Sunday , April 11 2021

Degroof Petercam: NBB did not send anything to justice

Does the court in Brussels open an investigation into possible violations by Degroof Petercam in the organization of money laundering control? That's what De Standard says this Friday. One thing is certain at this stage: the National Bank did not send anything to the public prosecutor's office after its inspection in the private bank.

The Brussels court system has begun an investigationpossible irregularities on the application of anti-money laundering rules within Degroof Petercam, says "De Standaard" this Friday. This is a direct consequence of an audit conducted by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), according to the newspaper.

In the head of the bank, it is said that he is not aware of a court investigation. She again rejects all allegations of money laundering.

"Degroof Petercam is not aware that the above review would lead to a judicial inquiry"

According to our information, The NBB did not send anything to justice after the routine inspection of Degroof Petercam at the beginning of the year to evaluate the quality of the anti-money laundering device. The NBB audit resulted in an inspection report containing a series of recommendations. Based on this report, delivered two weeks ago to the Bank Degroof Petercam, it is currently preparing an action plan that will then be submitted to the NBB.

"These revisions are strictly confidential and, like all stakeholders, Degroof Petercam has no right to communicate for that, " insists the bank.

Reuters reports that, according to one source, the supervisory board of European Central Bank should consider the case of Degroof Petercam at his meeting next week. The ECB is the cautious supervisor of systemic banks in the euro zone, the category in which the Belgian private bank ranks (not by its size, but because of its presence in several national markets: Belgium, France, Spain, etc.).

On Wednesday evening, the bank suggested that the audit of internal control procedures was indeed carried out "as the BNB regularly works for the banking institutions it controls" and that it has led to "recommendations that are in the process of implementation".

However, the bank insisted: "So it was not a study by the National Bank of Belgium of money laundering within the bank."

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