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HRH Kerry 02-15-2008 07:43 PM

Princely Family-owned LGT Bank in Tax Evasion Investigation
 
Germany's Merkel criticises Deutsche Post CEO for his silence on tax fraud probe

...Liechtenstein Ambassador to Germany Prince Stefan von Liechtenstein told Handelsblatt newspaper today the case on Zumwinkel will be one of the topics to be discussed between Hassler and Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck next week.

Germany's Merkel criticises Deutsche Post CEO for his silence on tax fraud probe - Forbes.com


...It included details of accounts held by Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT) Group, a bank managed by the Principality of Liechtenstein, which has become a focus of the investigation...

Hundreds of Germans raided in €3.4bn tax evasion scandal - Times Online


The Crown Prince of Liechtenstein accused Germany yesterday of undermining the tax haven’s sovereignty and of acting illegally by paying an informer for financial details that have led to the biggest tax fraud inquiry in German history.

Prince turns on Germany over paid informer in tax fraud row - Times Online


...But Crown Prince Alois said it was Germany's complex financial system that needed to be overhauled. "Germany will not solve its problems with its taxpayers by attacking Liechtenstein," he said. "Germany has the worst tax system in the world."

Liechtenstein slams Germany's tax spies tactic - Telegraph

HRH Kerry 02-20-2008 11:02 PM

Royal Family-Owned Bank in Tax Evasion Investigation
 
There are plenty of pics of Prince Alois in his press conference defending the sovereign state's stance against Germany and their fraud scandal as well as their tactics.

Here's a couple of pages:
ANP Bleedbank
ANP Bleedbank

HRH Kerry 02-21-2008 07:27 PM

Liechtenstein keen to close chapter

Liechtenstein’s Crown Prince Alois has signalled the Alpine principality will make its banking system more transparent, as Berlin authorities investigate hundreds of Germans suspected of holding secret accounts there...

FT.com / World - Liechtenstein keen to close chapter

Another story about the family biz. Great caricature.

Man in the News: Crown Prince Alois

FT.com / Comment & analysis / Analysis - Man in the News: Crown Prince Alois

sesa 02-22-2008 08:17 PM

Thanks HRH Kerry for taking the time to post all this news. Very interesting situation that the Prince is in. I hope all turns out well.

HRH Kerry 02-22-2008 10:58 PM

Sesa,
No problem. Very interesting indeed. I'm just trying to keep this sub-forum alive. They might not be as popular as members of the other principality but they are my favorite. :flowers:

HRH Kerry 02-26-2008 10:36 PM

And The Drama Continues...
 
Note: This is getting very political. Just posting news in Liechtenstein as it pertains to the Princely Family. Read on.:flowers:

Tension Mounts Over Tax Haven

...Germany -- possibly the country most affected by Liechtenstein and its way-too-friendly tax system -- bought information stolen by an employee of one of Liechtenstein's main banks, LGT, which is owned in part by Liechtenstein's royal family...

Tension Mounts Over Tax Haven - OhmyNews International

NotAPretender 02-28-2008 10:02 AM

Royal Family-Owned Bank in Tax Evasion Investigation
 
It seems that the bank which is owned largely by the royal family is under investigation by German and US tax authorities with regard to aiding tax evasion by use of Liechtenstein's highly private banking laws.

The bank is LGT Group, and it is (in turn) looking into prosecuting the former employee who sold the data to prosecutors. That data, on a DVD, was sold to German tax authorities and led to the German and US authorities' inquiries.

Liechtenstein has positioned itself strongly as a private banking enclave in the past 10 years, with the return to near-absolute monarchy as part of the "selling" point of privacy. Strong words are being thrown by German politos, including referring to Liechtenstein as a "rogue state." It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next months and years.

"Liechtenstein's head of state, Prince Alois, said on Thursday he wanted to smooth differences between the two nations and end the "ping-pong game" between Berlin and Vaduz."

