Case ID: 804078     Solution ID: 31829

Ivar Kreuger and the Swedish Match Empire Case Solution


Instructed in Evolution of Global Business. Globalization and corporate misrepresentation are the focal subjects of this case on the universal development of Swedish Match in the interwar years. Somewhere around 1913 and 1932, Ivar Kreuger, known as the Swedish Match King, constructed a little, family-possessed match business into a $600 million worldwide match realm. In spite of the financial and political interruptions of the interwar period, Swedish Match claimed fabricating operations in 36 nations, had imposing business models in 16 nations, and controlled 40% of the world's match creation. Kreuger organizations loaned over $300 million dollars to governments in Europe, Latin America, and Asia in return for national match restraining infrastructures. Depending on universal capital markets to fund acquisitions and imposing business model arrangements, by 1929 the stocks and obligations of Kreuger organizations were the most broadly held securities in the United States and the world. After Kreuger's 1932 suicide, legal examiners found that Kreuger had worked a titan fraudulent business model. His records were ridden with imaginary resources, reality covered up in a labyrinth of more than 400 backup organizations. Swedish Match's deficiencies surpassed Sweden's national obligation.

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