OP-ED: Why Europe is Ill-Suited For The Business of Blacklisting So-Called ‘Non-Cooperative’ Jurisdictions.

I AM  NOT  A FAN OF THE  USE  OF UNILATERAL MEASURES IN international  diplomacy;  including the use of tax haven or other types of blacklists related  to  compliance  with global  norms   on   transparency  and information   exchange.  Although   we often think of this kind of state action in the context of armed conflict where there are … More OP-ED: Why Europe is Ill-Suited For The Business of Blacklisting So-Called ‘Non-Cooperative’ Jurisdictions.

Will London’s Bankers Give Up Their Swanky London Post-codes?

If London’s  banks lose their financial services passport, Ireland may be the biggest winner if relocation decisions are based on where these banks maintain subsidiaries. This is the thinking behind a confidential internal note prepared by Deusthe  bank for its July 5 board meeting. According Deusthe, their competitors would most likely relocate their operations to … More Will London’s Bankers Give Up Their Swanky London Post-codes?

The Most Dynamic Economy in the World is…

…Singapore! Surprised? Nah… didn’t think so! No surprise either that Venezuela, Nigeria and Greece are at the bottom of the pile. Dynamism, according to the architects of the survey – Granton Thornton– is determined by reference to 22 indicators of which the following 5 are key: business operating environment; economics and growth; science and technology; labor … More The Most Dynamic Economy in the World is…

EU-Pressure on Offshore Financial CentresTax to Intensify

Unsatisfied with progress made at the global level using the OECD Global Forum benchmarks on transparency and tax information exchange, the European Commission (EC) plans to push for the development and implementation of international standards equivalent to the European Union (EU) rules. This is one of three proposals in an EC paper to be released to … More EU-Pressure on Offshore Financial CentresTax to Intensify