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Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London property empire

The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, just across the road from Harrods. The unassuming suburban dwellings also have little… Read More

SFO boss Lisa Osofsky demands new powers to help prosecute corporate “bad guys”

The boss of the Serious Fraud Office today called for new laws making it easy to obtain convictions against companies in the wake of the Barclays Qatar case’s collapse. After a nine year investigation and two jury trials, Barclays’ executives were cleared of lying to the financial markets about fees… Read More

‘Major Questions’: FinCEN Leak Sheds Light On The Hidden Money Flows Of Putin’s Russia

In the summer of 2015, the New York branch of British bank Barclays flagged as suspicious a transfer of $1 million to former Moscow Deputy Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze for “consulting services.” The transfer originated with a company called BEM Global Corp., which is controlled by prominent real-estate developer Roman Fuks. Read More
11th September 2020
Michael Jordan, Sandra Bullock and Paris Hilton holiday there. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson wrote lyrics about it. But, last week, the Caribbean island of Anguilla drew attention for other reasons. The paradisiacal tax haven slipped further down a key global transparency index, according to a new report by… Read More
8th September 2020
Swiss banks first surfaced as handlers of illicit Venezuelan oil money in 2016, when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sought records from more than 18 of them on of bribery at PDVSA, a state-owned oil and natural gas company. Precisely two weeks later, Switzerland’s financial regulator built its annual meeting… Read More
23rd July 2020
Britain has left it too late to untangle the web of Russian influence that permeates the upper ranks of the political and business establishment, the Russia report claims. Wealthy and powerful Russians — some linked to President Putin, others who have fled his regime — are deeply entrenched in… Read More
17th July 2020
Tax authorities have investigated 237 cases in connection with the 2016 Panama Papers leak and a further 96 over Swiss Leaks and have so far recouped more than €27.6 million, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said on Wednesday. Scicluna said €14.2 million was recovered from 163 concluded cases following the Panama… Read More
15th June 2020
AP – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an “accused person” over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the… Read More
21st May 2020
Panama Papers firm Nexia BT has been given a new licence requiring “high standards of conduct and compliance” to audit the internal IT systems and protocols of high-risk entities like cryptocurrency exchanges. Nexia BT Technology, a Nexia BT offshoot company, was certified as meeting these standards by the Malta Digital… Read More
21st May 2020
Switzerland has moved closer to removing Attorney General Michael Lauber from office after a parliamentary panel launched impeachment proceedings against the top Swiss prosecutor relating to his probe of corruption in world soccer. The judicial committee voted on Wednesday 13 to 4 to move against Lauber “on suspicion of serious… Read More
13th May 2020
AP — Italian police have arrested 91 suspected mobsters in a probe of money-laundering and extortion in a bid to thwart Sicily’s Cosa Nostra from exploiting economic woes triggered by the pandemic. Hundreds of Financial Guard police officers fanned out early Tuesday through Palermo, the alleged crime clans’ power power… Read More
1st May 2020
Bank Hapoalim agreed to pay $874 million to settle U.S. charges that it conspired with American taxpayers to hide more than $7.6 billion in secret Swiss and Israeli accounts, federal prosecutors said, the second-biggest settlement in a decade-long crackdown on offshore tax evasion. The Swiss unit of the bank,… Read More
1st May 2020
Fifa is preparing to press the authorities in Switzerland to prosecute Sepp Blatter for alleged corruption, after the Swiss attorney general dropped part of its investigation despite police reports listing years of apparent gifts and payments provided to the then vice-president, Jack Warner, in return for votes for Blatter… Read More