Andres Knobel

Lead Researcher Beneficial Ownership

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Andres Knobel is Lead Researcher Beneficial Ownership for the Tax Justice Network. He studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires and was an exchange student at Columbia University in New York. He completed his Master’s degree in Law and Economics at Di Tella University, focusing on tax law and public policy. His work focuses on beneficial ownership, offshore trusts and automatic exchange of banking information

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Buffet of tax-evading secrecy revealed by US settlement with Swiss bank Rahn+Bodmer

By Andres Knobel ■ 6 April 2021 ■ 8 min READ
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Beneficial ownership verification: exploring Belgium’s sophisticated system

By Andres Knobel ■ 26 February 2021 ■ 3 min READ
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Some things never change: the use of Swiss banks by crooks

By Andres Knobel ■ 15 February 2021 ■ 6 min READ
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The US beneficial ownership law has its weaknesses, but it’s a seismic shift

By Andres Knobel ■ 20 January 2021 ■ 6 min READ
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Argentina keeps pushing to be at the vanguard of transparency. Now they need to make more information public

By Andres Knobel ■ 18 January 2021 ■ 5 min READ
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New publication on beneficial ownership transparency for companies listed on the stock exchange

By Andres Knobel ■ 11 November 2020 ■ 2 min READ
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From outrage to action: how to prevent another 11 years of inaction after the FinCen files

By Andres Knobel ■ 5 November 2020 ■ 11 min READ
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Regulating complex ownership chains – a call for experts for closed brainstorming round-table session

By Andres Knobel ■ 17 September 2020 ■ 8 min READ
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We ran a beneficial ownership webinar for over 260 officials from Latin America

By Andres Knobel ■ 10 September 2020 ■ 2 min READ
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Dubious arguments to defend secrecy, even as automatic information exchange booms

By Andres Knobel ■ 27 August 2020 ■ 4 min READ
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Germany’s new statistics on exchange of banking information: a trove of useful data and clues

By Andres Knobel ■ 21 August 2020 ■ 11 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Judge ruling: “You are no Mother Teresa and no one goes to Cayman for philanthropic reasons”

By Andres Knobel ■ 13 August 2020 ■ 9 min READ
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Developing countries, take note: how much money do your residents hold in Australia, the most transparent country on bank account information

By Andres Knobel ■ 10 August 2020 ■ 9 min READ
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The role of banks and digitalised beneficial ownership registries: way more than just reporting discrepancies

By Andres Knobel ■ 30 July 2020 ■ 8 min READ
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Beneficial ownership definitions: determining “control” unrelated to ownership

By Andres Knobel ■ 23 July 2020 ■ 15 min READ
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Is financial secrecy always bad?

By Andres Knobel ■ 13 July 2020 ■ 10 min READ
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How authorities, banks and researchers from around the world are verifying beneficial ownership information

By Andres Knobel ■ 4 June 2020 ■ 6 min READ
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US appeals court confirms firm must disclose to IRS names of clients behind offshore bank accounts and foreign entities

By Andres Knobel ■ 7 May 2020 ■ 2 min READ
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New group to promote beneficial ownership verification pilots around the world

By Andres Knobel ■ 24 April 2020 ■ 2 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Argentina finally has a beneficial ownership register. Now, it should make it public

By Andres Knobel ■ 20 April 2020 ■ 10 min READ
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Costa Rica: a bill threatening to render its beneficial ownership register useless

By Andres Knobel ■ 3 April 2020 ■ 3 min READ
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FATF beneficial ownership report reveals cutting-edge verification processes, hesitates to endorse public registries

By Andres Knobel ■ 27 November 2019 ■ 15 min READ
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The quadrillion-dollar elephant in the room: beneficial ownership in the investment industry

By Andres Knobel ■ 9 October 2019 ■ 9 min READ
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Not just about control: one share in a company should be enough to be a beneficial owner

By Andres Knobel ■ 2 October 2019 ■ 5 min READ ■ 2 comments
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Global Asset Registries: a game changer for the fight against inequality and illicit financial flows?

By Andres Knobel ■ 17 September 2019 ■ 2 min READ ■ 1 comments
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More beneficial ownership loopholes to plug: circular ownership, fragmented control and companies as parties to the trust

By Andres Knobel ■ 6 September 2019 ■ 4 min READ ■ 3 comments
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We trained over 100 tax administration officials to use our Indexes

By Andres Knobel ■ 12 August 2019 ■ 4 min READ
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Protecting enablers: attorney-client privilege is just the tip of the iceberg in facilitating illicit financial flows

By Andres Knobel ■ 24 July 2019 ■ 11 min READ
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US half-shuts door to financial secrecy, opens new window

By Andres Knobel ■ 15 July 2019 ■ 6 min READ
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SWIFT data can be a global vantage point for tackling global money laundering

By Andres Knobel ■ 11 July 2019 ■ 3 min READ
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Dear WEF, let’s tax corporations in the real world

By Andres Knobel ■ 9 July 2019 ■ 3 min READ
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Statistics on automatic exchange of banking information and the right to hold authorities (and banks) to account

