Monthly Archives: June 2016

Greenock & Cone Marshall: General Partners?

Since the previous post the foreign trust industry, that was being reviewed for its disclosure regime, as been put on notice. The review by John Shewan, previously the chairman of PWC in New Zealand, has been accepted as putting the … Continue reading

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Great Danes?:Equinor, Fid-Elite & Nordeq Trusts

This is the rather convoluted story of the disintegration of Equinor Trust Ltd, the vehicle for one Lachlan Williams, and examines the new owners of some of its companies. Williams also owned the Kiwi Deposit Building Society, but in 2013 … Continue reading

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V is for Vistra: but where is it based in New Zealand?

The Vistra Group is one of the major international trust and fiduciary firms, and appears many times in the Panama Papers. So not surprisingly it has a presence in New Zealand. The question is where, or perhaps, who represents Vistra’s … Continue reading

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Bad Company: New Zealand links Irish directors with dodgy Swiss firm

This post follows on from the previous one about the use of Seychellois directors by an Irish trust firm, as initiated by the Melvilles in New Zealand. But this time it is the Pearse Trust that have assumed control of … Continue reading

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From Ireland to the Seychelles via Kakahi, New Zealand

Having mentioned the Seychelles briefly in the previous post, I will explore the links in more depth this time. The intention has been to begin to examine the many companies that have been created, and usually removed or passed on, … Continue reading

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Angerona and some dodgy South Americans

This will be about the links between some of the other individual players in the New Zealand trust industry, and some Uruguayan lawyers. The focus will be mainly on the Angerona Group Trust (New Zealand) Ltd and one of its … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Cone and the Costa Ricans

Geoffrey Cone no doubt considers himself the doyen of the trust industry in New Zealand, and its major international player. He has worked at the Russell McVeagh practice in Auckland, where tax-dodging schemes became an art form in the 1980s. … Continue reading

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