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Brussels judge opens inquiry into UBS


Posted on May 30, 2014

A Brussels judge has opened an investigation into UBS on “suspicion of money laundering and criminal organisation”, making Belgium the latest European country to probe the foreign activities of the Swiss bank.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutors department in Brussels said that the investigation was being run by Michel Claise, a specialist in white collar crime, but declined to give any further details of the case.

    UBS, which is Switzerland’s largest bank by assets and one of the world’s largest wealth managers, said that it was “not aware of any preliminary investigation concerning UBS Belgium and hence [we] are not in a position to comment”.

    “UBS conducts its business in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. UBS does not tolerate any activities intended to help its clients circumvent their tax obligations,” the bank added.

    The Belgian investigation follows probes into UBS’s cross-border business for wealthy clients by various other European countries.

    Last year, French authorities placed the French unit of the Swiss bank under investigation as part of a probe into allegations that it solicited French clients to open accounts designed to evade taxes.

    UBS has also run into difficulties in Germany, where officials in 2012 carried out numerous searches of its clients’ properties, following moves by German regional authorities to buy CDs containing client data. After analysis of one CD, a prosecutor alleged that German account holders at UBS had evaded about €204m in taxes.

    UBS said at the time that it did not help clients evade taxes and that since 2009 it had carefully examined its business and tightened its rules where necessary.