Sessions

Financial Intelligence & Investigations

Documentary Screening: 'The Price We Pay'

Special screening of 'The Price We Pay', a documentary about international corporate tax avoidance by Canadian film-maker Harold Crooks that has an 89% critics' rating on the web-site of film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.



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)



Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

A behind-the-scenes eye-witness account of the international wealth management profession from a sociologist who has spent the last eight years researching it, during which time she trained to become a wealth manager and visited 18 offshore jurisdictions.

Speakers

Brooke Harrington

Brooke Harrington

Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)



Hypocrisy USA: The Country's Role as a Money Laundering Center & Offshore Tax Haven

The United States routinely takes the moral high ground when accusing offshore jurisdictions of facilitating money laundering and tax evasion to the detriment of the world's major countries and the global economy in general. This session will look at evidence that suggests it's a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

Speakers

Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Edward Davis, Jr.

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)

Shauna Leven

Shauna Leven

Director of Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Global Witness (London)

Jesse Drucker

Jesse Drucker

Investigative Reporter, Bloomberg News (New York)

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James Barnacle

Chief of Money Laundering Unit, FBI (New York)

Peter Cotorceanu

Peter Cotorceanu

Of Counsel, Anaford AG (Switzerland)



How To Read & Speak Body Language Like An FBI Agent

This presentation is based on techniques that retired FBI Agent Greg Coleman used to read and send messages through body language. He will introduce a concept and give real life examples to illustrate how the techniques can be used. Topics include influence versus manipulation, non-verbal communication versus body language and casual versus formal settings.  The program is very interactive and will involve the audience in the demonstrations.

Speakers

Gregory Coleman

Gregory Coleman

Special Agent, FBI (Retired) (New York)



How A Short-Seller Took Down NYSE-Listed Bermuda Reinsurer Gerova Financial

Short-seller Keith Dalrymple will discuss how he exposed Bermuda-domiciled, New York Stock Exchange-listed reinsurer Gerova Financial Group Ltd., contributing to its collapse, criminal indictments against Gerova's principals and a smear campaign against him and his investment research company.

Speakers

Keith Dalrymple

Keith Dalrymple

Principal, Dalrymple Finance (Bulgaria)



Piercing The Corporate Veil: How Jurisdictions Differ

This panel will examine, compare and discuss the legal standards for piercing the corporate veil in respect of major litigation jurisdictions including Bermuda, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Speakers

Warren Gluck

Warren Gluck

Senior Associate, Holland & Knight (New York)

Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman

Partner, Campbells (Cayman Islands)

Ivan Urzhumov

Ivan Urzhumov

Associate, Foley Hoag (France)




Recovering Assets & Enforcing Judgments in China Using Offshore Means

Learn the latest developments, tips, strategies and best practices developed by the industry experts to recover - using offshore means - assets from China, which has historically been a dark hole for international judgment enforcement efforts.

Speakers

Robert W. Seiden

Robert Seiden

President, Confidential Global Investigations (New York)

Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Edward Davis, Jr.

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)



US Law Enforcement Assault on Market-Rigging and Capital Market Activities: An Analysis

Engage in a candid dialogue with two former federal prosecutors, one also a former SEC Enforcement lawyer, who are both now in private practice, specializing in legal cases involving financial crime.

Speakers

Jacob Frenkel

Jacob S. Frenkel

Partner, Shulman Rogers (Washington, D.C.)

John Couriel

John Couriel

Partner, Kobre & Kim (Miami)



Pre-Litigation Discovery: Latest Developments Across Jurisdictions

The panelists, both experienced litigators, will discuss methods and practice pointers for obtaining pre-litigation discovery in the U.S. and offshore. The session will also cover recent and important amendments to the U.S. federal rules governing both discovery and document preservation obligations.

Speakers

Jason A. Levine

Jason Levine

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

Dan Wise

Dan Wise

Head of Litigation, Martin Kenney & Co., Solicitors (BVI)



Big Data, Big Headaches: E-Discovery Developments in Criminal, Civil & Regulatory Investigations

This session will look at the latest developments in the area of e-discovery, including how US-based rules affect other jurisdictions, how to harvest hidden material, data review strategies, and cross-border transfer of data for litigation purposes.

Speakers

Jonathan Sablone

Jonathan Sablone

Partner, Nixon Peabody



Protecting Data in the Era of Hacks & Leaks

In the wake of the release of 11.5 million hitherto confidential account records known as 'The Panama Papers', which the target, Mossack Fonseca law firm, claims was obtained through hacking, and various other leaks of client information, this session will look at prudent steps to protect your data, whether stored on mobile devices, servers or in other electronic form.

