Ex-Barclays, Deutsche Bank Euribor Traders Plead Not Guilty

  • Ex-Deutsche Bank trader Christian Bittar among group
  • Traders accused of conspiring to manipulate euribor rates

Six defendants, including ex-Deutsche Bank AG trader Christian Bittar, pleaded not guilty to accusations of conspiring to manipulate a key interest-rate benchmark while working at the German lender and Barclays Plc in a London court.

Bittar, one-time colleague Achim Kraemer, and ex-Barclays employees Philippe Moryoussef, Colin Bermingham, Carlo Palombo and Sisse Bohart all denied the charges Tuesday. They’re accused of conspiring with other bank employees between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2009, to "procure or make submissions" in relation to the euro interbank offered rate, known as Euribor, that were false.

From left; Kraemer, Bohart, Bermingham, Moryoussef, Bittar, and Palombo

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The six are among 11 traders charged in the case and are scheduled to stand trial in September. They are the first to face charges globally in relation to Euribor, the euro counterpart of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor. A number of individuals have faced prosecution over Libor rigging. The other five defendants in the Euribor case worked at Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale SA and live in Germany and France. The U.K. Serious Fraud Office issued warrants for their arrest last year.