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“Carnegie has taken exceptional risks for a long time by lending large amounts to one individual client,” the FSA said on Monday. “Exposing operations to such great risks in this way is a violation of the law. Carnegie has also broken the law by not notifying Finansinspektionen regarding this individual credit granting.”
The FSA has been investigating Carnegie since a trading scandal last year, after which the regulator gave Carnegie a record fine and ordered the replacement of its entire board because of the failure of its internal controls.
Carnegie took a SKr1bn loan facility from the Swedish central bank last month after it suffered a liquidity crisis. It increased the facility to SKr5bn after the announcement of the FSA investigation sent its share price into freefall.