Navigant’s David Lawler on recent developments in asset-tracing claims
Given the multiplicity of channels available to money launderers and the increasingly sophisticated methods they use to cover their tracks when routing dirty money, claimants in asset-tracing cases face many barriers to recovering funds. Indeed, electronic banking means that funds transfers across borders and through multiple accounts allow fraudsters to quickly and repeatedly splinter assets into sub-accounts, almost instantaneously. They have many ways to hide money, involving webs of credits and debits between banks and intermediaries. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: Offshore but not off limits”
On April Fool’s Day this year, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co notified its clients that it had sustained an email hack. It instantly became the world’s best-known law firm following the leak of 11.5 million documents, cherry-picked by global media outlets, that revealed confidential client information. The Panama Papers made news and so did offshore law firms. Again.
But for every offshore firm, regardless of jurisdiction, the Panama Papers leak was no laughing matter: the inevitable public outcry further fuelled the enduring debate over tax and transparency. Continue reading “Standing apart – the offshore fallout from the Panama Papers”
‘The morning after the night before, there was stunned silence,’ says David Cadin, managing partner at Bedell Cristin. For offshore law firms, the long-term implications of Brexit are no clearer than for their onshore counterparts and they are equally loath to make predictions when uncertainty continues to surround terms for the UK’s departure from the EU.
As Antonia Hardy, Cayman Islands managing partner of Walkers, puts it: ‘In terms of offshore access for financial services, no-one knows yet – like everything to do with Brexit the answer is possibly and hopefully.’ She offers a very positive take: ‘Offshore centres have always been required to apply for European access independently of the UK and so we do not foresee any negative impact from the Brexit decision.’
Continue reading “Aftermath – the offshore world post the Brexit vote”
Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co and Taylor Wessing have all been named as firms linked to secret offshore entities in the latest leak of over 11.5m files as part of the Panama Papers investigation.
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Tom Moore argues profession must deal with changing attitudes on tax and reputation
The offshore market is being redrawn following the leak on 3 April of 11 million documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, which led to a public outcry about tax evasion. The leak revealed some 12 world leaders, including close associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin and 143 politicians, used the firm to avoid tax in developed countries.
Continue reading “From offshore to Big Law: the Panama Papers’ lasting imprint on the legal landscape”
Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has had its headquarters raided by police following a data leak of more than 11 million documents which revealed how some wealthy people avoid tax using offshore law firms.
Continue reading “Panama papers latest: Mossack Fonseca’s headquarters raided”
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has asked several law firms to clarify whether they are linked to the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers leak, Mossack Fonseca.
Continue reading “SRA to probe City firm connections to Panama Papers”
Two days in. Lots of column inches. But what will it all mean for the future? Some embarrassment, a scalp or two, then business as usual? Or meaningful change?
Continue reading “Guest post: After the Panama Papers expect rhetoric to quiet the mob, not meaningful change”
City law firm Simmons & Simmons has been named in the Panama Papers leak, after 11.5 million confidential documents were leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Continue reading “Simmons cited in Panama Papers leak after working with Mossack Fonseca”
In the coming days you will hear a lot about the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Continue reading “Guest post: The Panama Papers – why it’s very possible the behaviour is criminal”