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Jonathan Cron

Jonathan Cron is CEO of New Zealand Foreign Trust Services (NZFTS) and past President of the New Zealand Trustee Association in New Zealand, and has been a well-regarded figure in New Zealand’s Trustee and Foreign Trust industry for over 20 years. NZFTS is a privately owned business with independent specialists in the formation of New Zealand based trusts for offshore clients.  Jonathan’s ability to create innovative trust structures is drawn from his extensive experience and qualifications. His credentials include an M.B.A, a Graduate Diploma in Management and, a Graduate Certificate in Management. Jonathan is also a Member and Associate of...

Lemanik Asset Management

Lemanik Asset Management S.A. (Lemanik) is an independent Management Company, headquartered in Luxembourg with local entities in Switzerland and Ireland. We support institutional investors in setting up and managing Undertaking for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). Lemanik covers also the whole value chain related to Wealth Management enablingclients to have access to international asset management, investment advisory and wealth planning. Our business model incorporates a high degree of flexibility allowing us to be innovative and adaptable in terms of client’s configurations. In recent years, we have posted impressive growth figures driven by strong sales...

Curacao Introduction

Curaçao has entered into 25 TEIA’s with, amongst others, all key jurisdictions as the USA, the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the BVI, Colombia and Argentine. A tax agreement to avoid double taxation is in force with Norway and the of course the TAK with the Netherlands, shortly to be replaced by the TANC. Tax agreements to avoid double taxation where agreed upon with Malta and the Seychelles. Curaçao has reached an agreement with the USA on April 30, 2014 to sign a model 1 IGA FATCA agreement which has come into force in 2015. Participation...

Cook Islands – International Trust

The Cook Islands has a reputation for being at the forefront of international jurisdictions that provide trusted and legitimate asset protection. In fact, it is well known in the global financial community that the Cook Islands was the first country to create legislation allowing for modern asset protection trusts. With the enactment of its International Trust Act in 1984, the Cook Islands became preeminent in the global financial industry for confidentiality and protection of wealth for high net worth individuals and businesses. Although the international trust is the Cook Islands’ flagship financial structure, it has several financial vehicles and a...

How to Create a Shield for Your Assets with an Offshore Trust

In the United States, Suze Orman is a popular financial guru on public television. Typical of her advice: “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” One of the best ways to minimize the “what-ifs” and the worry that goes with them is with a trust. With an inventory of your possessions, a few hours’ planning, and the help of a good attorney, anyone with wealth and assets can create one and they are among the most fool-proof, iron-clad legal entities known to man. One popular trust form,...

Malta and Cypriot Citizenship Programme

The Mediterranean island of Malta has received over 700 applications under the citizenship by investment programme. It’s clearly not a numbers game but the numbers are nonetheless telling in their own right. The Malta Citizenship by investment programme pitches to the ultra-high net worth individual, whereby requiring a mixed contribution-investment ranging from €880k to €1.1m. The Malta Citizenship experience The Malta Citizenship by Investment programme or Individual Investor Programme offers citizenship within the European island of Malta after one year of sustained connections with Malta, concurrently with the maximum of 4 months’ processing time. Residency  This ‘residency’ test is less uncertain than one might...

Alternative strategies to holding subsidiaries through Liechtenstein companies

At the beginning of 2015 the scope of Liechtenstein company law was expanded with the introduction of the protected cell company (PCC), also known as the segregated portfolio company (SPC). This means that, when structuring their assets, economic players will in future have recourse to a legal entity which gives enhanced flexibility and legal certainty with regard to the allocation of liability. The PCC is not so much a new legal entity as a legal arrangement that allows additional organizational structures within existing legal entities. Normally you find this type of organization in the fund industry. It is already customary...

Helping Chinese Families Manage Their Wealth

Although China's economy is experiencing a slowdown amid global economic uncertainties, the number of Chinese super-wealthy is still increasing. There are over one million high net worth individuals in China and indications are that there is a clear trend among wealthy Chinese: their wealth is growing steadily; many send their children overseas for education; they are looking to move assets offshore and a growing number of them are willing to move overseas. As the trend for Chinese families to investment offshore gathers momentum they are looking overseas for financial solutions and many have adopted western-style tools such as trusts because...