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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - DISCLOSURE

    Swiss private banks give up secrecy tradition amid tax crackdown

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:29am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Basel Swiss private banks give up secrecy tradition Switzerland's exclusive private banking sector is turning the page on the business model that crafted its ... and even helping foreign nationals to hide assets from the taxman at home, the sector has been undergoing a seismic shift and is even bracing to give up its cherished tradition of banking secrecy ...


    Arafat’s remains said to be exhumed on Tuesday

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 08:39pm by Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank

    ... Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian ... tomb in Arafat’s former government headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in the West Bank, had hesitated before agreeing to exhume ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Switzerland frees banks to settle US tax evasion cases

    Posted May 30th 2013, 01:46pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Zurich Switzerland’s tradition of bank secrecy has helped make it the world’s biggest offshore financial centre, with US$2 trillion in assets. Switzerland aims to save its banks ... of criminal charges that have hurt a vital national industry. It insists banks will still not be allowed to hand over client names- protected by its treasured secrecy law of 1934. But the new ...

  4. News - World - EUROPE

    European customs staff seize more cash amid bank secrecy crackdown

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 08:58pm by NYT

    ... was nothing exceptional," Bock said. "Every month it passes like that, and there's more and more money because of the crisis." For decades, banking secrecy laws in Switzerland made ... Europeans seek to hide their wealth from rising taxes, high-profile tax investigations and tightening rules at Swiss banks and other traditional havens. The agents say they are routinely detaining ...

  5. News - World - G8 SUMMIT

    Tax evasion, bank secrecy: G8 talks tough, seeks teeth

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by AP, AFP

    ... Associated Press, Agence France Press in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and Paris Britain aiming to clamp down on evasion and bank secrecy An Tax evasion and banking secrecy, hot topics ... Ireland, has promised big developments on the basis of substantial progress recently in clamping down on evasion and bursting bank secrecy. But many observers from civic bodies are pessimistic ...

  6. Business - China Business - EQUITIES

    Hunt for fraud at mainland firms made harder by China's secrecy laws

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:12am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Short sellers step up claims against firms but corporate documents are now tougher to obtain Hunt for mainland fraud made harder by secrecy laws ... companies is becoming increasingly difficult with China's tough secrecy laws. "It is not surprising we are seeing more cases of short sellers issuing reports on Chinese companies. ...

  7. Business - Commodities - COMMODITIES

    Banks face lawsuit for manipulating price of silver

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:27am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Banks face lawsuit for influencing the price of silver Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia were accused in a lawsuit of rigging the price of billions of dollars in silver, an allegation similar to earlier suits involving the London gold fix. The banks unlawfully manipulated the price of the metal and its derivatives, an investor claimed ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    French HSBC tax case report reveals US$5b in Swiss funds

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 11:16am by Reuters

    ... in thousands of Swiss bank accounts. The report, published on Wednesday, looked at why it took French authorities more than four years to begin an investigation after a former HSBC employee gave them a list of people who held money at the global bank’s Swiss arm. “The case of the HSBC list has shed light on the weaknesses in our legal arsenal in the fight against systematic tax fraud,” ...

  9. News - China - INVESTIGATION

    Professor blasted for 'secrecy' by helping US company under probe

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 05:03pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Qualcomm says Zhang Xinzhu only helped with an economic analysis when the firm was accused of violating the Anti-Monopoly Law State news site hits out at sacked antitrust adviser A state-owned news portal condemned a sacked ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government officials using veil of secrecy to elude accountability

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:36pm by CK YEUNG

    ... interest Veil of secrecy Public communication is a core competence of government. By this measure, our government has failed miserably at a time when public support is badly needed for effective ... pretence of conducting transparent, open and above-board media communications. Instead, it has opted for closed-door, not-for-attribution selective media briefings. Why the secrecy? Why the fear ...




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