After Goldman, Malaysia’s 1MDB Pursues JPMorgan and Deutsche

14-May-2021 Intellasia | Hubbis | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Bloomberg reports that after successfully recouping more than USD3 billion from firms including Goldman Sachs, Malaysia’s 1MDB is casting a wider net.

BLOOMBERG reports that the state-owned investment fund is suing companies including JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank in an effort to recover assets worth more than $23 billion the country says are linked to the fund. 1MDB and a former unit filed a combined 22 civil suits against entities and individuals for various alleged wrongdoings including fraud and conspiracy to defraud the fund, the finance ministry said on Monday.

The suits are the latest twist in Malaysia’s continuing efforts to recover billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB by people connected to the country’s former prime minister. For much of the past decade, authorities have tried to track funds that allegedly flowed from 1MDB into high-end art and real estate, a super yacht and, ironically, the hit Hollywood movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” chronicling an earlier era of financial crimes.

In a move that broadens the dragnet, at least two suits were filed in London, according to publicly-available court records. Deutsche Bank’s Singapore branch faces a lawsuit, while 1MDB separately sued Citigroup’s head of commodities research Ed Morse alleging professional negligence, the filing shows.

The Malaysian government has had a string of successes in its recovery efforts, the most high-profile coming last year when Goldman Sachs reached a $3.9 billion pact to resolve probes into the Wall Street giant’s role in the scheme. Goldman’s overall tab for additional settlements with authorities in the US, UK and Hong Kong swelled to more than $5 billion.

In March, Deloitte PLT agreed to a MYR324 million settlement with the Malaysian government to resolve all claims related to the firm’s audit of 1MDB and its former unit SRC between 2011-2014. The deal also came less than a week after Malaysian lender AMMB Holdings Bhd. agreed to a USd699 million settlement over its role in dealings linked to 1MDB.


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