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January 18, 2016

The US’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has announced it will be investigating the individuals behind secretive all-cash purchases of high-end luxury real-estate in a six-month trial programme intended to enhance the treasury’s anti-money laundering efforts. 

The US’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has announced it will be investigating the individuals behind secretive all-cash purchases of high-end luxury real estate in a six-month trial programme intended to enhance the treasury’s anti-money laundering efforts.

May 6, 2014

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943. 

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943.

Kamprad, 88, left his roles on the boards of the two foundations that control Ikea's assets in late December last year, but the announcement was only made recently.

March 21, 2014

The octogenarian founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, has moved back to the home country, where he founded the family business, after four decades abroad.

The octogenarian founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, has moved back to the home country, where he founded the family business, after four decades abroad.

Kamprad, 87, quit Sweden in 1973 in protest against the country's high taxes, initially moving to Denmark before settling in Switzerland in 1976.

He first announced his plans in the summer of 2013, but heart and back problems delayed the move according to the Kamprad family's spokesman.

February 24, 2014

Fifth-generation family business Fiat is losing its image as an Italian company, according to an Italian business expert, as it expands globally and moves its tax affairs and company registration to other European countries.

Fifth-generation family business Fiat is losing its image as an Italian company, according to an Italian business expert, as it expands globally and moves its tax affairs and company registration to other European countries.

Founded by Giovanni Agnelli in 1899, the company is now headed by fifth-gen John Elkann, who confirmed this month that the carmaker was moving its tax domicile to the UK and registering its business in the Netherlands.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

June 18, 2013

Business has lost its way; modern businesses say that as long as they haven’t broken the law, they’ve done nothing wrong. So, is it time for big companies to learn a bit of humility?

In his classic book After Virtue the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre paints a picture of a world where some cataclysmic event has occurred that has somehow destroyed our understanding of science.

The body of knowledge which had been built up over thousands of years has been torn apart and only bits and pieces of it have survived. In this dystopia, our understanding of the world around us is fragmented and confused.

April 11, 2013

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

"I explained several times that I would remain a resident in France and that I would continue to pay my taxes there. In vain – the message did not get through," Arnault told French newspaper Le Monde in an interview on 10 April.

March 7, 2012

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

That’s according to a recent survey by UK-based accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, which found that a fifth of accountants do not understand the tax amnesty facility.

Sean Wakeman, a partner in the firm’s tax investigations group, reckons this would deprive wealthy individuals in the UK of a chance to clear up their tax arrears.

September 8, 2011

The US government needs to avoid overstepping the limitations of the tax treaty signed with Swiss authorities or risk causing disturbances to the financial markets, according to a top investment expert.

The US government needs to avoid overstepping the limitations of the tax treaty signed with Swiss authorities or risk causing disturbances to the financial markets, according to a top investment expert.

Steffen Binder, research director at Switzerland’s MyPrivateBanking, told CampdenFB: “If the US tax authorities threaten criminal charges again to get access to information on tax evaders with Swiss accounts, it will heavily unsettle the financial markets. The event with UBS was a special case and one that should not be repeated.”

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