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Secret Solstice

Who is the Fake Man?

Icelandic media are abuzz today about “the fake foreign man” who was among the biggest debtors of the failed old Icelandic banks before the 2008 crash. The name does not refer to a specific individual; it is actually a collective term for a number of unknown overseas legal entities.

Glitnir

Bank Execs Plead Innocent

Lárus Welding, former director of Glitnir Bank, and four other executives from the failed bank, have this morning pleaded not guilty to all charges as their trial begins.

Alþingi parliament

Bank Crash Secrecy “Should be Lifted”

The parliamentary Progressive Party has voted to remove the 110-year secrecy period currently in place for all documentation regarding the resolution of the estates of the bankrupt Icelandic banks, from the 2008 crash to today. The Progressive Party MPs say they hope for a wider backing from...

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Silence Over PM’s Business Controversy

Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has been keeping quiet about his wife’s business dealings, amid claims the issue is causing a major rift within the coalition government.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Will Capital Controls be Lifted?

The economic measures introduced by the government Wednesday are the largest ever in Icelandic history, according to Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

David Cameron and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Northern Future Forum 2015

Cameron: ‘Icesave is in the Past’

British prime minister David Cameron, who was in Iceland yesterday for the Northern Future Forum, said he believed that both countries had now put Icesave behind them and were focusing on other issues.

Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson speaking at the Independence Party general meeting in 2013.

Central Bank Recommends Exemption

The Central Bank of Iceland has recommended an exemption from the Foreign Exchange Act be given to the failed banks, Kaupthing hf., Glitnir hf., and LBI hf.

Glitnir

Íslandsbanki to be State-Owned

The creditors of Glitnir Bank have proposed to relinquish all of Glitnir’s holdings in Íslandsbanki LTD to the State as part of their stability contribution.

gavel as used in courts

Kaupþing CEOs Sentenced

The Reykjavík District Court today sentenced three defendants in the Marple Case, but found one of them not guilty.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Creditors Will Pay ISK 120 Billion

At a meeting in Harpa concert hall today, the creditors of Kaupþing Bank agreed to pay ISK 120 billion (USD 937 million, EUR 839 million) in stability contribution in order to be exempt from capital controls.

Former chair of Kaupþing Sigurður Einarsson.

More Kaupþing Execs Jailed

Sigurður Einarsson, former chairman of Kaupþing Bank, has today been sentenced to one year in prison in the so-called 'big market manipulation case' at the Reykjavík district Court. Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson was also found guilty, but was not sentenced on top of the existing prison term he is...

gavel as used in courts

Defendants in SPRON Case Acquitted

The former CEO of the savings bank SPRON Guðmundur Örn Hauksson and former board members Ari Bergmann Einarsson, Margrét Guðmundsdóttir, Ásgeir Baldursson and Rannveig Rist were acquitted of charges of breach of trust in Reykjavík District Court this morning.

Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson.

Landsbanki Shareholders to Sue Björgólfur Thor

A group of shareholders in the collapsed bank Landsbanki believe that they can prove how the bank’s former owner Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson deceived them, causing financial damage to 25,000 shareholders. They have established an interest group to take Björgólfur to court.

Glitnir

Claimants of Collapsed Banks Accept Terms

The claimants of the collapsed Icelandic banks have agreed to the conditions introduced by the government of Iceland in order to guarantee economic stability when the capital controls—which have been in place since the banking collapse in 2008—will be lifted.

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