Paradise Papers

Even as Sweden is expected to go cashless by 2023, and cashless options are gaining traction globally, there is a growing clamor to keep cash alive. In the U.S., for instance, cities like Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, along with the state of New Jersey, have introduced bills that prohibit retail establishments from refusing […]

Legal professional privilege is a venerable principle. With antecedents in 16th century Elizabethan England, the concept — that there can be no compelled disclosure of communications between a client and their lawyer — remains a fundamental tenet of common law legal systems the world over. Nor is the principle unique to the Anglosphere: although the […]

As the financial services industry faces existential threats from multiple directions, a recent report found good news for the Virgin Islands: The territory is among a small number of offshore jurisdictions that continue to thrive, at least in terms of global perception. However, should the industry decline, the VI is also likely to suffer the […]

If you’re like me, you’ve lived through many moments of extreme professional frustration. You know that somewhere, a long time ago, you came across the name of an important person, place or company as part of your research or reporting. The problem is, you can’t remember where you saw it. The idea of re-reading hundreds, […]

Panama: Law firm document leak sparked report International standards for lawyers advising on offshore commercial structures have been put forward at the same time as parliamentarians called for stronger laws on foreign ownership of UK property. The first report was produced by a joint task force on the role of lawyers and international commercial structures […]

The recent extradition of the Football Leaks whistleblower, who unearthed pivotal revelations of public interest, offers a unique opportunity for the European judicial system. To effectively fight corruption, the European Union must protect its whistleblowers. On 16 April, the European Parliament voted to adopt an historic agreement on whistleblower protection with a directive to protect […]

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With the European Parliament elections approaching, all candidates are in the final days of their campaigns. The Maltese electorate has the duty, right and privilege to vote for those they believe will best represent their interests in the EP. Campaign season can be nauseating for some. Candidates who scarcely surface in the five years prior […]

A Scottish firm has emerged as one of the country’s most successful start-ups after it was paid a nine-figure sum by the Chinese government for solar projects in Inner Mongolia. Edinburgh-based Sinnalba Group posted a “stellar” turnover of £110m between its launch in August 2016 and December 2017. A pre-tax profit of £20.8m was declared. […]