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27 November 2019

Citigroup hit with record UK fine for incorrect reporting

Despite the widespread problems, the regulator said that the bank had surplus liquidity and met capital requirements at all times.

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Citigroup was fined GBP 44 million ($57 million) by the Bank of England for years of inaccurate reporting to regulators about the lender’s capital and liquidity levels, reported Bloomberg.

Applying its largest fine ever, the central bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) said that between June 2014 and December 2018, three UK units of the Wall Street bank had significant flaws in the systems they used to report financial information to regulators, as well as failings in internal governance.

According to the PRA the errors had ‘material or potentially material’ impact on the returns.

Sam Woods, Deputy Governor and CEO of the PRA, said, “The lender ‘failed to meet the standards of governance and oversight of regulatory reporting which we expect of a systemically important bank.”

The problems occurred at some of the bank’s most important units in the world, including Citigroup Global Markets (CGML), which is the hub of the firm’s non-US trading and deal-making operations.

The London-based entity had hundreds of billions of dollars of assets at the end of last year, according to a regulatory filing, enough to make it one of Europe’s biggest investment banks on a standalone basis.

According to the PRA, the bank’s units relied heavily on employees in Budapest and Mumbai to prepare the reporting, even though London-based regulatory teams had ultimate responsibility for validating and signing off on the reports.

Similarly, the bank’s own management control assessments said that these teams required very close monitoring.

Additionally, the PRA said that reports were often prepared manually, there were persistent questions over the quality of the data used and the bank’s systems used the wrong currency for settlement of some positions.

In a statement, the New York-based bank said that it has fully remediated the past regulatory reporting issues identified by the PRA and settled this matter at the earliest possible opportunity.


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