The new rules, adopted with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions and already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new, EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers revealing breaches of EU law in a wide range of areas including public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public health, consumer […]

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Information on about 25,000 new offshore entities will be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database this Friday, as ICIJ begins to publish the structured data from the Paradise Papers leaks. The Friday release (morning EST / early afternoon GMT) will encompass the structured data from Appleby’s client records, and includes information on offshore companies and […]

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The Law Council of Australia is also backing Glencore, saying it fears a “chilling effect” on the relationship between lawyers and their clients. The material was part of the Paradise Papers, a cache of more than 7 million documents from Appleby that was shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and published by The […]

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The following are summaries of news reports (hyperlinked below) pertaining to art law and art markets, separated by geographic regions for your browsing convenience. Wilson Elser’s Art Law practice team will continue this service via our new Art Law Perspectives blog, due to launch in the near future. BREAKING Notre Dame De Paris in Flames […]

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Who would dream of putting an end to the culture of secrecy, the opacity of multinational companies’ accounts and the fortunes hidden in tax havens? The usual suspects, of course, tax justice activists — academics, churches, trade unions — angered by revelations such as the Panama Papers or Paradise papers. But a recent report published […]

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“Mercer, 71, appears as a director of eight Bermuda companies in the Paradise Papers, a trove of millions of leaked documents on offshore finance reviewed by the Guardian, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other partners.” Why Mercer matters: “Mercer, who declined to comment for this article, has risen from relative obscurity to become […]

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It has become a truism that political parties are the fundamental political actors in modern democracies, where elections are usually considered the main way for citizens to participate in democracy. Yet the last decade has seen trust in political parties and democracy decline dramatically in countries where those institutions seemed most consolidated—including in Europe. The […]

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Whistleblowers who leak information to journalists, or otherwise reveal unlawful behavior, are a step closer to improved legal protections following a vote by the European Parliament. Backed overwhelmingly by parliamentarians, the proposed uniform safeguards aim to encourage reports of wrongdoing by shielding whistleblowers from dismissal, demotion or other retaliation. Welcoming the vote, the French Member […]

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To celebrate the third anniversary of the Panama Papers we’re speaking with reporters from around the world about the investigation each week.  Three years ago, two investigative journalists at the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier, received a record-breaking trove of leaked data from a source going by the pseudonym John Doe. Realizing the […]

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In 2016, America elected a reality TV star as president. Three years later it appears that Ukraine is going to elect as its president a comedian—who previously played his nation’s president on TV. The prospect of Volodymyr Zelensky, an untested forty-one-year-old, taking over a government seemingly in perpetual crisis, including locked in a slightly hot […]

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Using cryptography and virtual drop boxes, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks created a revolutionary new model for media to lure massive digitized leaks from whistleblowers, exposing everything from US military secrets to wealthy tax-dodgers’ illicit offshore accounts. Assange’s arrest in London Thursday on a US extradition request to face charges of computer crimes could spell the end […]

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