International Cooperation

J5: Tearing Down International Barriers

Chief Don Fort, of IRS Criminal Investigation, will tell you why the world is getting smaller for tax criminals. With the formation of the new and innovative Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement last year, the US, UK, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have found ways to share information, work joint investigations, and move towards criminal proceedings in dozens of cases. Criminals and enablers of tax crimes alike should be on notice that their days are limited.

Cross-Border Clashes and Cooperation Among Courts

This session will explore judicial initiatives in the area of cross-border judicial communication and cooperation, a topic that has been thrust into the spotlight due to recent developments in the 'Liberia v. ACE' asset recovery/litigation funding case at federal court in the United States.

Chapter 15: Offshore Case Round-Ups & Updates

Chapter 15 of the U. S. Bankruptcy Code, which deals with access to U. S. courts in foreign insolvency proceedings, went into effect in 2005, so it's no longer a baby. It's now a tween. This session will explore the most recent Chapter 15 developments and discuss what kind of teenager Chapter 15 might become.

Financial Transparency: A Comparison of Jurisdictions

This session will look at how offshore jurisdictions compare in terms of banking secrecy, recording of beneficial ownership registries for trusts, foundations, and companies, availability to the public of corporate share registers and accounts, anti-money laundering, tax information exchange, international judicial co-operation, and other areas.