'We don't call them offshores any more'

A low-key briefing by a British firm about how to use offshore companies to protect investors and firms took place last week in a Dublin hotel. Dick O'Brien was there.

29th September, 2012
James and Charles Farran of Amanda J Molyneux & Company: the firm deals in 'tax mitigation, not avoidance'. Photo: Maura Hickey

The queue was almost out the door. By the time everyone had filed in, nearly every seat was taken. More than 100 people had shown up at a Ballsbridge hotel for a briefing by a British financial advisory firm, Amanda J Molyneux & Company, that promised to inform them about the use of offshore companies to protect them from "current and potential attacks from creditors and court rulings".

The audience was a cross-section of Ireland's rich....

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