On September 24th 2019, Global Elite members gathered at The Ivy Club in London to discuss the topic “Trusted advisor: As whistleblower, investigator, prosecutor and prisoner.”

Hosted by Jonathan Speck, Mourant, Jersey, the demographic of the group was split between private client litigators and planners, leading to an interesting contrast between the “need” to find certainty and avoid controversy in this provocative area of debate.

Th group at first assessed the dramatic changes that private client advisors have endured across their practice in recent years, with the heightened increase in global compliance and introduction of CRS rules. In particular, the impact that these measures have had on advisors (and their clients) within the EU. Has the EU moved the needle so far as to inadvertently ask advisors to “inform” on their clients? Suffice to say, the theme of “criminalisation” is making headway in the private client community.

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