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.
Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)
An overview of what is taking place in the world of Offshore Finance and where the industry is heading.
Managing Director, Offshore Incorporations (Hong Kong)
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.
Senior Consultant, Z/Yen Group Limited (London)
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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
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.
Co-Author, 'Global Shell Games: Testing Money Launderers’ and Terrorist Financiers’ Access to Shell Companies' (Utah)
Luncheon with a special 20-minute presentation by The Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA).
General Manager, RAK Investment Authority (United Arab Emirates)
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.
Director, Pinsent Masons (London)
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'.
Managing Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey) Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Cayman Islands)
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.
Member, Kinetic Partners (London) Member, Caplin & Drysdale (Washington, DC)
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.
International Tax Principal, Stikeman Elliott (London)
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?
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.
Head of Research, Save the Children (London) Consultant & Writer (Brighton)
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.
Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami) Principal, Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc. (Arizona)
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?
Regulators from prominent OFCs discuss their regulatory oversight of regulated entities and individuals operating in their jurisdictions.
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.
Investigative Reporter & Film-Maker (Cumbria)
OffshoreAlert's owner provides his take on what has been discussed at the conference.
Owner & Editor, OffshoreAlert (Miami)
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