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EU banking watchdog clears Estonian, Danish regulators over Danske Bank

The European Union banking watchdog said on Wednesday that its investigation into financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank did not find any breach of EU law. Danish and Estonian financial regulators have publicly blamed each other for the Danske Bank… Read More

Council of Europe Urges Swift Action on Money Laundering, Citing Baltics and UK

European lawmakers are urging financial institutions and governments to address dozens of legal and supervisory shortcomings they say contributed to the proliferation of massive money laundering schemes in recent years. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly said that recent money laundering schemes linked to… Read More

Estonian watchdog says unacceptable clients remain in banking system

Unacceptable clients remain in the Estonian banking system despite tougher regulation, the country’s financial watchdog said on Wednesday, adding that some lenders will be placed under detailed monitoring. The move by Estonia’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) follows a special review of the country’s 16 banks, instigated after 200 billion euros… Read More
11th April 2019
The European Central Bank (ECB) is looking into Swedbank’s Estonian operations, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported on Wednesday, citing an undisclosed source. The ECB wants to know how well Swedbank’s Estonian subsidiary kept itself informed about its customers, the paper said, citing the source. The newspaper also reported, citing the… Read More
4th April 2019
Money laundering allegations involving Sweden and Denmark have shattered faith in the open Nordic business culture, prompting demands for tighter controls on the banks held responsible. Ranked among the least corrupt countries by anti-graft campaign group Transparency International, Sweden and Denmark have been rocked by investigations into Danske Bank and… Read More
4th April 2019
Estonia’s State Prosecutor has received a criminal complaint against Swedbank brought by investor Bill Browder, and will decide whether to begin an investigation into the money laundering allegations within the next 10 days, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday. Swedbank is embroiled in a money-laundering scandal involving… Read More
27th March 2019
An internal Swedbank report identified major breaches of anti-money laundering obligations involving its business in Estonia, Swedish public broadcaster SVT said on Tuesday after having obtained a copy. Swedbank said the draft report cited by SVT had been included in a wider external investigation which it announced last week and… Read More
8th March 2019
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
7th March 2019
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
5th March 2019
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