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Austin billionaire Robert Smith faces U.S. probe into potential tax crimes involving Caribbean entities

When billionaire Robert Smith ended his 2019 Morehouse College commencement speech by vowing to pay off student debt for the entire graduating class, cheers of “MVP, MVP, MVP!” rose from students and faculty on the Atlanta campus. What the audience didn’t know was that Smith was harboring a financial secret. Read More

Company ownership registers: ‘Don’t dismiss the racial bias claims in Bermuda’

Deputy Kirsten Morel, who chairs the Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel, recently addressed comments made in Bermuda newspaper The Royal Gazette in an article discussing the territory’s move to introduce legislation for full transparency on company ownership by January 2023. In 2018, the UK parliament passed laws requiring the Overseas Territories… Read More

Eight UK Overseas Territories See Progress on Public Company Registers

UK officials praised progress by eight British overseas territories to open their company registers to the public by 2023, in a statement Wednesday. The commitments, long-sought by transparency advocates, will permit private citizens to access data on the beneficial owners of companies registered in Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands,… Read More
15th July 2020
Bermuda’s companies beneficial ownership register is to go public. The island has kept records of the owners of companies for about 70 years, with the information only available to government authorities. The Government said it would pass legislation making the register accessible to the public in 2022. A government spokeswoman… Read More
30th July 2019
John Christensen called Jersey home. A native of the scenic isle off England’s southern coast, he was a government economist with a hillside villa that had views of France. “I was set,” Christensen said last month in an interview at a London cafe. “We had a pretty good lifestyle and… Read More
15th May 2019
European Union finance ministers are set to remove this week the British overseas territory of Bermuda, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba and Barbados from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, an EU official said on Monday. The three islands were added to the list in March because the EU… Read More
14th March 2019
The European Union has published its updated list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, dubbed the tax haven blacklist, adding ten jurisdictions to the existing five states. The new additions include Bermuda and the UAE. “Those jurisdictions did not implement the commitments they had made to the EU by… Read More
3rd May 2018
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
10th January 2018
An accountant, his wife and their financial adviser are due to stand trial for their alleged roles in laundering nearly $2.5m (£1.84m) from the Government of Bermuda. Jeffrey Bevan, 50, from Cwmbran, his wife Samantha Bevan, their friend, Joel Ismail, and financial adviser Paul Charity deny all the charges against… Read More
29th November 2017
KYC360 News European Union parliamentarians (MEPs) have called for a special inquiry into details of aggressive tax planning uncovered by the Paradise Papers. MEPs belonging to the Special Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (PANA) have called for the creation of a permanent standing committee to probe… Read More