Jan Peter Schmittmann
Jan Peter Schmittmann was suffering with severe depression when he killed his family before committing suicideLinkedIn

Former Netherlands ABN Amro CEO Jan Peter Schmittmann murdered his family before taking his own life after suffering a bout of severe depression, it has been confirmed.

The 57-year-old killed wife Nelly, also 57, and 22-year-old daughter Babette at their family home in Laren, 20 miles southeast of Amsterdam.

Dutch Police confirmed Schmittmann then committed suicide after finding a suicide note but declined to expand on the manner of the deaths.

According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, the three family members were found by Schmittmann's elder daughter, who had come to visit before departing for India, where she had been due to start an internship.

There was no indication that any of Schmittmann's business dealings had a part to play in the murders, which was described as a "family tragedy".

A statement released by other members of the family acknowledged Schmittmann's battle with depression.

ABN Amro was nationalised following a calamitous deal with RBSWikipedia

Schmittmann joined ABN Amro in 1983 as assistant relationship manager and was named head of the lender's Dutch unit in 2003.

He ran the domestic operations of Dutch banking giant ABN Amro between 2003 and 2007 and was heavily criticised for taking a £6.6m ($10.95 million) pay-off after the bank was nationalised following its disastrous merger with Royal Bank of Scotland.

The banker was contractually entitled to a huge €16m (£13.2m) pay-off, a sum that was halved after the then Dutch finance minister Wouter Bos described it as "exorbitant".

RBS - ABN Amro takeover

Fred Goodwin RBS
Fred Goodwin was chief executive of RBS when it bought part of ABN Amro Reuters

The 2008 takeover of ABN Amro was the biggest banking deal in history but turned out to be a very costly mistake.

RBS, which at the time was led by Sir Fred Goodwin, had fought off competition from rival Barclays to claim part of the Dutch bank in a massive €71m (£60m) deal.

Along with Fortis and Banco Santander SA, RBS paid three-times the "book value" - or net value - for ABN even though its most coveted branch had been sold to a Chicago-based firm.

When the 2007 credit crisis struck, RBS soon realised ABN would not be the cash cow it had hoped.

Edinburgh-based RBS was eventually brought to its knees and went cap in hand to the Government, which pumped £45bn of taxpayers' money into it in a October 2008 bailout.

Soon after the British Government acquired 81% of RBS, the Dutch government nationalised ABN and Fortis.