Bloomberg Tax
Sept. 19, 2019, 7:16 AMUpdated: Sept. 19, 2019, 1:02 PM

Even New Traders Could Spot Cum-Ex Deals, Banker Says (1)

Karin Matussek
Karin Matussek
Bloomberg News

A banker on trial over controversial dividend taxes in Germany used his first testimony in court to expose an array of financial institutions he said took part in the practice that has cost taxpayers billions in lost revenue.

Addressing a court in Bonn Wednesday, Martin Shields, 41, laid out the inner workings of deals known as Cum-Ex, rattling off names including Barclays Plc, TP ICAP Plc, Commerzbank AG, Sweden’s SEB AB and more than half a dozen others. Participants acted as short sellers, share lenders, prime brokers and buyers, Shields said, describing a vast network of companies, individuals and entities ...