【英语财经】法国巴黎银行信用评级面临威胁 BNP faces rating threat in US spat

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2014-6-5 07:49

小艾摘要: The transatlantic tussle between France’s biggest bank and US regulators over alleged sanctions breaches escalated yesterday after BNP Paribas’s credit rating came under threat and Fran?ois Hollande ...
BNP faces rating threat in US spat
The transatlantic tussle between France’s biggest bank and US regulators over alleged sanctions breaches escalated yesterday after BNP Paribas’s credit rating came under threat and Fran?ois Hollande said he would raise the issue with Barack Obama.

Amid alarm among French politicians about the prospect of BNP Paribas being fined as much as $10bn – more than its annual profits – Standard & Poor’s said it had put the bank’s A+ rating on “credit watch with negative implications”.

The French and US presidents are set to discuss the issue at a private dinner in Paris this evening. “The justice system is independent in France and in the US, but we can make arguments regarding the disproportionate character,” Mr Hollande said yesterday.

The bank is being investigated for allegedly violating US sanctions and anti-money laundering rules between 2002 and 2009 by disguising transactions in US dollars with countries including Iran, Sudan and Cuba. As well as a large fine, it faces a potential guilty plea and suspension of its ability to clear US dollar transactions.

S&P said: These penalties could result in adverse changes to BNP Paribas’s risk-adjusted capitalisation, and disrupt some of its banking activities.”

Analysts say the fine, which unconfirmed reports put at up to $10bn, could force the bank to cut its dividend, dispose of assets or even launch a rights issue. People close to the bank said it had not been presented with a $10bn settlement figure by US authorities.

If BNP Paribas were to pay a fine of $8bn as part of any settlement then foreign banks would account for 27 per cent of the $96.4bn in fines that US authorities have levied.

在法国第一大银行法国巴黎银行(BNP Paribas)信用评级受到威胁后,该行与美国监管当局围绕涉嫌违反制裁展开的跨大西洋角力昨日进一步升级。弗朗索瓦?奥朗德(Fran?ois Hollande)则表示,他会向巴拉克?奥巴马(Barack Obama)提出这一问题。

因有法国政治人士警告称,法国巴黎银行未来可能面临高达100亿美元的罚款(超过该行年度利润总额),标准普尔(Standard & Poor's)表示,已将法国巴黎银行的A+评级“前景展望调为负面”。

法国和美国总统将于今晚在巴黎的一个私密晚宴上讨论这一问题。奥朗德昨日表示:“法国和美国的司法系统是独立的,但我们可以就如此超高重量级的问题进行讨论。”

法国巴黎银行目前正在接受调查,原因是涉嫌在2002至2009年间掩盖与伊朗、苏丹、古巴等国的美元交易,违反了美国的禁令和反洗钱规定。除了面临高额罚款之外,该行还可能面临有罪答辩,以及美元交易的清算权限被暂停。

标准普尔表示:这些处罚可能导致该行经过风险调整的资本规模发生不利变化,并干扰该行的某些银行业活动。

分析师指出,相关罚款可能迫使该行削减分红,处置资产,甚至启动配股发行。一些未经证实的报告声称,该行面临的罚款金额或高达100亿美元。接近该行的知情人士则表示,该行尚未接到美国监管当局开出的100亿美元和解罚单。

如果法国巴黎银行将支付80亿美元罚款作为和解协议的一部分,那么在美国监管当局所开出的964亿美元罚单当中,外国银行所占的比重将达到27%。

译者/马拉

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