UBS fined €3.7bn in tax fraud case
February 21, 2019 5:19 am
Swiss banking giant UBS has been fined €3.7bn (£3.2bn; $4.2bn) in a French tax fraud case.
A court in Paris found that the bank had illegally helped French clients hide billions of euros from French tax authorities between 2004 and 2012.
UBS said it had consistently contested any criminal wrongdoing and would appeal against the verdict.
Following similar cases in the US in 2009 and Germany in 2014, the bank accepted large fines.
As well as the fine of €3.7bn, UBS has also been ordered to pay damages of €800m payable to the French state.
Last month, UBS said it made net profits of $4.9bn (£3.8bn; €4.3bn) in 2018.
The bank has set aside $2.46bn to cover potential losses from litigation and regulatory requirements.