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The AML System: A Failure of Statecraft?

Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of the… Read More

Bermuda, Nevis and BVI linked to massive fraud case against Texan billionaire

A 79-year-old Texan billionaire has been accused of using a web of entities in Bermuda and Nevis to hide US$2 billion in assets in what prosecutors say is the largest tax evasion case against an American in US history. Robert Brockman was charged with tax evasion, money laundering and other… Read More

Billionaire Robert Smith to pay $140 million over tax probe

Billionaire Robert Smith will pay about $140 million and acknowledge wrongdoing to end a four-year U.S. tax investigation involving assets held in offshore tax havens, people familiar with the matter said. Smith, chief executive officer of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, informed some executives and investors of… Read More
12th October 2020
Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK anti-money laundering legislation… Read More
5th October 2020
Robert T. Brockman was just putting the finishing touches on a new private equity fund when worrisome news arrived. Law enforcement agents had raided the home of a tax lawyer in Texas who had worked for him. A Houston businessman who had made his fortune selling software to auto dealers,… Read More
24th August 2020
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
7th August 2020
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
16th July 2020
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