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MIPTV Picks 2014: The End of Bank Secrecy

In August of 2009, the Swiss government handed over to the U.S. Congress the names of 4,500 American tax evaders who had been using offshore bank accounts. This documentary brings together lawyers, bankers and politicians who were immersed in the scandal as it happened to reveal how the world woke up to the costly realities of tax fraud.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Nilaya Productions for France Télévisions; distributed by ZED
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Premiered: 2013 (France)
Rights available: Worldwide

In August of 2009, the Swiss government handed over to the U.S. Congress the names of 4,500 American tax evaders who had been using offshore bank accounts. After UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld told the IRS how the bank came to the U.S. to entice its rich to use its asset management services to the tune of some US$20 billion, the veil of secrecy surrounding the long-time tax haven was blown off. This documentary brings together lawyers, bankers and politicians who were immersed in the scandal as it happened to reveal how the world woke up to the costly realities of tax fraud.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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