Deutsche Bank shares slip amid $20 billion Russian money-laundering allegations

Shares in Deutsche Bank slipped nearly 2% on Thursday morning following reports the German bank could face legal action over a $20 billion Russian money-laundering scheme.

The Guardian, on Wednesday, published a confidential internal report in which the bank admits fears over “significant disciplinary action” by U.S. in addition to U.K. regulators, conceding of which the scandal had hurt its “global brand” in addition to was likely to cause “client attrition” in addition to a decline in market value.

Deutsche Bank can be said to have been implicated in a massive money-laundering scheme, called the Global Laundromat, The Guardian reported. The scheme, used by Russian criminals with ties to the Kremlin in addition to the old KGB in addition to FSB, involved moving money into the western financial system between 2010 in addition to 2014. According to the Guardian report, the cash involved could total $80 billion.

The bank could face fines, legal action in addition to the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ for its role inside scheme.

A spokesman for Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the ongoing investigations, however told CNBC Thursday: ‘Deutsche Bank remains committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations.”

‘We have considerably increased staff numbers in Anti-Financial Crime in addition to more than tripled our staff since 2015. We invested since 2016 €700 million ($787.9 million) in upgrading our key control functions there.’

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