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Guernsey: ‘We’ll use all legal powers to stop financial criminals’

Increased powers to seize ill-gotten cash and property are being worked on, the director of Guernsey’s new Economic and Financial Crime Bureau has said. Kevin Davis, previously chief investigator for the UK Serious Fraud Office, said his new agency would use all legal remedies at its disposal as it takes… Read More

New body created to tackle financial crime in Guernsey

A new body has been set up by in Guernsey to investigate money laundering, financial crime and to recover proceeds of unlawful conduct. The Economic Financial Crime Bureau (EFCB), which has been created by the the Committee for Home Affairs, plans to use a range methods – including the law… Read More

Guernsey: Standard Chartered did not check possible link to crime

Standard Chartered failed adequately to check whether assets owned by some of its Indonesian clients were linked to crime or tax evasion, Guernsey’s financial regulator said yesterday. The Guernsey Financial Services Commission said that it had found “serious” breaches of financial rules. Standard Chartered, based in London, was created by… Read More
25th January 2021
The European parliament is pushing for UK overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Jersey to be added to an EU tax havens blacklist after the conclusion of the Brexit deal. Sending a signal that tougher action on tax avoidance was required in response… Read More
7th January 2021
France’s highest court has ordered a retrial of members of the art-dealing Wildenstein family who were acquitted of tax fraud in 2018. Guy Wildenstein, a close friend of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and other family members, known in France as “les W”, were cleared of hiding an estimated €550m… Read More
19th November 2020
It isn’t much fun these days being Prince Andrew, eighth in line to the British throne. Last year he was grounded by his mother, the queen, after a disastrous TV interview about his links to the late money manager and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The prince rarely leaves… Read More
20th October 2020
Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of the… Read More
12th October 2020
Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK anti-money laundering legislation… Read More
7th August 2020
Deputy Kirsten Morel, who chairs the Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel, recently addressed comments made in Bermuda newspaper The Royal Gazette in an article discussing the territory’s move to introduce legislation for full transparency on company ownership by January 2023. In 2018, the UK parliament passed laws requiring the Overseas Territories… Read More
16th July 2020
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation believes firms in the nearly $10-trillion private investment funds industry are being used as vehicles for laundering money at scale, according to a leaked intelligence bulletin prepared by the agency in May. “Threat actors” — including criminals in it for the money and foreign… Read More
24th June 2020
Foreign companies own £4.4 billion worth of Scottish property, The Ferret can reveal, leading to calls for greater transparency to stop Scotland losing out on tax revenue. Concerns have also been raised about the need for urgent action to stop criminals using opaque foreign companies to invest in Scottish property… Read More
22nd June 2020
Vitaly Malkin can’t prove he owns a luxury ski chalet in France’s Courchevel region. But the Russian businessman still has to pay the taxes on it. After a four-year court battle, Malkin, a former Russian senator, was ordered by a French court earlier this month to pay a $1.7 million… Read More
27th April 2020
The owner of Matchbook, a betting exchange operated by the Cork-based technology firm Xanadu Consultancy, has been fined £740,000 (€845,000) over “serious failings” with its approach to measures including stopping money laundering. Triplebet, a Guernsey-based firm which owns Matchbook’s UK licence, received the fine following an investigation by the Gambling… Read More