ZURICH/FRANKFURT Dec 23 Credit Suisse and
Deutsche Bank have been hit with a combined penalty of more than
$12 billion over the sale of U.S. toxic debt, further hampering
two of Europe's leading investment banks as they grapple with
The penalty puts them at a further disadvantage to larger
Credit Suisse agreed in principle to pay U.S.
authorities $2.48 billion to settle claims it misled investors
in residential mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up
to the 2008 financial crisis, the Swiss bank said on Friday.
Credit Suisse will also provide $2.8 billion from the
settlement over five years to offset the impact on consumers, it
said in a statement, adding the deal was subject to negotiation
of final documentation and approval by its board of directors.
"Credit Suisse will take a pre-tax charge of approximately
$2 billion in addition to its existing reserves against these
matters. This will be taken in our 4Q 2016 financial results,"
The final deal is in line with the $5 billion-$7 billion the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had asked Credit Suisse to pay
earlier in negotiations, as reported by Reuters on Monday.
The news came after Deutsche Bank agreed to a
$7.2 billion settlement with the DOJ over its sale and pooling
of toxic mortgage securities.
The agreement in principle, announced by Deutsche Bank's
Frankfurt headquarters early on Friday morning, offers some
relief to the German lender, whose stock was hit hard in
September after it acknowledged the Justice Department had been
seeking nearly twice as much.
The deals are the latest the Justice Department has reached
with major financial institutions since U.S. President Barack
Obama's 2012 initiative to hold Wall Street accountable for
misconduct in the mortgage securities market that helped lead to
the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
The department sued Barclays PLC on Thursday over
Barclays said on Friday that it rejected the DoJ's
complaint, would "vigorously defend" the case and sought its
dismissal "at the earliest opportunity".
Credit Suisse had paid a $2.8 billion fine in 2014 for
helping wealthy Americans evade tax.
Credit Suisse in November said it had upped litigation
provisions by 357 million francs ($348.29 million), mainly in
connection with mortgage-related matters.
Its shares were indicated 2.4 percent higher in pre-market
($1 = 1.0250 Swiss francs)
(Additional reporting by John O'Donnell, Karen Freifeld,
Kathrin Jones and Simon Jessop; Editing by Stephen Coates and