Sessions

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 IRS vs. Offshore Tax Evaders: An Update

This session will look at the latest developments in the quest by the IRS to collect taxes from U.S. taxpayers with undeclared accounts in foreign jurisdictions and to prosecute and penalize those taxpayers whose structures are considered to be illegal and the service providers who assist them.

Speakers

Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves

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

Lindsey Stellwagen

Lindsey Stellwagen

Special Counsel International, IRS (Washington, D.C.)

Carolyn Schenck

Carolyn A. Schenck

Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS (Los Angeles)

Bryan Stiernagle

Bryan Stiernagle

Program Manager, Offshore Compliance Initiative, IRS (Minnesota) 



How Billions of Dollars of Eastern European Criminal 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)



Offshore Insolvencies: Round-Up of Important Developments

A look at recent developments in areas as varied as the choice of jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies, the power to issue anti-suit injunctions to prevent aggressive creditors from seeking inequitable priority, the existence of a power at common law to assist foreign insolvency office holders and the duties of insolvency office holders.

Speakers

Martin S. Kenney

Martin Kenney

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

Ross McDonough

Ross McDonough

Managing Partner, Head of Litigation, Campbells (Cayman Islands)

Gregory Grossman

Gregory S. Grossman

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)



Offshore Investigations & Fraud Detection: A Practical Guide

Investigators who are experienced in conducting investigations and gathering intelligence in Offshore Financial Centers will discuss what information is typically publicly-available in OFCs, the importance of developing a network of contacts in jurisdictions that pride themselves on secrecy, and how to identify red flags that might suggest wrongdoing.

Speakers

David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant

Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)

Gamal Newry

Gamal Newry

President, Preventative Measures (Bahamas)

Craig Allam

Craig Allam

Managing Director of Investigations, Martin Kenney & Co. (BVI)

Bill Butterworth

Bill Butterworth

Director & Senior Investigator, Caribbean Investigative Network (Bermuda) 

Stuart Bostock

Stuart Bostock

President & CEO, The Security Centre (Cayman Islands)



Ten Commandments for Cross-Border Insolvency Office-Holders

This session will examine the dos and don'ts for office-holders in cross-border insolvencies.

Speakers

Simon Conway

Simon Conway

Partner, PwC Corporate Finance & Recovery (Cayman Islands)  

Julie Himo

Julie Himo

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada (Quebec)

Simon Dickson

Simon Dickson

Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Cayman Islands)

Arnoldo Lacayo

Arnoldo Lacayo

Shareholder, Astigarraga Davis (Miami)



The Sony Hack: Who Did It, How & Could It Happen To You?

Who hacked Sony: North Korea, disgruntled insiders or someone else? How was it done and could it happen to your firm?

Speakers

Kurt Stammberger

Kurt Stammberger

Senior Vice President, Market Development, Norse (California)



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)



Beating The Odds: How Former UBS Wealth Boss Raoul Weil Defeated The IRS

This session will look at Raoul Weil's successful defense strategy, key legal and trial issues, and the implications for other foreign bankers and advisers who find themselves similarly charged with helping U.S. taxpayers evade taxes.

Speakers

Matthew Menchel

Matthew Menchel

‎Lead Trial Attorney and Partner, Kobre & Kim (Miami) 



Statute of Limitations - Beware the Snake in the Grass

This session will examine statute of limitation issues from the perspective of a litigant seeking to attack the transfer of funds to a trust set up in 'trust-friendly' jurisdictions, in particular the Cook Islands, The Bahamas, Cyprus and Nevis.

Speakers

Martin S. Kenney

Martin Kenney

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

Annette Escobar

Annette Escobar

Partner, Astigarraga Davis (Miami)



'Help! Am I A Target or A Witness?': What Service Providers Should Do When Investigators Request Client Information

This session will navigate the offshore and onshore service provider through the stormy waters encountered when a foreign tax or criminal authority comes knocking on your door requesting information or interviews.

Speakers

Jim Mastracchio

Jim Mastracchio

Partner, BakerHostetler (Washington, D.C.)

Tom Maher Dougherty Quinn

Tom Maher

Managing Partner, Dougherty Quinn Advocates (Isle of Man)



Advanced Techniques in Asset Investigation and 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

Joe Dickerson

Joe Dickerson

Founder & CEO, Financial Forensic Services (Denver)

Warren Gluck

Warren Gluck

Senior Associate, Holland & Knight (New York)



Modern Day Grave Robbers: Evidence That Some Trustees Steal Assets When Settlors Die

This session will look at allegations that, when trust settlors die, some trustees use the opportunity to steal their assets to the detriment of living beneficiaries and the remedies available to victims.

