Panama Papers And Real Estate: New Push For Old Priorities

Law360, New York (April 18, 2016, 7:51 PM EDT) -- D.E. Wilson

Andrew E. Bigart The leak of the “Panama Papers” earlier this month has fed a media frenzy on the reported use of shell companies to mask money laundering in the real estate industry. While the release of the approximately 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca will undoubtedly influence U.S. and foreign policymakers, the impact may be more of a nudge than a full-scale call to arms.

The fact is that U.S. and European Union anti-money laundering (AML) officials have been focused on the use of shell companies in financial transactions for years, as well as...

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