STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Nordic region’s six major banks announced the creation of a customer checking centre on Friday, with the initiative expected to help their efforts to crack down on money launderers and recover from a scandal that has damaged the sector’s reputation.
The news confirms a Reuters report about the venture, which involves scandal-hit Danske Bank <DABA.CO> and Swedbank <SWEDa.ST> and their rivals Handelsbanken <SHBa.ST>, Nordea <NDAFI.HE>, SEB <SEBa.ST> and DNB <DNB.OL>.
The banks confirmed the KYC Utility would pool know your customer checks initially for their large and medium-sized Nordic-based companies and begin offering commercial services from next year.
Fighting money laundering has become a high profile issue for the region after Danske Bank and Swedbank became embroiled in a money laundering scandal involving their businesses in the Baltics, costing both billions in market value.
(Reporting by Esha Vaish in Stockholm; Editing by Keith Weir)