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Swiss Banks, Smuggling and Other Asset Recovery Issues

SKU: BNK700N
Total Credits
2.5 - 3.1
Price$125
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Description

In its 2007 National Money Laundering Strategy report, the U.S. government estimated that as much as $36 billion annually from just the former Soviet Union, was being secretly transferred through U.S. bank accounts and U.S. shell companies. Besides using U.S. bank accounts and shell companies, kleptocrats, Ponzi schemers, divorcing spouses, etc., can of course conceal assets by parking them in Swiss or other foreign bank accounts. This program analyzes how bank secrecy laws, multiple jurisdictions and smuggling are utilized in schemes to conceal vast sums of money. A panel of experts will discuss mutual legal assistance treaty relief and using letters rogatory as asset recovery tools. The program will also focus on ways whistleblowers, or other tipsters, may help sniff out these monies and the difficulty lawyers face in dealing with whistleblowers—either as clients or as tipsters.

Jack Blum, Esq. who served as associate counsel, assistant counsel, or special counsel to three U.S. Senate committees or subcommittees, and has been quoted by or mentioned in thousands of newspaper and magazine articles around the world. He was also an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Blum’s select clients include Heinrich Kieber, who blew the whistle on customers with offshore accounts at Liechtenstein’s private bank, the LGT Group. Mr. Kieber sold his whistleblowing tips to the German government, which used them to track suspected tax cheats. Mr. Blum also represented former Julius Baer Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, who supplied tips about suspected tax evaders to both WikiLeaks and the IRS.

Fred Abrams, Esq. located tens of millions of dollars hidden in offshore tax havens and filed legal proceedings in Zurich, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to seek discovery from foreign bank witnesses. Practicing in the asset recovery areas of financial intelligence, financial fraud investigations and forced collection proceedings, he has been cited by Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, MoneyLaundering.com, Reuters and FoxBusiness News. He also publishes “The Asset Search Blog”, (www.assetsearchblog.com), where he writes about interdicting assets which have been fraudulently concealed by politically exposed persons; securities fraudsters; post-judgment debtors; divorcing spouses and others.

Robert Fiechter a partner at Des Gouttes & Partners of Geneva Switzerland. Advocate Fiechter also serves as a Deputy Judge at the Court of Justice of Geneva, an appellate court. He too served as a substitute criminal judge and is the Deputy Secretary of the Supervisory Board of the Swiss Bank’s Code of Conduct.

Lecturer Bios

Robert Fiechter

University of Geneva (Licence en droit, 1976); Tulane University of Louisiana (LL.M., 1980). Admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1979.

Jack Blum, Esq.

Mr. Blum resigned as "Of Counsel" to Baker & Hostetler at the end of 2008 where he was resident in its Washington office. He was a member of the firm's white collar defense and corporate investigations group. He is currently practicing part time for a select group of clients and working as an expert witness. His law practice is focused whistleblower representation, anti-money laundering compliance, international tax evasion, and the representation of victims of financial crime and fraud. He works as an expert witness and consultant on fraud and money laundering compliance for various private clients, governments, and government agencies. Mr. Blum has also been involved in a wide range of civic and charitable activities. He served for five years as the President of the National Consumers League, and is currently its Counsel. He was a Trustee of Bard College, and for two years as the Treasurer of the International Center, a Washington, D.C. foreign policy organization. He is presently the Board Chairman of the Violence Policy Center, and the Board Chair of the Tax Justice Network-USA. He presently serves on the Boards of The Fund for Constitutional Government, Global Financial Integrity, the Americans for Democratic Action. He is a graduate of Bard College and Columbia Law School and is admitted in the District of Columbia and the Federal Courts

Fred L. Abrams, Esq.

Fred L. Abrams located tens of millions of dollars hidden in offshore tax havens and filed legal proceedings in Zurich, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to seek discovery from foreign bank witnesses. A member of the New York bar since 1990, he handled a wide variety of legal matters in which assets were hidden, such as RICO, money laundering, identity theft and tax fraud. Practicing in the asset recovery areas of financial intelligence, financial fraud investigations and forced collection proceedings, Fred L. Abrams has been cited by Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Reuters, MoneyLaundering.com and FoxBusiness News. He received a J.D. Benjamin Cardozo School of Law-Yeshiva University and a B.A. with Departmental Honors, Harpur College S.U.N.Y Binghamton. As a guest of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the Queens County Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts' Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the 8th Annual OffshoreAlert Financial Due Diligence Conference, he lectured about how assets may be fraudulently concealed both domestically and abroad. Fred L. Abrams also publishes “The Asset Search Blog”, (www.assetsearchblog.com), where he writes about interdicting assets which have been fraudulently concealed by politically exposed persons; securities fraudsters; post-judgment debtors; divorcing spouses and others.



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