Speakers

Ruth Promislow

Ruth Promislow

Partner, Bennett Jones (Toronto)

Chase Cunningham

Dr. Chase Cunningham

Head of Threat Research and Intelligence, Armor (Texas)

Polly Pickering

Polly Pickering

Managing Director, eShore Ltd. (Cayman Islands)



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

Warren Gluck

Warren Gluck

Senior Associate, Holland & Knight (New York)

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

Director, Burford Capital (London)



Solving Previously Unsolvable Cases With Digital Forensics

Attend this session to learn how digital forensics, combined with good legal counsel, can lead to great results in civil litigation and other scenarios. Attendees will learn the process that allows material evidence to be gathered and civil litigators to get the truth.

Speakers

David Cowen

David Cowen

Partner, G-C Partners (Texas)

Sheryl Falk

Sheryl Falk

Partner, Winston & Strawn (Houston)



IRS Whistleblower Program 10 Years On: What Works, What Doesn’t & What Must Change

Experts on the IRS Whistleblower Program will discuss the program's evolution, their own personal experiences in working within the program, what works, what doesn't and what needs to change.

Speakers

Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves

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

Dean Zerbe

Dean Zerbe

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

Bryan Skarlatos

Bryan Skarlatos

Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink (New York)

Lee D. Martin

Lee D. Martin

Director, Whistleblower Office (Washington, D.C.)



Chapter 15: Offshore Case Round-Ups & Updates

Speakers

Gregory Grossman

Gregory S. Grossman

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)

Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson

Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law (Miami)




Buying & Selling Second Passports: An Investigation

The sale of citizenship has grown into a $2 billion business, with poor island countries cashing in on demand for their passports from abroad. But who are the buyers? Why would they want a second passport, anyway? What actors are behind the growth of the citizenship industry, and how do these middlemen help their clients offshore not just their assets, but themselves?

Speakers

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Atossa Araxi Abrahamian

Journalist & Author (New York)



Getting Commercial Disputes to Trial: A Discussion of the Bahamian Court System

Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder and two Queens Counsel, Brian Moree and Brian Simms, will discuss how the commercial courts are functioning and areas for improvement.

Speakers

Brian Simms

Brian Simms QC

Senior Partner, Lennox Paton (Bahamas)

Brian Moree

Brian M. Moree QC

Senior Partner, McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes (Bahamas)

Ian Winder

Ian Winder

Judge, Supreme Court of the Bahamas (Bahamas)



Bloomberg Billionaires Index: How Is It Calculated & Is It Accurate?

This session will look at how the 'Bloomberg Billionaires Index' is calculated, with an emphasis on the calculation of the net worth of Donald Trump, who is either insolvent or very wealthy, depending on who you ask.

Speakers

Robert LaFranco

Robert LaFranco

Editor, Bloomberg Billionaires (New York)



FATCA: How To Stay Out Of Trouble With The US Government

The session will deal with how individuals and financial institutions can operate within the reporting requirements of the new law, stay away from the mandatory withholding requirements and prevent US investigations and prosecutions.

Speakers

Arthur DanDesande

Arthur VanDesande

Founder, Concorde Associates & Retired Senior Special Agent, IRS Criminal Investigation, Offshore Coordinator (Miami)



You Can't Run a Ponzi Scheme Without a Bank: Victims Strike Back

Every crook needs a compliant bank. Madoff had JP Morgan ($17.5 billion); Stanford had SG Private Bank (Suisse), HSBC and TD Bank ($5.5 billion); Rothstein had TD Bank ($500 million) ... the list is depressingly long. This session will discuss proven ways to make banks pay up when they have provided services to fraudsters.

Speakers

Martin S. Kenney

Martin Kenney

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

Lincoln Caylor

Lincoln Caylor

Partner, Bennett Jones (Toronto)

Charles Lichtman

Charles H. Lichtman

Partner, Berger Singerman (Fort Lauderdale)

Yves Klein

Yves Klein

Partner, Monfrini Crettol & Associés (Switzerland)

Gonzalo Zebellos

Gonzalo Zeballos

Partner, BakerHostetler (New York)



Winding-Up Cayman and BVI Companies: Winning Strategies

Speakers

Guy Manning

Guy Manning

Partner, Campbells (Cayman Islands)

Hugh Dickson

Hugh Dickson

Partner, Grant Thornton (Cayman Islands)

Russell Crumpler

Russell Crumpler

Director, KPMG (BVI)

Callum McNeil

Callum McNeil

Partner, Campbells (BVI)



The Donald Trump Phenomenon: A Psychological Analysis

This session will involve a psychoanalysis of Trump and his supporters, an explanation of his popularity, and what it says about the USA.

Speakers

Joseph Burgo

Joseph Burgo

Psychotherapist & Author (Colorado)



'The Panama Papers': An Analysis

This session will look at the biggest leak in the history of global finance - 11.5 million records revealing the hitherto hidden offshore financial dealings of over 12 current and former world leaders, including prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine and the king of Saudi Arabia; 128 additional politicians and public officials around the world, and others.

Speakers

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle

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

Arthur DanDesande

Arthur VanDesande

Founder, Concorde Associates & Retired Senior Special Agent, IRS Criminal Investigation, Offshore Coordinator (Miami)



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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The 14th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference

May 1-3, 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida U.S.A.