Swedish financial regulator probing SEB's Baltic operations

Sweden's financial regulator announced December 18 it is launching "a sanction case in the investigation into Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB’s (SEB) governance and control of measures to combat money laundering in the bank’s subsidiaries in the Baltic countries."

Finansinspektionen(FI) said: "FI plans to communicate the outcome of the sanction case in the investigation into SEB in April 2020. Regarding the sanction case in the investigation into the same matter at Swedbank, FI plans to communicate the outcome in March 2020."

"FI considers there to be sufficient grounds for assessing whether the deficiencies and weaknesses observed during the investigation should lead to a sanction or if the investigation should be closed in another manner. FI will continue to analyse the circumstances in the matter as well as legal issues until the next step in the sanction process. FI will then send a letter to the bank that describes FI's observations and accounts for the legal basis on which FI considers there to be grounds for considering an intervention. The letter will also request the bank's opinion on the matter," the regulator said.

FI's investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the supervisory authorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

"This means that the supervisory authorities are coordinating their activities and sharing information and assessments," FI said.

Ina  release of its own December 18, SEB said "The bank has not received the Financial Supervisory Authority’s preliminary assessment that has led to the evaluation. SEB works in full transparency with the Financial Supervisory Authority."

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