Baker & Partners senior partner Stephen Baker has spoken at international fraud and financial crime conferences in Malta, London and Amsterdam during the past month.
Advocate Baker is a specialist in complex litigation, dividing his practice between commercial disputes and financial crime. He is experienced in conducting investigations into suspected corrupt payments and has expertise in complex fraud and money laundering cases.
‘The tough economic climate together with more stringent regulation has resulted in an increasingly rapacious society. Following Madoff, we have seen a plethora of major fraud cases and so it’s even more essential that those involved in asset tracing and recovery are kept up to date with the jurisdictional and procedural issues and can have the opportunity to discuss with their peers and industry leaders,’ said Advocate Baker.
‘It’s been fascinating to be at each of the conferences as they have been attended by leading lawyers from around the world. To have the opportunity to speak alongside some fascinating and well-respected lawyers is a real honour and is also a chance to promote the expertise available in Jersey’.
The first conference was the 2011 Malta International Financial Crime Forum organised by the International Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Investigation Bureau together with the Malta Financial Services Authority and the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit.
The two-day event, which was attended by 60 delegates from around the world, examined the issues lawyers could expect to tackle in commercial crime and looked at details of some of the new cases of trade and investment fraud. Advocate Baker spoke about how criminals use offshore locations and questioned what was meant by offshore.
The second conference was International Fraud Litigation in London, which was jointly sponsored by Baker & Partners. Delegates examined current features and trends of fraud in emerging markets, discussed the ways in which accomplices can be liable and analysed the latest techniques in overcoming technological challenges in obtaining evidence.
Advocate Baker spoke on asset tracing on recovery alongside lawyers from the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland.
The third conference, which takes place this weekend in Amsterdam, is the 14th Annual Transnational Crime Conference organised by the International Bar Association. The two-day conference will look at international complex criminal investigations with topics including cross-border corruption and bribery issues, interaction between jurisdictions in global criminal matters and tax offences.
Advocate Baker spoke alongside lawyers from Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Bern and will discuss tax offences and cooperation in tax matters.
‘A recent study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University concluded that the global economy is drowning in corporate fraud and so I have no doubt that increasingly popular topic for future conferences,’ said Advocate Baker.