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World’s Largest Wealth Fund Reveals Talks With Danske on Laundering Case

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

Danske Board Is Slammed After Hiking Its Pay Amid Staff Cuts

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

Wall Street Targets the Nordics After Latest Spike in Wealth

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
24th January 2020
They made quite a team. One was an Oxford-educated wunderkind who handled the complicated math behind the transactions. The other was a beefy, 6-foot-2 New Zealander with an apparent fondness for Hawaiian shirts, who brought in clients and money. Martin Shields and Paul Mora met in 2004, at the London… Read More
16th January 2020
Officials in the United Kingdom and bankers throughout Scandinavia turned a blind eye to the influx of illicit Russian funds linked to Europe’s biggest money laundering scandals, according to a British financier and anti-corruption activist. In a recent interview for KYC360’s AML Talk Show, Bill Browder spoke to host… Read More
13th January 2020
Should banks be forced to accept a client who could be on the wrong side of the law? A court in Finland is about to decide the answer to that question, and its verdict may have far-reaching implications. Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg is suing four Nordic banks for not doing… Read More
30th December 2019
A group of international investors managing trillions of dollars in assets has filed what it says is the first in a series of lawsuits against Danske Bank in connection with the money laundering scandal engulfing Denmark’s largest lender. The writ, which was filed on Friday in the District Court… Read More
2nd December 2019
Police in Norway will investigate the country’s biggest bank after it was reportedly used by an Icelandic fishing company to launder money. The probe will try to determine whether DNB ASA, which is based in Oslo, committed any punishable offenses, Hedvig Moe, acting chief of the Norwegian National Authority for… Read More
29th November 2019
There’s a tombstone in northeastern Moscow that bears the portrait of a man with a friendly yet somewhat uneasy smile. His name is Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky. He was born in April 1972 in Odessa, Ukraine, and died in November 2009 in Moscow. To this day, 10 years after the fact,… Read More
10th October 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is asked to conduct an independent evaluation of money laundering prevention in the Nordic and Baltic region, a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board said Wednesday. “A regional monetary prevention evaluation will be performed,” Marius Jurgilas told members of the Seimas Committee on Budget… Read More
6th September 2019
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, US financial misconduct fines have led the world.  However, defenders of Europe’s more collegiate approach to tackling banks’ money-laundering shortcomings say US banks also lead the world for de-risking, shunning some of the globe’s poorest countries from access to the dollar system. … Read More
6th September 2019
The two biggest Nordic banks extended a purge at the very top of their ranks in the hope of improving revenue and restoring confidence tattered by money laundering scandals. Nordea Bank Abp named Frank Vang-Jensen chief executive officer on Thursday after activist investors had spent months hammering the lender for… Read More
22nd August 2019
Norway’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) found significant shortcomings in DNB’s compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations during a late-2018 inspection, the bank regulator said in a report released on Wednesday. Long regarded as not a major risk issue for Nordic banks, money laundering has become a major concern in the… Read More