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
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