A Tribunal pre-hearing has taken place in relation to a reference by AB Bankas Snoras, a Lithuanian bank which has been refused permission by the FSA to operate in the UK. The substantive hearing is due to commence on 29 April 2009. Press reports have suggested that the bank is claiming that it has been discriminated against and that the FSA's reservations regarding its anti-money laundering and financial crime controls are unjustified. The FSA apparently claims that the bank has provided misleading and incomplete answers including failing to mention that it was refused permission to accept retail deposits in Russia and fined by the Lithuanian regulator. The FSA also alleges that the bank's largest shareholder and chairman of its supervisory board, Vladimir Antonov, has withheld information (The Times press release, 6 February 2009)