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Annika Falkengren closes NASDAQ

Annika Falkengren, SEB’s CEO, rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ OMX exchange yesterday (10 May), reminding those present that it wasn’t that long ago that the Nordic countries were considered, to some extent, emerging markets.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Falkengren highlighted how Nordic companies had improved their standing in the American market dramatically since SEB first followed its client into the world’s largest economy.

“The Nordic region and Nordic companies were not as well known then as they are nowadays. Sweden was – to some extent – considered an emerging market and our credit standing among US banks was limited at best.

“Today Nordic companies are considered among the leaders in their respective field and SEB is proud to have made this journey with them.”

SEB has had an office in New York for 25 years providing full-spectrum service for clients: as an advisor and broker for equities and foreign exchange; as risk managers for capital markets; and as a lender and transaction technology partner.

Coinciding with the ceremony, a 30 second video was projected onto the exterior of the NASDAQ building in the iconic Times Square, highlighting SEB’s commitment to building long-term relationships.