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UBS nears settlement with Swiss, UK on rogue trader case

A woman walks past a logo of Swiss bank UBS at a building in Zurich November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer
A woman walks past a logo of Swiss bank UBS at a building in Zurich November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

By Katharina Bart

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - UBS is nearing a settlement in the coming days with regulators in Switzerland and Britain for control failures that led to a $2.3 billion (1.4 billion pounds) rogue trading loss, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The Swiss bank has finished its discussions with Finma, the Swiss regulator, and is finalizing a settlement with Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA), the source said. The two regulators then plan to make a joint announcement.

The FSA could fine UBS between 20 million and 50 million pounds, the Financial Times said earlier on Thursday, adding that a deal could come next week.

The two regulators are jointly investigating the bank's control failings that led to Kweku Adoboli, a trader on UBS's "Delta One" desk, losing $2.3 billion for the bank.

That investigation is continuing after being put on hold during Adoboli's criminal trial. He was convicted of fraud and jailed for seven years on Tuesday.

UBS is keen to put the rogue trading scandal behind it, which could speed up any settlement with regulators.

Finma does not have the power to impose fines. It is expected to impose new supervisory conditions on UBS.

UBS, the FSA and Finma all declined to comment.

Any fine on UBS could be the second-biggest ever levied by the FSA, after its 59.5 million pound penalty on Britain's Barclays Plc in June as part of a UK-U.S. settlement for the manipulation of Libor interest rates.

UBS is also one of about a dozen banks being investigated for manipulating Libor, which could lead to further hefty fines being meted out. It is also in the middle of a big overhaul of its investment bank arm as it tries to cut costs and boost profits.

($1 = 0.6271 British pounds)

(Additional reporting by Steve Slater, Sarah White and Caroline Copley; Editing by David Holmes, Stephen Mangan and Theodore d'Afflisio)

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