The scandals that have cost the bank in reputation and fines date back to 2011 or earlier, and include interest rate manipulation, tax evasion, and money laundering. All cases are separate and damning.
In fixing one, they created a whole other issue. The scam of fixing currency rates ran from 2003 – 2010. Deutsche Bank paid the largest fee of all banks in a rate rigging scandal that settled in April 2015, with 2.5 billion in fines. Aside from the obvious issue of profit losses due to fines, there is a lawsuit against Duetsche Bank from former employees fired during the rate rigging review. Turns out their bonus wasn’t as big as some of the senior colleagues. According to one former employee involved in the lawsuit, they generated a lot of profit for the bank and his bonus was a measly 4.3 million euros, compared to those that scored more during the years of 2008 – 2009. The 96 million dollar banker bonus based on profits was paid out in 2008 – 2009, and was discontinued thereafter.
Deep discounts lead to trouble, especially when those deep discounts are a form of tax evasion. Following both Co-CEO’s announcing their resignation came a police raid of the Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt. Only a coincidence, the targets of the investigation was not the bank’s employees, but 9 of the bank’s clients. Not to say the bank hasn’t also experienced issues over the years with tax evasion, but that’s another story. Separate cases that developed from timing.
Consequences don’t only fall on those who do the crime, as is the case when you’re used. Another recent scandal involving Duetsche Bank is a current money laundering investigation that involves data from 2011 – 2015. The investigation revolves around a few of the bank’s Russian clients. They’re suspected of purchasing stock with the Ruble, while simultaneous trades were made through London for the same stocks using the dollar. The suspected money laundering took place through the Moscow branch, and it’s still being investigated whether any staff was involved.
The act of putting the needs of a large Investment Bank before one’s self appears quite honorable. The division most under fire is the investment side of the institution, an area Jain led prior to accepting the position of Co-CEO. Jain isn’t being blamed for the illegal activity that took place during that span. Instead, he was given even more authority recently, which made his resignation a surprise. He held the role of restructuring. More than a few bankers were given the shaft before Jain resigned from his post.