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Tax and Jurisdictions

Most ultra-high net worth individuals and members of family businesses and offices are unlikely to be affected by the new tax agreement between the UK and Switzerland, which aims to tackle offshore tax evasion, despite reports to the contrary, according to a top London lawyer.

Most ultra-high net worth individuals and members of family businesses and offices are unlikely to be affected by the new tax agreement between the UK and Switzerland, which aims to tackle offshore tax evasion, despite reports to the contrary, according to a top London lawyer. 

Switzerland may have renewed its reputation as a safe haven for investors in the last few years, but rich Asians are increasingly keeping their money in local financial institutions as the Alpine nation’s appeal as an offshore centre diminishes for these investors.

Switzerland may have renewed its reputation as a safe haven for investors in the last few years, but rich Asians are increasingly keeping their money in local financial institutions as the Alpine nation’s appeal as an offshore centre diminishes for these investors.

In the days before air travel and telecommunications shrank the planet, members of wealthy families used to live within close range both of each other and the source of their wealth. It was therefore the residence of the patriarch or other key family members that determined the location of the family office.

In the days before air travel and telecommunications shrank the planet, members of wealthy families used to live within close range both of each other and the source of their wealth. It was therefore the residence of the patriarch or other key family members that determined the location of the family office. Today, the opposite holds true. 

The family behind Spain’s banking group Banco Santander has denied wrongdoing after being accused of alleged tax fraud by the country’s national court.

The family behind Spain’s banking group Banco Santander has denied wrongdoing after being accused of alleged tax fraud by the country’s national court. 

Law firm Speechly Bircham is opening new offices in Luxembourg and Zurich, in a move to take advantage of the growing number of family office and ultra-high net worth clients on the Continent.

Law firm Speechly Bircham is opening new offices in Luxembourg and Zurich, in a move to take advantage of the growing number of family office and ultra-high net worth clients on the Continent.