FCA bans ex Deutsche Bank FX trader Michael Ross Curtler following fraud conviction

UK financial regulator The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned Michael Ross Curtler, a former FX trader at Deutsche Bank AG, from the UK financial services industry for lacking honesty and integrity following a criminal conviction for fraud in the US.

Last October Mr. Curtler pleaded guilty before a US District Court in New York for his role in a conspiracy to manipulate Deutsche’s US Dollar LIBOR submissions.

Mark Steward, director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said:

Mr. Curtler has admitted engaging in dishonest conduct in making USD LIBOR submissions.  Dishonesty must disqualify him from UK financial services. Consequently, he must be prohibited.

Michael Ross Curtler was employed by Deutsche for nearly 20 years, between 1993 and 2012. During the period between 2000 and 2012 Mr. Curtler traded a variety of financial instruments that were tied to USD LIBOR. On occasions Mr. Curtler submitted Deutsche’s USD LIBOR submissions. When he did so, he understood that those submissions were supposed to reflect only the rate at which Deutsche perceived it could borrow USDs in the London interbank market.

Mr. Curtler received requests from Deutsche traders to alter his USD LIBOR submissions. These requests were made to benefit the trading positions of Deutsche and the individual traders.  Mr. Curtler made alterations to the USD LIBOR submissions consistent with these requests.  He also solicited requests from traders and changed his USD LIBOR submissions accordingly.

Michael Ross Curtler is awaiting sentencing by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York where he faces a maximum period of imprisonment of 30 years. In addition he faces a maximum fine of $1 million or twice any gain or loss to others resulting from his offence. He could also be ordered to pay restitution.

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