StanChart says faces action again from NY regulator

LONDON Wed Aug 6, 2014 4:31am EDT

LONDON Aug 6 (Reuters) - Standard Chartered Plc said it faces another fine from New York's financial regulator for problems related to detecting transactions vulnerable to money laundering, piling more pressure on the Asia-focused bank and its bosses.

The London-based bank on Wednesday said the New York regulator had identified issues in its surveillance system - part of its anti-money laundering systems and controls - which was likely to result in a monetary penalty, remedial action and an extension of a 2-year monitoring period.

The disclosure was made two years to the day that the New York regulator Benjamin Lawsky said Standard Chartered had broken U.S. sanctions on Iran by hiding transactions and called it a "rogue institution".

It ended with Standard Chartered paying a $340 million penalty to the New York regulator, and a similar amount to other U.S. authorities. This time, the bank is likely to pay a penalty of at least $100 million, a person familiar with the matter said before the results were released.

Standard Chartered disclosed the investigation as it reported a 20 percent fall in pretax profit in the six months to the end of June to $3.3 billion. The bank had warned in June that profits would be down by about a fifth as its investment bank revenues were hit by weak trading activity. (Reporting by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham. Editing by Carmel Crimmins)