s misconduct threatened the integrity of important benchmarks. He should have no further role in the financial services industry.

The FCA found that between July 25, 2008 and March 11, 2010, Mr. Adolph:

  • made requests to Deutsche’s CHF LIBOR Submitters to adjust their submissions to benefit Mr. Adolph’s Trading Positions;
  • took his own trading positions into account when acting as Deutsche’s primary JPY LIBOR submitter; and
  • improperly agreed with a trader at another LIBOR panel bank to make JPY LIBOR submissions which took into account that trader’s requests.

The FCA has found that Mr. Adolph closed his mind to the risk that these actions were improper. He was also knowingly concerned in Deutsche’s failure to observe proper standards of market conduct. Accordingly, the FCA has determined that he is not a fit and proper person to perform any regulated financial activity. On January 21, 2014, the FCA issued Mr. Adolph with a Warning Notice, but proceedings were stayed due to the ongoing criminal investigation of the Serious Fraud Office into certain individuals who formerly worked at Deutsche Bank.

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