April 14, 2021

24 Latin American countries sign a regional treaty protecting environmental activists

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By Ella-Louise Micallef From The Futures Centre After a six-year negotiation process, a treaty focused on environmental rights within Latin America and the Caribbean was presented during a conference in Costa Rica. The treaty, known as The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America […]

When a kleptocrat comes calling: Global money laundering and the ABA

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By Michael D. Goldhaber, From The American Lawyer A prospective client walks into your office and tells you the following story in a bad German accent. He works for a West African mining minister who makes the salary of a teacher, but has amassed a fortune by collecting “facilitation payments” from mostly Canadian multinationals in […]

America is enabling tax evasion

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From Cayman Finance The combination of increasing inequality and anemic economic growth has thrown a political spotlight on tax havens. Research has shown that governments are losing at least $200 billion in potential tax dollars every year because of them. Politicians throughout the world are feeling pressure to address this perceived injustice. Consider, for example, […]

Investigation reveals OT’s role in moving suspect money

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From Global Witness Undercover investigation of American lawyers reveals role of Overseas Territories in moving suspect money into the United States Ground-breaking exposé by Global Witness broadcast by U.S. tv program 60 Minutes www.globalwitness.org/shadyinc A new investigation from advocacy group Global Witness (1), shown recently on CBS’ 60 Minutes (2), showed the role that the […]

In ’60 Minutes,’ ethical problems in the legal profession exposed

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By John Leubsdorf and William H. Simon From The National Law Journal OPINION: Professors whose work was featured in the news program share take-away lessons. What should a lawyer do when a prospective client asks for help in secretly transferring large sums of money that appear to be proceeds of foreign government corruption? Some lawyers […]

The Editor Speaks: One good apple in a barrel

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One bad apple in a barrel of good apples will eventually turn all the barrels there into rotten ones. Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked the other way? Sadly, no. At least among all the stories of corrupt bankers and lawyers we have published over the last three plus years we have today posted […]

The US lawyer who said, ‘This ain’t for me’

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From Nell Gluckman, The Am Law Daily Jeffrey Herrmann isn’t a man who minces his words. Herrmann, who runs his own small law firm in New York, was one of more than a dozen lawyers secretly recorded by a nonprofit anti-corruption organization recently. An investigator for the group, posing as a middleman for an African mining […]

Despite real progress, UK secrecy jurisdictions are still helping criminals the world over, warns new report

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David Cameron has vowed to lead the global fight against corruption. But, a new assessment released today warns that the UK cannot credibly claim that it has made significant improvements with regard to financial secrecy when jurisdictions it has control over – the Overseas Territories – remain some of the most notorious purveyors of financial […]