The Bahamas Leaks are breaking - where to begin

Following the Panama Papers leaks, 1.3 million documents from the commercial register in the Bahamas have been obtained by Suddeutsche Zeitung, the same newspaper which received the Panama Papers from Mossack Fonseca: the Panamanian firm have also created 15,915 entities in the Bahamas. Whilst smaller in scope, the leak still includes information on around 175,888 companies and 25,228 Officers named in the papers (the Panama Papers included 238,402). The data represents around 38 gigabytes - smaller than the Offshore Leaks too, but still sizeable compared to Luxembourg and Swiss Leaks. 

Posted Friday September 23, 2016

Behind the Paywall: SSM & 1MDB of Malaysia

After enjoying a reputation for several years as an open, middle income economy, Malaysia has been the subject of numerous scandals related to the divestment of public funds into shell companies.

Posted Monday September 12, 2016

US Citizen takes injunction against French government over trust secrecy ...and wins

On May 10th, the French tax administration passed a law which would enable public access to the national register of trusts, on the constitutionality of the ‘Decree’. Subsequently, public access to the Trust register was suspended on 22nd July 2016 by the highest court in France, the Conseil consitutionnel. The ruling shows the tremendous uphill battle that the European Commission will face whilst proposing an interconnected registry of beneficial ownership, given that it will be up to national jurisdictions to implement these laws fairly.

Posted Thursday August 25, 2016

From Safe Harbour to Privacy Shield: What has changed for data compliance?

2016 has been a fruitful year for changes to EU legislation, but this is not set to end anytime soon. Governance on the content is in a tremendous state of flux. In October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union made an unprecedented declaration to throw out Safe Harbor, as a framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the U.S. As of 12th July, a new framework has been adopted: ‘Privacy Shield’.

Posted Monday August 15, 2016

EU proposes urgent updates to 4MLD & interconnected business registries for 2017

The EU has begun fast-tracking amendments to the Fourth Money-Laundering directive in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations and London’s Anti-Corruption summit. The recent atrocities in the intervening months between the amendment and the original drafting have also brought about some controversial proposals on high-risk countries and cryptocurrencies, but many of these had already been tabled in the Commission’s Terrorist Action plan in financing.

Posted Tuesday August 9, 2016

UK ultimate beneficial ownership data is now available with Arachnys

Our developers have successfully integrated the new beneficial ownership data in the Companies House API from the Developer hub into Arachnys. Whilst this required additional efforts to attain full-integration, the approach paid off as the data is updated live and in real-time.

Posted Tuesday July 26, 2016

Can your compliance process drive revenue? Yes it can.

A company's existence is strongly tied in its ability to generate money. Departments within the company are working cylinders, all contributing in some way or another to maximizing profits. That's not the case when it comes to compliance though.

Posted Wednesday June 8, 2016

The Bahamas Leaks are breaking - where to begin

Following the Panama Papers leaks, 1.3 million documents from the commercial register in the Bahamas have been obtained by Suddeutsche Zeitung, the same newspaper which received the Panama Papers from Mossack Fonseca: the Panamanian firm have also created 15,915 entities in the Bahamas. Whilst smaller in scope, the leak still includes information on around 175,888 companies and 25,228 Officers named in the papers (the Panama Papers included 238,402). The data represents around 38 gigabytes - smaller than the Offshore Leaks too, but still sizeable compared to Luxembourg and Swiss Leaks. 

Posted Friday September 23, 2016

Behind the Paywall: SSM & 1MDB of Malaysia

After enjoying a reputation for several years as an open, middle income economy, Malaysia has been the subject of numerous scandals related to the divestment of public funds into shell companies.

Posted Monday September 12, 2016

US Citizen takes injunction against French government over trust secrecy ...and wins

On May 10th, the French tax administration passed a law which would enable public access to the national register of trusts, on the constitutionality of the ‘Decree’. Subsequently, public access to the Trust register was suspended on 22nd July 2016 by the highest court in France, the Conseil consitutionnel. The ruling shows the tremendous uphill battle that the European Commission will face whilst proposing an interconnected registry of beneficial ownership, given that it will be up to national jurisdictions to implement these laws fairly.

Posted Thursday August 25, 2016

From Safe Harbour to Privacy Shield: What has changed for data compliance?

2016 has been a fruitful year for changes to EU legislation, but this is not set to end anytime soon. Governance on the content is in a tremendous state of flux. In October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union made an unprecedented declaration to throw out Safe Harbor, as a framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the U.S. As of 12th July, a new framework has been adopted: ‘Privacy Shield’.

Posted Monday August 15, 2016

EU proposes urgent updates to 4MLD & interconnected business registries for 2017

The EU has begun fast-tracking amendments to the Fourth Money-Laundering directive in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations and London’s Anti-Corruption summit. The recent atrocities in the intervening months between the amendment and the original drafting have also brought about some controversial proposals on high-risk countries and cryptocurrencies, but many of these had already been tabled in the Commission’s Terrorist Action plan in financing.

Posted Tuesday August 9, 2016

UK ultimate beneficial ownership data is now available with Arachnys

Our developers have successfully integrated the new beneficial ownership data in the Companies House API from the Developer hub into Arachnys. Whilst this required additional efforts to attain full-integration, the approach paid off as the data is updated live and in real-time.

Posted Tuesday July 26, 2016

Can your compliance process drive revenue? Yes it can.

A company's existence is strongly tied in its ability to generate money. Departments within the company are working cylinders, all contributing in some way or another to maximizing profits. That's not the case when it comes to compliance though.

Posted Wednesday June 8, 2016