Speakers

Marc Hurner

Marc Hürner

Founder & CEO, Financial Intelligence & Processing (Switzerland)

Klaus Lins

Klaus Lins

Tax & Client Fraud Whistleblower (Austria & Liechtenstein)



Family Office Nightmare: Quest to Recover Millions 'Swindled' in Estate Planning Scheme

This session will look at allegations that Richard Vento and his family were swindled by offshore providers in Anguilla, Bahamas, and Nevis after putting more than $30 million of assets into an estate planning scheme and detail the family's multi-jurisdictional legal battle to recover those assets.

Speakers

Alan Feuerstein

Alan Feuerstein

Partner, Feuerstein & Smith (U. S. Virgin Islands)

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Richard Vento

Entrepreneur & Family Office Participant (U. S. Virgin Islands)



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.

Speakers

Martin S. Kenney

Martin Kenney

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

Bomi Anise

Bomi Anise

Managing Director, Anise Consulting (BVI)



Madoff's Silver Lining: US Private Fund Law Comes Into Focus

This session will look at recent legal decisions affecting private funds, both in the U.S. and offshore, including claw-back decisions.

Speakers

Jonathan Sablone

Jonathan Sablone

Partner, Nixon Peabody



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

Natasha Dinkin

Natasha Dinkin

Founder, Project Layers (London)

Chris Taggart

Chris Taggart

Co-Founder & CEO, OpenCorporates (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)

Roderick Boyd

Roddy Boyd

Editor, Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation (North Carolina)

Ben Axler

Ben Axler

Managing Partner, Spruce Point Management (New York)



Understanding the FATCA Risk

An analysis of recent U. S. Department of Justice tax enforcement efforts and predicting future enforcement activity aimed at offshore and Asian financial institutions.

Speakers

Sean Casey

Sean Casey

Partner, Kobre & Kim (New York)

William F. McGovern

William F. McGovern

Partner, Kobre & Kim (Hong Kong)



10-Year War: USA v. Eurofed Bank's Offshore Liquidators For $150 m in Offshore Banks

This session will look at a 10-year legal battle between the USA and the liquidators of Eurofed Bank, in Antigua, for control over assets accumulated by corrupt former Ukraine Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko.

Speakers

Jason A. Levine

Jason Levine

Partner, Vinson & Elkins (Washington, D.C.)



Domain Name Theft: Execution, Recovery & Prevention

This session will look at the growing problem of domain name thefts, with fraudsters often using offshore jurisdictions in an attempt to keep what they have stolen, and steps that can be taken to recover stolen domains, obtain damages, and protect against future thefts.

Speakers

Jonathan Westreich

Jonathan Westreich

Principal, Westreich Law (Virginia)

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

President & Owner, Michael Lee + Associates (Chicago)



Grappling with a Government-Sponsored Fraudster

This session will advance certain counter-measures that can allow fraud victims seeking recovery to overcome seemingly-insurmountable obstacles in countries where the government and regulators shamelessly assist and protect fraudsters.

Speakers

Chris Mangiaracina

Chris Mangiaracina

Principal, CMMC & Associates (Miami)



Investigators Gone Bad: The Incredible Story of Cullen Johnson & Elaine White

This session will look at how Canadians Cullen Johnson and Elaine White were able to pull off a bizarre offshore asset recovery and investigative scam from offices in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Speakers

Nicole Bocra

Nicole Bocra

President, Infinity Investigative Solutions (Virginia)

Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Edward Davis, Jr.

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)



Inside The UBS & HSBC Leaks

OffshoreAlert has assembled a panel of the most important people in the history of whistleblowing to take you inside the UBS and HSBC leaks and discuss material issues, including the treatment of whistleblowers by law enforcement and tax collection agencies, how the system can be improved, the extent of global tax evasion and the involvement of the world's major banks.

Speakers

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle

Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Washington, D.C.)

Dean Zerbe

Dean Zerbe

Partner, Zerbe, Fingeret, Frank & Jadav (Washington, D.C.)

Bradley Birkenfeld

Bradley C. Birkenfeld

UBS Whistleblower (USA)

Herve Falciani

Hervé Falciani

HSBC Whistleblower (France)



Closing Remarks

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

Speakers

David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant

Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)



The 13th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference

May 3-5, 2015, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida U.S.A.

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