European Commission’s announcement regarding two settlements on FX trading
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (“RBSG”) and its subsidiary NatWest Markets Plc (“NWM Plc”) acknowledge the announcement by the European Commission (“EC”) today that two settlements have been reached with RBSG, NWM Plc and other named financial institutions, in relation to the EC’s investigation of historic competition law breaches concerning foreign exchange (“FX”) trading.
16 May 2019
RBSG, together with NWM Plc, have been fined a total of €249,214,000 relating to conduct which took place in two groups of chatrooms in periods between December 2007 and November 2011. The aggregate fine is fully covered by existing provisions in NWM Plc.
As previously disclosed, NWM Plc is co-operating with investigations and responding to inquiries from other governmental and regulatory (including competition) authorities on similar issues relating to past failings in FX trading. The timing and amount of future financial penalties, related litigation risks and collateral consequences remain uncertain and may be material.
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Legal Entity Identifiers
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc 2138005O9XJIJN4JPN90
NatWest Markets Plc RR3QWICWWIPCS8A4S074