Agenda

Friday 1 July 2016

08:00

Registration and Welcome Refreshments

Exhibits open
08:15

Jersey Finance Optional Session

'The Difference Between in the Public Interest and what Interests the Public'

The optional session will focus on:

  • How effective are public registries in the transparency agenda?
  • Where does media interest lie post-Panama Papers?
  • What is the difference between in the public interest and what interests the public?
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08:55

Welcome from Conference Chair

09:00

Main Stage Session 6: Are all countries ready for automatic exchange of information?

Chair: Philip Marcovici TEP, Offices of Philip Marcovici Jeremy Carver CBE, Transparency International Philip Kerfs , Head of the International Cooperation Unit, OECD The Rt. Hon. Clare Short, Former Chairwoman of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) Kindly sponsored by Ministry of Financial Services - Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The panel will explore whether tax transparency will actually achieve what is intended for all countries; discussing the problems of corruption and misuse of taxpayer information that transparency will often result in, and exploring concrete solutions that might allow developing countries to properly raise tax revenues and address the real needs of their populations without endangering taxpayers and their families.

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10:10

Main Stage Session 7: Transparency in practice – the practitioner’s point of view

Chair: William Ahern TEP, Family Capital Conservation Javier Canosa TEP, Canosa Abogados Morven McMillan TEP, Maples and Calder John Riches TEP, RMW Law Alexandre von Heeren TEP, Mandaris AG and Chairman of the Swiss Association of Trust Companies

In this session, practitioners analyse the broad impact of FATCA, CRS, AML, KYC, CDD, BEPS, etc. on their businesses – from practical implementation considerations to the wider implications for businesses and clients.

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11.00

Networking and Refreshments

11:30

Main Stage Session 8: Is America the new Switzerland?

Chair: G. Warren Whitaker TEP, Day Pitney Dyke Arboneaux TEP, Bryan Cave David Wallace-Wilson TEP, Schellenberg Wittmer

Is the new global legal, tax and regulatory environment poised to see the USA take an even larger slice of the world’s offshore pie?

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12:15

Specialist Stream sessions

12:15

Option 1 - Shams re-examined

Toby Graham TEP, Farrer & Co Shân Warnock Smith TEP, International Chancery & Trust Chambers

Is it time to have another look at sham trusts? Our speakers invite you to consider whether the present state of the law is fit for purpose in the current climate.

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12:15

Option 2 - BEPS – why you need to take notice

Michael Cadesky TEP, Cadesky and Associates LLP Kindly sponsored by Jersey Finance

BEPS has the potential to forever change the tax landscape – causing companies and high-net-worth families to restructure fundamentally. Those who service such clients, especially in low-tax countries, need to be aware that their livelihood could be at stake.

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12:15

Option 3 - Charities and anti-money laundering (AML)

Clive Cutbill TEP, Withers

How do you prevent misuse of charities – both in relation to money laundering, financing terrorism, and as a device for avoiding disclosure?

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12:15

Option 4 - When tax law and succession law collide - is the EU doing anything about it?

Timothy Lyons QC TEP, 39 Essex Chambers

Citizens in the EU often suffer double or even triple taxation on gifts and death. What can the EU do about it?

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13.15

Lunch

Kindly sponsored by Jersey Finance
14:15

Keynote Address 4: The fraud pandemic

Jeffrey Robinson, Author, The Laundrymen

Over the next 12 months, every man, woman and child (with an email address) in the Western world will be targeted ‘multiple times’ by professional fraudsters. And one out of nine of them will lose money. At the same time, every business in the Western world can expect to write off as much as 5 per cent of its annual turnover to fraud. The problem has become pandemic. International best-selling financial crime author, Jeffrey Robinson, prescribes some new antidotes.

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14:55

Main Stage Session 9: Toxic Legacy - how heirs deal with undeclared assets

Dawn Register TEP, BDO

This session explains how to ‘swallow the pill’ and approach the tax authorities; including practical examples of estate disclosures. Dawn will highlight tips and traps during the process and cross border issues. This is about reaching a ‘win-win’ resolution for your clients.

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15:35

Networking and Refreshments

16:00

Main Stage Session 10: What to do and what definitely NOT to do when bad news breaks

David Rigg, Project Associates Ltd

How to handle a PR crisis

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16:30

Closing Address

17:00 Social

Farewell Drinks

At the Industrieele Groote Club (IGC)
07.59

Morning Sessions

Transparency
14:14

Afternoon Sessions

Managing risk
12:15

Option 5 - Challenges for TCSPs in a transparent world

Chair: William Ahern TEP, Family Capital Conservation Roland Jones TEP, The Axebridge Group Ashley Ong TEP, Lion Trust (Singapore) Ltd Naomi Rive TEP, Coutts & Co Trustees (Jersey) Ltd Kindly sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

The move to transparency raises a range of issues for trust and company service providers. Not only are traditional obligations to preserve confidentiality being challenged, but registers and additional regulation are having a sizeable impact on costs. Can the business survive and prosper and how best can jurisdictions support practitioners through this period of transition?      

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