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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    China, Hong Kong committed to global alliance to end banking secrecy

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 11:03pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Berlin More than 80 countries will exchange information in battle against fraud Global alliance aims to end banking secrecy China is among more than 80 countries committed to signing a deal that could help end banking secrecy. Hong Kong has also pledged to join. Its sponsors hope the pact will be a major step in the global battle against tax evasion ...

  2. 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 ...

  4. News - World - SWITZERLAND

    Switzerland fines Renzo Gadola for handing bank account data to the US

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:12am by Reuters

    ... to a penalty order issued by the Swiss prosecutors' office. According to the order, the banker was found to have breached Swiss data privacy laws but not its banking secrecy laws, which United ... law of economic espionage. But he escaped harsher penalties as prosecutors failed to prove a second charge of violating the Swiss banking secrecy laws, an offence which is punishable by up ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang seeks access to secret Japanese bank account of Kim's half-brother

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 04:42am by Julian Ryall

    ... operated a network of secret bank accounts in Europe, with Switzerland the favoured destination because of the country's strict banking secrecy laws. When authorities there began to tighten ... with a list of orders that include emptying a secret bank account in Tokyo and sending the US$3 million it contains to the regime of Kim Jong-un. Ho Jong-man, the leader of the General Association ...

  9. 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,” ...

  10. Speed and secrecy are essential for a smooth 'Grexit'

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... if the process could be accomplished in complete secrecy. Curiously, however, that would not matter very much. Greek bank staff would spend the days their institutions were closed over-stamping ... impossible, managing its departure and the re-introduction of a national currency will be extremely difficult. However, it can be done. Two things above all are essential: secrecy and speed. Secrecy ...




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