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Key Features and Benefits of the BVI Incubator Fund

Features of the Incubator Fund  The BVI’s Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulations, 2015  (the “Regulations”) introduced the "Incubator Fund” which provides a streamlined basis for start-up investment managers to establish a track record of managing funds with an open-ended strategy. The Incubator Fund regime under the Regulations does not have some of the more stringent requirements that are found with the more established investment fund options (such as Professional Funds, Private Funds, or Public Funds) under BVI law.   The key features of an Incubator Fund are:   - Limited to a total of 20 Investors (Sophisticated Private...

Changes to the Malta Residency and Visa Programme Announced

By Kenneth Camilleri The Malta Residency Visa Agency (MRVA) today announced changes to the Malta Residency and Visa  Programme (MRVP), paving the way for a new permanent residency programme to be introduced.   Subject to Parliamentary approval next week, the MRVP will be replaced with a new programme called Malta Permanent Residence Programme and it will be governed by a new agency - Residency Malta Agency.   The current MRVP will continue to run until the end of March, following which all new applications will fall under the new regulations.   The launch of the new programme will not affect existing applications submitted...

Proposed Golden Visa Changes Will Not Take Place Until June 2021

By Sugee Portugal    The Council of Ministers approved the diploma that puts an end to gold visas in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, as well as the entire coast of the country. The instrument only remains for the interior and autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores. The new regime will be gradual and it will not take effect before June 2021 at least.   As we all know there is a lot of uncertainty in the mind of investors for Golden Visa Portugal about the changes proposed in the budget of Feb 2020 by the Portuguese...

The Latest CBI Index Shows: Grenada CBI is in the Top 3

By Joanna Zhang Professional Wealth Management (PWM), a publication from the Financial Times, has released its latest CBI Index assessing the CBI programs of 14 countries through nine indicators including freedom of movement, due diligence, minimum investment, timeline, and so on. Grenada CBI ranked in the top three in total and became one of the most popular CBI programs. Why you should obtain Grenadian citizenship: 1) Fast relocation route to the US As the only Caribbean country to hold the coveted E-2 visa treaty with the US, Grenada citizens can apply for a non-immigrant visa to the US, meaning they can then both...

The Abu Dhabi Global Market: an Analysis of its Asset Protection Laws in Relation to Foundations and Trusts.

By Alex Baker of Griffin Trust AG, Liechtenstein and Andrew Baker of Griffin Corporate Services Ltd, Abu Dhabi           This short article introduces the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) and highlights a perceived advantage offered by an ADGM foundation compared to an ADGM trust in relation to asset protection.   Introduction to the Abu Dhabi Global Market The ADGM is one of the principal free zone jurisdictions in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). It offers an attractive range of vehicles that can be used by individuals for asset protection and/or succession planning purposes and by businesses involved...

Mauritius: International Tax Planning Update & Opportunities

By Mr. Patrice Tze Sek Sum, CPA (US), MIntTax, TEP   1. Overview   Over the past few years, Mauritius has undergone significant transformation in order to maintain itself as a serious jurisdiction of substance. While Mauritius remains the de facto hub to Africa due to its political stability, independent judiciary and strong institutional framework, and absence of foreign currency exchange control, it has had its fair share of challenges over the past year. Mauritius has enhanced its AML/CFT laws accordingly and restructured some of its tax regimes which were deemed harmful from the perspective of the OECD especially in regard to some ring-fencing...