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The Bahamas Foundation – Truly a Hybrid Vehicle

By Timothy J. Colclough.  Historically, and when one thinks of estate / succession planning, creditor protection and ease of management of assets, the first “tool” that comes to mind is the tried and tested Trust. Regardless of which International Financial Centre (“IFC”) is chosen, the Trust has been the staple diet of a majority of practitioners for years, and will remain so for many years to come. However, the Trust is not a “one size fits all” solution. Indeed, and if a client feels uncomfortable with the trust concept it has been difficult to find another solution fitting the bill....
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Plan now, Protect later

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade”. In other words, life is a circle. A little baby becomes a teenager, who becomes an adult, who becomes a parent and the process continues. This Chinese proverb is at the heart of succession planning: creating a legacy to benefit future generations. Many people have accumulated substantial wealth with years of hard work and astute management. But history is rich with stories of many such individuals whose focus has been primarily on wealth creation but little to no focus on wealth preservation and succession...
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FAMILY OFFICE – Services for the individual needs of worldwide linked up families

BY ROGER FRICK.  An internationally located and worldwide active wealthy family searches Family Office services in countries, where, besides the political and economic stability, it experiences that kind of professionalism, which is necessary to build up mutual trust, often lasting for generations, as well as a relationship network, which guarantees its legal and planning security with reference to asset protection and succession planning. Furthermore, those families are in search of understanding and accompaniment while transferring the assets to the next generation and answers to its planning efforts with respect to provision for age and health. A professional Family Office renders...
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Why Incorporate your Offshore company in Seychelles with Us, La Poudrière Law & Consultancy Chambers (Pty) Ltd?

By La Poudriere LawThe Republic of Seychelles consists of 115 islands spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, covering a land area of about 455 km².These islands have an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km. It extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator .It is 4 hours forward of GMT. The Seychelles legal system is based mainly on the English Common Law, while the Civil Law stands on the French. Seychelles is economicallyandpolitically stable and is a member of diverse world organisations which include the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the African Union, the Commonwealth, the International...
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Island Hopping

By HarneysTime to incorporate a company where in the world to go? If you are investing into China or intending to list in Hong Kong then you will likely choose a BVI or Cayman company. Even with Hong Kong recent modernization of the law, our core jurisdictions offer investors certain corporate flexibility the boutique experience - that is unrivalled elsewhere. We offer significantly lower taxes, less onerous regulation and greater privacy than most Asian jurisdictions; the identity of shareholders and directors is not public. We impose no auditing or reporting requirements or foreign exchange restrictions. Companies may give financial assistance...
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MAURITIUS Your Platform into Africa

By Globalex ChambersMauritius is the number 1 place to do business in Africa according to the World Bank Doing Business Report and other reputable publications including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Best Countries for Business. Mauritius also ranked 1st in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance ever since its inception. The reasons behind the prominence of Mauritius as the place to do business are many-fold. Being in Mauritius is being in Africa! Mauritius is a member of major African regional organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the...
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Investments funds: Malta and Other EU Domiciles

Malta has experienced consistent growth in the funds sector since the jurisdiction's accession to the EU in 2004, such that today it is legitimate to consider the country as a mature, well-established domicile rather than an emerging one. In fact the jurisdiction now hosts around 700 funds pursuing a variety of strategies, as well as a complete ecosystem of support services providers such as fund administrators, law firms and audit firms. The sector has now evolved to the point where managers are not just using the country as a domicile for funds, but are also increasingly looking at the jurisdiction...
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Preserve Your Wealth with BVI

By Simon Filmer Trusts are an alien concept to many Chinese high net worth individuals but these structures represent an attractive option for a generation of entrepreneurs looking for succession planning solutions offshore. The prototype Chinese HNWI is first-generation wealthy - an entrepreneur who has built his fortune in recent years. He is also likely to be concerned about threats to his wealth, and for good reason. "Know your client" is common parlance in financial services:  It is generally used in the context of compliance, and involves obtaining sufficient knowledge and supporting documentation to ensure that individuals and companies are who they...