Swiss regulator: Rothschild Bank AG broke anti-moneylaundering rules in 1MDB case

FILE PHOTO: A man covers his mouth as he walks past a 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

ZURICH (Reuters) - Rothschild Bank AG and one of its subsidiaries committed serious violations of anti-moneylaundering rules in relation to 1MDB, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, Switzerland’s financial regulator said on Friday.

The regulator, FINMA, said in a statement it was nonetheless closing its probe into Rothschild. It will review the steps the institution has taken to tighten up its procedures.

Rothschild Bank AG said it noted the regulator’s comments and regretted the breaches that occurred.

“We constantly strengthen our systems and procedures and are determined to continue to do so to identify and combat the increasingly sophisticated financial crime faced by the industry,” the bank said in a statement.

The investigation is the seventh and last undertaken by FINMA into 1MDB. Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been charged with abuse of power and breach of trust in a graft probe into the fund, which he set up. He has pleaded not guilty and denied wrongdoing. [nL4N1U020K]

Rothschild Bank AG is part of Paris-listed Rothschild & Co ROTH.PA.

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Jon Boyle