Original article by Patrick Durkin, James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Oct-17
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s case against Westpac, the ANZ, and National Australia Bank has been put on hold for two days. ASIC had accused the three banks of trying to rig the bank bill swap rate. However, the ANZ reported a day before the case was due to start that it had reached a settlement with ASIC, and it is understood that NAB may also do so. The deferment will allow ASIC’s deal with ANZ to be finalised and for it to be approved by the court. Outgoing ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft says the ANZ’s decision to settle the case vindicates its decision to pursue the case. It is believed that ANZ has agreed to pay a fine in the order of $A50 million.
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