LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has fined ex-Deutsche Bank trader Guillaume Adolph 180,000 pounds ($249,000) for "improperly influencing" quotes used for the Libor interest rate benchmark, and banned him from working in finance
Banks have been fined billions of dollars for trying to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, which is denominated in several currencies and used to price trillions of dollars in financial products from home loans to credit cards.
"Mr Adolph improperly influenced several of Deutsches Libor submissions in disregard of standards governing Libor submissions," Mark Steward, the FCA's director of enforcement, said in a statement on Monday.
"Mr Adolphs misconduct threatened the integrity of important benchmarks. He should have no further role in the financial services industry," Steward said.
Adolph's lawyer, BCL Solicitors, said the events occurred nearly a decade ago and Adolph wishes to move on with this life outside financial services.
"Thus, while he does not admit the FCA's findings, Mr Adolph has waived his right to contest that he was concerned in a breach of an FCA principle by Deutsche Bank, his former employer," BCL Solicitors said in a statement.
"The FCA does not conclude or even suggest that he was dishonest. As the FCA has previously found, the blame for the problems associated with Libor within Deutsche Bank lies firmly at the door of the bank," BCL said.
Deutsche Bank had no immediate comment.
The FCA said it found that between July 2008 and March 2010 Adolph made requests to Deutsche Swiss Libor submitters to adjust their quotes to benefit his own trading positions.
He also took his own trading positions into account when acting as Deutsche's primary yen Libor submitter, the FCA alleged.
Adolph improperly agreed with a trader at another Libor submitting bank to make yen Libor submissions which took into account that trader's requests, the FCA said.
"The FCA has found that Mr Adolph closed his mind to the risk that these actions were improper. He was also knowingly concerned in Deutsches failure to observe proper standards of market conduct," the watchdog said.
The FCA issued Adolph with a notice in January 2014 for the actions it was taking, but proceedings were put on hold due to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into certain individuals who formerly worked at Deutsche Bank. (Reporting by Huw Jones editing by Jason Neely and Alexander Smith)