Sajid Javid questionable past begs the question is he suitability to be chancellor ?
Sajid Javid suitability as chancellor of the exchequer called to question.
Sajid Javid’s suitability as chancellor of the exchequer has been called into question by his opposite number, John McDonnell, wrote a scathing letter to Boris Johnson demanding an investigation into Javid’s time at Deutsche Bank.
In the letter to the prime minister, dated July 31, the shadow chancellor called for Johnson to launch a probe into Javid’s nine-years at the German lender before he became a politician, focusing on his time as a banker in the run-up to the financial crisis.
“I ask you to immediately launch two investigations into Mr Javid’s past conduct in matters of financial stewardship and decision making,” McDonnell wrote.
Javid – who was appointed in Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle – held several senior executive positions at Deutsche Bank, including a role in the department that structured collateralised debt obligations.
CDOs are a type of complex financial product deemed to have played a critical role in the 2008 crisis. Banks were accused of packaging highly rated loans with more toxic forms of debt and selling this on to investors.
McDonnell specifically took issue with comments Javid made in 2006 regarding his role in structuring an emerging markets CDO at Deutsche Bank. Javid said that “as long as investors understand the risk/rewards of an emerging markets CDO, they are very appropriate”.
McDonnell wrote: “It will not be lost on those that have suffered the consequences of the last nine years of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis that the newly-appointed chancellor profited from the greed that contributed to it.”
CDOs often carried strong credit ratings, making them appear safer than they were. When the global markets turned in 2008, the value of many highly rated CDOs fell through the floor.
McDonnell also called for Javid to answer questions over any connection the 49-year-old may have had with a tax avoidance scheme known as Dark Blue during his time at the German bank.
A Cayman Islands-registered company called Dark Blue was used by staff at Deutsche Bank between 2003 and 2004, but the Supreme Court later found it to have had no “genuine business or commercial purpose” other than to help shareholders avoid tax.
McDonnell said: “Every penny avoided in tax by wealthy large corporations is a penny taken from our desperately underfunded public service.”
He added: “Mr Javid’s widely reported implication in some of the worst excesses of the casino economy, defending the sale of high-risk financial products that contributed [to] the 2008 crisis, calls into question whether he can be trusted with the secure stewardship of the nation’s finances.”
Deutsche Bank declined to comment.
Labour never caused the 2008 global financial collapse the Tories lied to you.
George Osborne admits that the “Labour crashed the economy” lie is well…. a lie. pic.twitter.com/pPHoKiTLoE
— Labour Heartlands (@Labourheartland) December 1, 2019
Chain of cause and effect:
- US housing and mortgage bust
- Liquidity and credit crunch spread to all credit and financial markets
- Economy wide recession in the United States
- Recession in most leading advanced economies including the UK
- Banking crisis then led to sovereign (government) debt crisis
- Great Recession of 2008-09 bottomed out in late 2009
- But long period of slow growth in countries burdened by high levels of debt
- Recovery also hit by imposed fiscal austerity
Root Causes of The Great Recession of 2008-09
- Years of low interest rates
- Lax supervision and regulation of the financial system – regulatory failure
- Excessive risk taking and leverage of the banks – especially sub prime lending
- Global current account imbalances and global savings glut
- Irrational exuberance and animal spirits leading to financial bubbles
- Distorted incentives of credit rating agencies
Rebecca Long-Bailey touched on Javid’s past connections in a recent election special on the BBC when she laid into Conservative MP Rishi Sunak after he attempted to accuse the Labour Party of crashing the UK economy. Rebecca let him have it with both barrels and reminded him how his Chancellor, Sajid Javid, “was working at Deutsche Bank , selling the very derivatives that caused the banking crash in the first place”
In 2018 German police raid Deutsche Bank offices on money laundering allegations
A money laundering probe stemming from the “Panama Papers” led police to Deutsche Bank, according to authorities. Prosecutors believe the bank helped clients “transfer money from criminal activities” to tax havens.
Federal police on Thursday raided the Frankfurt offices of Deutsche Bank. The Frankfurt prosecutor’s office said the raids stemmed from an investigation into suspected money laundering at the German bank.
About 170 law enforcement agents took part in the operation. The investigation revolves around multiple Deutsche Bank employees, including two believed to still be working at the financial institution.
Deutsche Bank said it was “fully cooperating” with authorities. “The case is related to the Panama Papers,” a spokesperson said.
