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Since 2007, it has been possible in BVI to establish a Private Trust Company (“PTC”) which may act as trustee of trusts without the need to obtain a BVI trust licence as long as certain conditions are...more
The Virgin Islands Special Trusts Act (“VISTA”) came into force on 1 March 2004 and was introduced in order to allow a shareholder to establish a BVI trust over a BVI company which disengages the trustee from...more
Beginning on December 31, 2013, the qualified intermediary (QI), withholding foreign partnership (WP), and withholding foreign trusts (WT) will be subject to the requirements of a foreign financial institution (FFI). As a...more
International buyers invested $82.5 billion in U.S. residential real estate (4.8% of total U.S. sales) according to the most recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the 12 month period ending with...more
To insulate the ultimate individual owners from U.S. estate taxes, nonresident aliens often hold U.S. real property in a U.S. corporation, which corporation is owned by a foreign corporation. The foreign corporation is owned...more
The institution of the trust, a creature of the English Court of Equity, evolved deep in the bosom of the Anglo-American legal tradition. France, a civil jurisdiction, lacks a legal institution that is truly comparable. Her...more
It has long been popular for high net-worth people who are not domiciled in the United Kingdom (“non-doms”) to form an offshore company, often in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”), for the purposes of holding property in the...more
A. Overview -
Part I of this series focused on the impact of impending tax increases following the Presidential Election for corporate executives and salaried professionals. Part II of the series will focus on...more
The great English legal scholar, Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), saw the trust as “an ‘institute’ of great elasticity and generality; as elastic, as general as contract.” It is hard to disagree. Most mutual funds are...more
A recent U.S. Tax Court case provides a road map to minimize estate tax liability. In Wandry v. Commissioner the Tax Court held that a gift of an interest in a closely held business that was defined by dollar amount rather...more
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the taxpayers’ appeal in Fundy Settlement (also known as Garron or St. Michael Trust Corp.), deciding on April 12, 2012 that the relevant trusts were resident in Canada rather than...more
Originally published in ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS - February 2012.
Historically, setting up private trusts offshore has been a preferred vehicle for Asia’s wealthy families and individuals to manage their assets as they crave...more
One of the great attractions of the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) as a jurisdiction for structuring finance transactions is the simple yet thorough security registration regime applicable to BVI companies....more
Conducting due diligence is a key aspect of any transaction, international or otherwise. Attorneys working on transactions conducted in Mexico or that involve Mexican entities ought to be aware of registration and...more
Many taxpayer’s have interests in offshore business that they acquired through inheritance or gift. Often these interests are purely passive, in that the U.S. taxpayer does not take an active role in management but instead...more
The issue of confidentiality in offshore financial centres is high on the agenda in the financial press. Whether it is banking secrecy or the disclosure requirements governing the establishment of offshore companies and...more
Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act one year ago to reduce or eliminate the risks that led to the financial crisis. Today, there is growing concern that the laser-like focus on risk reduction was not properly balanced by an...more
CONTENTS - Vol. 6 No. 1
Foreign Bank Account Reporting Update – Final FBAR Regulations and New 2011 Offshore Account Voluntary Disclosure Program . . . . . . 1
New Foreign Reporting under the Foreign Account Tax...more
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