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Switzerland has undergone and is still undergoing rapid and profound changes in order to safeguard and improve the country’s competitive tax and business environment. Dimitri M. Rotter and Catherine Morf report.
Switzerland’s lump-sum tax regime is a magnet for non-working foreigners. Peter Krummenacher, Partner at Henley & Partners, examines the components, history, and development of this sought-after system.
Dr. Ludovic C. Verbist reviews Switzerland’s position within international finance following a tumultuous period of activity in its banking and wealth management related sectors.
Anna Steward contemplates how the family office business in Switzerland is seeing a growing trend breaking away from banking/institutional family office platforms and towards independent single and multi-family offices.
Andrew McKenna reviews the latest developments in relation to the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility and observes individual disclosure facilities with the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.  He ponders where we are now with tax transparency.
Peter Vaines considers the UK/US tax credit position in light of the proposed UK statutory residence test. Furthermore, he touches on recent developments on tax credit relief and observes the UK/Switzerland agreement on taxation of money held in Swiss accounts by UK residents.
Andrew McKenna observes the UK/Switzerland agreement on taxation of money held in Swiss accounts by UK residents.
Jacques Leuba sheds some light on the state of Swiss banking developments and reveals some surprisingly good news for the defenders of financial privacy.
Switzerland has long been one of the most desirable places of residence worldwide. A well-planned strategy is necessary to execute a move to Switzerland. Dr. Peter Krummenacher presents indispensable guidelines for consideration before the first steps are taken.
Joy Godfrey explores the role Belize plays as a jurisdiction for Latin American wealth management. She demonstrates international trust structures involving Belize, outlines the benefits of its tax treaty network and reviews its foundation legislation. She offers her thoughts on where the jurisdiction is going in this new era of transparency and information exchange.
An examination of the approach of the UK-Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility as one possible remedy to the relentless pressure that Switzerland is receiving from its key European neighbours. Switzerland needs to find a way forward with its OECD partners in order to preserve the banking secrecy that so many families crave for non-tax confidentiality reasons.
Walter Stresemann scrutinises the various facets of the Swiss debate on the future of bank secrecy and the re-definitions of tax evasion. Furthermore, he ponders the “Rubik” proposal to introduce withholding taxes for foreign undeclared accounts.