Inside a nondescript office building in central London, a roomful of men and women sit at computer screens and talk over Skype with people in faraway places. Sharp-edged Cantonese fills the air, and a flat-screen TV emits a continuous din. It’s the chanting, singing Midlands crowd at Birmingham, England’s Villa Park Stadium: Liverpool at Aston Villa. The match has just kicked off.
Italian Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli, who has led a crackdown on tax evasion, bought his Rome apartment partly with funds from a Channel Islands account and then avoided sales tax on renovations by paying cash for about half the costs, Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper reported, citing documents it obtained.
Citigroup Inc. failed to persuade an appeals court to throw out a lawsuit that claims it lied about the riskiness of securities valued at almost $1 billion, as the world’s biggest banks continue to defend against allegations they misled investors in the run-up to the financial crisis.