Links Jul 31

Vulture Funds: The Lawsuit Against Argentina And The Challenge They Pose To The World Economy CEFID-AR
A view from Argentina. See the original version in Spanish here.

Luxembourg tax regime: Under siege Financial Times (paywall)
“The low-tax system that has brought great prosperity to the Grand Duchy now threatens to become a liability.” See also the report on Luxembourg on TJN’s Financial Secrecy Index.

Juncker considers creating financial services tsar Financial Times (paywall)
See also: Juncker mulls new financial services tsar role EurActiv

British Virgin Islands update: Public interest exemption included in “Cybercrime” bill, under pressure from media and governor Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Swiss Banks Send U.S. Client Data Before Cascade of Accords

UBS pays out in German tax case as lawsuits target private bank Reuters

It is not so easy to fight against tax evasion Le Monde (In French)

How Much Are Developing Countries Losing from Commodity Mispricing Really? The Center for Global Development

USA: Democrats propose blacklisting contractors for offshore tax deals TheHill

Support in Delaware for end to shell company leniency STEP
See also recent blog: Delaware corporate secrecy and crime: a long-awaited debate begins


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