A world class gathering of financial crime experts involved in the front line of some of the biggest legal cases to date, arrive in Jersey in November for a major symposium.

Philip Atkinson, the man leading the terrorist finance team within the Financial Intelligence Unit in the UK, and Eric Lewis, a senior Washington lawyer previously involved in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) multijurisdictional investigation and currently US counsel to the liquidators of the company at the centre of the international operations of convicted financier Bernard Madoff, will both address Jersey-based delegates.

Other prominent speakers at the symposium, organised and hosted by BakerPlatt, include Professor Barry Rider, an experienced legal academic who organises the prestigious Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium; Jack Blum, the US lawyer who represented the Liechtenstein banker who sold clients’ records to various tax authorities; Jack de Kluiver, a Senior Trial Attorney from the US Department of Justice; Monty Raphael, once described as the ‘doyen of the UK’s white collar crime lawyers’; Anthea Lawson, lead investigator on corruption at Global Witness, the non governmental financial crimes watchdog; Richard Hay, international tax principal in London; and BakerPlatt’s forensic and regulatory services specialist Ed Shorrocks. (The full list of speakers is on the attached flyer).

The first session at the symposium will be devoted to Jersey’s role in tackling the global problem of financial crime and there are contributions from the Island’s Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, David Warcup; Attorney General, Timothy Le Cocq, QC; and the Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, John Harris who will provide an update on how Jersey practitioners are responding to the regulatory challenges.

Stephen Platt, chairman of the BakerPlatt Group, who will introduce the symposium and provide the introductory presentation, commented:

‘We have been able to assemble a truly world class field of specialists, lawyers and investigators from the US and the UK who between them have a direct involvement and experience of some of the most high profile and influential cases to date – from BCCI and Noriega drug trafficking to the Madoff enquiry and Liechtenstein tax whistleblower scandal.’

They will debate the key topics of interest to the industry at present. The event includes an exploration of the risks which may prove pivotal to the success of the financial markets and there will be an assessment of the threats and opportunities that will shape Jersey and other offshore centres in the coming year, from a wide range of international perspectives.

Stephen Platt added:

‘I am delighted we have been able to attract such a phenomenal line of speakers to our symposium which has been acknowledged by senior offshore practitioners as the year’s definitive event on financial crime and related regulatory issues. The event is also an opportunity to highlight how far Jersey is ahead of many other jurisdictions in its response to the threat from financial crime.’

The symposium takes place at the Hotel de France on Thursday November 11 and further details are available at www.bakerplatt.com and from Christian May on tel. +44 (0)1534 766254 or e-mail christianmay@bakerplatt.com.