Hong Kong regulator bans former Goldman banker Leissner for life


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  • Wednesday, 03 Jul 2019

On Nov 1, 2018, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged Leissner(filepic) with conspiracy to commit money laundering, and violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practice Act. Leissner pleaded guilty to the charges, and admitted to participating in a conspiracy to obtain and retain business from 1MDB for Goldman Sachs through the promise and payment of bribes to government officials in Abu Dhabi and Malaysia, and by embezzling funds from 1MDB for himself and others.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s financial regulator has banned former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner from re-entering the industry for life for his crimes linked to the multi-billion-dollar scandal at the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB.

The 1MDB case has shaken Goldman, which is being probed by the U.S. Justice Department for its role as underwriter and arranger for $6.5 billion worth of 1MDB bonds.

Leissner, another former Goldman banker Roger Ng and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho have been charged in the United States over their actions relating to 1MDB.
Leissner pleaded guilty last August.

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said it considered that Leissner’s conduct demonstrated “a serious lack of honesty and integrity” and called into question his fitness and properness to be a licensed person.

A Goldman Sachs spokesman said Leissner deliberately hid certain activities from the bank and repeatedly violated its policies and procedures.

“We continue to cooperate with all authorities looking into these matters,” he said. - Reuters

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