Links Jul 25

Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa of Billions in Natural Resource Dollars ICIJ
“The Panama Papers show politicians and mining, oil and gas interests benefit from secrecy and dubious multimillion dollar transfers”

Staunching tax “haemorrhage” from poorest countries United Nations Radio
See also our earlier blog: Some countries “lose” 2/3 of exports to misinvoicing 

“Developed countries preach fair play, but do not play fair” Global Alliance for Tax Justice

Argentina: Red carpet for the people that don´t pay taxes Página 12 (In Spanish)
Hat tip: Jorge Gaggero

New Zealand Offshore Company Agents: Mossack Fonseca is Far From Alone naked capitalism

New Zealand register of foreign trusts will not be open to public STEP

The role of Swiss banks in the scandal of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB swissinfo

What did the alleged looters of Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1MDB buy with $1 billion? Here’s the list The FCPA Blog
Money was allegedly laundered “through a series of complex transactions and fraudulent shell companies with bank accounts in Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the United States”

Standard Chartered and UBS assets seized in Singapore fraud case after ‘control failings’ The Independent

Isle of Man approves new Alternative Banking Regime International Adviser

Ireland: Revenue takes aim at opaque “tax neutral” financial special purpose vehicles The Irish Times

Swiss Leaks expose Egyptian mastermind behind massive corruption deal Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

Geneva opens money laundering probe into ‘Putin’s banker’ swissinfo

EU residents’ voluntary disclosures of Swiss accounts double swissinfo

Tax avoidance and evasion problems for African states CCTV Africa

Singapore Denies ‘Thwarting’ Indonesia’s Tax Amnesty Program Jakarta Globe

Number of “Citizens-By-Investment” Growing In the Caribbean Caribbean 360

Scotland’s biggest airports – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – are owned in tax havens Herald Scotland



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