"You don't have to go home but you can't stay here." - Estonia

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"You don't have to go home but you can't stay here." - Estonia

In an unprecedented, but not entirely unexpected move, Estonian authorities told Danske Bank to GTFO of the country. And just hours later, the only DB more f*cked than Deutsche Bank pulled out of the entire Baltic Region, including Russia. Which is probably a good idea considering oligarchs wearing tracksuits got them into this mess.

You might remember that Danish bank, Danske, is embroiled in one of the largest money laundering scandals of all time. The $230B scheme came to light last year when authorities uncovered that a tiny Estonian branch of the bank was the go-to money launderer for dirty cash heading west from Russia.

More than 3.2k people in the region stand to lose their jobs.

The long arm of the law

The disgraced bank has already lost 50% of its market value since the scandal broke, but share and bondholders are the least of the bank's worries.

Danish authorities are out for blood, seeking to make an example of Danske, having already passed a handful of laws that increased money laundering fines by 700% and adding potential jail time for execs.

And don't forget about the land of the free and the home of the brave. The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation of its own.

Danske Thrown Out of Estonia After Country Is Drawn Into Probe  [Bloomberg]

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