The Monetary Authority of Singapore has withdrawn BSI’s approval as a merchant bank amidst claims of gross staff misconduct and poor management oversight
After a series of investigations in 2011, 2014 and 2015 failed to rectify these lapses, MAS chose to withdraw the bank’s status due to a “gross dereliction of duty and failure to discharge oversight responsibilities on the part of BSI Bank’s senior management”.
This then led to a poor risk culture amongst employees who prioritised questionable customer demands over anti-money laundering regulations as well as the bank’s internal policies.
MAS has sent the names of the following six senior staff members to the Public Prosecutor to evaluate whether they have conducted criminal offences:
- Hans Peter Brunner, former CEO
- Raj Sriram, former deputy CEO
- Kevin Michael Swampillai, head of wealth management services
- Yak Yew Chee, former senior private banker
- Yeo Jiawei, former wealth planner
- Seah Yew Foong Yvonne, former senior private banker
“BSI Bank is the worst case of control lapses and gross misconduct that we have seen in the Singapore financial sector,” Ravi Menon, managing director of MAS, said in a statement.
This should be a warning to other firms in the financial services sector about the need for diligence, he added.
“Controls need to be robust, surveillance vigilant, and the management culture must emphasise professional integrity and risk consciousness.”