PARIS (Reuters) – The Swiss arm of France’s BNP Paribas claimed it is closing its commodity trade finance small business, the most up-to-date lender to withdraw immediately after the coronavirus disaster led to defaults and exposed a sequence of frauds.
Sector sources have mentioned the BNP division has struggled to be worthwhile since cutbacks prompted by a $8.9 billion great it paid out for violating U.S. sanctions in 2014.
“BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA has decided to discontinue its commodity transactional funding activities,” BNP’s Swiss arm reported in a statement, incorporating that this could affect up to 120 personnel in Geneva.
It did not give a timetable for the closure but explained purchasers interests would be preserved, incorporating that it would refocus on company and institutional banking and wealth administration.
Dutch loan company ABN Amro final thirty day period announced its withdrawal from commodity trade finance right after a run of losses.
BNP said very last 12 months it was looking at laying off 250 personnel out of close to 1,400 in Switzerland.
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(Reporting by Gus Trompiz and Maya Nikolaeva Editing by Alexander Smith)
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