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Sands: Iranian transactions 'in the 10s of millions of dollars'

The Sunday Telegraph's Business Editor Kamal Ahmed has tweeted:

Standard Chartered: 'Completely disproportionate' to withdraw US banking license

The Sunday Telegraph's Business Editor Kamal Ahmed has tweeted:

Standard Chartered shares rebound

Shares open 6.5% up this morning. Yesterday they fell 17% Credit: Press Association

Shares in Standard Chartered opened 6.5% higher this morning, showing signs of recovery after their steepest one-day fall in decades.

Yesterday the bank was forced to deny allegations that they were laundering money for Iran.

The accusations, made by New York's State Department of Financial Services, seen the bank's share price tumble by more than 17%.

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£6 billion wiped from value of Standard Chartered

A total of £6 billion has been wiped from the value of Standard Chartered amid fears it could lose its US banking licence. It comes after regulators branded the lender a "rogue institution" over its dealings with the Iranian government.

Standard Chartered Bank online Credit: Press Association

The bank saw shares plunge after regulators claimed it exposed the US to terrorists and drug kingpins by hiding 250 billion US dollars (£160 billion) of transactions with Tehran.

Standard Chartered 'surprised' by US investigation

Standard Chartered has released a statement saying that the bank was already conducting a review over its Iranian transactions and the Group had been in touch with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).

Standard and chartered said:

"The Group does not believe the order issued by the DFS presents a full and accurate picture of the facts.

"The analysis, that the Group shared with all the US agencies, demonstrates that throughout the period the Group acted to comply, and overwhelmingly did comply, with US sanctions and the regulations relating to U-turn payments.

"As we have disclosed to the authorities, well over 99.9% of the transactions relating to Iran complied with the U-turn regulations. The total value of transactions which did not follow the U-turn was under $14m.

"The Group is engaged in ongoing discussions with the relevant US agencies. Resolution of such matters normally proceeds through a co-ordinated approach by such agencies.

"The Group was therefore surprised to receive the order from the DFS, given that discussions with the agencies were ongoing. We intend to discuss these matters with the DFS and to contest their position.

"The Group takes its responsibilities very seriously, and seeks to comply at all times with the relevant laws and regulations. It is in this spirit we initiated this review and have engaged with the US agencies."

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