Treasure Islands

With Nicholas Shaxson
City University London, College Building, Room A130
Wednesday 25 May 2011, 6.30- 8pm

Nobody can understand the power of the City of London, or of Wall Street, without understanding the offshore system. Few people understand the offshore system, or know that the world’s biggest tax havens are not the exotic islands of the popular imagination, but powerful rich countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Ireland – and Britain is the most important player in the system.

Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed 2007 book Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of African Affairs in London) and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a full-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens.

Since 1993 he has written extensively on global business and politics for the Financial Times, Reuters, the Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, the American Interest, the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy, and a wide range of others.