DNB may not be able to buy up small rival

Norway’s competition authority (Konkurransetilsynet) announced Thursday that it may halt the takeover by Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, of its small but innovative rival Sbanken. DNB has already secured the purchase of most of Sbanken’s shares, but the authorities fear it will hurt competition. “After a thorough evaluation of this acquisition, we’ve decided that we need […]

DNB accepts huge fine

Financial regulators believe Norway’s largest bank, DNB, has long been aware of serious deficiences in how it follows money-laundering laws. Norway’s state finance authority Finanstilsynet thus slapped DNB with a NOK 400 million fine on Monday, which the bank’s management has accepted. “We take the criticism in the (regulators’) report extremely seriously,” stated DNB’s chief […]

DNB profits soothe its ‘PR catastrophe’

DNB, Norway’s biggest bank, suffered a humiliating barrage of fury earlier this month from potential customers at Sbanken who don’t want anything to do with it. DNB’s latest jump in pre-tax profits this week, however, could take the sting out of losing so many angry customer as DNB’s pending takeover of Sbanken seems set to […]

Customers oppose their bank’s takeover

Norway’s largest bank, DNB, plans to acquire Sbanken, formerly Skandiabanken, but the small bank’s customers are protesting mightily. They claim it will destroy competition between the two banks, and that they’ll take their business elsewhere. The announcement Thursday morning that DNB was offering NOK 11.1 billion for Sbanken set off a storm of objections and […]

Svalbard loses its only bank

News that Norway’s SpareBank1 was closing half of its 31 branches in Northern Norway hit the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard especially hard this week. Sparebank1 has been the only bank with a presence in Svalbard, and residents are unhappy. “This came as a complete surprise to us,” Trond Hellstad, chief of the bank branch in […]

DNB suffers payment problems

Norway’s largest bank, DNB, was suffering on Tuesday from its second day of problems transferring salaries and holiday pay known as feriepenger into customers’ accounts. Recipients who should have been paid by the 15th (Monday) were suffering even more. DNB blamed a technical error in a computer file with transaction data that also disrupted other transactions […]

DNB braces for losses

Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, has long been highly profitable but now feels compelled to brace for losses tied to the Corona virus crisis. It has set aside nearly NOK 6 billion (USD 582 million) to cover potential losses, characterized as “an extremely large amount” by analyst Johan Ström. The loan loss reserves were included in […]

DNB ordered to refund high fees

UPDATED: Norway’s Supreme Court issued a crushing defeat to the country’s biggest bank on Friday, ordering DNB to refund around NOK 350 million to 180,000 customers. The court agreed with DNB’s unhappy customers that they’d paid management fees on investment funds that were much too high. “I’m damn glad and damn fed up with DNB,” […]

DNB suffers its own ‘Black Friday’

The much-hyped phrase “Black Friday” has taken on an entirely new meaning for Norway’s biggest bank, DNB. Investors dumped DNB shares, and buyers got some deep discounts, after state officials launched an investigation into alleged money laundering involving the state-owned bank, DNB’s shares fell 4 percent when the Oslo Stock Exchange opened Friday morning. By late afternoon […]

DNB faces multiple investigations

Norway’s dominant bank, caught up in the biggest money laundering scandal to ever involve a Norwegian financial institution, is now facing various investigations both at home and abroad. The new chief executive at DNB, Kjerstin Braathen, has called the situation “serious” and stresses that “we must bring forth all the information we can.” Braathen just […]