Featured Guernsey

Crooked Banker Tapped Professionals to Manage Web of Dirty Money

Jahangir Hajiyev was running out of money. That was the urgent subject before the board of a company based in the tax haven of Guernsey in September 2015. For years, Hajiyev, then chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, had used a chain of trusts and shell companies stretching… Read More

British Tax Havens to Share Data With Russian Authorities

British offshore tax havens will send information about Russian assets registered in their jurisdictions to the Russian tax authorities, despite London and Moscow having cancelled an international agreement which facilitates the sharing of such financial information. Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are set to share details on bank… Read More

Getting the Economic Crime Plan Done: Why Economic Crime Matters for Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’

The UK’s first ever cross-government, public-private Economic Crime Plan, a collection of policy, legislative and operational commitments, was published just days before the passing of the baton from Theresa May to Boris Johnson. In this respect, the plan could be viewed as a cuckoo in Prime Minister Johnson’s policy… Read More
11th October 2019
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
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
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
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
5th December 2018
The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission has taken action against three online casinos following an investigation into how firms handle money laundering and problem gambling. In its findings, the Commission highlighted a number of compliance failings across the firms. “Nearly £14m in penalty packages will be paid by three companies… Read More
27th August 2018
The UK’s parliamentary research department has published a paper on registers of beneficial ownership. The study outlines the beneficial ownership structure in the UK, and also looks at issues around its Overseas Territories. It explains that the UK has registers of beneficial ownership for three different types of assets: companies,… Read More
17th May 2018
The United Kingdom’s Crown dependencies (CDs) are facing increasing calls to adopt public registers of beneficial ownership, after British lawmakers voted to compel the overseas territories (OTs) to implement the measures. British parliamentarians from both the Tory and Labour parties recently voted to make it compulsory for the OTs to… Read More
2nd May 2018
Britain’s government agreed on Tuesday to order its overseas territories to make secretive company ownership information public to try to tackle corruption and tax avoidance. Overseas territories and crown dependencies have come under increasing pressure to reveal who is behind anonymously owned companies, with campaign groups saying such secrecy aids… Read More