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Pakistan's biggest lender Habib Bank may face $630-mn US watchdog fine

According to the watchdog, HBL's compliance with anti-money laundering laws is dangerously weak

Reuters  |  Islamabad 

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) said it is seeking to fine Habib Bank Ltd, Pakistan's biggest lender, up to $630 million for "grave" compliance failures relating to anti-money laundering rules and sanctions at its only US branch. If imposed, the penalty on Habib Bank (HBL) would be the largest-ever faced by a Pakistani financial institution. Karachi-listed HBL plans to surrender the foreign bank license for its New York branch, according to the DFS, which intends to expand its review of the bank's transactions. The DFS said in a ...

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First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 11:16 IST