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JPMorgan, MF Global trustee reach agreement

JPMorgan held MF Global funds in several accounts and also processed the firm’s securities trades.

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JPMorgan held MF Global funds in several accounts and also processed the firm’s securities trades.

NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase has agreed to a deal that will return $546 million to former customers of trading firm MF Global Holdings Ltd., which collapsed in 2011 with $1.6 billion missing from its accounts.

MF Global failed after a calamitous bet on European debt spooked its investors, partners, and clients.

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JPMorgan held MF Global funds in several accounts and also processed the firm’s securities trades. The trustee tasked with getting customers’ money back, James W. Giddens, threatened to sue the New York bank if it didn’t return money that was transferred to the bank from MF Global. By June 2012, JPMorgan had returned $608 million to the firm.

Under a settlement agreement filed Tuesday in Manhattan bankruptcy court, JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $100 million to reimburse customers and will relinquish claims on $417 million that it previously returned. JPMorgan also will return more than $29 million that it is holding as security on an MF Global credit line. The recovered money will eventually be passed along to customers.

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