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Whats in a SIBOS Name?

Wikipedia, that font of all curated knowledge, cites the meaning of the SIBOS acronym as the ‘Swift International Banking Operations Seminar’. That may have been the reality at the first SIBOS back in 1978 in Brussels, but is it still the right term for last week’s...

Tax Is A Product, Not A Task

Tax Is A Product, Not A Task

Most custodians I meet view tax processing as an administrative task, not as a product opportunity. It’s like a grain of sand in their shoes. As a result, it’s badly understood at management levels, and therefore under-resourced and under-delivered. When the Good...

Business Travel Tips – Conference Edition

Business Travel Tips – Conference Edition

1. Keep your hotel key away from your devices Most hotels these days use credit card style room keys. They have a magnetic strip that contains the room information and allows you to open your room door. However, your phone or tablet generates a magnetic field that can...

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Reflections on the ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Reflections on the ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling

On the day after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling came down effectively terminating the EU-US Safe Harbor, I’m pondering what appear to be several ironies. I call them ironies because if I didn’t the only phrase might be ‘you surely cannot be serious!’ At a...

Are we really lost without TRACE?

Are we really lost without TRACE?

I read a great article recently by Alix Robertson with subject matter experts Lorraine White of BNY-Mellon and Paul Radcliffe of EY, both of whom I happened to serve with on the European Commission Tax Barriers Business Advisory Group (‘T-BAG’). The article can be...

FATCA Wars: Episode V – Phantom Menace

FATCA Wars: Episode V – Phantom Menace

It seems as though many of my observations regarding some of the more obvious holes in either FATCA (Chapter 4) and/or the QI regulations (Chapter 3) are finding an interested audience. So here’s another one that occurred recently: There are two possible ways in which...

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