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The Most Balanced and Credible Educational and Networking Conference on OFCs. Period.

The 10th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference

April 29 - May 1, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Miami Beach FL U.S.A.

 

For More information visit www.OffshoreAlertConference.com or Call +1 305-372-6296

April 29 - May 1, 2012. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Miami Beach, Fl

The Most Balanced and Credible Educational and Networking Conference on OFCs. Period.

The Best Offshore Conference. Period.

The OffshoreAlert Conference is an independent, non-promotional event covering every aspect of the fast-paced, ever-changing, complex world of Offshore Financial Centers and how they are routinely used by the world's biggest corporations and High Net Worth Individuals to minimize risk and maximize protection.

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Maximize Opportunity

Find out what is currently unfolding in the complex, fast-paced and forever-changing world of Offshore Financial Centers so that you can minimize your risk and maximize your opportunities.

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Meet The Players

You will meet the most influential and knowledgeable individuals in the private and public sectors around the world who have an interest in OFCs.

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10th Anniversary Blowout

To celebrate a decade of conferences, we have put together our ...

  • Best-Ever Agenda
  • Best Line-Up of Speakers
  • Biggest Event

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25 Invaluable Sessions

Sessions on offshore products, services and jurisdictions, fraud and asset recovery, investigations and intelligence, political initiatives, legal and tax issues.

  • Offshore Providers
  • Offshore Clients
  • Investigators

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50+ In-The-Know Speakers

  • Offshore Judges 
  • Legal & Tax Specialists
  • Regulators & Investigators
  • Finance & Insurance Experts
  • Fraud & Insolvency Specialists

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International, High-Level Attendees

Global Financial Experts

Commercial Court judges from offshore jurisdictions, IRS and OECD senior representatives, attorneys, bankers, tax advisors, fraud & asset recovery experts, regulators, journalists & more.

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Leading Offshore Firms

Representatives of the leading offshore firms, including those in law, financial services, banks and funds, in the biggest offshore jurisdictions, such as the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

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Who Should Attend

Offshore Providers

  • Company Managers
  • Fund Administrators
  • Bankers
  • Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Insolvency Specialists
  • Government & Regulators
 

Offshore Clients

  • Officers & Directors
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • Fund Principals & Sponsors
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Intermediaries
  • Wealth Planners
 

Investigators

  • Compliance Officers
  • Receivers & Liquidators
  • Investigators & Regulators
  • Intelligence-Gatherers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Tax Collectors
 

There's Nothing Else Like It

Gain Mastery of Offshore Issues, Meet Key Industry Leaders

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OffshoreAlert Conference Video On Demand

Did you miss The OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami? You can still get latest inside news about all aspects of conducting business in and through OFCs.

For those who were unable to attend, you now have the option to watch the video recordings of all 25 sessions with synchronized power point presentations for just US$295. This offer is available through June 8, 2012 only.

The OffshoreAlert Conference is approved for Continuing Professional/Legal Education (CPE/CLE) credits by leading professional bodies.

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  • Fee
  • NEW! Video On Demand
  • $295
  • Video recordings of each session (25 in total) of The 10th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference that took place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach on April 29 - May 1, 2012. Viewable on any device including standard computers and mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Unlimited access through June 8, 2012.

April 30, 2012
8:25

Opening Remarks

Starts: Monday, April 30, 8:25 AM

Length: 5 min

Level: Beginner

An introduction to the conference, its aims and a breakdown of who is in attendance.

Speaker
8:30

Taxing Avoiders & Evaders: An Update

Starts: Monday, April 30 at 8:30 AM

Length: 1 hr 30 min

Level: Intermediate

An update on the ongoing efforts by the world's major countries to collect taxes from High Net Worth Individuals and big corporations.

