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U.S. digs deeper into Deutsche role in Danske money laundering scandal – sources

The U.S. Department of Justice has in recent weeks stepped up its investigation into Deutsche Bank’s role in the 200 billion euro ($220 billion) Danske Bank money laundering scandal, four people familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. One source said the DoJ’s new line of inquiry is whether Deutsche (… Read More

A Murdered Central Banker’s Warning Changed Everything for SEB

Not all money laundering scandals are equal. When the world learned that billions in dirty funds had flowed through Danske Bank A/S and Swedbank AB, it proved disastrous for the two lenders. But when SEB AB was accused of similar offenses, people were more forgiving. The difference can be traced… Read More

IMF to examine Nordic efforts to stop money laundering in the Baltics

The International Monetary Fund will examine efforts by Nordic banks and regulators to stop money laundering in the region and the Baltic countries, Sweden’s central bank said on Thursday, following a string of alleged lapses. Nordic banks have been hit by a steady stream of allegations over failures to combat… Read More
28th November 2019
The Wallenberg family has jumped to the defense of its bank, SEB AB, after it was accused of enabling Russian money laundering. Shares in SEB rose more than 4% on Wednesday after the Wallenbergs led investors in brushing off a report by Swedish state broadcaster SVT, which said the bank… Read More
21st November 2019
Russian oligarch Mikhail Abyzov built a complex network of offshore companies that were used to move a fortune out of Russia, according to a Swedbank internal draft report obtained by OCCRP and its Swedish partner, national public TV channel Sveriges Television (SVT). Today he’s charged with defrauding the Russian government… Read More
20th November 2019
SEB AB said it’s terminated business with the vast majority of customers identified by Swedish public broadcaster SVT in an investigative piece on money laundering. The bank has compared the 194 names provided by SVT with its own analysis and found that the clients had “previously been handled,” the… Read More
19th November 2019
Estonia’s Financial Supervision and Resolution Authority said on Monday it was dropping an investigation into Swedbank’s (SWEDa.ST) Estonia unit as the probe was now a criminal proceeding being handled by the country’s prosecutor. “The Financial Supervision Authority launched a sanction proceeding on October 28 to investigate the signs… Read More
18th November 2019
Investigations into money laundering at Danske Bank A/S should be expanded to include the lender’s possible use of gold as a way to help clients in Estonia hide their fortunes, according to Danish lawmakers. “Danske Bank has some explaining to do,” Torsten Schack Pedersen, a Liberal Party member on… Read More
15th November 2019
Russia’s security services moved money through Estonia to finance operations overseas, the Baltic country’s finance minister, who is leading a clean up after a money laundering scandal, told Reuters. Martin Helme said that Estonian authorities are also investigating whether individuals under U.S. sanctions benefited from the movement of money through… Read More
12th November 2019
At the height of the Danske Bank A/S dirty-money scandal, the lender started offering gold bars to wealthy clients to help them keep their fortunes hidden, according to documents seen by Bloomberg. The bank’s Estonian branch, which was already wiring billions of client dollars to offshore accounts, told a select… Read More
11th November 2019
The European Union’s largest states are pushing for the establishment of a new supervisory authority that would take over from states the oversight of money laundering at financial firms, after a series of scandals at the bloc’s banks. In a joint statement, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia… Read More
5th November 2019
Financial watchdogs in the USA, Sweden and Estonia have initiated a wide-ranging investigation into the operations of Swedbank, the largest financial institution in the Baltic states, reported LTV’s De Facto investigative show November 3. Investigations involve examining several suspicious transactions over a period of several years. However, Latvian regulators have no plans on… Read More
30th October 2019
Swedbank AB faces an increased risk of fines amid allegations its Baltic operations may have handled more than $100 billion in potentially suspicious funds, the lender’s regulator said. Sweden’s financial watchdog gave its strongest indication yet that there’s evidence of serious wrongdoing at Sweden’s oldest bank and biggest mortgage lender. Read More