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Is There a ‘New Normal’ for De-risking in the Caribbean?

In early August 2019, it was revealed that large amounts of currency, upwards of $50 million monthly, are being shipped out of Jamaica. Peter Higgins, who is part of the Bank of Jamaica’s Foreign Exchange Code Working Group, noted that “too much cash is being shipped from Jamaica and to… Read More

EU to keep U.S. islands on tax blacklist, drop UAE, Switzerland

European Union finance ministers are set to remove the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Switzerland next week from the bloc’s lists of countries deemed to be acting as tax havens, an EU document said. They will however continue to blacklist three U.S. territories. The 28-nation EU set up a blacklist… Read More

Jeffrey Epstein Used Opaque Charity Account at Deutsche Bank for Own Benefit

When Jeffrey Epstein created his Gratitude America Ltd. foundation in 2012, the nonprofit’s purpose was to “support the expression of gratitude for the ideals of America,” according to incorporation records filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Instead, the money that flowed through the nonprofit followed an opaque path that appears… Read More
13th August 2019
The money, tens of millions of dollars of it, would flow among Jeffrey Epstein’s dozens of bank accounts, shell companies and, at times, charities linked to high-powered friends. Where was the money going? What was it for? Who was actually sending and receiving it? A convicted pedophile and accused sex… Read More
12th August 2019
It was a typically hot Saturday afternoon in Aruba when Rafael González Zambrano thought he had completed a routine operation, one he had been doing for about seven years already. After declaring the goods he was carrying, the Venezuelan-born man with a Dutch passport was escorted to his plane by… Read More
7th August 2019
HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm has agreed to pay nearly 300 million euros ($336 million) to settle a tax fraud case in Belgium, Belgian prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest blow for the Alpine state’s banking sector from the EU. The settlement comes after a French court in February ordered… 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
18th July 2019
Financier Jeffrey Epstein is an accused sex trafficker. This much we know. The new SDNY investigation will hopefully cure the bogus plea deal Epstein received in Florida at the direction of then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who is now an ex-secretary of… Read More
17th June 2019
The Caribbean island of Dominica has been removed from a European Union list of tax havens, the EU said on Friday. Dominica changed its tax rules to comply with EU requirements meant to reduce the risks of tax evasion, the EU said in a statement. The EU said 11 jurisdictions… 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
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
27th November 2017
KYC360 News Jamaica’s banking sector is stable however its ‘poor regulatory oversight’ is negatively affecting the banking industry risk, according to a report by Standard and Poors (S&P). In its Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment, the ratings agency classified Jamaica’s banking sector within group ‘9’ – alongside countries such as… Read More
7th November 2017
Cayman Compass A long-anticipated review of Cayman’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing protections is due to occur next month and Attorney General Samuel Bulgin has warned the territory not to expect an easy pass. “We are fully aware that the upcoming review by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force… Read More