Speakers
  • Jeffrey Owens

    Jeffrey Owens

    Former Director - Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD (France)
  • Dan Reeves

    Daniel Reeves

    Senior Advisor, IRS Offshore Compliance Initiative (New Jersey)
  • John McDougal

    John McDougal

    Special Trial Attorney, IRS (Virginia)
  • Jack Blum

    Jack Blum

    Chairman, Tax Justice Network (USA)
10:30

The Rise of Offshore Courts: The Judicial Perspective

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 10:30 AM

Lenght: 1 hr 30 min

Level: Intermediate

Judges in key OFCs discuss laws and significant rulings that affect foreign companies, such as a damages award for $111 m against non-executive directors of Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund in the Cayman Islands and a ruling in the British Virgin Islands not to allow the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry to claw back investor redemptions in the fraud by Bernard Madoff.

Speakers
1:30

Enticing the Top Echelon: How the IRS, SEC and CFTC Attract High-Level Whistleblowers

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 1:30 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

An analysis of the Whistleblower programs operated by the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

Speakers
  • Eric R. Havian

    Eric Havian

    Partner, Philips & Cohen (San Francisco)
  • Sean McKessy

    Sean McKessy

    Chief, Office of the Whistleblower, U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington, DC)
  • Steve Whitlock

    Steve Whitlock

    Director, Whistleblower Office, Internal Revenue Service (Washington, DC)
  • Vince Martinez

    Vincente Martinez

    Director, Whistleblower Office, U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission  (Washington, DC) 
  • Erika Kelton

    Erika Kelton

    Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP (Washington, DC)

The Offshore Invasion: A Practical Guide to Offshore Asset Recovery

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 1:30 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Beginner

A practical "how to" discussion on the recovery of offshore assets, including the legal aspects of identifying, freezing and, ultimately, seizing assets that are the proceeds of crime and fraud.

Speakers

The Offshore World in a Modern Global Economy

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 1:30 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Beginner

This session focuses on the practical reasons why OFCs are used in international business, highlighting that the use of OFCs is not just tax-driven.

Speakers
2:45

OECD Peer Reviews of Offshore Jurisdictions

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

How They Work in Practice

Speakers
  • Jeffrey Owens

    Jeffrey Owens

    Former Director - Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD (France)
  • Francoise Hendy

    Francoise Hendy

    Lead Negotiator, Barbados Treaty Negotiating Team (Barbados) 
  • Unknown

    Richard R. Thomas

    Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, International (Washington, DC)

Ponzi Tsunami: Lessons Learned (So Far) from the Proliferation of Ponzi Litigation

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

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An analysis of lessons learned (so far) in  attempts to unwind some of the more notorious Ponzi cases that have taken place over the last few years.

Speakers
  • Edward H. Davis, Jr.

    Edward Davis, Jr.

    Founding Shareholder, Astigarraga Davis, Co-General Counsel to the Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank, Ltd. (Miami)
  • Lincoln Caylor

    Lincoln Caylor

    Partner, Bennett Jones (Toronto)
  • John Moscow

    John Moscow

    Partner, Baker Hostetler & Former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney (New York)
  • Paul Singerman

    Paul Singerman

    Shareholder, Berger Singerman, General Counsel to Judge Herbert Stettin, Trustee for Rothstein, Rosenfeld, Adler, P.A. (Miami)

Foreign Media Coverage of OFCs: Informed or Ignorant?

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Beginner

Do Offshore Financial Centers get what they deserve from foreign journalists or do they suffer from cliches and stereotypes?

Speakers
4:15

Sharing Tax Information Internationally: How Is It Done and Where Are We Heading?

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 4:15 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

How tax information is shared between countries and where are we heading?

Speakers
  • Tim Ridley

    Tim Ridley

    Former Chairman, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (Cayman Islands)
  • Ben Arrindell

    Ben Arrindell

    Member, United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (Barbados)
  • Raul Pertierra

    Raul Pertierra

    IRS Revenue Service Representative, Correspondent for The Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (Florida)
  • Mac Imrie

    Mac Imrie

    Partner, Maples and Calder (Cayman Islands)

Clash of the Titans: When Asset Forfeiture Proceedings & Insolvencies Collide

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 4:15 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Advanced

This session will focus on the complex interplay between insolvency as a tool to assist victims of crime and forfeiture regimes that seek to do the same along with possible suggestions to avoid these conflicts.

