A judge spared two former top Anglo Irish Bank Corp. executives a prison sentence for their role in a loans-for-shares scheme at the start of the country’s financial crisis, criticizing regulators for failing to block the deal.
Two former Anglo Irish Bank Corp. executives were found guilty of allowing the lender to make loans to 10 clients to buy the company’s shares, the first convictions of bankers since the near collapse of the nation’s financial system.
Former Anglo Irish Bank Corp. Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick was cleared on charges that he let the lender make loans to clients so they could buy shares in the company as the country entered a financial crisis.
A Dublin judge ordered that former Anglo Irish Bank Corp. Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick be acquitted on some charges that he allowed unlawful loans in 2008 to clients so that they could purchase shares in the now-defunct lender.
Sean Quinn’s family faced cash demands for as much as 300 million euros ($408 million) after a so-called St. Patrick’s Day Massacre hit the value of Anglo Irish Bank Corp. in 2008, the former head of the Quinns’ company told a jury.
A former top Irish bank regulator said while he was “positively disposed” toward Anglo Irish Bank Corp.’s efforts to unwind a derivatives position which threatened to bring it down, he wasn’t acting as a cheerleader for the lender.