March 18 (Reuters) - French investment bank Societe Generale SA’s Australian securities arm has been charged with criminal offences for allegedly failing to separate its clients’ money from its own, Australia’s corporate regulator said on Wednesday.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said the breach of client money provisions was “serious” and “risks undermining investor confidence”.
The charges brought against Societe Generale Securities Australia on Tuesday in a Sydney court include two counts of failing to pay client money into separate bank accounts and two counts of not complying with requirements for a client money bank account, the regulator said.
ASIC alleges that the breaches took place between December 2014 and September 2018.
Societe Generale in Australia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The next hearing will be held on May 12. (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Editing by Stephen Coates)