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Sören Seitz, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Manulife Asia, Hong Kong
The recent spate of news resulting from the leak of over 11 million documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, (now commonly known as the Panama Papers or the Panama Leaks) has refocused a spotlight back on money laundering, tax evasion and the murky world of offshore activities. The leak of documents, many of them confidential, is unprecedented in many ways. While various journalists, authorities, companies and interested organisations across the world are trawling through the sheer amount of data to assess the implications, some of the early disclosures have already had significant impact; such as the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland and forced defensive actions by a number of other high-profile individuals and companies whose offshore activities have been discovered.
Sören Seitz is the Chief Compliance Officer for Manulife Asia based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Manulife, Sören worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years in a number of Compliance roles in New York, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Zurich and Frankfurt, most recently
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide
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