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Almost 70 delegates attended the Global Tax Enforcement conference, hosted by leading offshore law firm, DQ Advocates, at the Villa Marina.

Designed to provide practical and commercially relevant guidance to financial services businesses and offshore service providers who deal with international tax, fraud and criminal investigations, the timing of the event proved ideal.

Sinead O’Connor, Head of Regulatory and Compliance Services for DQ Advocates, explained: ‘Clearly, it was great news that the Isle of Man was removed from ECOFIN’s (the EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council) grey list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions on the same day as the conference was held.

‘That was naturally a talking point on a day which highlighted the scenarios those working in the financial services sector continue to face.

‘It is imperative companies in the industry are ready to meet the challenges ahead in relation to tax transparency initiatives and the increased appetite for enforcement. Conferences like this allow professionals to discuss and share experiences with their peers and it was very encouraging to receive such positive feedback. Delegates clearly felt it was thought provoking and of benefit.’

Eleven guest speakers addressed a range of matters from transparency initiatives to tax enforcement and data privacy.

They included tax dispute and investigations expert Gary Ashford, London-based partner Emily Osborne, recently named Rising Star of the Year at the Chambers High Net Worth Awards, and Filippo Noseda of Mischon de Reya, an expert who has appeared before the Council of Europe and the EU data protection authorities to discuss the introduction of the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the EU’s Beneficial Ownership Registers.

Sinead added: ‘A big thank you to all those who attended and the speakers for their insightful presentations and panel discussions. They were invaluable contributions to a successful event.’


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