Dirty-money ties worried some at Swedbank while bosses kept mum

A pedestrian casts a shadow on a sign featuring a Swedbank logo outside the bank's annual general meeting in Stockholm on March 28, 2019. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Mikael Sjoberg

In the summer of 2018, a senior anti money-laundering official at Swedbank appeared anxious as he read reports that its competitor Danske Bank could be fined by U.S. authorities for alleged crimes in the Baltics.

"I'm afraid that if they are sentenced, we will be in focus," he wrote in an email to then-Chief Compliance Officer Cecilia Hernqvist. She replied: "Fingers crossed."..

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