Case Spotlight: FX Canada

By Jenn Rothenberg, VP of Marketing, Financial Recovery Technologies

CaseCanadian FX Price-Fixing Class Action
Settlement Amount:$106,747,205 million (to date)
Court:Ontario Court and the Québec Court
Claims:Price fixing; Unjust enrichment; Controlling and manipulating FX benchmark rates
Relevant Period:January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2013
Covered Instruments:“FX Instruments” includes FX spot transactions, outright forwards, FX swaps, FX options, FX futures contracts, options on FX futures contracts, and other instruments traded in the FX Market.
Claim Deadline:August 19, 2019

CASE BACKGROUND

This class action arises from an alleged conspiracy among the defendants to fix, raise, maintain, stabilize, control, or enhance unreasonably the prices of currency purchased in the FX or foreign currency market (the “FX Market”). The class action was commenced in Ontario and in Québec in September 2015.

WHAT DEFENDANTS HAVE SETTLED?

Settlements have been reached in the class action with the following Defendants (the “Settling Defendants”):

Settling DefendantsSettling Amount
UBS$4,950,000
BNP Paribas$4,500,000
Bank of America$6,500,000
Goldman Sachs$6,750,000
JPMorgan Chase$11,500,000
Citi$21,000,000
Barclays$19,677,205
HSBC$15,500,000
Royal Bank of Scotland$13,220,000
Standard Chartered$900,000
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ$450,000
Société Générale$1,800,000

Canadian proceedings continue against 9 additional defendants.

DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY

According to the claims form, Class Members will be allocated into two categories:

  • “(a) Direct Claimants: persons in Canada who between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2013, entered into an FX Instrument directly with a financial institution, including but not limited to the Defendants. Direct Claimants include all Financial Customers and Non-Financial Customers that entered into an FX Trade with an FX Dealer. Investment Vehicles (discussed below) are excluded from the pool of Direct Claimants.
  • (b) Indirect Claimants: persons in Canada who, between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2013 entered into an FX Instrument indirectly through an intermediary, and/or purchased or otherwise participated in an
    • i. investment or equity fund;
    • ii. mutual fund;
    • iii. hedge fund, or
    • iv. any other investment vehicle that entered into an FX Instrument.
    • Included as Indirect Claimants are Investment Vehicles.”

COVERED INSTRUMENTS

The Settlement relates to the FX rate including those trading both over-the-counter and on exchanges. These include, but are not limited, to:

  • FX spot transactions
  • Outright forwards
  • FX swaps
  • FX options
  • FX futures contracts
  • Options on FX futures contracts
  • Other instruments traded in the FX market

NEXT STEPS

To recover from the settlement fund, you must submit a Claim Form by August 19, 2019. At your request, FRT can help you prepare the Claim Form and submit it on your behalf.

Unlike the Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation case (U.S.), investors do not have a constructed trade option. Similar to the Euribor case, class members must submit their full trade details by the deadline. Read our blog to learn about the Euribor claims filing.

LEARN MORE

For more information on this case, or to learn more about the FRT Antitrust program, please contact us at learnmore@frtservices.com.

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