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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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