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Public Beneficial Ownership Registers vs. Europe’s GDPR

Public Beneficial Ownership Registers vs. Europe’s GDPR

Our 2019 Beyond Borders: Redefining International Taxation conference is coming up quickly, so we thought it’d be a good idea to start showcasing a few of the panels that will drive all of the tax and legal talk in Barcelona from October 13 to 16, 2019.

Our second panel, which is a study in contrasts of sorts, will take a closer look at the relationship between Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the current push for public registers of beneficial ownership.

During our 2018 conference in Cyprus, one of our members brought up this exact question: How can you reconcile having public registers of beneficial ownership with the EU’s recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which calls for a much stricter handling of individuals’ personal information?

We thought this question was too good to pass up; hence, we’ll dedicate an entire hour to analyzing the challenges posed when these two concepts clash.

Want to learn all about the interplay between the two? Then grab your ticket below and join us for tax and legal talk, tapas, wine and plenty of networking.


Find below the bios for the experts who will be in charge of discussing these issues at TLTaxCon19!

Public Beneficial Ownership Registers vs. Europe’s GDPR Panelists

Jimmy Sexton, CEO, Esquire Group, UAE & USAJimmy Sexton, CEO, Esquire Group, UAE & USA

Jimmy Sexton, LL.M., is the President and CEO of Esquire Group, a company he co-founded in 2005. Esquire Group is a boutique international tax advisory firm specializing in international tax planning and compliance for both corporate and individual clients. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, a Juris Doctor (J.D.), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) post-graduate degree in International Taxation.

Mr. Sexton focuses primarily on advanced tax planning strategies for high-net worth and corporate clients. His areas of special competence include corporate structuring, expatriation, cross-border estate planning, and US tax compliance. Regarded as an expert in the field of international taxation, Mr. Sexton has lectured at the United Nations, eBay, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) clubs throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Sexton has also been cited in major media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, and the Vienna Review.

Under Mr. Sexton’s leadership, Esquire Group has grown into an international firm with offices in 4 countries (Austria, Germany, UAE, and the United States). From his base in Dubai, he regularly travels throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas meeting with clients, speaking, and overseeing Esquire Group’s global operations. Mr. Sexton is a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, a group of intellectually curious and motivated individuals who support the Institute and its mission to improve the lives and economic conditions of diverse populations around the world.

Samantha Bourton, Lecturer in Law, UWE Bristol, UKSamantha Bourton, Lecturer in Law, UWE Bristol, UK

Sam Bourton is a Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She teaches on the LLB and LLM programmes, with modules including Foundations for Law, the Law of Financial Crime and Regulation, and International Financial Crime. Sam is also a PhD candidate, whose thesis aims to provide a comparative analysis of tax evasion law and enforcement in the United Kingdom and United States of America. Her research primarily focuses on the law of financial crime, particularly the law pertaining to tax evasion and money laundering.

David Martinez, Business Integrity and Transparency Manager, Transparency International, Spain

David Martínez is a Lawyer and licensed member of the Bar Association of Madrid (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid) since 2013 and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional-International (2018, Compliance Certification Board, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics). He holds a Law degree from the Universidad de Salamanca (2011), a Master’s degree in Governance and Human Rights from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2014) and is a Specialista in Giustizia Costituzionale e Tutela Giurisdizionale dei Diritti by the Università di Pisa (2015). He also holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration (UAM, 2017).

Mr. Martínez completed a law internship at the Doctrine Department of Spain’s Constitutional Court (2013) and served as round-table coordinator during the V World Congress against the Death Penalty (2013). He has been a member of ADOC (Association of Analysts of Constitutional Doctrine) since 2014 and member of the Technical Committee for Standardization (CTN 165 SC4) of the UNE 1962 Standard of Tax Compliance Management Systems of the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification.

He is currently the Business Integrity and Transparency Manager at Transparency International Spain. He is Academic Coordinator and part of the teaching staff of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Integrity, Transparency and Good Governance of TI-Spain and teacher of several programs in both Spain and Latin America. He is Manager of the TI-Spain Business Integrity Forum and Project Manager of two huge European projects: Anti Match-Fixing Top Training (AMATT) and Training to Protected Reporting from Professional and Grassroots Sports (T-PREG).

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Spain!