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Scandals turn compliance staff into ‘rock stars’ of Nordic banking

Compliance and anti-money laundering staff are in hot demand in the Nordic financial sector following tougher regulations and a string of scandals involving the region’s top banks Danske Bank, Nordea and Swedbank. Compliance officers ensure banks meet industry regulations that have mushroomed since the financial crisis a decade ago, and… Read More

Sweden studies Swedbank complaint by anti-corruption investor Browder

Bill Browder, an investor who campaigns to expose corruption, has filed a criminal complaint with Swedish authorities over Swedbank’s alleged link to a Baltic money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. Several European and foreign banks have been dragged into the Danske Bank scandal, which centers on suspicious transactions totaling 200… Read More

Leaked Documents Point to Russian Money Laundering Network: Reports

Leaked documents indicate that Nordea Bank and other institutions processed billions of euros in suspicious transactions from a network of shell companies, Finnish television network Yle reported Monday. The data leak shows that 700 million euros flowed through the bank despite signs that at least some of the funds could likely… Read More
3rd March 2019
Hermitage Capital’s founder Bill Browder said on Friday he plans to file criminal complaints with several authorities, including in Sweden, over Swedbank’s alleged link to a Baltic money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. Browder, once the biggest foreign money manager in Russia and who now campaigns to expose corruption, has… Read More
26th February 2019
Swedbank said on Tuesday it had hired external forensic auditors to investigate information in a media report linking the bank to a Baltic money laundering scandal, replacing recently appointed audit firm EY. Sweden’s public broadcaster alleged last week that money laundering could have occurred in relation to at least 40… Read More
21st February 2019
Estonia is investigating allegations linking Swedbank to suspicious transactions in the country involving Danske Bank, Estonia’s state prosecutor said on Wednesday. Danske is being investigated in its home market of Denmark, Estonia, Britain, France and the United States over some 200 billion euros (174 billion pounds) in payments from Russia,… Read More
21st February 2019
The Financial Supervision Authority of Estonia (FSA) has ordered Danske Bank’s local unit to cease operating and finalise its affairs within eight months, citing its financial crime scandal which revealed that €200 billion was allegedly laundered through its system. In a statement, the Estonian regulator said the bank would… Read More
14th February 2019
Estonia’s parliament has dropped a proposed law that would have toughen rules on money-laundering, a parliamentary spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Lawmakers told Reuters they expect the proposal, drafted after a scandal involving Denmark’s Danske Bank, to be revived later this year following a March 3 general election. “The current parliament… Read More
13th February 2019
The European Union needs tougher anti-fraud controls including a central body able to enforce laws against money laundering, European lawmakers said on Friday, describing financial crime as as a security problem for the continent. Curbs should be more uniform across the EU and its framework for swapping financial intelligence is… Read More
12th February 2019
Deutsche Bank has sharply scaled back its role as a correspondent bank, an executive said on Monday of a business line that has dragged it into a money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. Deutsche Bank’s global correspondent banking portfolio is now around 40 percent smaller than it was in 2016,… Read More
7th February 2019
Estonia’s push to become a digital society has left it vulnerable to dirty money and sanction breaches, the country’s top banking regulator has warned. The Baltic state took centre stage in one of the largest-ever money laundering scandals last year – the Estonian branch of Danske Bank helped funnel money… Read More
6th February 2019
In the wake of Danske Bank’s money laundering scandal, an EU committee will visit Estonia and Denmark this week to meet regulators, prosecutors and the bank’s new management to discuss ways to crack down harder on fraud. Between 2007 and 2015, 200 billion euros ($228 billion) of suspicious payments from… Read More
6th February 2019
Scandal-hit Danske Bank is looking to invest up to DKK 2 billion (about $306 million) on its financial crime prevention efforts following headline-hitting allegations that it may have been used to launder €200 billion. The bank’s troubles are centred around the non-resident portfolio at its Estonian branch, where it said… Read More