Legal Practice Offshore: Opportunity and Controversy


28 - 30 April 2017

Join us for a unique seminar in the picturesque Bahamas for a joint initiative between the Private Clients, Litigation, Commercial Fraud and Tax Law Commissions. The topics will include:

  • Offshore fraud investigations: the role of offshore services in the conduct of fraud and how the authorities have strived to address challenges by the use of corporate secrecy and opaque banking systems.
  • Offshore tax shelters: exploring issues of legitimacy and confidentiality in the fall-out of the Panama Papers.
  • Trusts under attack: benefi ciary requests for information and potential attacks in the wake of the Panama Papers.
  • Offshore insolvency: access to information and securing creditors’ rights.

The Bahamas is a stable, developing archipelagic nation that is scattered across more than 100,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamian economy is based primarily on tourism, which accounts for an estimated 60% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs about half the Bahamian workforce. Financial services is another important economic sector, which places the Bahamas among the world’s leading financial centers, particularly in the capital city, Nassau.

Once in the Bahamas, visitors can traverse attractions by way of taxi, rental car, scooter or bus. Ferries and water taxis are also readily available to quickly transport guests from one delightful island to the next. This is combined with world-famous white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and a wide range of land and water activities including snorkelling and scuba diving, fishing, championship golf and international culinary options.

It’s easy to understand why this is an attractive venue for this AIJA event!

AIJA Commissions

  • Commercial Fraud
  • Litigation
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Tax Law

Full programme

Friday 28 April 2017

18:00 » 19:00
Registration at the Atlantis Hotel
19:30 » 21:30
Welcome cocktail at the Atlantis Hotel
Sponsored by Lennox Paton

Saturday 29 April 2017

07:00 » 08:00
Harney's AIJA 5K Fun Run (Optional)
08:00 » 09:00
Registration at Atlantis Hotel
09:00 » 09:30

AIJA Welcome Address
David Frølich, President of AIJA - Lund Elmer Sandager - Denmark
Members of the OC:
Sophia Rolle Kapousouzoglou - Lennox Paton - Bahamas
Paola Fudakowska  - Withers LLP - United Kingdom
Mark Beardsworth - Brown Rudnick LLP - United Kingdom
David Sleight - Kingsley Napley LLP - United Kingdom

09:30 » 11:00
Fraud Investigations Offshore: A practical guide to prosecuting and defending in offshore jurisdictions
This panel will explore the particular issues in identifying, locating and repatriating defendants and their assets in offshore jurisdictions. Recent high profile cases will be examined and considered to establish helpful practical tips and best practice. The role and effectiveness of overseas prosecutors, particularly from the US and UK will be evaluated. Governance and the regulatory framework of the financial services sector will be considered. Finally defence lawyers will explain developments in defending individuals in complex international fraud investigations.
Mark Beardsworth - Brown Rudnick LLP - United Kingdom
Simon Ray - 6 Kings Bench Walk - United Kingdom
Kharin Sears - Lennox Paton - Bahamas
Saverio Lembo - Bar & Karrer - Switzerland
Clara Poglia - Schellenberg Wittmer - Switzerland
Jonathan Addo - Harneys - BVI
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00
Trusts under Attack: the battle between transparency v privacy
This panel will be looking at dealing with requests for information from trustees, the impact of the Panama papers on trusts and balancing the trend of transparency with the right to privacy.
Paola Fudakowska - Withers LLP - United Kingdom
Joe Raeber - Zwicky Windlin - Switzerland
James Price - Stewarts LLP - United Kingdom
Edgar Herrera - Galindo, Arias & Lopez - Panama
Arthur Seligman - Lennox Paton - Bahamas
13:00 » 14:00
14:00 » 16:00
Sheltering from the Storm - The do’s and don'ts of offshore tax planning and how to defend a tax investigation
This panel will be looking at the multi-jurisdictional tax planning, wealth structuring and succession and then on the fraud and investigations side, what to do if and when the structuring goes wrong.
David Sleight - Kingsley Napley - United Kingdom
Benjamin Borsodi - Schellenberg Wittmer - Switzerland
Oliver Piper - Farrer & Co - United Kingdom
Lucy Organ - 6 Kings Bench Walk - United Kingdom
Marcus Parker - Summit Trust Group - Cayman islands
16:00 » 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 » 17:30
Affective Submissions: Three is the Magic Number - Advocacy Workshop
Richard Samuel
- 3 Hare Court - United Kingdom 
Simon Ray - 6 Kings Bench Walk - United Kingdom 
20:00 » 23:00
Dinner at Sapodilla
Sponsored by Lennox Paton

Sunday 30 April 2017

10:00 » 10:30
The CRS and Automatic Exchange of Financial Information: Views from a Trustee’s perspective
Andrew Law - IPG Family Office Ltd - Bahamas 
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 13:00
Who calls the shots?
A review of third party litigation funding and other issues in insolvency litigation. This panel will look at issues surrounding third party funding in litigation such as privilege, settlement decision making and champerty and as issues that are particular to insolvencies, such as court approval and creditor approval of the third party litigation funding agreement which often brings high rewards to funders. It will also look at issues which attract funding in insolvency litigation, such as legal proceedings against former office holders and court examination of former office holders of defunct companies.
Stephanie Reed Traband - Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP - USA
Arnoldo Lacayo - Astigarraga Davis - USA
Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou - Lennox Paton - Bahamas
Chris Camponovo - Drumliffe LLC - USA
13:00 » 15:00
Optional Lunch - Payable on spot
Margaritaville, One Marina Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
15:00 » 18:00
Optional Afternoon Social Programmes
Check out 25 exciting excursions brought to you by Majestic Tours Ltd.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas

Tickets for the highly-anticipated FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 will be available free of charge for the entire competition. Whether it’s the high-energy group matches, the exciting quarter-finals or the nail-biting final rounds, tickets will be free for all spectators on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dolphin Encounters

In the Dolphin Encounter Program, each guest can expect a unique experience that brings you closer to an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin than you ever dreamed possible! Not only will you see the bottlenose dolphin habitat, but you will learn important information about dolphins and the ocean too.

Bahama Divers

Bahama Divers invites you to explore the exciting underwater world of Paradise Island and Nassau, Bahamas. Snorkeling is your answer! Nothing is as easy, fun, scenic, and relaxing. Shallow and protected from the elements, let Bahama Divers take you and your family on the best snorkeling experience in Nassau.
20:00 » 23:00
Optional Dinner - Payable on spot
Bimini Road - Marina Village at Atlantis Hotel



Practical information


Harney's Fun Run


Not included in the registration fee and is at the participant’s expense.
We have secured a limited number of rooms at the:

Atlantis Paradise
Paradise Beach Dr, Suite 19, Paradise Island, Bahama’s
Phone: +1 242-363-3000

$300.15 single occupancy per room per night.

$306.75 double occupancy per room per night.

Use the following link to complete the booking: event/48994935/owner/12844514/home  

Deadline: 29 March 2017

Organising Committee

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (UNITED KINGDOM)


Lennox Paton (BAHAMAS)

Kingsley Napley LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)