French court slashes HSBC tax investigation bail to 1 million euros

French appeal court reduced the bank's bail from 1 billion euros in relation to a probe into alleged tax evasion and money-laundering activities.

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A French court reduced the bail HSBC Holdings Plc must post in connection with a criminal probe into tax evasion by its private-banking clients to 100 million euros ($112 million) from 1 billion euros, reports Bloomberg.

“HSBC acknowledges the decision of the French Court of Appeal to partially accept the appeal and to reduce the bail,” the bank said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.

Europe’s largest bank in April was placed under formal criminal investigation regarding its private bank’s conduct in 2006 and 2007. The move came seven months after HSBC’s Swiss unit was charged and ordered to post a 50 million-euro bail.

UBS Group AG, Switzerland’s largest bank, was forced to pay a 1.1 billion-euro security deposit last year to cover potential penalties in a separate French tax-evasion probe after its appeals failed.

Read more of this report from Bloomberg.

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