Deutsche Bank AG London Branch (Deutsche) has been fined £4,718,800 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for incorrectly reporting transactions between November 2007 and April 2013.
Deutsche failed to properly report 29,411,494 Equity Swap CFD (contracts for difference) transactions. The failure, which affected all Deutsche’s Equity Swap CFD transaction reports in this period, breaches FCA rules on transaction reporting.
The FCA says the error was due to a coding issue which reversed the buy/sell indicator for all equity swap CFD transactions. To date, the FCA has fined ten other firms for transaction reporting breaches: Barclays, Credit Suisse, Instinet, Getco, Commerzbank, Société Générale, City Index, James Sharp & Co, Plus500UK and RBS.
Tracey McDermott, the FCA’s director of enforcement and financial crime, said: ”Effective market surveillance is critical to maintain the integrity of our markets and depends on accurate and timely reporting of transactions. Deutsche is a major market participant responsible for reporting millions of transactions every year. We have repeatedly highlighted the importance of accurate transaction reporting and taken enforcement action against a number of firms. There is simply no excuse for Deutsche’s failure to get this right. Other firms should be in no doubt about our continued focus on this issue.”
The FCA’s overall objective is to ensure that markets work well and with integrity. Accurate and complete transaction reporting by firms is an essential tool in delivering this objective. The FCA uses these reports in a number of ways – including identifying and investigating suspected market abuse, for example insider trading and market manipulation. Where the FCA sees any evidence of firms not acting properly we will not hesitate to act.
We are particularly concerned because we have provided extensive guidance to firms on how to submit and check these reports, have already taken action against several other firms, and previously issued Deutsche with a private warning in relation to other similar transaction reporting failures. The size of the fine reflects the very significant number of misreported transactions. Deutsche agreed to settle at an early stage of the investigation, and received a 30% reduction of their fine.
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