SFO Press Release on Manipulation of LIBOR

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On July 2, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) published a press release regarding the manipulation of the setting of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Press release.

In the press release, the SFO stated that it had been working closely with the FSA and now that the FSA has concluded its investigation into the regulatory misbehaviour, the SFO is considering whether it is both appropriate and possible to bring criminal prosecutions.

The SFO hopes to come to a conclusion regarding possible criminal prosecutions within a month. It is also working with the relevant authorities that are carrying out equivalent investigations in other jurisdictions.

On July 2, a statement made by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer on LIBOR and related reforms concerning the banking sector was also published. This included an initiative to establish a joint committee to conduct an inquiry into professional standards in the banking industry. Statement.