"There are a couple of conditions," John Doe said. "My life is in danger, we will only chat over encrypted files. No meeting ever.
Why the Panama Papers Mossack Fonseca leaks really matters
- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – Leaders, criminals, celebrities – A giant leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records exposes a system that enables crime, corruption and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies
*New Zealand Offshore FSPs are the result of a regulatory loophole that has created a running sore of fraud and money laundering, tainting New Zealand’s reputation. Here are pages and pages, four years worth of coverage, from the tenacious New Zealand journalist Gareth Vaughan.
In this post, we will take a walk through one well-documented case that exemplifies the New Zealand Offshore FSP horror, and the reputation risk for New Zealand, and then draw readers’ attention to a related but much bigger international offshore scandal, breaking this coming week, “Panamaleaks”.
Our stalking horse is Breder Suasso Limited, FSP number 360686, and the story starts in July 2014, just when New Zealand’s financial regulator, FMA, took over supervision of the FSP register from Companies Office:
The least good-looking thing is the resonantly-named Teodoro de Regibus, 100% shareholder of Breder Suasso Limited of New Zealand. Vaughan observes that de Regibus, a resident of Hitchin, UK, according to the New Zealand info on Breder Suasso, appears also to live in Mauritius, where he operates a licensed corporate services firm: Titan Corporate Services Ltd. He’s also the sole director of a UK Breder company.Grace Haden, an independent standing for election in Epsom, raised concerns with the regulators about Breder Suasso, which is referred to on overseas websites as a New Zealand bank and as providing banking services, despite not being registered as one here.She pointed to a photo on the Auckland-based company’s website, since removed, which featured a plush reception with an oil painting on the wall. In fact the company has a poky office with room for only a single desk and a line of filing cabinets down one wall.Breder Suasso admitted the photo was faked for marketing purposes, a detail buried in fine print on the website....
His Hitchin address indicates another bit of pedigree: for 20 years, he was on the board of Mossack Fonseca & Co UK, and of RM Company Services, Mossack Fonseca’s UK subsidiary, based in Hitchin. This is of course the same Panamanian Mossack Fonseca found recently on Naked Capitalism supplying companies that facilitated government corruption in Brazil (Petrobras) and Malta (Panamagate) and a giant bank fraud in Moldova. That’s barely the start of it: vice.com’s 2014 article on Mossack Fonseca, The Law Firm That Works with Oligarchs, Money Launderers, and Dictators has much more. Even that’s not the end of it. Coming this week, there’s Panamapapers, a huge expose based on a massive email leak from Mossack Fonseca. It may start in Finland, but it certainly won’t end there:New Zealand's FMA the breder suasso conundrum Mossack Fonseca and panama papers