HSBC to Pay $765m to Settle Mortgage-Backed Securities Claims

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Department of Justice says HSBC will pay $765 million to settle claims related to its packaging, securitization, issuance, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007.

  • The United States alleged that HSBC had a due diligence process for reviewing the loans HSBC planned to securitize as RMBS, but as early as 2005, an HSBC credit risk manager expressed concerns with HSBC’s due diligence process.
    • “HSBC made choices that hurt people and abused their trust,” said Bob Troyer, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. “HSBC chose to use a due diligence process it knew from the start didn’t work. It chose to put lots of defective mortgages into its deals."
  • HSBC disputes and does not admit the allegations.

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