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Colombia Considers New Beneficial Ownership Legislation

In the fight against international financial crimes, some of the greatest tools at a country’s disposal are strong laws promoting and enforcing transparency in beneficial ownership. Last month, the Colombian Congress introduced a bill to address beneficial...

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Free-For-All Zones: The Case of Dubai

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) was proud to contribute to the July 2020 report ‘Dubai’s Role in Facilitating Corruption and Global Illicit Financial Flows’ from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The contribution, Chapter 3 of the report,...

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With Spate of New Bills, Congress Has Chance to Tackle Kleptocracy

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Twenty-five luxury vehicles worth over US$27 million. Gilded toilets in a secret forest compound. Three lions in a private zoo. A US$200,000 wedding dress for a cabinet minister’s daughter. The bounty of kleptocracy can take many, sometimes...

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Ukrainian Real Estate Play in Cleveland Highlights Need to Know the Beneficial Owner

Editor’s note: this piece was originally published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 28, 2019. Earlier this year, an important legal complaint filed in the state of Delaware alleged that two Ukrainian oligarchs laundered hundreds of millions of...

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Anonymous companies – A way forward

The relationship between anonymous companies, corruption, money laundering, drug and weapons trafficking, organized crime and terrorist financing isn’t new. Studies from the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) from nearly two decades ago identified that nearly...

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Anonymous Companies and Transnational Crime

Transnational crimes generate US$1.6 trillion to US$2.2 trillion annually In 2017, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) did a study on transnational crime and found that the combined annual value of 11 different transnational criminal markets was between US$1.6...

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Panama Papers Anniversary Is Opportunity to Underscore Severity of the Problem

Believe it or not, the Panama Papers scandal has an upside: it shed light on the dark corners of the international financial system. Prior to the revelation that one law firm helped establish over 200,000 anonymous companies, the casual observer knew tax evasion, corruption, and money laundering occur in the world but they didn’t know quite how it works. Now the term “anonymous shell company” has some resonance and it is in the general lexicon — even if most people still can’t explain how they work.

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Getting a Global Legal Entity Identifier Number is as Easy as L-E-I

The global community recently began implementing a system of transparent, open source ID numbers—Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI)—to help companies, regulators, investors, and the public see how parent and subsidiary companies are related. Global Financial Integrity has been supportive of this corporate transparency tool, and I participated in the early stages of creating the new global LEI system. To test out and demystify the new system, I decided to have GFI register to get its own LEI number. Ten minutes and US$219 later we were done, and now I’m going to explain just how easy the process was.

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