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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 effect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of the… Read More

UK urged to do more to open up tax havens to public scrutiny

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

Cayman Islands Removed From EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Despite its status as one of the world’s most secretive and low tax jurisdictions, the European Council announced on Tuesday that it has delisted the Cayman Islands from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes – informally known as its tax haven blacklist. This decision added fuel to… Read More
28th September 2020
As schoolboys, their friendship was cemented while playing in the same rugby team at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools. Since those days at The King’s School in Canterbury, Kirils Pestuns, James Dickins and Daniel O’Donoghue have unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a global network of companies… Read More
19th August 2020
Indian taxpayers appear a step closer to reaping millions of dollars their fellow citizens have stashed illicitly in secrecy jurisdictions, following a recent landmark ruling against the elderly beneficiary of an undeclared Swiss bank account. Based on her declared taxable income of less than $4,000 in 2006, the powerful… 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
5th August 2020
AP – General Motors is asking a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler based on new allegations that FCA bribed union officials and GM employees with millions stashed in secret foreign bank accounts. GM alleges that bribes were paid to former United Auto… Read More
31st July 2020
Labour has stepped up pressure on the government to launch a tougher crackdown on money laundering after the Russia report warned that the City of London was being used as a “laundromat” for illicit funds. Issuing a warning to Boris Johnson’s government that it could not shrug off the… 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
16th July 2020
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation believes firms in the nearly $10-trillion private investment funds industry are being used as vehicles for laundering money at scale, according to a leaked intelligence bulletin prepared by the agency in May. “Threat actors” — including criminals in it for the money and foreign… Read More
13th July 2020
Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, son of the former prime minister, and his business partner Hamad Al Wazzan, were arrested on Wednesday night for money laundering related to the Malaysian fund case, known as the 1MBD scandal, Al Qabas reported. Attorney General Dharar Al Asousi issued a warrant… Read More
6th July 2020
Almost two decades after the collapse of Enron Corp., a former unit of the energy-trading giant is sparring with U.S. and Nigerian authorities over the proceeds of the sale of a luxury yacht. The dispute pivots on the Galactica Star — a 213-foot vessel once worth more than $80 million. Read More
18th June 2020
Cayman Islands fintech holding company Achiko has run into “compliance issues” just months after listing on the Swiss stock exchange. The firm has called a meeting of shareholders this week to approve a plan to create a Swiss company and re-list the shares from this entity. But some shareholders are… Read More