Links Feb 17

Tackling Illicit Financial Flows – Can Africa Rise to the Challenge? United Nations Economic Commission for Africa / via allAfrica

New Zealand to enact tighter foreign trust disclosure rules STEP
See also: Trusts – Weapons of Mass Injustice: new Tax Justice Network report  

Ireland: Finance Minister Michael Noonan hits out at EU’s plan for tax disclosure Irish Independent

How Microsoft avoided billions in taxes, and what the GOP says it will do about it The Washington Post

Meet the EU’s own tropical tax haven: Madeira GUE/NGL

Panama Papers: Swedish bank Nordea’s investigation into Mossack Fonseca links ‘a PR exercise’ GUE/NGL GUE/NGL

Panama Papers: PANA Inquiry Committee meets in Tax Haven UK GUE/NGL

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte ‘has millions hidden in bank accounts’ Sky News
See also: Philippine President Duterte Says He’ll Quit If Senator Proves $40 Million in Illegal Wealth Bloomberg

Malaysia 1MDB case: Emboldened New Zealand-based Trusts Wrangle Over Jho Low Assets

Julius Baer and the Russian Client Who Brought Down a Bank finews
Story involves Switzerland, Cayman, Cyprus, Belize, Russia, Lithuania ….

Big U.S. banks to push for easing of money laundering rules Reuters

Top Secret: countries keep financial crime fighting data to themselves Financial Transparency Coalition

Defending the interests of tax dodgers swissinfo
Swiss lawyer posts YouTube adverts

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted in tax fraud trial The Guardian


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