ACCC: ANZ, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Committed To Federal Court For Trial On Criminal Cartel Charges

(RTTNews) - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission or ACCC announced Tuesday that certain major banks and senior banking executives have all been committed to the Federal Court of Australia for trial on criminal cartel charges.

In a statement, the agency noted that Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd or ANZ, Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited, Deutsche Bank AG and six senior banking executives were committed for trial.

The banks and the executives, John McLean, Rick Moscati, Michael Ormaechea, Michael Richardson, Stephen Roberts and Itay Tuchman, were committed from the NSW Local Court in Sydney following committal proceedings.

Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, ANZ and the executives were charged in June 2018 following an ACCC investigation. The prosecution is being conducted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions or CDPP.

The charges involve alleged cartel arrangements in 2015 relating to trading in ANZ shares held by Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. ANZ and each of the executives charged are alleged to have been knowingly concerned in some or all of the alleged conduct.
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