October 11, 2016 / 5:01 AM / a year ago

Swiss watchdog sanctions Falcon bank in 1MDB case

An empty reception area at Falcon Private Bank office in Singapore October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland’s financial watchdog FINMA has sanctioned Falcon Private Bank Ltd after it “seriously breached” money-laundering regulations over its handling of funds linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB, FINMA said on Tuesday.

FINMA, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority, ordered Zurich-based Falcon, owned by Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC), to turn over 2.5 million Swiss francs (2.06 million pounds) in what the watchdog said were illegal profits.

It also said it has opened enforcement proceedings against two former Falcon executives, without citing them by name.

The news comes as Singapore directed Falcon to cease operations in the city-state and fined top local lender DBS Bank and UBS AG over lapses in its biggest crackdown on entities dealing with 1MDB.

Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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