Barclays had been accused by the care home operator of mis-selling
products linked to benchmark interest rates and senior Barclays
employees and former executives, including former chief executive
Bob Diamond, had been due to testify at the trial.
The case was being closely watched by banks and their customers,
after Barclays and several other lenders were fined for manipulating
Libor or its euro equivalent Euribor.
If Barclays had lost it was expected to open the door for more bank
clients to claim they were mis-sold products linked to Libor.
Graiseley Properties, the parent of Guardian Care Homes, had claimed
that interest rate hedging products it was sold by Barclays were
invalid because the bank had manipulated Libor rates, to which some
of the products' prices were linked.
It sued Barclays for 70 million pounds ($116 million). Barclays said
Guardian owed it the same amount, and was trying to get out of
"The parties have negotiated and agreed to a commercial
restructuring of Graiseley's debt, which reflects the impact of
changes in conditions in this sector over the last few years.
Graiseley has withdrawn the litigation," a spokesman for Barclays
Guardian Care Homes and its law firm could not be reached for
The terms of the settlement were not released.
The battle in London's High Court was due to go to trial on April 29
and had been expected to last for about six weeks. It had been due
to be the first case tied to the manipulation of Libor to reach
trial. Deutsche Bank is also involved in a London court case tied to
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Barclays had already had to hand over thousands of emails and other
documents from its former bosses and staff.
Diamond, former investment bank bosses Rich Ricci and Jerry del
Missier, and former finance director Chris Lucas were among 23
people who had been called as witnesses for the trial.
Diamond and del Missier left Barclays in 2012 shortly after Barclays
agreed to pay a $450 million settlement with U.S. and UK authorities
due to alleged Libor manipulation.
Guardian Care Homes' lawyers had said a $4 billion fund run by
Barclays profited from low 3-month sterling Libor rates so the bank
benefited from the downward manipulation of Libor, while at the same
time selling customers an interest rate hedging product "on the
basis that Barclays believed rates would go up".
($1 = 0.6020 British pounds)
(Editing by Matt Scuffham and Mark Potter)
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