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UK watchdog fines BNY Mellon $186 million

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

UK watchdog fines BNY Mellon US$186m


Britain's financial watchdog has fined Bank of New York Mellon £126 million (US$186 million) for breaking rules meant to protect customer assets.

The Financial Conduct Authority said yesterday it fined the bank's London branch and Bank of New York Mellon International Limited for failings between 2007 and 2013.

During that time, the bank, the world's largest custody bank, held over one trillion pounds' worth of assets from more than 6,000 Britain-based customers. A custody bank has an obligation to secure assets for safekeeping.

But the watchdog said the bank failed to properly record and protect assets, and that it failed to take steps to prevent them from being mixed up with other accounts.

It said those failings were made more serious because they came during the financial crisis.