On January 27, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that it reached its final non-prosecution agreement under Category 2 of the Swiss Bank Program with HSZH Verwaltungs AG (HSZH). The department has executed agreements with 80 banks since March 30, 2015, when it announced the first Swiss Bank Program non-prosecution agreement with BSI SA.
During the last two weeks of 2015, the United States Department of Justice announced that Bank Lombard Odier& Co Ltd, DZ Privatbank (Schweiz) AG, Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG, Coutts & Co Ltd, Gonet & Cie, and Banque Cantonal du Valais reached resolutions under the department's Swiss Bank Program. These banks collectively will pay penalties of more than $285 million.
In the past two weeks, three Swiss banks--Bank Linth LLB AG (Bank Linth), Bank Sparhafen Zurich AG (BSZ), and Ersparniskasse Schaffhausen AG (EKS)-have reached resolutions under the Department of Justice's Swiss Bank Program. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on Aug. 29, 2013, provides a path for Swiss banks to resolve potential criminal liabilities in the United States. Swiss banks eligible to enter the program were required to advise the department by Dec. 31, 2013, that they had reason to believe that they had committed tax-related criminal offenses in connection with undeclared U.S.-related accounts. Banks already under criminal investigation related to their Swiss-banking activities and all individuals were expressly excluded from the program.
On June 9, 2015, the Department of Justice Tax Division announced it had reached resolution with two more banks in its Swiss Bank Program. Société Générale Private Banking will pay a $17.807 million penalty and Berner Kantonalbank AG will pay a $4.619 million penalty and both continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on Aug. 29, 2013, provides a path for Swiss banks to resolve potential criminal liabilities in the United States where officers, employees, and others facilitated the concealment of foreign accounts belonging to US Taxpayers, leading to the evasion of their U.S. tax obligations. Click here for the Department of Justice's full press release http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-more-banks-reach-resolutions-under-justice-departments-swiss-bank-program-0