This month is the one year anniversary of the Panama Papers, a leak of 11 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm that showed how easy it is for corrupt public officials, money launderers, drug traffickers and other criminals to hide behind anonymous companies and access the global financial system.
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The United States champions itself as a nation policing the rest of the world, preventing money laundering, tax evasion and foreign corrupt practices. Yet there is hypocrisy afoot.
It comes as no surprise that the authorities appear to have caught up with Mossack Fonseca’s founders, Jürgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, in Panama City and the firm’s offices raided.
As a Canadian practicing law and operating out of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), any mention of Mossack Fonseca and Canada in the same breath is guaranteed to capture my attention.
The two principal partners of the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal were arrested for their alleged connection to Brazil's Car Wash investigation, according to reports.
Two international experts appointed by the Panama government to investigate the use of anonymous offshore companies to evade taxes and hide assets quit Friday because of government interference.
The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers leak may have helped facilitate an alleged multi-million corruption scheme tied to Sonatrach contracts won by Saipem.
Historians may look back on 2016 as the year when the global anti-corruption movement took political center stage. Every day, we taste corruption’s bitter fruit in the form of instability, violence and a corrosion of trust that spans from government to sport.
At the annual general meeting of HSBC Holdings plc in London, Group Chairman Douglas Flint said the world is moving toward "greater transparency and fuller disclosure, which we welcome."
It’s a scenario that FCPA practitioners see all too regularly. A due diligence report regarding an intermediary reveals that it’s organized not in its home jurisdiction, but in Cyprus. Or Guernsey. Or Panama.