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Entries in BVI (10)


Martin Kenney: Big AML scandal points back to UK’s Companies House

Danske Bank appears to have been used to launder $8.3 billion between 2007 and 2015 on behalf of individuals and entities located in Estonia. The bank’s punishment so far? A "stern ticking off," as Bloomberg put it, and a request by Denmark's banking regulator to hold more capital.

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Martin Kenney: Yes, Mossack Fonseca was a mess. But don't blame the BVI

I have had several dealings with Mossack Fonseca over the years, while trying to identify its clients who had wronged my own.

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Martin Kenney: In the BVI, there's confidentiality but not secrecy

My adopted home of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has implemented what is known as the BOSS Act (or to give it its full title, the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act), that received its assent in June last year.

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Martin Kenney: UK rejects open public register of beneficial owners

I have decided to don my tin hat and stick my head above the parapets again. Why? Because for once common sense has prevailed and the anti-1% brigade have lost their argument for an open Public Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and her sister islands in the Caribbean.

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Shruti Shah: Every big corruption story features anonymous companies

Since my initial post for the FCPA Blog on the Paradise Papers, I have read a lot of arguments against requiring increased transparency of anonymous companies, including a recent post on this blog, so I thought it would be useful to address some of these arguments and present another perspective.

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Adam Ross: It's too bad leaks, not leaders, are driving needed policy changes

I have a great deal of respect for Martin Kenney’s efforts in taking fraudsters to task and recovering funds on behalf of their victims. However, I found his recent post for the FCPA Blog about the so-called Paradise Papers to be deeply misguided.

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Martin Kenney on the Paradise Papers: Real news or a titillating non-story?

The recent revelations arising out of the publication of the Paradise Papers have been gleefully seized upon by anti-corruption and tax justice campaigners.

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Martin Kenney: Academics skew picture of BVI and other Offshore Financial Centers

In July new research from the University of Amsterdam looking at Offshore Financial Centers claimed to expose the “five largest value conduits in the [offshore] world" -- the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore and Ireland.

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Martin Kenney: Put your own tax havens in order, America

The United States champions itself as a nation policing the rest of the world, preventing money laundering, tax evasion and foreign corrupt practices. Yet there is hypocrisy afoot.

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Martin Kenney: Let's have an honest discussion about the BVI

Transparency International’s Max Heywood recently posted an article on TI's website asking if the British Virgin Islands -- from where I operate a cross-border fraud and asset recovery law firm -- has “cleaned up” since the publication of the so-called Panama Papers.

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