Our webinar, Trouble in Paradise, takes a closer look at the Paradise Papers, including the lessons for minimizing risk exposure to sanctioned and other undesired parties.
The documents that make up the Paradise Papers offer an in-depth look inside an industry founded on secrecy.
They expose the offshore financial affairs of a range of international corporates, politicians and high-net-worth individuals, as well as the banks, financial institutions, law firms and other organizations that advise them.
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The leaked data and documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the same newspaper behind the public airing of the world’s biggest data leak — the 2016 Panama Papers.
About half of the data emanates from legal services firm Appleby and corporate services provider Estera. The balance of the information is from corporate registries in 19 jurisdictions, including some in the Caribbean and a Singapore-based international trust and corporate services provider.
Director of Risk at Thomson Reuters, Phil Cotter, had this to say soon after the Paradise Papers story broke.
You can also read his blog post to get the back story.
Paradise Papers impact
Solutions and best practice were among the topics addressed in our Trouble in Paradise webinar held on November 9th, particularly in relation to transparency, ultimate beneficial ownership, and using a risk based approach.
During the webinar our experts discussed:
- The enduring popularity of opaque structures in low-tax centres.
- The reality of lax rules and regulations in tax havens.
- Regulations that call out beneficial ownership concerns and best practices to ensuring transparency.
- How to manage your exposure in light of these latest revelations.
- How not to let someone else’s off-shore desires put your business at risk.
You can learn more from the recording and also find out what concerns were raised by your peers.
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Prevention rather than cure
The months and even years ahead will see tax authorities across the globe sifting through and analyzing this plethora of information, whilst deciding what action to take against those involved, if there is evidence of illegal activity.
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The regulatory response is likely to be significant and underlines again how important it is for banks and financial institutions to keep ahead of the curve.
This includes conducting rigorous KYC due diligence on all clients; verifying the ultimate beneficial owner/s and the source/s of wealth of each client; and uncovering potential links to any politically exposed persons (PEPs).
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Listen to the Paradise Papers webinar recording at a time that suits you and find out how Thomson Reuters can help to minimize your firm’s risk exposure.