Oct 12 (Reuters) – Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service said on Friday it has downgraded all long-term debt ratings of Danske Bank A/S because of the criminal investigations into the bank by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The scandal involves 200 billion euros ($231 billion) in transactions processed by Denmark’s biggest bank via its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015.
The bank’s long-term deposit and senior unsecured debt ratings were cut to ‘A2’ from ‘A1’ while its junior senior unsecured debt ratings were downgraded to ‘Baa2’ from ‘Baa1’, Moody’s said http://bit.ly/2NDFpOO in a statement. The rating agency maintained a negative outlook on the bank.
The bank said earlier on Friday it has started closing down parts of its Estonian business.
($1 = 0.8648 euros)
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)