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August 20, 2009

UBS has been forced to reveal the names of 4,450 wealthy Americans who hold offshore accounts in Switzerland in order to settle a dispute between the bank and the US government.

UBS has been forced to reveal the names of 4,450 wealthy Americans who hold offshore accounts in Switzerland in order to settle a dispute between the bank and the US government.
 
This is the final instalment in an ongoing dispute and marks a triumph for the US government's attempts to crack down on tax evasion. The account details must be handed over to US tax investigators within the next 12 months.
 

August 12, 2009

Despite having reached an agreement in principle over the main issues in the US/UBS tax evasion case, the two parties may still go to court as they are unable to agree on legal details, delaying an overall agreement.

Despite having reached an agreement in principle over the main issues in the US/UBS tax evasion case, the two parties may still go to court as they are unable to agree on legal details, delaying an overall agreement.

Judge Alan Gold will ask the two today if they have reached an acceptable deal and if not the case will go to trial as early as next month.

August 3, 2009

Switzerland and the US reached an agreement on Friday over the long-running tax evasion case between the US government and UBS.

Switzerland and the US reached an agreement on Friday over the long-running tax evasion case between the US government and UBS.

Details of the settlement have not yet been disclosed but US media reports suggest UBS will be forced to reveal the names of thousands of private banking clients, including wealthy families, who hold offshore accounts in Switzerland.

July 9, 2009

The Swiss government announced yesterday it would seize UBS banking records rather than allow the US government to access the identities of 52,000 American UBS account holders, who include wealthy families.

The Swiss government announced yesterday it would seize UBS banking records rather than allow the US government to access the identities of 52,000 American UBS account holders, who include wealthy families.

March 26, 2009

If you believe the OECD’s rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. However, the death of tax-efficient jurisdictions and their historic rules on confidentiality is greatly exaggerated.

If you believe the OECD's rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. After a string of European states including Austria, Luxembourg, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Switzerland agreed to exchange information more freely, OECD director-general Angel Gurria, described this as "an important moment in the history of international tax cooperation."

February 19, 2009

Banking giant UBS has done a deal with the US Department of Justice whereby it will escape prosecution in exchange for handing over the details of an undisclosed number of its wealthy American clients who it believes have committed tax fraud.

Banking giant UBS has done a deal with the US Department of Justice whereby it will escape prosecution in exchange for handing over the details of an undisclosed number of its wealthy American clients who it believes have committed tax fraud.

The DoJ had previously accused the Switzerland-based bank of conspiring to defraud the US by helping 17,000 Americans hide accounts from the Internal Revenue Service.

May 15, 2008

A Florida indictment of a former UBS private banker and his alleged associate in Liechtenstein paves the way for US prosecutors to subpoena the Swiss banking giant.

A Florida indictment of a former UBS private banker and his alleged associate in Liechtenstein paves the way for US prosecutors to subpoena the Swiss banking giant. Earlier this week former UBS private banker Bradley Birkenfeld and his alleged associate, Liechtenstein businessman Mario Staggl, were charged with conspiring to defraud the US by helping a US citizen conceal his ownership of offshore assets.

March 1, 2006

If you want to consult the manager of your Swiss bank account in the future where would you go? Zurich, Geneva or Bern? The answer, increasingly, is Singapore, says Bob Reynolds, and the Swiss banking fraternity has been put under considerable pressure to compete

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

If you want to consult the manager of your Swiss bank account in the future where would you go? Zurich, Geneva or Bern? The answer, increasingly, is Singapore, says Bob Reynolds, and the Swiss banking fraternity has been put under considerable pressure to compete

January 1, 2006

The family-owned private bank is almost dead, or that’s what we would believe if we looked at last year’s results of Swiss banking titans, UBS and Credit Suisse. Who has avoided the acquisition net and how are they remaining competitive? Melanie Stern reports

Melanie stern is section editor of Families in Business.

The family-owned private bank is almost dead, or that's what we would believe if we looked at last year's results of Swiss banking titans, UBS and Credit Suisse. Who has avoided the acquisition net and how are they remaining competitive? Melanie Stern reports

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