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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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