ACFE Sydney June Event – The ‘Panama Papers’

The ‘Panama Papers’, one of the largest data leaks in history reveal how Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca helped create shell companies and offshore accounts for over 14,000 clients, allegedly for suspected money laundering and tax avoidance purposes. Over 11 million records spanning four decades have been released, resulting in public figures, banks, law firms and other players finding themselves in the midst of public controversy, facing questions about ethical standards and the legitimacy of such offshore constructs.

In this presentation, the KPMG Forensic and Tax Controversy teams will explore varying issues and challenges presented by the Panama papers leak including the spotlight on tax avoidance, what is being done by local and overseas regulators about the leaks, the difficulties in determining ultimate beneficial ownership which is assisting criminals to conceal the proceeds of crime and how disputes can be managed.


Natalie Faulkner

Natalie Faulkner – Director, KPMG Forensic

Natalie is a Chartered Accountant and Director in the KPMG Forensic team. Natalie has over 16 years experience, 12 years working in Forensic in Sydney and Perth predominantly assisting clients in investigations, regulatory inquiries and dispute resolution, and four years working in Financial Services Assurance in London and Sydney.

Natalie advises corporates, lawyers, and high wealth individual clients from a wide variety of sectors including financial services, mining, telecommunications, construction, retail, technology and both State and Federal Government departments.

Natalie focuses on preventing, detecting and investigating financial crime and misconduct, forensic accounting investigations, investigation into regulatory breaches and contract/licensing management. Natalie has acted as both a Consulting expert and Independent expert in litigious matters.

Natalie has led numerous investigations into misappropriation of assets, collusion, conflicts of interest, regulatory breaches, unexplained unreconciled balances in accounting records and allegations of negligent investment management. Natalie works closely with Forensic technology specialists in most engagements.


Ross Hocking

Ross Hocking – Special Counsel / Director, Tax Controversy & Dispute Resolution, KPMG Law

Ross is a Special Council / Director in the KPMG Law Tax Controversy team. He has 20 years experience as a lawyer practising predominantly for private and government clients in taxation litigation and dispute resolution.

Ross advises and represents corporate and high wealth individual clients from a wide variety of sectors including energy and natural resources, financial, automotive, telecommunications, sports and leisure, advertising, property development and State Government departments and agencies in their disputes with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), AusIndustry and State revenue authorities.

Ross has also represented, advised and appeared on behalf of the Commissioner of Taxation in tax disputes, FOI, debt recovery, alternate dispute rand litigation matters.

Ross specialises in tax litigation and tax controversy, tax disputes and appeals, risk review & audit management, evidence gathering, tax risk management and alternate dispute resolution.

Event Details

Thursday, 9 June 2016

1 hour CPE
Level 15, 10 Shelley Street

5:15 pm Registration
5:30 pm Opening remarks and commencement of presentation
6:15 pm Q & A
6:30 pm Social networking and post event discussion

Payment  Options

Members: $ 25
Groups (>10): $25
Students: $20
Non-members: $ 35

1. On-line banking
Sydney Chapter of the ACFE
BSB: 032-044 (Westpac)
Account number: 602632

2.  Pay by cash during the registration meeting

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