HARES in emerging marketplaces specialist Standard Chartered Bank have stepped after US government bodies billed it hid $US250 billion ($A237 billion) in handles Iranian banks in breach people sanctions.
The costs - strongly declined - would be the latest in a number of harmful scams hitting London's global financial center where light-touch regulation was praised like a major advantage of the eighties 'Big Bang' market deregulation.
Standard Chartered shares crashed 16.76 percent working in London trade, getting been lower one fourth at some point, reducing the bank's value by almost STG6.0 billion ($A8.9 billion).
The FTSE finished .56 percent greater at 5,841.24 points.
Standard Chartered shares lost nearly 15 percent in Hong Kong buying and selling.
"Bad news for banks once again as the daggers is out for Standard Chartered with US regulators flexing their muscles," stated Capital Propagates boss Simon Denham.
"The stock is being absolutely smashed ... as investors fear that they might have actually been doing something illegal for years."
The United States Department of monetary Services stated Standard Chartered methodically disguised foreign currency handles Iran that potentially opened up the United States banking system to terrorists and crooks.
Because of its part, Standard Chartered stated it "strongly rejects ... the portrayal of facts as set out" through the DFS.
"The group does not believe the order issued by the DFS presents a full and accurate picture of the facts," group secretary Annemarie Durbin stated inside a statement towards the Hong Kong stock market.
Standard Chartered was purchased to look on August 15 to describe the "apparent violations of law" and demonstrate why its license to function in New You is able to shouldn't be suspended.
"For almost 10 years, SCB schemed with the government of Iran and hid from regulators roughly 60,000 secret transactions, involving at least $250 billion," the regulator stated.
Standard Chartered falsified transaction reviews and blocked oversight "in its evident zeal to make hundreds of millions of dollars at almost any cost".
The transactions mainly involved US dollar transfers for condition-possessed Iranian banks, such as the central bank, that fell under US controls targeted at undermining Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program.
The game "left the US financial system vulnerable to terrorists, weapons dealers, drug kingpins and corrupt regimes", the DFS stated.
There is also proof of possible illegal transactions with Burma, Libya and Sudan when they were under US sanctions.
The financial institution, which concentrates on Asia, the center East and Africa, stated it had been amazed at the claims because it had informed US agencies this year it had under your own accord released an interior compliance review.
It stated the review "did not identify a single payment on behalf of any party that was designated at the time by the US government as a terrorist entity or organization".
The financial institution also stated it had stopped brand new business with Iranian clients a lot more than 5 years ago.
"The group takes its responsibilities very seriously, and seeks to comply at all times with the relevant laws and regulations," Durbin said. "We intend to discuss these matters with the DFS and to contest their position."
The financial institution could face steep fines if found guilty.
Justin Harper, market strategist for IG Marketplaces in Singapore, stated being labeled a "rogue bank" with a US regulator would be a severe blow.
"They have got a good reputation in the industry which will be tarnished by these accusations, whether they prove accurate or not," he told AFP.
But Kathy Lien, controlling director in the New you are able to-based BK Resource Management, stated she doubted the financial institution could be introduced lower through the scandal.
"At worst, they will get a slap on the wrist and pay a fine," she stated.
In This summer, an American Senate report accused London-based HSBC of camouflaging a lot more than $US16 billion in sensitive transactions with Iran and Mexican drug lords over 2001-2007.
In June, ING Bank was penalized $US619 million because of its role in processing $US1.6 billion with the US economic climate for Burma, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Libya.
Recently, Barclays was penalized STG290 million by British and US government bodies after acknowledging it tried to manipulate the Libor and Euribor benchmark rates of interest between 2005 and 2009.