Madoff Red Flags Could Have Been Raised by Santander’s Software

Bloomberg – Banco Santander SA’s hedge fund unit used risk software that according to its developer may have “waved red flags” about Bernard Madoff investments.

“You definitely would have seen it,” Riskdata SA Chief Executive Officer Ingmar Adlerberg said in a phone interview from Paris. Many of the company’s 80 customers have thanked it for flagging risks linked to Madoff, he said. He refused to name them or comment specifically on Santander.

Santander offered on Jan. 27 to pay 1.38 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to private banking clients hit by Madoff-related losses through the Spanish bank’s Optimal Investment Services hedge fund arm. Geneva-based Optimal said Riskdata’s FOFiX product was key to “quantitative risk analysis” for hedge fund investments in a 30-page due-diligence questionnaire filed last April with the Alternative Investment Management Association.

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