Lehman Brokerage Trustee Says He’s Near Paying Customers

The trustee liquidating the Lehman Brothers Inc. brokerage said he expects to close settlement agreements with affiliates “in the near future” that should enable him to pay approved customers in full.

No one in the U.S. or U.K. has challenged the pacts struck with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Lehman Brothers International Europe, and he doesn’t anticipate a challenge by the May 22 deadline, he said in an appeals court filing in Manhattan.

It will take “some time” to set aside reserves for disputed claims before making any payout, said trustee James Giddens. He made the statements in a letter to an appeals court handling a separate dispute between the defunct brokerage and London-based Barclays Plc.

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