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Moody's Downgrades French Banks

Greek debt crisis hits SocGen, Credit Agricole

(Newser) - The Greek debt crisis has hit the credit rating of two of France's biggest banks. Moody's has downgraded Societe Generale and Credit Agricole by a notch, and warned the country's biggest bank, BNP Paribas, that it may be next in line. The banks have seen their share... More »

SocGen Rogue Trader Guilty; Must Repay $6.7B

Kerviel will serve 3 years in prison in bank meltdown

(Newser) - A trader who brought Societe Generale to the brink of collapse in 2008 has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay the $6.7 billion his unauthorized trades cost the French bank. Jerome Kerviel, 33, was found guilty of breach of trust and computer hacking and... More »

Rogue Trader to Sue SocGen

Kerviel claims his accounts were in the black

(Newser) - The rogue trader whose $7.8 billion in transactions nearly sank Société Générale has filed papers in preparation for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, the Times of London reports. Jérôme Kerviel will claim the French bank has failed to prove he did anything wrong. He was... More »

Second SocGen Broker Held in Kerviel Probe

Could derail rogue trader's chances of getting released

(Newser) - Authorities have taken a second Societe Generale employee into custody and conducted a search of La Defense headquarters, as the probe into unauthorized securities trading that cost the French bank $7.6 billion expands, reports Bloomberg. Police are holding a broker from a bank subsidiary, said a SocGen spokeswoman. Another... More »

SocGen Posts Record $4.9B Q4 Loss

Subprime writedowns and fraud drop bank's annual profit 82%

(Newser) - Societe Generale's annual profits plummeted a whopping 82% after a record $4.9 billion fourth quarter loss fueled by subprime woes and the actions of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, reports Bloomberg. France’s second-largest bank today said net income was 947 million euros, compared to 5.22 billion euros in... More »

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