Original article by Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 19 & 23 : 25-May-18
Westpac faces a maximum fine of $A3.3m after the Federal Court upheld three unconscionable conduct charges with regard to the bank bill swap rate. However, the court ruled that the trades did not amount to market manipulation. Westpac would have faced penalties of up to $A2bn under revised laws that took effect after the offences in question. Its three major rivals had agreed to out-of-court settlements with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission over allegations of unconscionable conduct.
WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