April 2016

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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Nauru

That’s actually not the Curaçao flag, but good eye! The butt of many jokes in the financial services sector, Nauru is a husk of what it once was. And thank goodness for that. When people think about offshore jurisdictions like Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and even the less upstanding ones like…


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The Reality of Secrecy Today

This is a companion article to my recent article on Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI). It spurred from a discussions over at the forum about Real Jurisdiction secrecy and AEOI (among other threads on the subject). With banking secrecy being eroded over the last decades and corporate secrecy penetrated by…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: San Marino

Tucked away up in the Apennine Mountains of Italy, which fully surrounds the tiny nation, San Marino is the longest surviving sovereign state and republic, tracing its origins to the 3rd of September in the year 301 when it gained independence from the Roman Empire. Since then, not much has…


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Banking in the Philippines

At this point, you might have heard about the Philippines as an unusual but not necessarily offshore banking jurisdiction. I have contemplated doing a Jurisdiction Spotlight about the Philippines and while there may be enough to say about incorporation and residence in the Philippines, I thought banking deserves its own…


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