Apr 07 2011

Offshore Alert: fireworks

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

I’ve just got back from the Offshore Alert conference in Miami, where I debated the pros and cons of tax havens against Tim Ridley, former chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; Avinash Persaud, who was voted second of the 2op 25 brains to have analysed the financial crisis in the Prospect survey of 2009, and Kevin Higgins, Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission.

It was a great debate, with occasional raised voices, and I was delighted to have the legendary crime-fighter Jack Blum, as well as the one and only Bob Roach of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on my side.

I feel confident that we won, although the audience of offshore practitioners was clearly a partisan crowd and some of them may disagree. I hope they will put up a link to the debate soon.

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