Jürgen Mossack

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Jürgen Mossack
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Born Jürgen Rolf Dieter Mossack[1]
(1948-03-20) 20 March 1948 (age 69)
Fürth, Bavaria, Germany
Residence Panama City, Panama
Nationality German[1]
Alma mater Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua
Known for co-founder of Mossack Fonseca
Parent(s) Erhard Mossack

Jürgen Rolf Dieter Mossack (born 20 March 1948) is a German Panama-based lawyer and the co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in Panama City with more than 40 offices worldwide.

Early life

Mossack was born in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, on 20 March 1948.[2] His father, Erhard Mossack, was a Rottenführer (senior corporal) in the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the Nazi Party's Schutzstaffel, during World War II. According to U.S. intelligence files, he offered to spy for the Americans after the war.[citation needed]

When Jurgen Mossack was 13 he moved with his father and the rest of his family to Panama.[3] Once in Panama Erhard Mossack offered his services to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for spying on Communist activity in Cuba.[4][5] Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, said in 2016, when contacted by journalists, that they had documents related to Erhard Mossack but would not share any information, owing to possible security risks.[6][7]

Mossack received a bachelor's degree in law from Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua in 1973.[4][8]

Career

In 1975, Mossack worked as a lawyer in London before returning to Panama to start a firm in 1977. Mossack’s practice only became Mossack Fonseca in 1986, when it merged with the firm run by Ramón Fonseca Mora, a Panamanian novelist, lawyer, and politician.[4][6] They built a global group of 600 employees and 46 subsidiaries, including the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Jersey, Luxembourg, the US, specifically the states of Wyoming, Florida, and Nevada.

Mossack served on Conarex, Panama’s council on foreign relations, from 2009 to 2014.[4][9] On 7 April 2016, he announced that given the leak he was resigning from CONAREX, the national foreign relations council.[10][11]

His brother Peter Mossack has served as Honorary Consul of Panama in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 2010 to date.[12][13][14]

Mossack is a member of International Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Panama Bar Association; the International Maritime Association; and the Maritime National Association.[8] Mossack’s holdings, according to the files obtained by ICIJ, include a teak plantation and other real estate, an executive helicopter, a yacht named Rex Maris and a collection of gold coins.[4]

Investigations

On 3 April 2016, leaked documents from the company's private archive, dubbed the "Panama Papers", revealed detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors. Mossack told the Wall Street Journal that the intermediary banks that his firm worked with — and who represent the final recipients of the shell companies — should have done better reviews of their clients: “Our brand needs to be protected. We feel the best way to protect the brand is by doing things ourselves and not rely on others.”[15]

News stories in May questioned whether the Panamanian consul in Frankfurt should be using the [email protected] email address that he is.[16]

Mossack Fonseca was linked to a corruption investigation in Brazil into bribes paid to politicians by companies doing business with the state-run oil company, Petrobras. Investigators began focusing on the law firm after finding an array of apartments in the names of relatives of an imprisoned politician, the New York Times reported.[17] Mossack took a leave of absence from his position as a presidential advisor on March 11, 2016 after Spanish prosecutors requested information about corporations linked to Ignacio González as part of a money-laundering investigation in that country. He had held the office since President Juan Carlos Varela took office in 2014. He remained the acting president of the Panameñista Party.[18]

Personal life

Mossack has one son, Michael, and four daughters, Karin, Jennifer, Andrea and Nicole. The latter two have been covered in the Panamanian press since at least 2003 for showjumping.[19][20] His daughter Jennifer worked in his firm and was point of connection for a lobbyist of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity.[21]

Mossack is a member of the prestigious Club Unión, where his daughter Nicole made her debut in 2008.[22] She is married to Tomás Altamirano.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b "Mossack Fonseca": Die Fließband-Fabrik für Briefkastenfirmen. Tagesschau. (in German)
  2. ^ "Mr. Jurgen Mossack Lawyer Profile on". Martindale.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Cofounder". 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hamilton, Martha M. (April 3, 2016). "Panamanian Law Firm Is Gatekeeper To Vast Flow of Murky Offshore Secrets". International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Tobin, Andrew. "Law firm at heart of 'Panama Papers' leak owned by Nazi's son". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  6. ^ a b Graham, David A. (4 April 2016). "What Is Mossack Fonseca, the Law Firm in the Panama Papers?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Panama Papers: Wie Mossack Fonseca Geld versteckt". Süddeutsche.de. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Jurgen Mossack : Mossdack Fonseca & Co, Panama". Chambersandpartners.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Vicepresidente y Canciller Varela se reúne con el Consejo Nacional de Relaciones Exteriores". 21 Dec 2010. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Latest: Venezuela to Probe Citizens in 'Panama Papers'". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  11. ^ León, Guadalupe (7 April 2016). "Jürgen Mossack renunció al Consejo Nacional de Relaciones Exteriores". La Estrella de Panamá. La Estrella de Panamá. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "DEPARTAMENTO CONSULAR DE LA DGPE MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES GUIA CONSULAR (actualizada al 6 de abril 2016)" (PDF). MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES. MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES panama. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "DEPARTAMENTO CONSULAR DE LA DGPE MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES GUIA CONSULAR (AGOSTO 2013)" (PDF). MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES. MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES panama. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "DEPARTAMENTO CONSULAR DE LA DGPE MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES GUIA CONSULAR (Febrero 2011)" (PDF). MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES. MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES panama. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Kejal Vyas (7 April 2016). "Co-Founder of Mossack Fonseca Defends Law Firm at Center of 'Panama Papers'". WSJ. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Mossack Milking Varela Connection for own Benefit". Panamá América. April 15, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Mossack & Fonseca deeply entrenched in Foreign Service". April 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Fonseca steps down as presidential advisor". La Prensa. March 11, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ teamelanpanama (29 July 2014) Andrea & Nicole Mossack YouTube, retrieved 5 April 2016
  20. ^ Staff (21 November 2003) Hermanas Mossack se destacan La Prensa / Deportes, retrieved 5 April 2016
  21. ^ "Mossack Fonseca: inside the firm that helps the super-rich hide their money". The Guardian. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  22. ^ Martha Hamilton (1 April 2016) Papeles de Panamá-Mossack Fonseca, un bufete global Univision, retrieved 5 April 2016, "Club Unión, donde su hija Nicole celebró sus quince años en 2008."
  23. ^ Staff (28 July 2015), Concierto de la Sinfonía de las Américas, Nicole Mossack y Tomás Altamirano La Prensa-Sociales, retrieved 5 April 2016
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