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July 7, 2010

L'Oreal heiress and France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt is accused of paying president Sarkozy’s government €150,000 during the 2007 elections.

L'Oreal heiress and France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt (pictured) is accused of paying president Sarkozy's government €150,000 during the 2007 elections.

The allegations come from Bettencourt's former accountant Claire Thibout in an interview with French news website Mediapart.

The interview claims that Bettencourt's financial advisor Patrice de Maistre gave French Labour Minister Eric Woerth a €150,000 donation. The accusation is severe as an individual political donation cannot exceed €7,500 a year under French law.

June 28, 2010

The latest edition of Campden FO, the magazine dedicated to the global family office community, is now available. There are two areas of focus to this issue: tax and family offices in Asia.

The latest edition of Campden FO, the magazine dedicated to the global family office community, is now available. There are two areas of focus to this issue: tax and family offices in Asia. Click here to go straight to the issue.

June 18, 2010

Wealthy families around the world may appear to be facing a barrage of tax increases, but there is positive news if you look carefully, writes Selwyn Parker.

Wealthy families around the world may appear to be facing a barrage of tax increases, but there is positive news if you look carefully, writes Selwyn Parker.

June 18, 2010

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

June 18, 2010

The ability to tax plan and tax mitigate is now treated almost as the divine right of the wealthy, but in our straightened times is this attitude any longer morally defensible, assuming it ever was?

The ability to tax plan and tax mitigate is now treated almost as the divine right of the wealthy, but in our straightened times is this attitude any longer morally defensible, assuming it ever was? Equally, Governments are ill advised to impose excessive taxation on such a group which is largely mobile, certainly creative and undoubtedly wealth creating. How can this dilemma be reconciled?

March 8, 2010

What do family offices in London, New York and Manama (Bahrain) have in common? As our family ties section shows while they have different pieces of advice to offer, they all cite the regulatory environment and consequent tax implications as their biggest challenge over the next 12 months

What do family offices in London, New York and Manama (Bahrain) have in common? As our family ties section shows while they have different pieces of advice to offer, they all cite the regulatory environment and consequent tax implications as their biggest challenge over the next 12 months. (Click here to read the article)

February 2, 2010

Turkey’s Dogan family, owners of one of the country's biggest conglomerates, has won a small victory after a court revoked part of a huge set of tax fines against the media arm of its empire.

Turkey's Dogan family, owners of one of the country's biggest conglomerates, has won a small victory after a court revoked part of a huge set of tax fines against the media arm of its empire.
 
Tax inspectors alleged that Dogan Yayin Holding AS had falsified the sale date of a 25% stake in the group's TV unit to Axel Springer AG of Germany. The court has now cancelled a fine worth 772.5 million Turkish lire ($516 million).
 

August 14, 2009

Italian tax authorities are investigating the Agnelli family, owners of the car manufacturers Fiat, after allegations were made that Gianni Agnelli, the late Fiat chairman, hid €1 billion of undeclared assets in Swiss bank accounts.

Italian tax authorities are investigating the Agnelli family, owners of the car manufacturers Fiat, after allegations were made that Gianni Agnelli, the late Fiat chairman, hid €1 billion of undeclared assets in Swiss bank accounts.

July 23, 2009

Tax is never far from the headlines in an average year, but it has demanded particular attention in 2009. Conscientious wealthy families and their family offices have been reassessing their tax arrangements in light of this hiatus of activity. However, it is important to remember that tax planning is much more than a simple financial calculation.

Tax is never far from the headlines in an average year, but it has demanded particular attention in 2009, writes Hakan Hillerstrom. The worldwide recession has reduced the income of all the world's economies as tax receipts from business profits, personal income, wealth tax and VAT have fallen away. Many governments have reacted by aggressively reducing interest rates and making sure that central banks pump money into the system to get the banking system to work again.

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