NEW YORK, June 12 U.S. money market mutual funds
held $39.1 billion in short-term debt from BNP Paribas at the
end of May, at the time of reports that the French bank might
face a $10 billion fine for evading U.S. sanctions against Iran
and other countries, according to a JPMorgan report released on
The funds' BNP exposure represented 24 percent of their
total $163 billion holdings in French debt last month and was
slightly less than the $39.5 billion at the end of April,
JPMorgan analysts said.
"Given the timing of the negative headlines in late May, we
did not see a significant retrenchment in the amount of BNP
Paribas holdings at the end of the month," the analysts wrote in
The bank, France's biggest, had a broad investor base with
18 fund families owning its securities at the end of last month,
the analysts said.
U.S. authorities are investigating whether BNP evaded U.S.
sanctions against certain countries between 2002 and 2009.
Sources familiar with the matter say the authorities are trying
to establish whether the bank removed identifying information
from wire transfers so they could pass through the U.S.
financial system without raising red flags.
(Reporting by Richard Leong)