At the heart of a $475 million lawsuit that investors in 19 countries have brought against Denmark’s largest bank is a lesson for legal departments regarding the importance of compliance and disclosure.
“You need to take regulatory compliance very seriously and when you do have problems don’t cover it up. That will only turn it into intentional securities fraud and only makes the problem bigger,” said Olav Haazen, a director at the Wilmington, Delaware-based law firm Grant & Eisenhofer who represents the group of investors suing Danske Bank.
“They let this blow up into an enormous scandal. This is now the largest money laundering scandal in history,” he added in a phone interview on Tuesday.
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