The Case of the Disappearing Bank
July 17, 2019
- For several years now, anti-financial crime (AFC) regulations have prohibited the operation of shell banks. A shell bank is a bank that has no physical presence in the jurisdiction where it is incorporated or licensed and no affiliation with a regulated financial group.
- A trust does not have a “legal personality”. This means it cannot legally own assets. A trust can’t open its own bank account, execute contracts or become a shareholder in a company.
- The TCSP acts as trustee for the Manolo Trust. Not a great deal of information is provided about how the trust came to be created.
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Jail time looms for FATCA Responsible Officer
June 12, 2019
- After witnessing the first ever successful US prosecution for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) non-compliance, banks and Financial Institutions (FIs) will be thinking ‘What next?’ and considering their own FATCA programmes.
- Events last week only serve to confirm that FIs are under the microscope. Organisations and individuals will be taken to task for non-compliance or deliberate avoidance.
- The high level of international collaboration between a large number of cross-border agencies (including the City of London police and the FCA) is of particular note. International cooperation and effort will seamlessly result in successful prosecutions.