Programme

November 26, 2012

Opening Remarks: OffshoreAlert Europe

OffshoreAlert's owner, who has lived in offshore and onshore jurisdictions, talks about his experiences of OFCs, the changes he has seen since OffshoreAlert was launched in 1997, and the purpose of the conference.

Speakers
David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant

Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)

Modern OFCs: Trends & Opportunities

An overview of what is taking place in the world of Offshore Finance and where the industry is heading.

Speakers
Jonathon Clifton

Jonathon Clifton

Managing Director, Offshore Incorporations (Hong Kong)

Evaluating Offshore Jurisdictions: Which Are Best & Why?

The Global Financial Centres Index is a ranking of the competitiveness of 77 financial centres based on 26,180 financial centre assessments from an online questionnaire together with over 80 indices. It is compiled and published twice a year by London-based Z/Yen Group, whose representative will discuss the quality of various OFCs and how they compare with their onshore equivalents.
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Mark Yeandle

Mark Yeandle

Senior Consultant, Z/Yen Group Limited (London)

The End of Bank Secrecy or Not? An Evaluation of the G20 Crackdown on OFCs

This session will analyze the effects on money flows in and out of offshore jurisdictions as a result of them signing Tax Information Exchange Agreements.
Speakers
Niels Johannesen

Niels Johannesen

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Global Shell Company Experiment: Offshore v. Onshore

Posing as would-be money launderers, corrupt officials, and terrorist financiers in need of anonymous shell companies, academics-turned-investigators approached more than 3,700 corporate service providers that operate in 182 onshore and offshore countries/jurisdictions. In this presentation, one of those investigators will discuss what they discovered.
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Daniel Nielson

Dr. Daniel Nielson

Co-Author, 'Global Shell Games: Testing Money Launderers’ and Terrorist Financiers’ Access to Shell Companies' (Utah)

Luncheon: Passport To Business in Ras Al Khaimah

Luncheon with a special 20-minute presentation by The Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA).

Speakers
Peter-Michael Schuster

Peter-Michael Schuster

General Manager, RAK Investment Authority (United Arab Emirates)

The Grey Area of Offshore Tax Schemes: Where is the Line Between Legal and Illegal?

In the wake of British comedian Jimmy Carr's Jersey-based tax scheme known as 'K2' and the use by Rangers Football Club (in administration) of Guernsey-administered Employee Benefit Trusts to pay salaries under the guise of loans, this session will look at the criteria that the UK and governments of other major countries use to determine whether a tax scheme is legal or illegal.
 

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Ray McCann

Ray McCann

Director, Pinsent Masons (London)

Collecting & Sharing Beneficial Ownership Information in OFCs: How Is It Done?

This session will look at what information is required of clients by providers of products and services to open up accounts, with whom they share it, and under what circumstances. It will also identify the jurisdictions with the most and least stringent requirements and look at the legal definitions of 'beneficial ownership'. 

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Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd

 Managing Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey)
Simon Dickson

Simon Dickson

Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Cayman Islands)

FATCA: Different Responses & Options For Offshore Entities

This session will cover the effect of FATCA on offshore funds, banks and trusts, the consequences of non-participation, the impact of Inter-governmental Agreements, and the different reactions of offshore jurisdictions.

Speakers
Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews

Member, Kinetic Partners (London)
Mark E. Matthews

Mark Matthews

Member, Caplin & Drysdale (Washington, DC)

Pending UK and EU Political Initiatives Aimed at OFCs

A look an pending political initiatives by the UK Government and The European Union that could affect European-based OFCs like Jersey, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg.
Speakers
Richard Hay

Richard Hay

International Tax Principal, Stikeman Elliott (London)
November 27, 2012

A Practical Guide to Recovering Assets in OFCs

A practical "how to" discussion on the recovery of assets located in OFCs, including the legal aspects of identifying, freezing and, ultimately, seizing assets that are the proceeds of crime and fraud. Includes looking at the question: Which OFCs are the easiest & hardest to recover assets from & why?
Speakers
Malcolm Cohen

Malcolm Cohen

Partner, BDO LLP (London)
Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Edward Davis, Jr.

Founding Shareholder, Sequor Law (Miami)
Felicity Toube QC

Felicity Toube QC

 Barrister, South Square Chambers (London)
Melvin Glapion

Melvin Glapion

Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions (London)

The Use of Offshore Structures by British Football Clubs to Conceal Ownership & Avoid Taxes

This session will look at the widespread use of offshore structures by British football clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, and its potential impact on the game.
Speakers
Alex Cobham

Alex Cobham

Head of Research, Save the Children (London)
Dave Boyle

Dave Boyle

Consultant & Writer (Brighton)

How to Identify Red Flags In The Offshore World

Contrary to popular belief, Offshore Financial Centres are not all the same. Simply knowing where a company is domiciled can, off the bat, tell an informed person whether it is credible or not. So can the choice of offshore directors, legal advisors, and auditors and the way an offshore scheme is structured. This session show you what to look for when scrutinizing an offshore set-up.

Speakers
David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant

Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)
Burke Files

Burke Files

Principal, Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc. (Arizona)

Investigation Into Swiss Banks: Who is at Risk of Civil and Criminal Liability?

A look at who is liable as a result of investigations into once-impenetrable banks in Switzerland and other offshore jurisdictions. What are the civil and criminal risks for banks, employees, clients and professionals who advised them?

Speakers
Douglas Hornung

Douglas Hornung

Principal, Hornung Avocats (Switzerland)
Reto Boehi

Reto Bӧhi

Partner, Eversheds (Switzerland)
Michael Parets

Michael Parets

Partner, Withers (Switzerland)

Meet the Regulators: Financial Regulators in OFCs Explain Their Regimes

Regulators from prominent OFCs discuss their regulatory oversight of regulated entities and individuals operating in their jurisdictions.

Speakers
John Aspden

John Aspden

Chief Executive, Financial Supervision Commission (Isle of Man)
John Harris

John Harris

Director General, Financial Services Commission (Jersey)
Mario Gassner

Mario Gassner

CEO, Financial Market Authority (Liechtenstein)

Corruption in Football: How to Block the Cops, Fool the Judges, Confuse the Media & Pocket $100 m in Contract Kickbacks

How the leaders of world football at FIFA circumvented Swiss bribery laws and solicited massive bribes on multi-billion dollar World Cup contracts and then convinced gullible reporters they were 'cleaning house'. And a look at the strange circumstances that led to Russia and Qatar being awarded the rights to host the World Cup.
Speakers
Andrew Jennings

Andrew Jennings

Investigative Reporter & Film-Maker (Cumbria)

Closing Remarks: OffshoreAlert Europe

OffshoreAlert's owner provides his take on what has been discussed at the conference.

Speakers
David Marchant Headshot

David Marchant

Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)
Narrow Results

OffshoreAlert Conference Europe 2012: Investigations & Intelligence

26 - 27 November 2012, Central London

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

The OffshoreAlert Conference Europe: Investigations & Intelligence 

26 - 27 November 2012 | The May Fair Hotel | London 

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