Programme

Financial Intelligence & Investigations

Opening Remarks

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




Speakers

David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)






The $1B Moldova Bank Fraud et al: How Eastern European Crime Proceeds Are Laundered Into The West

This session will look at how tens of billions of dollars of criminal proceeds from eastern Europe are laundered into the West, with the help of offshore structures and Russian banks owned by Vladimir Putin's cousin.


Speakers

Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Paul Radu

Paul Radu Executive Director, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (Romania)






How Corruption, Fraud & Tax Evasion Led To Catastrophe In Greece

A look at how tax evasion and a fraud contributed to the economic crisis in Greece and lessons that can be learned by other countries.


Speakers

George Tzogopoulos

George Tzogopoulos Journalist and Author (Greece)

Charis Theoharis

Haris Theoharis Member of Parliament & Former General Secretary of Public Revenues (Greece)






Litigating In The BVI: The Commercial Court's First Six Years

A review of the first six years of the Commercial Court in the British Virgin Islands, which was set up to adjudicate in disputes arising from the jurisdiction's thriving international business sector.


Speakers

Barry Leon

Barry Leon Commercial Court Judge (BVI)

Martin S. Kenney

Martin Kenney Managing Partner, Martin Kenney & Co., Solicitors (BVI)

Jeremy Marshall

Jeremy Marshall Chief Investment Officer, Bentham Europe (London)

Edward Bannister

Edward Bannister QC Retired Judge, British Virgin Islands Commercial Court (London)






Web-Sites That Short Stocks & Then Expose Them: Are They Making Money?

This session will look at investigative web-sites whose financial model is to profit from price falls in publicly-listed securities. They do this by identifying red flags in publicly-listed companies, shorting their shares, and then publishing the negative information for other investors to make of what they will.


Speakers

Chris Carey

Chris Carey President & Editor, Sharesleuth.com (Michigan)

Dan David

Dan David Co-Founder & VP, GeoInvesting (Philadelphia)

Jon Carnes

Jon Carnes Owner, Alfredlittle.com (New York)






Piercing The Corporate Veil: How Jurisdictions Differ

The panel will examine, compare and discuss the legal standards for piercing the corporate veil in respect of major litigation jurisdictions including the USA, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and the United Kingdom.


Speakers

Warren Gluck

Warren Gluck Senior Associate, Holland & Knight (New York)

Michael Redman

Michael Redman Director, Burford Capital (London)

Dmytro Marchukov

Dmytro Marchukov Partner, Avellum Partners (Ukraine)

Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman Partner, Campbells (Cayman Islands)






Bitcoin: Fact, Fiction & Fraud

Is Bitcoin the world's first successful virtual currency or a digital hoax of global proportions? This presentation will look beyond the hype and marketing and separate fact from fiction in search of answers.


Speakers

Gregory Coleman

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






How Crime & Secretive Offshore Firms Are Behind London's Property Boom

The United Kingdom property market, particularly in London, has become a notorious money laundering tool for Russian oligarchs and other wealthy individuals in recent years. As a result, real estate prices have been surging and an increasing number of properties are owned through offshore entities. This session will delve into the phenomenon, including providing case studies of abuse, identifying individuals involved and discussing their methods.


Speakers

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks Investigative Reporter, Private Eye (London) 

Chido Dunn

Chido Dunn Senior Campaigner, Global Witness (London)






Using 1782 To Obtain Evidence In The USA For Your Foreign Proceeding

This session will show you how to obtain discovery in the United States under 28 U.S.C. 1782 for use in legal actions outside the U.S.


Speakers

Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Edward Davis, Jr. Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)






Advanced Techniques In Asset Investigation & Debt Enforcement

This session will explain cutting-edge techniques and legal theories by which to prove fraud and fraudulent transfer, pierce the corporate veil, locate and seize assets, and enforce judgments.


Speakers

Warren Gluck

Warren Gluck Senior Associate, Holland & Knight (New York)

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall Director, Burford Capital (London)






Jersey Uncovered: Inside One Of The World's Leading Offshore Jurisdictions

A sickening child-abuse scandal, a U.S. journalist banned from the jurisdiction simply for trying to conduct an investigation, money laundering scandals, endemic corruption and cover-ups galore. Is Jersey truly immoral to a degree that is scarcely believable or is it misunderstood? An attorney who is based on the island reveals all.


Speakers

Philip Sinel

Philip Sinel Senior Partner, Sinels (Jersey)






Detecting Investment Fraud: Tips From Investigative Journalists

Journalists who specialize in investigating financial crimes discuss their work, the jurisdictions they cover, the scale of the problem, and impart advice on how to detect investment fraud.


Speakers

David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)

Tony Hetherington

Tony Hetherington Investigative Journalist (London)

Richard Smith

Richard Smith Blogger, Naked Capitalism (Oxford)






The Hunt For Data: Open Source Intelligence Tools & Techniques

This session will look at how to gather information on individuals and companies using open source data-gathering tools and how to interpret it.


Speakers

Chris Taggart

Chris Taggart Co-Founder & CEO, OpenCorporates (London)

Eduardo Amo

Eduardo Amo CEO, Dato Capital (Madrid)

Natasha Dinkin

Natasha Dinkin Founder, Project Layers (London)






Professional, Nominee & Independent Directors: Are They Untouchable?

Jurisdictions seldom, if ever, hold so-called professional, nominee or independent directors accountable for financial crimes committed by companies they are supposed to govern, no matter how asleep at the wheel they are. This session will look at whether they can ever be held accountable for negligence and, if yes, under what circumstances.


Speakers

Charles Coleman

Charles Coleman Director, Gough Law (Isle of Man)

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas Advocate, Baker & Partners (Jersey)






Corrupt Britain: The Land of Cover-Ups, Whitewashes & Secrecy

This session will look at - and seek to explain - the British obsession with cover-ups and whitewashes, as evidenced in recent years by farcical inquiries into matters such as phone-hacking, Hillsborough, and Jimmy Savile and a prevailing attitude of 'protect the establishment at all costs'. It will also look at the hypocrisy of British politicians who claim to advocate transparency and integrity, particularly for offshore financial centres, while practicing secrecy and deceit.


Speakers

Nick Kochan

Nick Kochan Journalist & Author (London)






Whistleblowers Discuss What Really Goes On Inside International Banks

There is compelling evidence that many of the world's leading banks pay lip service to compliance and, if fees are high enough, will knowingly engage in criminal activity on behalf of clients. In this session, two whistleblowers will discuss what really went on inside their former employers.


Speakers

Stephanie Gibaud

Stephanie Gibaud UBS Whistleblower (France)

John Christmas

John Christmas Parex Bank Whistleblower (Latvia)






Cash For Honours: An Ongoing, Very British Scandal

This session will look at compelling evidence of corruption within the British political system that results in Peerages and other honours being given to individuals based on their financial contributions, rather than merit.


Speakers

Angus MacNeil

Angus MacNeil Member of Parliament (Scotland)

Andrew Mell

Andrew Mell Academic Economist (University of Oxford)






FIFA Corruption: The Qatari Plot To Buy The World Cup

The Sunday Times' 'Insight' investigative unit receive a cache of hundreds of millions of secret documents from a whistleblower detailing corruption and bribery within football's world governing body, FIFA, that led to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup. The Editor of that unit will discuss the investigation and the evidence.


Speakers

Jonathan Calvert

Jonathan Calvert Editor, Insight Investigations Team, The Sunday Times (London)






Closing Remarks

A wrap-up of the conference's main talking points.


Speakers

David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)






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