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In Defence of Journalism - How reporters held HSBC to account




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Location: Room AG21, College Building

James Ball and David Pegg, both City Journalism graduates and lead reporters on this story at the Guardian, will discuss the details of a year-long investigation into the Swiss arm of the UK's biggest bank that has put tax avoidance at the top of the political agenda. Swiss officials raided the bank and have launched a money-laundering investigation while the bank now faces 10 separate inquiries. These reporters will take us through from the beginning with the initial leak, how they began to make sense of data and learned how the rich move and hide their money across continents and off-shore companies to avoid paying taxes. They will explain how they uncovered the stories in the data and what it's like to be on the receiving end of letters from London's most expensive lawyers.

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The Guardian articles detailed how the bank:
• Routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash.
• Aggressively marketed schemes likely to enable wealthy clients to avoid European taxes.
• Colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared "black" accounts from their domestic tax authorities.
• Provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen and other high-risk individuals.

The discs covered the period 2005-2007 and are the biggest banking leak in history, shedding light on some 30,000 accounts holding almost $120bn (£78bn) of assets.

Find out more on the Guardian's micro-site

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6.30pm - 8.00pmMonday 2nd March 2015

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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