UPDATE 2-Nordea uncovers shortcomings after Panama Papers scandal

miércoles 20 de julio de 2016 07:46 GYT

* Nordea says did not fully know its customers in some cases

* Bank fined last year by watchdog for such deficiencies

* Bank says no evidence it proactively helped tax evasion

* Second-quarter operating profit 1.22 bln euros (Adds further CEO comment, FSA and analyst comment)

By Johan Ahlander

STOCKHOLM, July 20 (Reuters) - Nordea, the Nordic bank named most in the Panama Papers, conceded on Wednesday it had not always done enough to safeguard fully against crimes such as money laundering and said it was taking steps to avoid any repeat.

The region's biggest lender said an internal investigation found many of the cases it had reviewed fell below the bank's standards for verifying the identity of clients, crucial for preventing money laundering or the funding of militant groups.

"Governance and controls have not been in place in the way they should," Chief Executive Casper von Koskull told Reuters. "It's unacceptable."

Von Koskull replaced Christian Clausen as CEO in November and vowed to get to the bottom of Panama Papers tax evasion scandal when it broke in April.   Continuación...