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BM&FBovespa Ordered to Pay $4.62 Billion by Brazil Low Court

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March 28 (Bloomberg) -- BM&FBovespa SA, Brazil’s biggest securities exchange, said a local lower court ordered it to pay 8.42 billion reais ($4.62 billion) in a civil case related to central bank futures trading around the time of the 1999 currency devaluation.

The exchange said it’s being accused of causing losses for the public coffers, according to a regulatory filing late yesterday. The Sao Paulo-based company denied wrongdoing and said it will appeal the decision.

BM&FBovespa said it doesn’t plan to set aside money as provision for the case because its attorneys assign a low probability that the unfavorable ruling will be upheld by higher courts.

The exchange said it’s being accused of administrative irregularities after the central bank traded currency futures contracts on the BM&FBovespa to prevent the real from devaluing in January 1999.

The ruling refers to multiple lawsuits brought by Brazilian citizens, the exchange said today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adriana Arai in Sao Paulo at aarai1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Helder Marinho at hmarinho@bloomberg.net