According to prosecutors, Deutsche Bank is suspected of helping some 900 customers set up offshore shell companies in tax havens to “transfer money from criminal activities.” They said some €311 million ($354 million) are believed to have been laundered, citing information gleaned from the so-called Panama Papers.
Markus Meinzer, financial secrecy director at the Tax Justice Network, said he was “surprised that German officials would finally take action” on information garnered from the Panama Papers.
“It has been two years that they’ve been analysing these files,” Meinzer said. “We have seen in other situations that German prosecutors took very long to take action” against tax avoidance schemes and financial crimes.
The Panama Papers data leak comprised some 11.5 million documents, which were leaked anonymously to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2015. At least 28 German entities were identified in the leak, according to reports at the time, including Deutsche Bank.
This year German authorities raid Deutsche Bank over Danske scandal
They are investigating whether Germany’s biggest bank facilitated money laundering and whether it failed to alert authorities about suspicious transactions quickly enough, the prosecutors said.
Danske Bank is under investigation in several countries, including the United States, Denmark, Britain and Estonia, over suspicious payments totalling 200 billion euros ($220 billion) moved through its tiny Estonian branch. Deutsche Bank acted as a correspondent bank for Danske.
Prosecutors said the period in question is 2014 to 2018, and that there was a suspect who worked at the bank during that period.
Deutsche Bank had alerted authorities to 1.1 million suspicious transactions, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors also said that a double-digit number of transactions, with a volume of 12.5 million euros, were either registered by Deutsche too late with authorities, or the bank should have blocked them from the start.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung was the first to report the raid on Deutsche.
Deutsche Bank has previously faced issues over money laundering and the controls in place to prevent it.
In 2017, Deutsche Bank was fined nearly $700 million for artificial trades between Moscow, London and New York that could have been used for money laundering. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice is still ongoing.
- Given the level of interest and not wanting to be responsible for sharing anything that can’t be substantiated, I decided it might be worth doing a little digging around to see if we can get to the facts behind the claims. So, here goes…
- Prior to becoming a politician in 2010, Javid had an 18-year career in banking.
- Javid started in banking in 1991 and gradually built up his annual salary to seven figures by 2000.
- Javid joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City immediately after graduation and became their vice president. He then returned to London in 1997 and joined Deutsche Bank as a director in 2000. He became Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in 2004 and global head of Emerging Markets Structuring in 2005.
- In 2007, he relocated to Singapore as head of Deutsche Bank’s credit trading, equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia and was appointed a board member of Deutsche Bank International Limited.
- As MD, Sajid Javid would have taken responsibility for global credit trading in Asia ex-Japan, based in Singapore.
- When he became an MP in 2009, the Evening Standard said Javid took a 98% pay cut. As MPs are on £67k, this suggest he could have been making around £3.4m a year as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank.
- Some credit head hunters claimed that their 2006 pay survey found that MDs at tier 1 houses were earning salaries of £130k plus bonuses of £1.5m- £2m but if he was based in Singapore then Javid would have received an additional ex-pat package of around £200k, making his total salary more like £2.3m [$3.6m].
- In 2014, the Daily Mail accused Javid of channelling some of this money through a tax haven. They claimed that an investigation by The Mail on Sunday had established that Javid was among a group executives and senior staff at Deutsche Bank who were paid bonuses worth at least £50,000 each (likely to be a lot higher for Javid as he was a senior executive) via shares in a Cayman Islands company in order to avoid paying tax.
- It is suspected that Javid was working on the controversial products that were behind the financial crisis during the six years he spent at Deutsche Bank in London.
- A former colleague of Javid’s said he was astonished at how Javid had been spinning his banking career as if he were some sort of a sober investment banker and revealed that Javid was actually ‘a structured credit trader’ and that he was in fact at the heart of the business that precipitated the financial crisis.
- An ex Deutsche board member reported that shortly before the crisis “All the profit & losses was taken upfront and bonuses paid on it,”
- Earlier this year, in August, Johns McDonnell accused Javid of “some of the worst excesses of the casino economy” during his time as a banker and said that Javid had questions to answer over a tax avoidance scheme used by Deutsche Bank and that he should publish his tax returns. In a letter to the PM, McDonnell said that Javid had been selling collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), a complex financial product largely attributed with playing a key role in the 2008 financial crash. “It will not be lost on those that have suffered the consequences of the last nine years of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis that the newly appointed chancellor profited from the greed that contributed to it,”
- McDonnell also points out how a US Senate committee had found that Deutsche Bank had in fact caused “material damage to ordinary people and the wider global economy”, during the time Javid was actually on the board at Deutsche Bank.