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Denmark Toughens Demands for Banks’ Anti-Money Laundering Teams

Denmark is proposing greater independence and tougher qualifications for bankers hired to prevent money laundering as part of efforts to prevent a repeat of the Danske Bank A/S scandal. A new report by the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority says supervisory boards should be in routine, direct contact with… Read More

Danske Creates Permanent Work-From-Home Option for Bankers

Staff at Denmark’s biggest bank will permanently be allowed to work from home a couple of times a week, after parts of its business thrived under the arrangement during the country’s lockdown. Danske Bank said on Thursday that the lessons it learned during the Covid-19 crisis “will have a… Read More

Danish state prosecutor drops investigation of Danske Bank auditor EY

Denmark’s state prosecutor has dropped its investigation into whether accounting firm EY breached anti-money laundering laws in connection with its audit of Danske Bank, the Danish Business Authority said on Friday. Some 200 billion euros ($222.74 billion) in payments flowed through the non-resident portfolio of Danske’s Estonian branch between 2007… Read More
13th May 2020
The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has ordered Bingo.dk operator Winteq to conduct a risk assessment for money laundering and terrorism financing after discovering its current processes had not been updated. Spillemyndigheden said Winteq should conduct a new assessment, focusing on its procedures related to the identification, evaluation and analysis of… Read More
30th April 2020
At times it can seem as if Swedbank’s recent history has been taken from the plot of a Nordic noir novel. There is a procedural bleakness to the Swedish bank’s money laundering scandal and a complexity to it all that does little to resolve the moral ambiguities of institutional malfeasance. Read More
29th April 2020
By Sanne Wass, S&P Global Market Intelligence, 27 April 2020 Read more at S&P Global Market Intelligence Photo (cropped and edited): Finn Årup Nielsen [CC BY-SA 3.0] RiskScreen: Eliminating Financial Crime with Smart Technology… Read More
5th March 2020
Plans by lenders in the Netherlands to tackle complex international money-laundering schemes together have won support from regulators following a seven-month investigation to assess the Dutch financial sector’s exposure to the scandal that engulfed Danske Bank Estonia. De Nederlandsche Bank, or DNB, wrapped up the investigation in December after pinpointing… Read More
4th March 2020
Danske Bank A/S was among 14 lenders singled out for talks by the world’s biggest wealth fund last year to find out whether it’s doing enough to prevent another money laundering scandal. Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at Norway’s $1.1 trillion investing behemoth, said the fund is targeting… Read More
28th February 2020
The Danish bankers’ union has lambasted Danske Bank A/S after its supervisory board sought to raise its own pay shortly before the lender announced hundreds of job cuts. Denmark’s biggest bank, which is dealing with a spike in compliance costs amid investigations into money laundering, said on Thursday it’s getting… Read More
24th February 2020
The ousted chief executive of Danske Bank A/S, Thomas Borgen, has been personally targeted in an investor lawsuit arguing he withheld information about potential money laundering that subsequently destroyed the lender’s market value. Deminor, a Brussels-based law firm, said on Friday it has filed a legal complaint against Borgen on… Read More
21st February 2020
A former employee of Denmark’s social services was sentenced to six and half years in prison on Tuesday for embezzling millions in funds, meant for people in need, over decades. Britta Nielsen, 65, was accused of diverting 117 million Danish kroner (15.7 million euros) between 1993 and 2018 from the… Read More
18th February 2020
One of the world’s richest corners has become a magnet for a growing number of Wall Street firms. The Nordic countries — best known for their universal welfare models and domination of world happiness rankings — now have a surplus of cash after years of central bank stimulus. That’s prompting… Read More
6th February 2020
Danske Bank A/S expects its profits to plunge this year as Denmark’s biggest lender continues to grapple with the consequences of its money-laundering scandal. Net profit for 2020 will be between 8 billion kroner ($1.18 billion) and 10 billion kroner, compared with 15.1 billion kroner in 2019, the Copenhagen-based… Read More