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JPMorgan Got $1.9 Billion From Sigma, Lawsuit Says, NYT Reports

JPMorgan Chase & Co. collected almost $1.9 billion from collateral it obtained on lending to the London-based investment vehicle Sigma while clients lost almost all the $500 million they invested with the fund, the New York Times reported, citing court documents.

Joseph Evangelisti, a spokesman for JPMorgan, rejected the accusations and said the bank lent Sigma more than $8 billion to help it survive and did its best to protect its clients, the newspaper reported.

The suit claims that JPMorgan employees planned to profit from a collapse of Sigma even as employees in another of the bank’s unit left their customers’ money invested, the Times reported.

Many of the assets JPMorgan received as a security depost for its loans to Sigma appreciated in value and provided the bank with a large profit, the newspaper reported, citing the suit.

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