The settlements, totaling $111,200,000, which were reached with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, Société Générale, and Standard Chartered Bank, would, upon final approval, bring the settlement total in the Forex matter to more than $2.1 billion. Hausfeld serves as Co-Lead counsel in the case with Scott + Scott LLP.
The settlements would resolve claims on behalf of foreign exchange investors against the five banks. Four of these defendants entering into settlements had been added to the action in an amended complaint filed in 2015 as a result of Hausfeld’s investigation and previous settlement cooperation. Cooperation from the five new settling banks, as well as continued cooperation from the previous settlements, will provide investors with access to information to support their claims against the remaining defendants: Credit Suisse Group AG, Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank AG, and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Michael D. Hausfeld, Chairman of Hausfeld, praised the settlements: “As a result of lengthy, hard-fought negotiations, we have added to our already historic recoveries on behalf of U.S. investors. Apart from the monetary component, each defendant has agreed to provide substantial cooperation, which will assist investors in their continued litigation against the non-settling defendants.”
Lianne Craig, partner at Hausfeld (London) said: “The extent of collusive conduct in the FX market is now clear. U.S. investors and those trading in the United States will see compensation from these settlements. But the majority of the world’s investors will need to pursue action outside the United States to recover their significant losses. London, the center of the global foreign exchange market, is the logical place to pursue such concerted action.”
In addition to moving for preliminary approval of the new settlements, Co-Lead Counsel also filed a motion for approval of a revised notice plan and plan of distribution.
The Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation alleges that the world’s largest financial institutions conspired to manipulate prices paid in the world’s largest financial market from at least 2007 to 2013. The case is currently pending before Judge Lorna G. Schofield in the Southern District of New York.
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