As per the court documents made public by the Department, "In approximately , the victim company entered into an agreement with another company to sell part of its ownership interest in an Indian subsidiary for approximately USD 3.
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The duo has been charged in the US of "conspiracy to commit wire fraud" while the client in question has been identified in media reports as Cairn Energy, which had sold an ownership stake in its Indian subsidiary Cairn India for USD 3.
Cairn had selected HSBC to conduct the forex conversion transaction from amongst ten banks it had asked to bid for the right while asking them to sign a 'confidentiality agreement' regarding the information about the transaction.
Johnson has been charged for trading ahead of his client to make millions of dollars, while similar charges have been levelled on Stuart Scott, who formerly served as HSBC's head of forex cash trading for Europe, Middle East and Africa but left the bank in December The US Department of Justice said in a statement that the two have been charged with conspiring to defraud a client of HSBC through a scheme commonly referred to as 'front running' -- a practice in which traders fraudulently conduct trades with advance information about an impending deal.
While the Department did not disclose the name of the client, the British media reports identified it as Cairn Energy, which had indeed sold a majority stake in its Indian subsidiary to Vedanta Resources and was to distribute USD 3. As per the court documents made public by the Department, "In approximately , the victim company entered into an agreement with another company to sell part of its ownership interest in an Indian subsidiary for approximately USD 3.
If the sale was approved, the victim company planned to convert approximately USD 3. In the market parlance, this practice is called 'front running' and is against the market regulations. The two have also been charged of executing the purchase transactions in such a manner as to "cause the price of sterling to spike" at the expense of the 'victim company', which was later sold sterling at the higher price. Read more on HSBC. HSBC forex trading fraud. My Saved Articles Sign in Sign up.
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