10th February 2020
The government has launched a consultation on creating up to 10 freeports with special tariff and duty status – an idea ministers argue will fuel growth but critics say could encourage money laundering and other crimes. The government said it was firmly committed to announcing locations this year so that… Read More
6th February 2020
A former trader at oil firm Petrobras has signed a plea bargain agreement with Brazilian prosecutors investigating bribery allegations, defense lawyers and prosecutors said, a potential breakthrough in a case involving some of the world’s top commodity trading houses. Rodrigo Garcia Berkowitz, who was a trader at Petrobras’ Houston office… Read More
5th February 2020
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Tuesday that it permanently barred a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive from the banking industry over his role in Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB corruption scandal. Andrea Vella, who was co-head of Goldman’s Asia investment bank in 2012 and 2013, failed to escalate information he… Read More
5th February 2020
In the years after Jeffrey Epstein registered as a sex offender, he closed his money management firm and started a business to develop algorithms and mine DNA and financial databases. Then he set up a bank. In a banking license application reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Epstein… Read More
4th February 2020
Danish police have seized the central London mansion of a multimillionaire British businessman accused of defrauding Danish taxpayers of £1.5 billion. A spokesman for Sanjay Shah, a former hedge fund boss, confirmed that his £14.7 million property near Hyde Park had been expropriated. Mr Shah lives in Dubai. Yesterday… Read More
4th February 2020
One of EY’s leading executives has denied that he attempted to push a former junior partner out of the audit firm after he blew the whistle on a client in Dubai. Mark Otty was one of four global area managing partners at the firm in 2013 when the claimant, Amjad… Read More
27th January 2020
The husband-and-wife owners of DC Solar, a California solar company that caused Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) to take a $377 million charge last year, pleaded guilty on Friday to involvement in an estimated $912 million Ponzi scheme. Jeff Carpoff, 49, pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy… Read More
24th January 2020
They made quite a team. One was an Oxford-educated wunderkind who handled the complicated math behind the transactions. The other was a beefy, 6-foot-2 New Zealander with an apparent fondness for Hawaiian shirts, who brought in clients and money. Martin Shields and Paul Mora met in 2004, at the London… Read More
23rd January 2020
A year-long crackdown on Latvian banks’ reputation for money laundering and sanctions dodging appeared to have paid dividends January 22 with official recognition of its success from an important international organization. The Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism – MONEYVAL is a… Read More
23rd January 2020
At a lavish August gathering at a private estate in Spain, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman under criminal investigation in the United States introduced Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido. The affair was part of a campaign for leniency for the… Read More