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April 8, 2016

The scandal over offshore investments is not set to influence the investment decisions of family offices, experts say, although reputational risk is a key consideration.

The Panama Papers revelations are unlikely to influence the decisions that ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families make over their finances, according to a leading specialist.

There are only likely to be “very, very limited” effects on how family offices operate, said Sascha Klamp, managing director and chief investment officer of London-based CITE Investments.

July 10, 2015

UK government proposals to abolish permanent non-domiciled status and reduce the status timeframe to 15 years could lead to “a mass exodus of older money”, a private client lawyer predicts.

UK government proposals to abolish permanent non-domiciled status and reduce the status timeframe to 15 years could lead to “a mass exodus of older money”, a private client lawyer predicts.

Ashley King-Christopher, private wealth and family office partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said the change to the non-domiciled status was “a surprise that is going to be unhelpful for older money”.

However he added that corporation tax changes could boost the attractiveness of London as a family office centre.

September 29, 2014

Offshore wealth booked across borders reached new heights in 2014. See here the sites and sources of offshore wealth and where it sits in the scheme of global private wealth

Offshore wealth booked across borders reached new heights in 2014. See here the sites and sources of offshore wealth and where it sits in the scheme of global private wealth

August 14, 2014

Since the global financial crisis struck in 2008, offshore financial centres (OFCs) have come under sustained attack. As the world’s leading economies struggled to balance their books in the face of massive declines in tax revenue, the lowest fruit was seen to be hanging from the offshore tree.

Since the global financial crisis struck in 2008, offshore financial centres (OFCs) have come under sustained attack. As the world’s leading economies struggled to balance their books in the face of massive declines in tax revenue, the lowest fruit was seen to be hanging from the offshore tree. Estimates of the scale of offshore deposits vary wildly, from Boston Consulting Group’s $8.9 trillion (€6.5 trillion) to Tax Justice Network’s $21 trillion – but clearly it is a very enticing crop.

May 14, 2014

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

October 24, 2013

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

According to the Global Opportunities report, released by BDO this week, the UK has the next most appealing tax regime, followed by Monaco.

The report said an entrepreneur should be looking primarily for tax benefits on dividends taken from their personal company, or capital gains realised on the sale of a company.

March 21, 2013

Cuts to corporation tax and a £2,000 (€2,300) allowance towards employer national insurance contributions are among the measures most likely to affect family businesses in the latest UK budget. 

Cuts to corporation tax and a £2,000 (€2,300) allowance towards employer national insurance contributions are among the measures most likely to affect family businesses in the latest UK budget.

George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, announced corporation tax would be reduced to 20% from April 2015 – making the UK tax system "one of the most competitive in the G20", according to the UK's coalition government.

November 7, 2012

Italy’s Marzotto family, the former owner of Valentino Fashion Group, has made headlines for alleged tax evasion during the sale of the clothing company in 2007.

Italy’s Marzotto family, the former owner of Valentino Fashion Group, has made headlines for alleged tax evasion during the sale of the clothing company in 2007.

The country’s police have reportedly confiscated assets worth €65 million, including a 15th century castle, owned by the Marzottos.

According to the police in Milan, the family made profits of around €200 million following the sale of its stake in Valentino but did not pay any tax on the gains.

July 23, 2012

The rich and their families are hiding more than $21 trillion (€17.36 trillion) in offshore tax havens, equivalent to around $250 billion in lost tax revenues for governments, according to a report released on Sunday.

The rich and their families are hiding more than $21 trillion (€17.36 trillion) in offshore tax havens, equivalent to around $250 billion in lost tax revenues for governments, according to a report released on Sunday.

Conducted for the Tax Justice Network, a pressure group that campaigns against tax havens, the study drew on data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements and national treasuries.

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