By Andres Knobel ■ 21 June 2019 ■ 12 min READ
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Global Asset Registry workshop – 1-2 July, Paris: submit your paper

By Andres Knobel ■ 2 May 2019 ■ 2 min READ
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The use of banking information to tackle corruption and money laundering: a low-hanging fruit the OECD refuses to harvest

By Andres Knobel ■ 30 April 2019 ■ 8 min READ
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Call for papers: the Global Asset Registry workshop – Paris, 1-2 July

By Andres Knobel ■ 1 April 2019 ■ 2 min READ
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How to verify beneficial ownership information – new report

By Andres Knobel ■ 22 January 2019 ■ 4 min READ ■ 1 comments
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How to assess the effectiveness of automatic exchange of banking information?

By Andres Knobel ■ 20 December 2018 ■ 5 min READ
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The US can be blacklisted under the OECD’s new rules due to a forgotten commitment

By Andres Knobel ■ 12 December 2018 ■ 5 min READ
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The G20 and the OECD disappoint again

By Andres Knobel ■ 7 December 2018 ■ 8 min READ
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Tax justice pushes forward at OECD’s Global Forum

By Andres Knobel ■ 5 December 2018 ■ 7 min READ
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Passports and residency for sale: the OECD is sitting on its hands. Here’s how to fix the problem…

By Andres Knobel ■ 13 November 2018 ■ 7 min READ
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The abuse of Limited Partnerships in the UK: predicting the future with the Financial Secrecy Index

By Andres Knobel ■ 31 July 2018 ■ 3 min READ
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Blacklist, whitewashed: How the OECD bent its rules to help tax haven USA

By Andres Knobel ■ 27 July 2018 ■ 6 min READ ■ 1 comments
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OECD stretches the truth to give the US a better transparency rating than Ghana

By Andres Knobel ■ 26 July 2018 ■ 9 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Country by country reports: why “automatic” is no replacement for “public”

By Andres Knobel ■ 17 July 2018 ■ 10 min READ ■ 1 comments
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It’s time for countries to start publishing the data they’re collecting under OECD’s Common Reporting Standard

By Andres Knobel ■ 11 July 2018 ■ 5 min READ
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Ending secret ownership: we assess the progress and challenges

By Andres Knobel ■ 28 June 2018 ■ 6 min READ
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The EU’s latest agreement on amending the anti-money laundering directive: at the vanguard of trust transparency, but still further to go

By Andres Knobel ■ 9 April 2018 ■ 11 min READ
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OECD rules vs CRS avoidance strategies: not bad, but short of teeth and too dependent on good faith

By Andres Knobel ■ 27 March 2018 ■ 5 min READ
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Regulation of Beneficial Ownership in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Andres Knobel ■ 26 March 2018 ■ 2 min READ
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Now you see me, now you don’t: using citizenship and residency by investment to avoid automatic exchange of banking information

By Andres Knobel ■ 12 March 2018 ■ 3 min READ
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Inverted Maps: The Corruption Perception Index and the Financial Secrecy Index

By Andres Knobel ■ 22 February 2018 ■ 2 min READ
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Trusts and the UK: half a step forward, three steps backwards

By Andres Knobel ■ 19 December 2017 ■ 10 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Enough evidence on trusts – where are the State’s actions?

By Andres Knobel ■ 8 November 2017 ■ 7 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Our paper “Trusts: Weapons of Mass Injustice?” – now available in Spanish

By Andres Knobel ■ 25 October 2017 ■ < 1
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“Trusts: Weapons of Mass Injustice?” A response to the critics

By Andres Knobel ■ 25 September 2017 ■ 37 min READ
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Post-Panama Papers sunlight on New Zealand Trusts

By Andres Knobel ■ 13 July 2017 ■ 3 min READ
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Double-Layer Secrecy: add Lawyer Confidentiality to Banking Secrecy

By Andres Knobel ■ 12 June 2017 ■ 4 min READ
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Faking residency: OECD’s Common Reporting Standard leaves the door wide open for fraud

By Andres Knobel ■ 23 May 2017 ■ 5 min READ ■ 4 comments
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The Achilles heel of effective beneficial ownership registration: Why is everyone fixed on 25%?

By Andres Knobel ■ 11 May 2017 ■ 5 min READ ■ 1 comments
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The OECD – penalising developing countries for trying to tackle tax avoidance

By Andres Knobel ■ 7 March 2017 ■ 6 min READ
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Beneficial Ownership and disclosure of trusts: challenging the privacy arguments

By Andres Knobel ■ 7 December 2016 ■ 7 min READ ■ 1 comments
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Switzerland and information exchange: tweak, tweak and something will always remain

By Andres Knobel ■ 28 November 2016 ■ 4 min READ ■ 3 comments
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The OECD information exchange ‘dating game’

By Andres Knobel ■ 25 October 2016 ■ 4 min READ
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Automatic Information Exchange: a trove of useful new data. Here’s a template for using it

By Andres Knobel ■ 5 January 2016 ■ 4 min READ