Bnp paribas features faced concerns from frances anti-corruption regulator over its usage of an introducer included in an offer buying deutsche banks prime brokerage business just last year.

The agence franaise anti-corruption (afa) queried a repayment designed to a company of a former goldman sachs dealmaker that amounted to thousands and thousands of weight, based on individuals briefed from the probe.

The repayment had been spotted as part of a routine audit by the afa, details of which were initially reported by bloomberg. the uks financial conduct authority has additionally been made aware of the payment however it have not however decided whether or not to start a formal research.

Bnp executives done their very own inquiry to the payment to barbon advisors, an fca-regulated company which operate by former goldman sachs banker simon lloyd, because random nature. but they concluded there clearly was absolutely nothing dubious towards commitment, based on people who have familiarity with the problem.

Bnp decided to purchase deutsche banks prime brokerage device just last year since the french loan provider start wanting to become a global player in servicing hedge funds consumers. in summer, bnp executives told the financial days about its ambitions to restore goldman sachs as one of the top three prime agents globally.

Whenever all client transfers from deutsche bank are finished very early next year, bnps prime brokerage company is anticipated to have more than $300bn of possessions, around $200bn of the coming from deutsche bank, and income into the hundreds of millions a year. as much as 800 staff are expected to maneuver from deutsche bank to bnp included in the package.

Citigroup was initially the frontrunner to acquire deutsche banks prime brokerage business following the german loan providers chief executive, christian sewing, go about trying to leave the business from equities trading.

But after talks with citi folded, mr lloyd tipped down bnp and acted as an introducer to deutsche bank. bardon later received a one-off introduction charge from bnp.

The paris loan provider setup a special committee to scrutinise the payment, as it does for many third-party service repayments.

The afa quizzed bnp about its commitment with barbon after getting aware of the repayments through a routine review associated with lender.

Bnp, deutsche bank while the fca declined to comment. the afa and mr lloyd didn't immediately respond to needs for comment.

Additional reporting by olaf storbeck and david keohane