Panama Papers: CBS expert reveals how companies like Mossack Fonseca operate

For this lecture exclusively for alumni, we are joined by Associate Professor Brooke Harrington for a talk on the trade of international wealth managers. The research by Brooke Harrington offers a comprehensive insight into the tactics and mentality of a secretive profession that controls astonishingly large flows of capital around the world. Alumni are welcome to bring a guest for this lecture.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 17:30 to 20:00

Brooke Harrington on Panama Papers
Photo: Barbara Regina Grübel

Almost eight years. That is how long Associate Professor Brooke Harrington from the Department of Business and Politics at CBS has spent studying wealth managers. Trained as a wealth manager, she has followed the work of colleagues across the globe. In September 2016, Harvard University Press published her book, Capital without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent, which examines who wealth managers are and why they work the way they do.

The Panama Papers afford a close-up of the larger picture presented in her book providing a look at the activities of a single company, Mossack Fonseca, and its customers. Brooke Harrington has investigated multiple companies worldwide that perform the same type of work: The creation of legal structures designed to hide assets, not just from taxation but from any kind of legal obligations.

For this lecture exclusively for alumni, Associate Professor Brooke Harrington will guide you through the world of wealth management and share the key findings from her extensive research of interviewing 65 practitioners worldwide, which is the basis of her book.

Special book offer and book signing

Buy a copy of the book at a special rate and get it signed by the author. Please note that you can only purchase the book by MobilePay.


17:15 Registration
17:30 Welcome by CBS Alumni
         Talk by CBS Associate Professor Brooke Harrington
18:15 Q&A
18:45 Book signing & networking – drinks and snacks will be served
20:00 End


Registration is closed. For further information please contact the CBS Alumni office at

Practical information:

Date and time: 5 October 2016 at 17:30-20:00 (including book signing and networking).
Venue: CBS, Råvarebygningen, Porcelænshaven 22, ground floor, 2000 Frederiksberg. View Campus map.
Parking: Free parking. Additional parking information will be sent by email.
Language: The event will be held in English.
Questions or cancellation? Please contact the CBS Alumni office at

About Brooke Harrington

Brooke Harrington holds degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University, and is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Politics at CBS.
In 2014, she received a grant of DKK 3.2 million from the Danish Ministry for Research and Innovation to investigate tax compliance in Europe.
As part of her research she trained to become a wealth manager.
Read more about Brooke Harrington.

About CBS Alumni

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The page was last edited by: Alumni // 09/28/2023