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Swedbank won’t sue CEO at the helm during Baltic dirty money crisis

Swedbank said on Thursday it had resolved not to file claims for damages against its former top executive and board for the fiscal year 2019, when the Swedish banking group came under investigation over money-laundering breaches in the Baltics. The lender’s share price collapsed by a third in 2019 as… Read More

Swedish bankers face identity crisis over digital currency plans

A new way to pay is causing existential angst among Swedish bankers who worry that the e-krona, an electronic equivalent of Sweden’s currency, could cost them their deposit base. Sweden launched a review into the e-krona’s feasibility in December after a pilot programme at the central bank, making the Nordic… Read More

Swedbank freezes accounts of Belarusian spa in Lithuania due to EU sanctions

Swedbank has frozen the accounts of a Belarusian state-owned spa in Lithuania’s southern town of Druskininkai. Ilya Epifanov, head of the Belorus sanatorium, says he has already turned to Lithuanian institutions, asking them for a possibility to pay his employees, the majority of whom are Lithuanian citizens. Epifanov told BNS… Read More
16th December 2020
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI are investigating SEB, Swedbank and Danske Bank over possible breaches of U.S. anti-money laundering regulations and fraud, Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri reported on Tuesday, sending the banks’ shares lower. Sweden had received requests for help from U.S. authorities investigating a Baltic money-laundering scandal… Read More
17th November 2020
Svenska Handelsbanken AB, Sweden’s biggest bank, is plotting an expansion in the U.K., which it says is a promising market despite the risks posed by Brexit. Mikael Sorensen, chief executive officer of Handelsbanken’s U.K. operations, says the lender has “done whatever we can to prepare.” The bank will probably be… Read More
5th October 2020
Germany expects the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an internationally banned nerve agent, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Navalny emerged from a coma in early September after suddenly falling ill during a flight in Siberia on… Read More
21st September 2020
Swedbank AB said Friday that Sweden’s financial supervisory authority is investigating the bank for suspected breaches of market-abuse regulations. In a statement, the bank said the investigation covers the period between Sep. 20, 2018, through Feb. 20, 2019, and relates to the disclosure of insider information and the obligation… Read More
17th September 2020
By Ola Westerberg, Joachim Dyfvermark and Sven Bergman, OCCRP, 16 September 2020 OCCRP – The tall Swede was insistent as he spoke to journalists and analysts in his characteristically deep, rumbling voice: “I have said it before and I will repeat it: TeliaSonera did not bribe anyone.” Lars Nyberg,… Read More
25th August 2020
By Martin Young, Kelly Bloss, Šarūnas Černiauskas, Jason Papakheli, Aparna Surendra, Eric Barrett, and Roshanak Taghavi (OCCRP) and Joachim Dyfvermark and Linda Larsson Kakuli (SVT) OCCRP –By all outward appearances, Hatam Khatoun Nema was a small-time money changer working from a nondescript office in Järfälla, a workaday Stockholm suburb. Read More
27th July 2020
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
30th June 2020
Estonian banks need to develop and improve their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) processes, including by having smarter know-your-client systems, the Bank of Estonia says, following a €1 million the Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) imposed on the Scandinavian-owned SEB Pank on Thursday. This would be made easier by legislative changes and more… Read More
29th June 2020
Sweden’s financial supervisory authority fined Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB 1 billion Swedish kronor ($107.3 million) following a delayed review of the bank’s efforts to prevent money laundering at Baltic branches. The regulator, known as the Finansinspektionen, was investigating the bank’s anti-money-laundering governance and controls in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Read More
3rd June 2020
US authorities said on Monday that they had extradited a former Chinese official from Sweden to Los Angeles to face charges of money laundering and immigration fraud. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said it took Qiao Jianjun into custody on Friday for, among other charges, allegedly conspiring to commit… Read More