Featured Offshore

Dirty Money Spotlights Role of Family Offices as Enablers

The signs were there. Jahangir Hajiyev, chairman of the biggest bank in Azerbaijan, and his wife, Zamira, appeared to be living on dirty money. Between 2003 and 2015, the couple spent a fortune in the U.K. They dished out 11.5 million pounds ($14.3 million) for a townhouse in the ritzy… Read More

UBS Whistle-Blower Hunts Trillions Hidden in Treasure Isles

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

Sun, Sand, and the $1.5 Trillion Dark Offshore Economy

The British Virgin Islands is home to more than 400,000 companies that hold $1.5 trillion in assets. You wouldn’t know it if you walked through Road Town, the capital of this Caribbean archipelago. Hens and roosters compete brazenly… Read More
25th June 2019
Lloyds Banking Group has frozen the Jersey-based accounts of approximately 8,000 offshore clients after they failed to submit identifying documents for three years, the Financial Times reported Sunday. The move was prompted by repeated requests for certified copies of identification records and other documentation that went unanswered for several years,… Read More
21st June 2019
Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man committed on Wednesday to naming the individuals who own or otherwise control corporations operating in their jurisdictions as part of an effort to meet EU anti-money laundering standards. Beginning in 2021, the islands will interconnect corporate beneficial ownership registers with similar databases in… Read More
10th June 2019
The news this week that the Bailiwick of Jersey had recovered more than $267 million linked to former Nigerian President Sani Abacha puts a spotlight on the banking sector’s vulnerability to money laundering. The funds, which were purportedly derived from corruption, had first been laundered through the US banking system… Read More
6th June 2019
Over $267 million has been seized from an account maintained for former Nigerian head-of-state Sani Abacha, according to the Bailiwick of Jersey. The funds, which have been transferred to Jersey’s Civil Asset Recovery Fund, were derived from corruption and laundered through the US banking system with aid of Abacha’s son… Read More
29th May 2019
Britain’s offshore territories the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Bermuda and the Cayman Islands were named in a study released on Wednesday as the most significant jurisdictions used by global companies to minimise their tax bills. Governments are stepping up efforts to recoup more tax from multinationals, with the European Commission… Read More
29th April 2019
Criminal proceedings against a money laundering reporting officer were withdrawn in the Royal Court after a 16-month long investigation. Michael Still, who works for Investec Bank, had denied a charge of money laundering and an alternative of failing to make a required disclosure as soon as possible while the nominated… Read More
15th April 2019
European lawmakers are urging financial institutions and governments to address dozens of legal and supervisory shortcomings they say contributed to the proliferation of massive money laundering schemes in recent years. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly said that recent money laundering schemes linked to… Read More
7th February 2019
Estonia’s push to become a digital society has left it vulnerable to dirty money and sanction breaches, the country’s top banking regulator has warned. The Baltic state took centre stage in one of the largest-ever money laundering scandals last year – the Estonian branch of Danske Bank helped funnel money… Read More
3rd January 2019
On the day the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, it will be looking to preserve its current regulatory position on Gibraltar within the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) handbook, the watchdog said. The announcement is in line with the UK’s position that Gibraltar financial services firms should, until December 2020,… Read More
14th December 2018
A network of favorable tax treaties and an industry devoted to minimizing tax bills has made the Netherlands the conduit for an annual flow of capital five times the size of its own economy, new research showed on Thursday. Statistics Netherlands published the data for the first time — based… Read More