Due Diligence
Q&A with Petr Ježek
  The IFC Economic Report discusses the legitimacy and relative strengths and weaknesses of the EU tax blacklist with Petr Ježek, MEP and Chair of the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance. (03/09/2019)
The Sustainability of International Finance Centres
  The issue facing many international financial centres (IFCs) today is whether, realistically, they can survive increasing transparency on tax and beneficial ownership. Is the model broken? (01/12/2018)
Offshore Perceptions: Where Are We Now?
  Issues such as client confidentiality and tailored legislation are now less important to clients. Ease of doing business, reputation with the public and political stability are now valued more. (01/11/2018)
The Importance of Managing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk
  “The wholescale de-risking that we have witnessed in recent years is not in line with the FATF’s requirements,” writes Santiago Otamendi, President of FATF (01/04/2018)
The Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons in Guernsey
  The Beneficial Ownership Regulations, 2017 define the persons or classes of persons (whether legal or natural) who will be a registrable person in respect of a Guernsey Entity. (01/03/2018)
How High Net Worth Individuals Can Respond to the Global Tax Transparency Agenda
  The global shift towards tax transparency may present some challenges for HNWIs, their advisors and International Finance Centres, however, it also presents new opportunities for those who successfully understand and respond to the new paradigm. (01/02/2018)
Isle of Man: Sunshine On A Rainy Day
  Philip Knop examines how the future appears bright for the Manx financial sector. (01/01/2016)
Due Diligence and the Future of Financial Institutions
  Burke Files examines the complex interplay of market forces and technological change and the effect this will have on the future of due diligence and the financial institutions. (01/06/2015)
African Due Diligence
  As a continent full of differing laws, languages and customs, Burke Files provides an insight into conducting due diligence in Africa. (12/05/2015)
Due Diligence – Studies Show…
  Burke Files examines just how scientific some studies and research are when used to support company claims. (01/04/2015)
Due Diligence: M&A Sans Investment Bankers
  Burke Files examines the diminishing role of the Investment Banker in the M&A arena. (01/03/2015)
Due Diligence: Here a Regulator, There a Regulator, Everywhere a Regulator
  As the industry comes to terms with the incessant regulatory requirements put upon them, Burke Files considers the struggle for compliance. (01/02/2015)
Due Diligence on USA’s Recognition of Cuba and the Impact on CARICOM
  Burke Files examines the implications following the US recognition of Cuba after years of embargo and the impact this landmark policy change will have on due diligence. (01/01/2015)
Due Diligence For Asset Recovery
  Burke Files examines potential pitfalls for Due Diligence investigations into fraud feasors. (01/12/2014)
The Big Debate: Citizenship by Investment
  We asked leading commentators from across the international finance industry – opponents and proponents alike the same question – Are Citizenship by Investment Programs a legitimate means for governments to increase revenue? (01/12/2014)
Due Diligence In The MENA
  Investors work in a global environment, L Burke Files highlights the essential need to understand local cultures and customs to succeed in business. (01/11/2014)
Financial Service Firms, Boom Goes The Balance Sheet
  In his latest column, Burke Files highlights the importance of checking not just the balance sheet when purchasing a financial services company. (01/10/2014)
Due Diligence - Insider Trading
  In his latest column, Burke Files highlights a selection of common tactics to be wary of that are used by those attempting to gain an upper hand through insider trading on the stock market. (01/09/2014)
Due Diligence: Our Client Has Been Sanctioned
  With most modern businesses taking on a global form, Burke Files highlights the dangers of international sanctions against countries clients may be operating in. (01/08/2014)
Due Diligence: Red Flags On Investment Schemes
  In this month's column, Burke Files shares what he considers some of the most obvious red flags to avoid when it comes in to making an investment. (01/07/2014)
Due Diligence - The High Net Worth Individual’s Circus
  In this month's column, Burke Files examines the mind of a high net worth individual and just what those with HNW clients must bare in mind to maintain the trust of their clients. (01/06/2014)
Hong Kong – Setting the Regulatory Standard
  With Hong Kong well known for it's innovative products and services, Susan Gordon examines how Hong Kong is setting the regulatory standard for other IFCs to follow. (01/05/2014)
Due Diligence: NGOs and Charities
  In this month's column, Burke Files examines how the veneer of decency can be used to hide mischief through the use of Charities and NGOs as channels for laundering money. (01/05/2014)
Due Diligence: Digital Currency
