Links Mar 13

The Passport King: Christian Kalin’s business is showing poor countries they have at least one resource worth selling: citizenship. Bloomberg

What Directives Were Given To HSBC Staff? Financial Times (paywall)

HSBC’s Swiss private bank: French prosecutor formally requests trial The Guardian

UN expert issues new study on “illicit financial flows” and their impacts on human rights Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Tax competition could destroy EU Economia

Andorra takes over Banca Privada D’Andorra on U.S money laundering concerns Reuters
See also: Spain steps in after US accuses Andorra bank of money laundering Financial Times (paywall), and FinCEN Names Banca Privada d’Andorra a Foreign Financial Institution of Primary Money Laundering Concern

Public risks, private rewards: how an innovative state can tackle inequality New Statesman

Abusive Tax Avoidance and Institutional Corruption: The Responsibilities of Tax Professionals Social Science Research Network

On a tax avoidance tour of London Financial Times (paywall)
On a walking tour with a twist – a tax tour, organised by ActionAid.

Mexican Wikileaks Launched: Will Mexicoleaks Unearth Corruption? Latin Times

Wall Street Firm Develops New High-Speed Algorithm Capable Of Performing Over 10,000 Ethical Violations Per Second The Onion
Hat tip: naked capitalism


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