Jun 201510:00 BST

Understanding Beneficial Ownership & Transparency Issues

Understanding Beneficial Ownership & Transparency Issues
Find out more about current trends in beneficial ownership and other transparency issues.

The main topics tackled included:

  • What are your thoughts regarding promoting greater corporate transparency within the industry? Is it ultimately a step in the right direction?
  • Since the G20 announcement, the UK has been among the first governments to put the proposed law in place. Firstly, why do you believe this was the case? Secondly, what will it take for others to follow?
  • What do you believe will be the biggest challenges for both clients and firms once this law comes into play?
  • Should a PSC express any doubt or concern regarding this new Act, how will you advise them that it will ultimately be for their benefit?
  • And more!

Our panelists were:

  • Alex Cobham, Director of Research at the Tax Justice Network, UK       
  • Robert Palmer, Campaign Leader, Global Witness, UK
  • Maxim Shvidkiy, Managing Director, SHFM Overseas, Sweden
  • Peter Wilson, Tax Partner, Simmons Gainsford Global Tax LLP, UK
  • Geraldine Noel, Managing Partner, Acumum, Malta

Audio Recording & Transcript

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Our group of Panellists included:

Alex Cobham Alex Cobham, Director of Research at the Tax Justice Network, an independent international think tank that strives to change the way tax havens and financial globalization are handled across the globe. Alex’s areas of expertise are taxation, horizontal and vertical inequality, and illicit financial flows.He was interviewed as part of our Spotlight feature. To read what Alex had to say about beneficial ownership, click HERE.

Robert Palmer Robert Palmer, Campaign Leader of Global Witness’ effort to curtail anonymous companies, corruption and money laundering. Besides his work for Global Witness as a policy analyst, Robert has served as Chair and Vice-Chair for the Financial Transparency Coalition, a global network aimed at curbing illicit financial flows and promoting transparency.

Maxim Shvidkiy Maxim Shvidkiy, Managing Director of SHFM Overseas in Malmo, Sweden, an international firm specializing in fiduciary asset ownership, human resource management, asset protection and business structuring. Maxim has more than 13 years of experience in the field, having served various roles in multinational companies such as Coca-Cola HBC, Ernst & Young, Continental Corporation and Intesa Sanpaolo.

Peter Wilson Peter Wilson, Tax Partner at Simmons Gainsford Global Tax LLP. Currently, he focuses on cross-border tax advice and implementation for global multinational enterprises, owner managed businesses and high net worth individuals including non-domicile and international tax for companies in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Geraldine Noel Our Moderator was member Geraldine Noel, a UK barrister and Managing Partner of Acumum, a Malta-based Legal and Accounting set of firms. She was also interviewed as part of our Spotlight feature. To read what Geraldine had to say about beneficial ownership, click HERE

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