  With the usage of digital currencies gaining ever more traction, Burke Files ponders whether the rise of digital currencies such as Bitcoin could lead to the end of traditional brick and mortar banking. (01/04/2014)
Due Diligence – Flight Capital
  In this month's column, Burke Files delves deeper into the world of due diligence, examining potential signs that may signal opportunities in new markets. (01/03/2014)
Due Diligence: Cash and Remediation
  Burke Files highlights the need to consider that not all clients come from traditional western economies and examines the necessity of due diligence in investigating the origin of funds from such locations. (01/02/2014)
The Art Market - It's a Rigged Bet
  Burke Files discusses the art market, an engineered and artificial market, covering topics such as price engineering and money laundering along with the market’s lack of transparency. (01/01/2014)
Due Diligence - Social Media
  Burke Files discusses due diligence in the digital realm of social media, its increasing use as a tool to check up on job and college applicants and asks what could people share online to make them more or less desirable. (01/12/2013)
Due Diligence - Chinese Corruption
  Burke Files assesses the various levels of corruption in China and considers where this problem might lead in the future. (01/11/2013)
Due Diligence Fails
  Burke Files discusses the problem of due diligence in government and why the best due diligence systems provide an open and authentic exchange of information. (01/10/2013)
De-Centralised Due Diligence
  L Burke Files discusses the idea of centralisation in relation to due diligence, which was central to a publication by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision - October 2001 on Customer Due Diligence for Banks. (01/09/2013)
Due Diligence – Examples in Ibiza
  L Burke Files takes time out from his holiday in Ibiza to show us how due diligence is really done – by getting out and talking to real people instead of being sat behind a desk. (01/08/2013)
Due Diligence - Second Citizenships
  Having multiple citzenships can open up a wide range of opportunities, Burke Files considers the benefits of multiple citizenships and highlights some of the pitfalls to avoid when choosing where. (01/06/2013)
Due Diligence: Investigating the Investor
  In his latest column, L Burke Files discusses the process of due diligence investigations and explains why it is so important to do your due diligence on investors prior to disclosing information. (01/05/2013)
Due Diligence - Time To Sell The Business
  L Burke Files in his latest column provides an insight into some of the common mistakes made when time comes to sell your business that you should avoid at all costs. (01/03/2013)
Due Diligence – Innovation
  In his latest column, Burke Files, FEE Inc examines the reasons behind the bankruptcy of Michael Porter's Monitor Group and warns there is no short cut to fiscal alchemy (01/02/2013)
Due Diligence: Fool or Fraudster?
  Due Diligence is a crucial part when considering any investment, Burke Files, Fee Inc highlights how to distinguish between fools and fraudsters when it comes to investing with new business partners. (01/01/2013)
Due Diligence: Sanctions and Insurance
  Burke Files examines the curious methods Iranian Vessels use, including IFCs to get around sanctions imposed on them. (01/12/2012)
Due Diligence from the Corner
  Burke Files highlights a real Catch 22 situation in regards to ensuring a clients compliance and the curious solution required to solve the dilemma. (01/10/2012)
Due Diligence To Suit Yourself
  In the latest of his series of regular columns, Burke Files, Fee Inc examines how a thorough Due Diligence process pays off even in the most unlikely of circumstances (01/09/2012)
Due Diligence - Inventions
  In the latest in his series of regular columns Burke Files casts his expert eye into the world of inventions and states how the instincts of the professional play a crucial role in the due diligence process (01/08/2012)
The International Due Diligence Association – Setting Standards
  Burke Files, FEE INC, in his most recent column, discusses the rapid evolution of the International Due Diligence Association and its importance to due diligence professionals. (01/06/2012)
Due Diligence and Technology
  Burke Files considers the issues regarding overreliance on internet research as part of the due diligence process. (01/05/2012)
Due Diligence and Bad Assumptions
  Burke Files examines how we suffer from heuristics and biases and how these effect everyday life and how we do business. (01/04/2012)
Due Diligence: Robust v Fragile
  In the first of a series of regular columns Burke Files casts his expert eye over the importance of a thorough Due Diligence process (01/03/2012)
Corruption and The Economy of Favours
  Burke Files highlights the need to beware when taking on new clients and highlights this through the economy of favours (13/12/2011)
Due Diligence - Or Should We Say ‘Do Diligence’
  L Burke Files examines the necessity for due diligence, of understanding the risks of the choices we make. He outlines the need for a holistic approach to due diligence and risk management (01/02/2011)