Links:

Liechtenstein bank says records passed to Germany have 1,400 client names - International Herald Tribune

FT.com / Companies / Financial services - Focus of inquiry shifts to Swiss bank

Germany-Liechtenstein Tax Evasion Scandal Shifts Focus

gardenia8 02-28-2008 01:09 PM

How very interesting!! Isn't Prince Maximillian Of Liechtenstein president or CEO of LGT? I think it is good that the governments are trying to find tax evaders but isn't having an employee of a company sell private banking information to a government agency a bad way to go about it.

NotAPretender 02-28-2008 02:28 PM

I think one of the points that LGT is making, is that the employee was charged with theft and those charges were dropped. They were dropped because the employee admitted to theft with the explanation that he did not intend to profit from the information but took it for his own protection.

Now, of course, it comes out that he was paid approximately $7.4MM USD for the DVD.

Yet there also appears to have been genuine wrongdoing at the source, the taxpayers. Greater good debate, perhaps.

I wonder where this will all end.

GlitteringTiaras 02-28-2008 03:50 PM

Thanks for the extra link, NAP. I read an article about in yesterday's LA Times... very interesting, indeed.

BeatrixFan 02-28-2008 03:53 PM

As I see it, Liechtenstein's tax policies are their own but surely if you want to bank there, you should have to be a citizen or you're contravening the tax laws of your own country? It means that Liechtenstein becomes a haven for criminals and that's unfortunate.

HRH Kerry 03-10-2008 08:44 PM

Liechtenstein offers to push bank reform

...Prince Max of Liechtenstein, younger brother of the acting head of state and chief executive of LGT, the family-owned bank at the centre of a tax dispute with Germany, said the time had now come “to sit down constructively with our good neighbours”...

FT.com / World - Liechtenstein offers to push bank reform

HRH Kerry 03-13-2008 10:10 PM

Give me back my art!
 
Liechtenstein cancels art loan to Germany over tax row

Liechtenstein's royal household said Tuesday it will suspend loans of art works from its collection to Germany, marking a new low in ties between the two countries embroiled in a tax scandal...

AFP: Liechtenstein cancels art loan to Germany over tax row

HRH Kerry 03-17-2008 07:34 PM

Tax haven crackdown

Germany, Britain and America are all in hot pursuit of citizens hiding their money from the taxman, reports Dominic O’Connell

SERIOUS, dark-suited and bespectacled, Prince Max of Liechtenstein looks more like a banker than the second-youngest son of one of Europe’s royal families... Tax haven crackdown - Times Online

HRH Kerry 03-17-2008 07:37 PM

You have to ask yourself, if the principality will buckle under pressure and give into the demands of today or if its clients are indeed safe? After all, these files were from 2002. Hmmm?

HRH Kerry 04-19-2008 06:43 PM

Liechtenstein May Cooperate on Tax

Liechtenstein may cooperate with other countries on tax-evasion investigations in the same way the principality confronts cases of tax fraud...

Bloomberg

HRH Kerry 05-01-2008 02:14 PM

Hereditary Prince Alois talks about the tax crisis. New photo included.

Read here.

HRH Kerry 05-21-2008 12:21 PM

Should India take the freebie inre to the LGT tax scandal? It seems that Transparency International might be putting some pressure on the country's government. Story here.

HRH Kerry 05-21-2008 12:39 PM

Here is a link to the progression of the Anti-Fraud Agreement. Vague?

gardenia8 06-06-2008 03:56 PM

LGT Bank
 
This is a tough time for LGT Bank. It appears that the US govt. is now also investing the actions of wealthy Americans investing in LGT. Apparently Germany isn't the only country interested in finding out tax cheats.

Wealthy Americans Under Scrutiny in UBS Case - NYTimes.com

"The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is scheduled to hold hearings as early as this month on offshore products sold by UBS and by the LGT Group, the bank owned by Liechtenstein’s royal family."


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