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October 28, 2020

Families have accelerated their wealth transfers to their next generation before a possible victory by Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

Families have accelerated their wealth transfers to their next generation before a possible victory by Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

However, families should only consider how much and how to give away funds as part of their longer term multigenerational goals and if they could afford it, warned TwinFocus, a Boston and London based multi family office.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

October 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has hit public finances like a war. Across the world governments have scrambled to offset the economic and social impact of the virus. Huge, and necessary, rises in public spending have pushed government deficits to levels not seen since the two world wars of the 20th century.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit public finances like a war. Across the world governments have scrambled to offset the economic and social impact of the virus. Huge, and necessary, rises in public spending have pushed government deficits to levels not seen since the two world wars of the 20th century.

The numbers are enormous: UK government debt now tops £2 trillion (1). whilst the US owes an eye watering $26 trillion (2). The picture is similar across Europe with many other countries also seeing debt/GDP ratios rising to over 100% (3).

October 7, 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

What the new powers mean

June 9, 2020

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

The appeal of English Courts

June 8, 2020

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

May 26, 2020

Family offices increasingly have to navigate the complexities of cross-border legal issues: a necessary side-effect of globalisation. The family office will consequently need advisers on issues such as tax, estate planning and regulation that covers all countries in the mix, and advice on succession planning is increasingly featuring high up on the family office to-do list.

Family offices increasingly have to navigate the complexities of cross-border legal issues: a necessary side-effect of globalisation. The family office will consequently need advisers on issues such as tax, estate planning and regulation that covers all countries in the mix, and advice on succession planning is increasingly featuring high up on the family office to-do list.

April 24, 2020

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

Shareholdings

March 10, 2020

In late February, news broke that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set up a new team to investigate the use of Family Investment Companies (FICS) with a focus on Inheritance Tax (IHT).

In late February, news broke that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set up a new team to investigate the use of Family Investment Companies (FICS) with a focus on Inheritance Tax (IHT).

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