European banking regulators have begun probing links between banks and tax havens in the wake of leakage of Panama Papers. Switzerland's financial watchdog FINMA has cautioned banks to crack down on money laundering. Geneva has also commenced a criminal enquiry into banks dealing with tax havens in the wake of Panama Papers.
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The Royal Bank of Canada has released an official statement, explaining that the bank is not guilty for any illegal activities including tax evasion in connection to shell company set up as mentioned in leaked papers from Panama’s Mossack Fonseca. The bank claimed to have high standards to ensure clients would not use its services to evade tax.
The Panama Papers documents leak suggest that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko might be using an offshore company to evade tax. However, the president has denied such accusations, saying that he has not been managing the assets since he became president in 2014.
Top M&A lawyer, Scott Barshay, leaves Cravath to be a global head of mergers and acquisitions for rival law firm Paul, Weiss. Mr. Barshay has been representing big and high-profile clients, including Honeywell, Starwood, and 3G investment firm.
The history’s biggest confidential documents leak revealed Russian elites, mostly Mr Putin’s inner circles, as clients of an offshore law firm in Panama. The offshore money trail connected to Mr Putin’s allies is worth $2 billion.
On Monday, Andrew Caspersen, a previous partner of PJT Partners, was arrested for committing a Wall Street fraud. The US prosecutors accused Caspersen of defrauding $95 million from investors.
Eike Batista's OSX Brasil SA engaged the services of Bingham McCutchen LLP for its restructuring efforts.