03 Feb '12, 2pm

S'pore to step up efforts to prevent money laundering

SINGAPORE : There is growing speculation that Singapore will attract more deposits from high-net worth individuals. This comes following the recent collapse of Switzerland's oldest private bank Wegelin. Industry watchers said the clients of Swiss banks may be prompted to look to Singapore to park their funds. The banking sector in Singapore is becoming more crowded, with a growing number of European banks setting up operations here over the past five years. Edmund Leow, principal at Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, said: "In the past five years or so, we have seen numerous Swiss banks and other European banks setting up Singapore operations. This coincided with a growing trend towards transparency in various jurisdictions, including in Europe where they have the savings directive in the EU. "In general, if a citizen from an EU state opens a bank account in another EU state, t...

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