Bank Leumi Executives to Repay Bonuses as a Result of U.S. Tax Deal.
October 13, 2015
Now three former senior executives at Bank Leumi will return part of the bonuses they received after Israel's second largest bank agreed a $400 million settlement with U.S. tax authorities. An independent committee set up to examine the conduct of the bank's board and senior management recommended the three executives return 11 percent of the bonuses they received for the 2002-2010 period, a total of 5.1 million shekels ($1.3 million).
In addition, the committee recommended that the bank recoup $92 million from insurance policies covering board actions. Leumi said its board has decided to accept all of the committee's recommendations and have submitted them to Tel Aviv District Court for approval.
“The insurance settlement payment will reduce the damage to Leumi from the fines paid and will positively impact its financial results,” Meir Slater, head of research at Bank of Jerusalem Ltd. in Tel Aviv, said by phone. “The panel’s message is that just that as executives get compensated for their good work, they have to take responsibility for the negative results of their actions.”
The three people are:
Former chief executive Galia Maor,
Former chairman Eitan Raff and
Former head of its international private banking division Zvi Itskovich.
Maor will pay back the largest amount, 2.6 million shekels. The three former executives have informed the committee they agree to repay the amount requested in order to bring the matter to a close.
U.S. persons with undisclosed accounts at Bank Leumi (and others) face potentially stiff financial consequences and, in some cases, the risk of prison.
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