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14 Apr 2016


Leaky Vessel: Shady Tax Evasion Schemes from Scandinavia's Largest Bank

Nordea is named in The Panama Papers...Headquartered in Stockholm, Nordea Bank AB, is a Nordic financial services group operating in Northern Europe. The bank is the result of the successive mergers of the Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish banks. Recently, the bank was listed alongside around 500 other banks or subsidiaries...as creating offshore companies through the Panama-based legal company, Mossak Fonseca...Speaking to SVT, Thorben Sander, CEO of Nordea's Luxembourg division, where many of the tax deals are understood to have been facilitated, confirmed that the bank had helped customers to create secret 'letter box' companies in tax havens...At the same time, Finnish tax haven researcher Matti Ylönen told the Helsinki daily Hufvudstadsbladet that Nordea's tax haven scheme was not a surprise to him. By his own admission, Ylönen believes the Nordic banking company in fact uses tax shelters to an even greater extent than the leaked data suggests....[Refers to HSBC, Société Générale, UBS]