Only a relatively small number of companies are set up as vehicles for fraud, so the UK’s relaxing of its wrongful trading rules – while companies struggle with cashflow during the Covid-19 pandemic – is to be welcomed.
It is unjust and wrong-headed for the EU to blame small Caribbean Islands for its own tax mess.
Nigeria has moved to ground a luxury private jet that a former oil minister purchased by allegedly using his illicit cut of a $1.3 billion oil deal.
A system of controlled transparency is far more effective as a tool for battling corruption than a completely unlimited system of transparency.
A response to Transparency International and Laure Brillaud’s criticism of Martin Kenney’s recent EU Observer piece about the flaws in public UBO registers.
Calls to roll out open or public company registers are naïve and undermine personal and corporate privacy, says Martin Kenney.
Campaigners ask for justifiable intrusions into private data, believing it will frustrate crooks, money-launderers and terrorists. It won’t – because criminals tell lies, says Martin Kenney.
Whistleblowers are the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of those who are corrupt, or who may be tempted by corruption. Only those with something to hide need fear the whistleblower.
In Washington, Congress is struggling with a new law over disclosure rules proposed for a public ownership register of companies.
We now have a situation where businesses legally selling cannabis in certain US states are being barred from placing the funds from those sales into federal banking systems.