Speakers
  • Andrew Witts

    Senior Partner, Lawrence Graham LLP (London)
  • Andrew Bodnar

    Andrew Bodnar

    Barrister, Matrix Chambers (London)
  • John Moscow

    John Moscow

    Partner, Baker Hostetler & Former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney (New York)

China and Hong Kong: The Dark Side

STARTS: Monday, April 30, 4:15 PM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

Stock-market scandals involving Chinese companies have spread to Hong Kong, threatening its reputation as a safe, reliable financial center. Is this a temporary aberration, or a sign of greater trouble to come?

This session will look at the role that Hong Kong entities - including investment firms, accounting firms and law firms - played in fraud schemes that cost investors billions of dollars.

Speakers
May 01, 2012
8:15

Russia Exposed: The Sergei Magnitsky Affair

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 8:15 AM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

This session will look at evidence of corruption by the Russian judiciary, politicians, police, tax officials, bankers and the mafia, analyze the use of offshore banks and structures to assist them, and look at what is being done to hold participants accountable - both onshore and offshore.

Speaker
9:30

The Postmodern Ponzi Scheme: Empirical Analysis of High-Yield Investment Programs

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 9:30 AM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Intermediate

Computer scientists Dr Richard Clayton, Jie Han and Tyler Moore, from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, spent nine months collecting data from approximately 1,600 on-line Ponzi schemes whose tunrover was collectively about $6 million per month. This is what they found.

Speaker
  • Tyler Moore

    Tyler Moore

    Visting Assistant Professor, Wellesley College (Massachusetts)

Are OFCs Fairly or Overly Protective of Non-Executive/Independent Directors in their Legislation and Case Law?

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 9:30 AM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

An independent offshore fund director and a professional liquidator, each 'represented' by an attorney, argue the pros and cons of whether Offshore Financial Centers protect independent directors too much at the expense of creditors.

Speakers

Brazilian Bankruptcy Law: Recovering Assets in Offshore Transnational Frauds

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 9:30 AM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

Historically, Brazil’s legal system has been challenged by corruption. Improvements are being made. The rule of law is being strengthened as this nation of over 203 million people, with the world's 8th largest economy, matures. Developments in Brazilian bankruptcy extension law, international cooperation in trans-border insolvency and criminal cases, and third party funding of fraud and asset recovery claims are on the move in São Paulo and beyond.

Speakers
11:00

Exploiting Tax Loopholes: How U. S. Companies Like Google Shift Profits Offshore

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 11:00 AM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

An analysis of how big U. S. corporations like Google reduce tax liabilities and maximize profits by booking earnings offshore.

Speaker

Attacks on Offshore Trusts

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 11:00 AM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Advanced

Recent developments concerning the vulnerability of offshore trusts.

Speakers

FATCA: The Institutional and Individual Client Impact of Compliance

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 11:00 AM

Length: 1 hr 15 min

Level: Intermediate

Two US tax attorneys will explain the impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act on foreign financial institutions and their individual customers.

Speakers
  • John Staples

    John Staples

    Managing Partner, Burt, Staples & Maner, LLP (Washington, DC) 
  • Steven Cantor

    Steven Cantor

    Managing Partner, Cantor & Webb (Miami)
1:45

Segregated Account Companies and the Emergence of the 'Incorporated Cell'

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 1:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Intermediate

This presentation explores the use of segregated accounts companies and the emergence of Incorporated Segregated Accounts Company legislation in the offshore world.

Speakers

Finding the Beneficial Owner: Making Sense of the Changing Landscape

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 1:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

Learn about the various standards and statutes out there and join in the discussion to generate some practical ideas and policy initiatives to help the identification process.

