SYDNEY (Reuters) - French bank BNP Paribas SA
BNP will make a A$1 million ($874,800) donation toward promoting financial literacy after an internal investigation found communications showing derivatives traders in Singapore and BNP's Sydney treasury desk discussed preferred settings for the Bank Bill Swap Reference Rate (BBSW), the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) said on Tuesday.
The review concluded the maximum possible benefit for BNP was A$760,000 during the period under review from 2007 to 2010 and an "insignificant" impact on the market as a whole.
"We've self-reported this facts to ASIC. BNP Paribas made no admission of wrongdoing in relation to the matters, but we acknowledge ASIC's concern for the potential problems," a spokeswoman for BNP said.
"So we've agreed to enter a five-year enforceable undertaking with ASIC to ensure participation in relation to the setting of Australia interest rate benchmarks."
Global regulators have been reforming rate-setting practices after Barclays Plc
Last year, Australia scrapped its BBSW rate-setting mechanism after an exodus of banks from the panel, the first major market to dismantle the tarnished structure.
Other similar censures by ASIC, known as enforceable undertakings, are likely. UBS has previously said it was investigating potential "misconduct" in submissions for BBSW.
ASIC officials declined to comment on other investigations still underway.
($1 = 1.1432 Australian dollars)
(Reporting by Lincoln Feast and Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Matt Driskill)