** FILE ** Pedestrians pass a sign with the HSBC logo in Hong Kong on Monday, July 30, 2012. HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Photo by: Vincent Yu

** FILE ** Pedestrians pass a sign with the HSBC logo in Hong Kong on Monday, July 30, 2012. HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)