Giving users control of their personal data

Any social media user knows the drill. Posting, sharing, liking or uploading any personal information to websites these days is now done with some...
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Should I stay or should I go now? Evading the discharge injunction and contempt...

The biggest bankruptcy-related case of the US Supreme Court’s just-completed term presents creditors with clearer guidance in pushing the protective boundaries of a bankruptcy...

Blacklists, unilateral action test the credibility of the OECD

If you read any new tax policy reports produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), or listen to its public communications,...

Tax morality and elections for the European Parliament

In the early months of 2019, tax and transfer pricing professionals were captivated by the debate on digital taxation – and rightly so. As...

Push for beneficial ownership register gaining steam in the US

The United States company formation sector dwarfs that in the offshore financial services industry. Some 1.3 million entities are incorporated in Delaware alone –...
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OECD Watch

The 20th OECD Forum was held 20-21 May in Paris. This year’s theme was World in EMotion, which “aimed to reflect on how globalisation...
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The EU tax blacklist and the Caribbean international financial centres

The EU tax blacklist is wreaking havoc on the stability – and in some cases, the survival – of the international financial services sectors...
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The questionable benefits of beneficial ownership registers

As much government as necessary, as little government as possible.” So goes the old classical liberal motto, concisely summarising a blueprint for freedom and...

QuadrigaCX – Blockchain and Bankruptcy

In this article, we try to draw some lessons from the collapse of QuadrigaCX to help develop a more robust Blockchain industry in the...
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The OECD position on digital taxation fuels the global corporate tax push

In my previous contribution to the Cayman Financial Review, I discussed the European tax agenda for 2019, focusing on the EU initiatives in respect...
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A brief history of Argentina’s economy

This article will focus on how Argentina went from a semi-barbaric nation after the War of Emancipation to prodcuing one of the highest GDP...

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank launches world’s first central bank-backed digital currency using blockchain technology

On Feb. 21, 2019, history was made at the Easter Caribbean Central Bank headquarters in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, when a watershed contract...
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Has corporate management grown more brazen in abusing creditors?

A pair of recent commentaries on high-profile battles between management and large financial creditors reveals two things: Such battles might be heating up, and...
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A review of the world’s offshore financial centers: Malta

In this third article in a series about the world’s premier offshore financial centers we look at the Mediterranean island of Malta. In large part...
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Are Brexit fears exaggerated?

This year, over 1 million people from across the UK marched to central London to demand a second vote on whether the UK should...

Op-ed on the president’s memorandum on housing reform

With a ‘Memorandum on Housing Finance Reform’, issued by the US president in March, the Trump administration has begun to outline how it will...

Monetary policy at the edge of QE

The world of economic policy, monetary and fiscal, is the realm of fooling ourselves into believing that, when everything else fails, there is a...
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Opportunities for President Trump to lead on trade

The 2019 Economic Report of the President reiterated President Trump’s goal of “zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies” for international trade. This...
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Modern Monetary Theory — a critique

So called Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) has become popular with Green New Dealers because it claims to remove or at least loosen traditional constraints...
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Finding common cause for offshore jurisdictions

At the end of January, Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, penned an op-ed on “tax evasion...
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