3rd Annual European Financial Intelligence
& Investigations Conference

OffshoreAlert is bringing the leading North American educational & networking event
for those in the highest end of international finance to London for the third consecutive year, once again
showcasing high-profile speakers and our industry’s most topical sessions.

Event Details

The OffshoreAlert Conference

10-11 November 2014
London, The Bloomsbury Hotel

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Dear Stakeholder,

I look forward to welcoming you to our third annual European conference on Financial Intelligence & Investigations, which will take place in London on November 10 and 11 at The Bloomsbury Hotel.

This year’s programme will encompass the full spectrum of issues affecting high-value international finance, including the latest legal, political, regulatory, compliance and tax issues, the detection and prevention of fraud and money laundering, and asset recovery. All with an emphasis on offshore financial centres, or small international financial centres, as many prefer to be called.

Offshore jurisdictions play a major role in global finance. Virtually every high net worth individual or big corporation in the world's major countries uses them to structure financial transactions or has considered using them.

The OffshoreAlert Conference is an impartial forum to disseminate up-to-date and accurate information about all material aspects of conducting business in offshore jurisdictions and help attendees to understand how it can benefit them.

There will be 18 sessions for providers, buyers and investigators of financial products and services that are targeted at the wealthy.

As always, we will provide a friendly and professional forum where an expected 150-plus finance industry stakeholders from more than 20 countries and jurisdictions can meet and network with our trusted partners and sponsors in the heart of 18th century Bloomsbury at The Bloomsbury Hotel, just down the road from the British Museum and in the shadow of Centre Point, where the vibrant West End meets the burgeoning East, where Theatre Land meets the City.

If you have any questions, our conference team is happy to assist. We look forward to seeing you in London on 10-11 November 2014.

David Marchant, Owner & Editor

Get The Answers You Need

The OffshoreAlert Conference covers the full spectrum of issues in offshore finance and is a neutral forum to discuss and analyze all material aspects that affect individuals and corporations conducting business in or through OFCs.

Meet Key Industry Players

Gain access to some of the most influential players in offshore finance including leading judges, lawyers, regulators, investigators, and service providers from major onshore and offshore jurisdictions in different geographical regions.

The Most Trusted Source

OffshoreAlert’s continued commitment to impartiality allows us to attract speakers and delegates from both sides of the fence and is why we can guarantee that you will receive credible and unbiased information about key aspects of offshore finance.


Speakers at The OffshoreAlert Conference Europe include senior representatives of the Financial Intelligence Units of the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Liechtenstein and the Seychelles; the retired IRS Agent who headed the USA's tax evasion investigation into Swiss and other foreign banks; the FBI Agent who investigated self-styled 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort, leading asset recovery attorneys from the BVI, Canada, London, Ukraine, and USA, and the person at OffshoreAlert who researches and writes all of our investigative articles.

Dan Reeves

Dan   Reeves
Founder, Offshore Compliance & Enforcement Consulting Group & Retired Senior Advisor, IRS Offshore Compliance Initiative (New Jersey)

Gregory Coleman

Gregory   Coleman
Special Agent, FBI (Retired) (New York)

David Marchant Headshot

David   Marchant
Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)

Adam Roberts

Adam   Roberts
Legal Advisor, Financial Reporting Authority (Cayman Islands)

Phil Hunkin

Phil   Hunkin
Head of FIU (Guernsey)

Daniel Thelesklaf

Daniel   Thelesklaf
Director, Financial Intelligence Unit (Liechtenstein)


How I Caught 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

New York-based FBI Special agent Gregory Coleman will talk about his investigation into American penny stock fraudster Jordan Belfort, whose criminality and debauchery were depicted in Martin Scorsese's hit movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

Offshore Financial Intelligence Units: An Inside Look

Personnel from offshore FIUs will discuss their work, including the types of suspected illegal conduct that they are asked to investigate and the countries that request them.

Understanding Offshore Financial Centres: A Guide For Investigators

An overview of the offshore world for investigators from an investigative reporter who has spent more than two decades investigating and exposing serious financial crime committed in or through them.

The Lure Of The BVI: Why Is It THE Place For Chinese, Russians & Other Foreigners?

For many years, the British Virgin Islands has been the King of Incorporations in the offshore world, proving to be particularly popular with citizens of China and Russia in recent times. This session will look at why the BVI is so attractive to foreigners seeking to set up offshore shell entities, what the jurisdiction offers that rivals don't, what is so appealing about its legal structures, and what they are being used for.

The Hunt for Offshore Tax Evaders & Those Who Assist Them

The latest on the never-ending investigation by the world's major countries into individuals and businesses suspected of tax evasion.

How To Detect Investment Fraud 100% of the Time (Or Close To It)

This session will show you how to identify Ponzi schemes and other investment frauds so that you may reduce your exposure to lawsuits, regulatory actions, and losses.


Buttonwood fraud illustrates pitfalls of international finance

The collapse of a fraudulent litigation funding group known as Buttonwood Legal Capital, Argentum Litigation and Centaur Litigation illustrates that you can't rely on anyone but yourself to protect your interests.

Investors were swindled out of £97 million by Briton Brendan Terrill, New Zealander Christopher Keats and others using an array of companies that were domiciled in various countries, including Australia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Jersey, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Investors would no doubt have been impressed by the involvement of several well-known individuals and companies who were identified in various documents as providing services to the group. These included retired London High Court Judge 'The Rt. Hon. Sir' David Keene, auditing firms BDO and Ernst and Young, insurance broker AON, banker Standard Chartered Bank, law firms such as Bristows and Carey Olsen, and 'professional' directors and corporate service providers such as John Wetherall, Peter Rioda, and Andrew Pollard, the latter two of whom help to manage the Sanne Group, which claims to be "one of the leading independent fiduciary services companies operating in Europe, Asia and the Middle East".

Assuming they're all honest, why couldn't they spot a fraud that took OffshoreAlert seconds to detect?

"It's baffling," said OffshoreAlert's owner and editor, David Marchant. "This group was littered with red flags, including the offer of double-digit annual returns 'guaranteed' by insurers that, in some cases, did not even exist, yet it still managed to take in tens of millions of pounds from investors and had no shortage of well-known companies providing services to it."

OffshoreAlert exposed the fraud on February 18th, quickly leading to its collapse all around the world. Six days after our article, the Channel Islands Securities Exchange de-listed one of the group's investment funds, and, within three weeks, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong had raided the offices of both the group and its independent administrator, The Hong Kong Trust Company. By June, three of the group's investment funds in the Cayman Islands had applied for liquidation.

Marchant will discuss OffshoreAlert's investigation into the Buttonwood/Argentum/Centaur Group and show attendees how to identify investment frauds at The 3rd Annual OffshoreAlert Conference Europe, which will be held at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London on November 10-11, 2014.

The theme of the conference is "Financial Intelligence and Investigations", with an emphasis on offshore finance. There will be 18 sessions for providers, clients and investigators of financial products and services. All with a view to helping them reduce their risk of becoming a victim of fraud and, if that has already happened, providing a road-map to recovering assets.

To register or to learn more about The 3rd Annual OffshoreAlert Conference Europe, please visit www.OffshoreAlertConference.com or call +1 (305) 372-6296.


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The OffshoreAlert Conference London
10-11 November 2014, The Bloomsbury Hotel