Speakers

The Role of OFCs in Global Corruption

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 1:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

A panel of distinguished international fraud fighters will give their insights on how Offshore Financial Centers are being used by corrupt actors and what is being done to stop them. 

Speakers
  • Dan Wise

    Dan Wise

    Litigation Partner, Martin Kenney & Co., Solicitors (BVI)
  • Tim Ridley

    Tim Ridley

    Former Chairman, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (Cayman Islands)
  • James Earp

    James Earp

    Partner, Grant Thornton (London)
  • Stefanie Ostfeld

    Stefanie Ostfeld

    Policy Advisor, Global Witness (Washington, DC)
2:45

The Future of Structured Finance

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Advanced

This session will explore the major issues that will affect the future of structured finance, both financial and regulatory.

Speaker
  • Christopher Culp

    Christopher Culp

    Adjunct Professor of Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago) 

Offshore Investigations & Regulatory Regimes: A Practical Guide

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Beginner

Investigators who are experienced in conducting investigations and gathering intelligence in Offshore Financial Centers discuss their trade.

Speakers
  • David Marchant

    David Marchant

    Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)
  • John Boaden

    John Boaden

    Managing Director, Investigations & Analysis, Martin Kenney & Co, Solicitors (BVI)
  • Brodrick Penn

    Brodrick Penn

    Director, Investment Business, British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVI)
  • Unknown

    Rodney Gallagher

    Partner, Gaffney, Gallagher & Philip (Barbados)

Start-to-Finish Explanation of Listing Offshore IBCs on the World's Major Stock Exchanges

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 2:45 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Intermediate

This session will look at the use of offshore companies (particularly BVI, Cayman, Bermuda and Jersey companies) for IPOs on international stock exchanges - from the initial planning stages to actual listing.

Speaker
4:15

Global Shell Game: Who's Worse - Onshore or Offshore?

Starts: Tuesday, May 1, 4:15 PM

Length: 1 hr

Level: Intermediate

What happened when an Australia professor tried to set up anonymous shell companies and bank accounts in onshore and offshore jurisdictions and what did a Reuters investigative reporter find when he looked at how shell companies are used to commit serious financial crime?

Speakers
  • Brian Grow

    Brian Grow

    Special Enterprise Correspondent, Thomson Reuters (Atlanta)
  • Jason sharman

    Jason Sharman

    Author, The Money Laundry: Regulating Criminal Finance in the Global Economy (Australia) 

Platinum Sponsor

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Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. More than 2,600 partners provide clients with distinctive, high quality service in over 100 countries. The Fraud Insolvency Division provide expert services relating to all forms of economic crime using forensic asset tracing combined with Insolvency Act powers. Our teams comprise forensic, insolvency, tax and computer forensics specialists, providing advice during the prevention, investigation and recovery processes. We offer solutions in the following areas: fraud investigations; expert witness; recovery and tracing of misappropriated assets and funds; proceeds of crime receivers.

 

Sponsors

Kinetic Partners 
Astigarraga Davis 180 
Martin Kenney 180 
Appleby 
 
Cayman National 
Mourant Ozannes 
Baker Tilly 180 
Maples 180px  
 
Zolfo-Cooper  
Phillips & Cohen 
Fraser Milner Casgrain 
O'Neal Webster 
 
Invest Barbados 180 
Securehost 180 
 
 

Exhibitors

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 180 
Mourant Ozannes 
Foreshore 180 
Hidden Technology 180 
 
Grant Thornton 180 
Kixko 180 
Caledonian 180 
ACFCS 180 
 
 

Corporate Sponsors

Bernd Klose 180 
Husch Blackwell 180 v2 
Bennett Jones 180 
Lennox Paton 180 
 
Greenberg Solicitors 180 
Financial Examinations & Intelligence 120 
 
 

Partners

International Compliance Association 180 
KYC 360 180 
Cayman Financial Review 180 
ABCA 180 
 
Compliance Search Group 180 
Compliance Exchange 180 
hedge fund managers 
IFC Review 180