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.
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.
Societe Generale SA disputed assertions by former trader Jerome Kerviel that his desk’s proximity to co-workers and supervisors meant they knew he was exceeding his group’s trading limits and faking hedges.