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NEW YORK ( Trefis) -- Barclays' (BCS) legal battle with Lehman Holdings is not showing any signs of coming to an end, as the Securities and Exchange Commission is backing Lehman's claims over assets worth almost $3 billion and further complicating the situation.
Barclays and Lehman have been tied up in a series of lawsuits since Lehman's bankruptcy proceedings began in September 2008. The SEC voiced its opinion in favor of Lehman's claims to the assets, citing the interests of Lehman's customers. Lehman still needs about $5 billion to make up for the shortfall in its customer reserve accounts, and under these circumstances, the SEC opines that Barclays only has a conditional claim on less than half of the assets.
The London-based bank already has a lot on its plate, with the U.K. government ratifying the ICB's recommendations which will directly affect its business and that of competitors like RBS (RBS).We maintain