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London lawyer fined for anti-money laundering failures, PEP issues over wealthy clients

A solicitor, who was also a money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), has been fined £45,000 for failing to conduct anti-money laundering checks for wealthy clients believed to be linked to the Panama Papers scandal. Khalid Mohammed Sharif, a partner at London-based Child & Child, was involved in the law firm’s… Read More

UK parliamentary research on registers of beneficial ownership

The UK’s parliamentary research department has published a paper on registers of beneficial ownership. The study outlines the beneficial ownership structure in the UK, and also looks at issues around its Overseas Territories. It explains that the UK has registers of beneficial ownership for three different types of assets: companies,… Read More

BVI warns of economic harm over new UK public registers plan

The British Virgin Islands has hit out at the United Kingdom’s plans for its Overseas Territories to publish publicly accessible registers naming the beneficial – or real – owners of firms, saying it already provides the UK with such information and the scheme could have a negative impact on its… Read More
2nd May 2018
Britain’s government agreed on Tuesday to order its overseas territories to make secretive company ownership information public to try to tackle corruption and tax avoidance. Overseas territories and crown dependencies have come under increasing pressure to reveal who is behind anonymously owned companies, with campaign groups saying such secrecy aids… Read More
13th March 2018
The European Council has added three states to the Annex 1 list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, dubbed the EU tax blacklist, saying they have failed to make commitments at ‘a high political level’ to address issues raised. The Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the US Virgin Islands were added on… Read More
13th February 2018
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country. They are owned by 11,700… Read More
6th November 2017
By Francesco Guarascio, REUTERS European Union states will on Tuesday discuss plans for a tax havens’ blacklist, officials said, in a bid to tackle offshore tax avoidance after leaked documents revealed investments by wealthy individuals and institutions around the globe. The subject’s inclusion on the monthly meeting’s agenda of EU… Read More
14th September 2017
With Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc across the Caribbean, some businesses in battered offshore financial centres have resorted to “extraordinary” steps to secure client data which may be targeted by fraudsters and transparency campaigners targeting sensitive information, law firms and private investigators told KYC360. In just days, Irma has caused devastation… Read More
25th July 2017
We know there are tax havens. We just can’t agree on where they are. Although many countries recognise that major corporations divert tax revenue—there’s a reason, after all, why US multinationals hold more than $2 trillion overseas—collective action is tough. Read More
21st December 2016
Cross-party group backs amendment to criminal finances bill making overseas territories introduce public registers. Read More
17th November 2016
The British Virgin Islands independent regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), has fined the local arm of the Panama Papers law firm, Mossack Fonseca, $440,000 for its contravention of numerous sections of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Code of Practice and BVI Regulatory Code. Read More
26th October 2016
A party that favours direct democracy, complete government transparency, decriminalising drugs and offering asylum to Edward Snowden could form the next government in Iceland after the country goes to the polls on Saturday. Riding a wave of public anger at perceived political corruption in the wake of the 2008 financial… Read More
19th October 2016
The great expectations of bringing back wealthy Indonesians’ funds from overseas under the tax amnesty have hit a snag, with many declaring their assets in the program, but with little repatriation. As of Tuesday evening, Rp 143 trillion (US$11.01 billion) have been repatriated under the amnesty, a fraction of the… Read More