Hi Kin Lian,
I'm a former lawyer from Singapore now residing in Brussels. I have closely followed the activities with regards to the Lehman Brothers saga in Singapore. I have attached an article from a news site in Belgium with regards to this matter to demonstrate how this matter is being handled over here. Keep up the good work.
Angry clients of Citibank and Deutsche Bank demonstrated in Brussels this afternoon. They first marched to the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Brussels, and then to Citibank. The demonstrators are demanding compensation for the money they lost due to the bankruptcy of the American Lehman Brothers.
According to the Citibank and Deutsche Bank clients they had not been aware that there was a risk for their money as well when Lehman Brothers went bust. Apparently Citibank and Deutsche bank sold investments to their clients that were managed by Lehman Brothers. The clients say they were not informed of the risk. When the American bank went bankrupt, Belgian clients also lost their money. They want Deutsche Bank and Citibank to reimburse their loss in full. The pressure on Deutsche Bank and Citibank is rising especially because a number of other banks who had sold their clients Lehman Brothers investments such as Fortis, Ethias and Swiss Life have guaranteed the capital of their clients. In the meantime Deutsche Bank has said that there will be compensation for clients whose portfolios were composed largely of investments with Lehman Brothers.
A delegation of the demonstrators was received by Economy Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. His inspection team also suspects deceit. Minister Van Quixkznborne: "Misleading advertising violates legislation on trade practices. The question is whether the people, when they bought these products, if they were properly informed about the possible risks.
There was talk of capital guarantee- 100% and it then it turned out that
1) it was a product that was not from the same bank they bought it from; and
2) afterwards it also turned out to be a bank that was vulnerable to problems."