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Justice Department Announces Second Swiss Bank Resolution

On May 8, 2015, the Justice Department announced publicly that it had reached resolution with Vadian Bank AG, of St. Gallen, Switzerland. This announcement marks only the second such resolution that the government has...more

Warning, Offshore Accounts Holders May Have No Fifth Amendment Protections

In what is becoming an increasingly used attack vehicle, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is using the "required records doctrine" to compel taxpayer's to produce what may be incriminating evidence of ownership or control of...more

BSI Provides Road Map For Future Swiss Bank Agreements

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had entered into a nonprosecution agreement with BSI SA, the first Swiss bank to reach resolution with the U.S. government as to its potential criminal...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Outlines Organizational Structure of the Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee - Final EU Regulations on Calculation of Margin Periods of Risk -...more

Julius Baer Likely Next to Settle U.S. Tax Allegations

During a meeting with shareholders on April 15, Daniel Sauter, Chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd., said the bank was at “an advanced stage of talks” with U.S. authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

DOJ Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement Under the Swiss Bank Program

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached the first non-prosecution agreement under the Swiss bank program with BSI, S.A. (BSI). BSI, one of Switzerland's ten largest banks, has agreed...more

BSI Account Holders Now Face 50 Percent Penalty On All Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

On Monday, March 30, 2015, the Department of Justice (the "Department") announced its first settlement under the Swiss Bank Program, potentially exposing thousands of U.S. taxpayers to a steep 50 percent penalty for failure...more

BSI Is First Bank to Reach Resolution in DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks

BSI of Lugano, Switzerland, became the first bank to earn a non-prosecution agreement under the U.S. DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks, paying a penalty of $211 million. First announced on August 29, 2013, the program offered...more

First bank resolution announced by DOJ: US taxpayers advised that time is running out to come forward

On March 30, 2015, the US Department of Justice announced the first non-prosecution agreement entered into by a Swiss bank pursuant to the Swiss Bank Program and advised US taxpayers with secret offshore bank accounts that...more

Ex-Credit Suisse Bankers Sentenced to Probation in Exchange for Cooperation

On March 27, 2015, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced former Credit Suisse bankers Josef Doerig and Andreas Bachmann to five years of probation. Their sentences were the result of their cooperation with the...more

DOJ Announces First Swiss Bank to Reach Resolution Under Swiss Bank Program

Today the Justice Department announced that BSI SA of Lugano, Switzerland, one of the 10 largest private banks in Switzerland, is the first bank to reach a resolution under the Department of Justice’s Swiss Bank Program....more

FinCEN Blacklists Banca Privada d’Andorra

On March 10, 2015, FinCEN designated Banca Privada d’Andorra, based in the Principality of Andorra, as a foreign financial institution of primary money-laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

How Not to Use Bitcoin

The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been...more

New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts

On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts. According...more

Former Wegelin Banker Reportedly Arrested on U.S. Warrant in Germany

Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 2, 2015, three years after his indictment in the Southern District of New York, Swiss banker Roger Keller was arrested at the Frankfurt airport. On January 3, 2012, the U.S....more

IRS Focus: Offshore Tax Evasion Tops Dirty Dozen List

The IRS issued two New Releases this week that restate its focus on offshore tax evasion. The first was January 29, 2015 which followed the First International Criminal Tax Symposium....more

Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice

A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by hiding income and assets in offshore bank...more

November 2014: White Collar Litigation Update

The Future of the Department of Justice’s High Visibility Offshore Tax Evasion Initiative. On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Tax Division announced the Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements...more

Significant Setbacks to U.S. War on Offshore Tax Evasion with Two Not Guilty Verdicts for Offshore Bankers

As reported in this blog and elsewhere over the past few weeks, Raoul Weil was on trial in Florida for conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to hide their assets from the IRS through secret accounts held at UBS AG. Weil was the...more

U.S. Will Disclose Swiss Bank Information

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made demand of 106 Swiss banks for information and cooperation under the terms of proposed Non-prosecution agreements (NPA). Non-prosecution agreements were offered to Swiss banks in...more

Swiss Banks Pushing Back on Scope of Agreement with U.S. under Amnesty Program

As reported yesterday by David Voreacos, Giles Broom, and Jeffrey Vogeli, 73 of the over 100 Swiss banks that enrolled in the Justice Department’s amnesty program for Swiss banks have written an 11-page letter requesting...more

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey

On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax...more

Former UBS Banker Trial Begins in Florida

Opening statements were heard on Tuesday and the first government witness testified yesterday in the trial of ex-UBS AG banking executive Raoul Weil. Prosecutors have sought to show him as the driving force behind the bank’s...more

Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do

Two reality stars recently made headlines for being prosecuted for tax crimes and fraud. In both cases, the reality stars surely knew that consequences were coming: one was the subject of an IRS criminal investigation, and...more

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