August 23, 2017 / 2:55 PM / a year ago

RBS settles businessman's claim that bank wrecked property business

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) has settled a legal case with a businessman who alleged that the bank caused his business to go bankrupt after forcing him to take out interest-rate hedging products while manipulating the benchmark.

FILE PHOTO: A woman shelters under an umbrella as she walks past a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the City of London, Britain, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

Stuart Wall had been suing the state-backed bank in a claim worth about 670 million pounds ($857.27 million) after the demise of his Opal Property Group, which collapsed into administration in 2013.

“The action has been settled without any admission of liability by the bank,” Wall’s lawyers Hausfeld said in a statement. “The terms of the settlement are confidential.”

RBS issued an identical statement.

Wall had previously alleged his business was mis-sold interest-rate swaps and was also “artificially distressed” by the bank’s controversial Global Restructuring Group, which he claimed forced his company into administration.

RBS’s Global Restructuring Group has been accused of pushing some companies into bankruptcy so it could pick up their assets more cheaply.

The state-backed bank has admitted some wrongdoing over its handling of small businesses, but has said there was no evidence it pushed companies into bankruptcy.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill, editing by Anjuli Davies

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