Dunkley to appear on Paradise Papers panel
Michael Dunkley is to speak at a conference on a panel alongside the head of the group that released the Paradise Papers last year, as well as one of the journalists who reported on it.
The former Premier of Bermuda will feature in a session at OffshoreAlert’s Financial Intelligence and Investigations Conference in Miami Beach, which runs from April 15 to 17.
Millions of documents stolen from offshore law firm Appleby became known as the Paradise Papers and were mined for stories of tax avoidance by global media last year.
Mr Dunkley’s three years as Premier of Bermuda ended in July last year, three months before the first Paradise Papers stories surfaced.
Alongside him on the panel will be Gerard Ryle, head of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Frederik Obermaier, one of the German reporters to receive the Appleby documents.
The session, to take place on the morning of April 16, will be entitled: “The ICIJ versus OFCs: Witch Hunt or Public Service?”
Appleby has sued the British Broadcasting Corporation and the owners of The Guardian newspaper at the High Court in London seeking damages and a permanent injunction for breach of confidence. The key legal issues and potential outcome will be discussed in another session at the conference on April 17.
The ICIJ’s methods for managing and organising enormous batches of data like the Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers will be discussed in another session, featuring Pierre Roma, the ICIJ’s chief technology officer, and Cecile Schilis-Gallego, a data journalist and researcher for the ICIJ.
Other sessions will feature viable growth opportunities for offshore financial centres in the modern era, changing requirements for transparency, offshore compliance and enforcement efforts by US tax authorities, and making sense of cryptocurrencies.
OffshoreAlert is a website and newsletter, featuring news stories and commentary on offshore financial centres. Its owner and editor is David Marchant, a former business reporter at The Royal Gazette.
For more information on the conference, visit the website https://goo.gl/BN8HbR
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