Links Feb 5

The North Korean Connection Finance Uncovered
Investigation reveals links between a North Korea bank and US Defense industry via an offshore trust, with links through Luxembourg, Cayman, Jersey.

Getting to Good – Towards Responsible Corporate Tax Behaviour ActionAid

Swiss bank Julius Baer cooperates with US, pays $547M Al Jazeera
For more on Julius Baer, read: How Switzerland corrupted its courts to nail Rudolf Elmer 

Swiss bank Leodan to shut down after U.S. fine Reuters

#Googletax, still: Why it’s not over yet Uncounted

U.K.’s Tax Deal With Google Wasn’t Just About Offshore Havens Bloomberg

French finance minister blasts UK’s £130m Google tax deal The Guardian

Barclays Israel again questioned on tax evasion Globes

Pakistan: Return of Black Money from Swiss Banks Pakistan Tribune

No End to Scrutiny Over Millions Sent to Malaysian Leader’s Accounts The New York Times
See also: Spotlight now on Swiss bank BSI caught up in Malaysia 1MDB saga The Straits Times, and Brazil’s BTG Pactual close to selling Swiss private bank BSI Financial Times

Cayman’s offshore banking sector shrinking The Royal Gazette

Antigua & Barbuda plans to open office in UAE Antigua Observer



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