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Deutsche Bank Settles Suit by Loreley Financing Over CDO

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s biggest bank, settled a lawsuit filed by Loreley Financing over $440 million of collateralized-debt obligations purchased from 2005 to 2007.

Loreley Financing sued Deutsche Bank in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan in October, accusing the bank of defrauding it into buying CDOs that were “designed to fail.” The litigation was discontinued with prejudice, meaning it can’t be renewed, according to court documents filed yesterday that didn’t disclose terms of the settlement.

Loreley Financing is a group of special-purpose entities based in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, a U.K. dependency known as a tax haven. The entities were formed for long-term investing in CDOs, pools of assets such as mortgage bonds packaged into new securities, Loreley Financing said in the complaint.

Christian Streckert, a spokesman for Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank, confirmed the settlement and said the bank was pleased to have resolved the dispute. He declined to comment further.

The case is Loreley Financing (Jersey) No. 3 Ltd. v. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 652737/2011, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net; Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net; Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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