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Tax and Jurisdictions

May 1, 2004

Given the extent of tax changes proposed under the UK’s latest budget, how can high net worth individuals at the helm of family businesses best manage their wealth in a changing tax landscape?

Matt Pitcher is a financial consultant at Towry Law.

Given the extent of tax changes proposed under the UK's latest budget, how can high net worth individuals at the helm of family businesses best manage their wealth in a changing tax landscape?

May 1, 2004

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg are partners of Tax Partner AG.

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

As confirmed in recent polls, Switzerland has a very high standard of living in the international context. Switzerland also offers a range of special and favourable tax rules for both individuals and corporations. This is all part of the special Swiss lifestyle. But what about cigars?

March 1, 2004

So called international financial service centres are no longer the preserve of large corporations but have emerged as a highly credible arena for fiscally prudent family businesses

Ludovic C Verbist is Managing Director of AAMIL Ltd, a corporate financial services provider (www.aamil.com).

So called international financial service centres are no longer the preserve of large corporations but have emerged as a highly credible arena for fiscally prudent family businesses

March 1, 2004

More and more heirs to small family businesses will find themselves forced to sell those businesses to pay estate taxes, a new report from the Heritage Foundation suggests.

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

More and more heirs to small family businesses will find themselves forced to sell those businesses to pay estate taxes, a new report from the Heritage Foundation suggests. The estate tax exemption – the amount below which estates are not taxed – has not changed since 2001, when it was set at US$675,000. And $675,000 "does not a rich man make in 2004," says Gary Robbins, a visiting fellow in Heritage's Center for Data Analysis.

March 1, 2004

Family businesses which pass premises down between generations could be caught in Britain’s plans to close loopholes in the inheritance tax regime, say experts familiar with the Labour government’s new budget proposals.

Family businesses which pass premises down between generations could be caught in Britain's plans to close loopholes in the inheritance tax regime, say experts familiar with the Labour government's new budget proposals.

"To date, most people's attention has been focused on the impact the government's plans will have on gifts between spouses such as a share in the marital home," said Richard Kirby, a partner at City law firm Speechly Bircham.

September 1, 2003

Lausanne is widely acknowledged to be the family business capital of the world. With two major educational centres located there, IMD and the FBN, family businesses can feel assured that their educational and networking needs will all be met

Barbara Murray is Executive Director, the Family Business Network.
Joachim Schwass is Director, the IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Family Business Center.
John Ward is the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Switzerland).

Lausanne is widely acknowledged to be the family business capital of the world. With two major educational centres located there, IMD and the FBN, family businesses can feel assured that their educational and networking needs will all be met

September 1, 2003

Through its ongoing research surveys, Grant Thornton has examined family businesses in 26 countries around the world, exploring their views and concerns and providing a snapshot of over 8,700 business owners worldwide.

Carlo Marelli has been a member of the board and CEO of an internationally operating family business in Switzerland for many years and has gained extensive experience and knowledge, becoming a specialist in dealing with the specific issues that face family businesses.

June 1, 2003

In order to safeguard your assets, estate planning should be actioned early and on a regular basis. There are seven key stages of planning and they can be well illustrated by Jaques’ famous speech describing the Seven Ages of Man

Ian Macdonald is a lawyer with Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie, Solicitors, in Glasgow, Scotland specialising in tax, trusts and estate planning.

In order to safeguard your assets, estate planning should be actioned early and on a regular basis. There are seven key stages of planning and they can be well illustrated by Jaques' famous speech describing the Seven Ages of Man

"All the world's a stage… and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."

June 1, 2003

The South African economy is growing despite difficult global conditions. Business owners are confident to own their own business, and optimism and expectations are high

Tony Balshaw is National Partner-in-Charge, PRIMA Family Controlled Companies consulting division, Grant Thornton South Africa.

The South African economy is growing despite difficult global conditions. Business owners are confident to own their own business, and optimism and expectations are high

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