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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

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

Going, going, gone: African dictators losing luxury lifestyle amid money laundering crackdown

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
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
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
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
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