Zurich, 5 February 2016 – Julius Baer today announced that it has reached a final settlement with the DOJ in connection with its legacy U.S. cross-border private banking business. This settlement is the result of Julius Baer’s proactive and long-standing cooperation with the DOJ’s investigation. The two Julius Baer employees indicted in this context in 2011 have also taken an important step towards a resolution of their cases.
Julius Baer has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement pursuant to which it will pay USD 547.25 million. In anticipation of the final resolution, the Group had already taken provisions in June and December 2015, totalling this amount, and booked them to its 2015 results.
In announcing the settlement, Daniel J. Sauter, Chairman of Julius Baer, commented: “Julius Baer’s ability to reach this final settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is the result of its constructive dialogue and cooperation with U.S. authorities. I would like to thank all our employees, clients and shareholders for their ongoing trust and support.”
Boris F.J. Collardi, CEO of Julius Baer, added: “Being able to close this regrettable legacy issue is an important milestone for Julius Baer. The settlement ends a long period of uncertainty for us and all our stakeholders. This resolution allows us now to again fully focus on the future and our business activities.”