Your Podsite trial is ending soon. Put the final touches on it with our tips on how to make a great podcast website.

Claim your custom domain name todayClaim your domain

Nicholas Shaxson talks power, money and the finance curse at Dark Havens

20 minutes

Nicholas Shaxson unveils the secrets of the seriously, filthy rich and talks me through how many of the world's offshore tax havens are not only tropical islands, but actually British & OECD territories. Just what effect does that shadowy 'spider web' network of wealth extraction have on our societies? How are offshore tax havens central to the global economy? What is the finance curse? Listen to find out more!

Tax Havens + Treasure Islands + Finance Curse + Tax Justice Network + #DNL15


Nicholas Shaxson (Journalist, author Treasure Islands & Finance Curse, UK/DE)

Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed books The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making us all Poorer (2018); Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World (2012); and Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil (2007). He is a writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax 50” most influential people in international tax. He has written for The Financial Times, Reuters, Vanity Fair, the Economist and the BBC, as well as many other publications.

Nicholas Shaxson Photo credit: Mark Garner (Grove Atlantic)

Watch the Documentary: 'The Spider's Web'

At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance. The Spider's Web was written, directed and produced by Michael Oswald, and was substantially inspired by Nicholas Shaxson's book Treasure Islands, an extensive éxpose on the global consequences of tax havens.

For those interested to learn more about tax justice and financial secrecy, read about the Tax Justice Network's campaigning and regular blogs - become part of the movement for change and listen to the Tax Justice Network's monthly podcast: the Taxcast.

HIDDEN TREASURES How the Global Shadow Economy Drives Inequality


Nicholas Shaxson (Journalist, author of Treasure Islands, and Finance Curse, UK/DE), Maira Martini (Senior Policy Advisor, Transparency International, BR/DE). Moderated by Simon Shuster (Reporter for TIME, RU/DE). This panel introduces the topic of offshore secrecy and tax havens bringing together two experts of the field. Nicholas Shaxson will refer to his book Treasure Islands: Dirty Money, Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole Your Cash, where he describes the connections between global economic affairs since slavery and secretive offshore tax havens. In his analysis, dirty money, tax havens and the offshore system contributed to generate global inequalities and shift of wealth from poor to rich, as well as undermining our democracies via financial deregulations. Maìra Martini will describe the schemes connecting shell companies, multiple offshore bank accounts, and money laundering, by referring to her work at Transparency International on a report on the role of banks in cross-border corruption cases.

DARK HAVENS Confronting Hidden Money & Power

#DNL15 DARK HAVENS brings together people from around the world who have been part of global investigations and leaks, have blown the whistle on corporations, been put on trial, and who have taken severe personal risks to confront hidden money and power.

15th conference of the Disruption Network Lab. Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. In cooperation with Transparency International.

Disruption Network Lab: Dark Havens Twitter: @disruptberlin

Thank you for tuning in, we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we did talking! Transit Lounge Radio is 100% independently produced, and ad-free. Your generous support, event invitations and sharing to community networks will help keep the conversation free-flowing!

Relax in the VIP Lounge

Hang out in the Transit Lounge on facebook

Reviews and stars on iTunes make us happy

Listen on the TLR YouTube Channel

Subscribe to TLR RSS Feed

Invite Transit Lounge Radio to record a series of conversations at your world changing event: signal at transitloungeradio dot net

#DNL15, Transparency, Panama Papers, investigative journalism, tax justice, offshore tax havens, disruption, network, dark havens, disruption network lab, journalism, treasure islands, finance curse, offshore tour operator, paradise papers, lux leaks, whistleblower, UBS, ICIJ, OCCRP, Berlin, transit lounge, radio, podcast, conversation, tax justice network, Nicholas Shaxson, City of London

More episodes from Transit Lounge

Kudzai Mubaiwa talks women, finance and freedom at open:fora

Kudzai M Mubaiwa talks about why there is a clear need for women to have resources for them to attain real freedom, with a leaning towards strong networks they can activate for tangible …

Friedrich Lindenberg talks money laundering, data transparency and pirate radio at Dark Havens

Friedrich Lindenberg talks me through the investigative journalism data tools developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project …

Simon Shuster talks corruption, hitmen and civil society at Dark Havens

Simon Shuster talks in the Transit Lounge at Dark Havens about the importance of the work journalists do as the immune system of a society.

"Investigative journalists expose things most …

Frederik Obermaier talks Panama Papers, global crime & cocktails at Dark Havens

Frederik Obermaier on global crime & collaborative reporting, the demise of the 'lone wolf' investigative journalist, Panama Papers cocktails, …

RYBN talk art, algorithmic investment and offshore tourism at Dark Havens


RYBN walk us through the Offshore Tour Operator to explore local traces of the transnational and liquid financial industry, and introduce classic tax avoidance schemes the Double …

How you can listen to this podcast

You can listen to episodes right here on the website, or if you prefer, in a podcast app. Listening in an app makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve already heard, listen without using your data plan and many other conveniences.

Recommended apps
Start listening to Kudzai Mubaiwa talks women, finance and freedom at open:fora
Start listening to Kudzai Mubaiwa talks women, finance and freedom at open:fora