UPDATE 2-Former-HSBC boss regrets mistakes made with Swiss, Mexican deals
* Former chairman Green says bank's reputation 'sullied'
* Green says 'should have drilled into detail'
* Green says compliance has since improved
* Former Lloyds chair plays down Brown role in HBOS deal (Adds further comments from former HSBC chair/ex-Lloyds chair)
By Matt Scuffham
LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - HSBC should have made deeper checks before buying a Swiss private bank that allegedly allowed customers to dodge taxes and a Mexican business that breached anti-money laundering rules, its former chairman said.
"With the benefit of hindsight, it would have been better to have drilled into the detail much earlier. We didn't get everything right," Stephen Green told British lawmakers on Wednesday.
These scandals have damaged the image of Europe's biggest bank and the reputation of Green, who served as the bank's chief executive between 2003 and 2006 and as its chairman between 2006 and 2010. Green and HSBC had managed to come through the 2007-9 financial crisis relatively untainted.
"We had that reputation sullied by things we didn't get right in a couple of different places," Green told the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which was conducting a one-off session on banking culture. Continuación...