Featured Guernsey

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

British Crown Dependencies to Publish Data on Corporate Owners

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Criminal proceedings against a money laundering reporting officer were withdrawn in the Royal Court after a 16-month long investigation.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
19th March 2018
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has penalised Standard Chartered Bank Singapore Branch (SCBS) and Standard Chartered Trust Singapore (SCTS) for breaching its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CFT) rules, the regulator said on Monday. MAS found SCBS’ and SCTS’ risk management and controls pertaining to transfers were… Read More
13th February 2018
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country. They are owned by 11,700… Read More
6th November 2017
By Francesco Guarascio, REUTERS European Union states will on Tuesday discuss plans for a tax havens’ blacklist, officials said, in a bid to tackle offshore tax avoidance after leaked documents revealed investments by wealthy individuals and institutions around the globe. The subject’s inclusion on the monthly meeting’s agenda of EU… Read More
9th October 2017
9 Ocotber 2017 By Cindy Silviana, Hidayat Setiaji, REUTERS Indonesia is investigating reports that $1.4 billion (1.07 billion pounds) held by Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) in Guernsey, mainly on behalf of Indonesian clients, was transferred to Singapore just before the island moved to new tax transparency rules, officials said. A… Read More