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U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal

A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said shareholders in the proposed class action failed… Read More

Bankers who profited from Nordic hiring boom now in firing line

A few years ago, the biggest banks in one of the richest corners of the globe were adding thousands of jobs to a department that suddenly seemed more important than most others: compliance. But with headcount growing more than 10-fold in some cases, those same jobs are now at risk. Read More

Argentina confronts its multi-billion dollar offshore wealth problem

By Eli Moskowitz, OCCRP, 23 July 2020 OCCRP – As Argentina has been renegotiating its US$65 billion debt with foreign creditors, it is also grappling with the fact that up to six times that amount is believed to be held by its citizens and companies offshore. Repatriating a portion… Read More
11th June 2020
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
5th June 2020
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
1st June 2020
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