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The continuing problem of shell companies

Tom Fox | July 2, 2018

The issues around shell companies continue to bedevil national governments, state governments, anti-money laundering regulators and prosecutors and commercial businesses. They continue to be a problem for anti-corruption compliance programs as well. Such programs appropriately place most of their focus on the “how” of bribery and corruption, but shell companies remind that there is a “who” component to be managed. That “who” component was highlighted once again by Ryan Hubbs, global anticorruption and fraud manager for Schlumberger and one of the thought leaders around unmasking shell companies. 

In his article in the May/June issue of Fraud Magazine titled, “Anonymous Shell Companies Rising” Hubbs notes that even after the release of the Panama and Paradise Papers, the use of shell companies continues to rise. One of the reasons they are so difficult for anti-compliance practitioners to manage is that they are not uncovered by the traditional due diligence...

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