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INVESTIGATION: Dubai real estate links point to hidden Abacha loot

Twenty years after the controversial demise of one of Nigeria’s last military leaders, Sani Abacha, one sore thumb still aching local and international financial crime investigators is the full extent of his legacy of corruption. In the years since 2002, when the first insight into the depth of corruption during… Read More

Shadowy operators power Duterte’s offshore gaming boom

It has created 470,000 jobs. It contributes over $11 billion to the economy. It has even sparked a diplomatic clash with China. The strange thing is, nobody is sure who fully owns it. It’s not as though the Philippine offshore gaming operators who are transforming Manila, known collectively as POGOs,… Read More

Cayman Islands joins global money-laundering crackdown

The Cayman Islands said on Wednesday it would make public information on the beneficial ownership of companies, prompting anti-corruption campaigners to call on other offshore jurisdictions to follow suit as part of a global crackdown on money-laundering. The Cayman Islands government said it expected public registers of beneficial ownership –… Read More
7th October 2019
Judging by the fleet of supercars parked in the grounds of Geneva’s Bonmont Golf and Country Club last Sunday, Teodorin Obiang was not overly fussed by the size of his carbon footprint. There were 25 in total, representatives of every luxury model conceivable, from Aston Martin to Bugatti and Ferrari,… Read More
1st August 2019
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
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
5th July 2019
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