Wednesday, June 06, 2018 11.56AM / Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited (Citigroup), Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (Deutsche Bank) and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) have been charged with criminal cartel offences following an investigation by the ACCC.
Criminal charges have also been laid against several senior executives: John McLean, Itay Tuchman and Stephen Roberts of Citigroup; Michael Ormaechea and Michael Richardson formerly of Deutsche Bank; and Rick Moscati of ANZ.
The charges involve alleged cartel arrangements relating to trading in ANZ shares held by Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. ANZ and each of the individuals are alleged to have been knowingly concerned in some or all of the alleged conduct.
The cartel conduct is alleged to have taken place following an ANZ institutional share placement in August 2015.
“These serious charges are the result of an ACCC investigation that has been running for more than two years,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“Charges have now been laid by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the matter will be determined by the Court.”
The matter is listed before the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on 3 July 2018.
The Competition and Consumer Act requires any trial of such offences to proceed by way of indictment in the Federal Court of Australia or a State or Territory Supreme Court.
As this is a criminal matter currently before the Court, the ACCC will not be providing further comment at this time.
The ACCC investigates cartel conduct, manages the immunity process and, in respect of civil cartel contraventions, takes proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cartel offences in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth. The ACCC refers serious cartel conduct to the CDPP for consideration of prosecution in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the CDPP and the ACCC regarding Serious Cartel Conduct. Anyone with information about cartel conduct is urged to call the ACCC Cartel Hotline on (02) 9230 3894.