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July 29, 2019

Tax department clarifies Cyprus 60-day rule for nominee directors

Effective as of 1 January, 2017, the so-called “60 day rule” for the purposes of establishing Cyprus tax residency for individuals is of importance to those seeking Cypriot residency.

Under the rule, individuals are considered tax residents of Cyprus and benefit from the island’s tax regime if they:

• Reside in Cyprus for a period of 60 days

• Do not reside in any other single country for a period exceeding 183 days in total

• Are not tax resident in any other country

May 20, 2019

Ethically minded, technology savvy and eager to make a positive impact—the next generation are driving family offices’ movement into sustainable and impact investing. But are the expectation of returns realistic or are families just following a trend?

Sustainable and impact investing continue to be attractive for family offices and are among the fastest growing areas in the average family office investment portfolio. But uncertainty persists for many interested in the asset class, with fewer expert advisers compared to more traditional classes. 

Family offices increased their foray into sustainable investing over the past 12 months, with more than one-third (38%) now engaged in the practice, according to The Global Office Family Report 2018 (GFOR). 

February 11, 2019

William Herbert, the 18th Earl of Pembroke, may have his family’s Palladian mansion Wilton House decorated with van Dycks and Rembrandts, but the collection closest to heart is parked in his converted coach house. Lord Pembroke shares with James Beech his practical insights on owning and running classic cars as passion investments.

William Herbert, the 18th Earl of Pembroke, may have his family’s Palladian mansion Wilton House decorated with van Dycks and Rembrandts, but the collection closest to heart is parked in his converted coach house. Lord Pembroke shares with James Beech his practical insights on owning and running classic cars as passion investments.

Lord Pembroke inherited his love of motor cars from his great-grandfather, Arthur Wignall Tate, the grandson of Sir Henry, the sugar merchant and philanthropic founder of the Tate gallery.

January 15, 2019

How the Greek legislation regulates short-term rentals of real estate property within the so-called framework of “sharing economy”.

The Greek legislation regulates short-term rentals of real estate property within the so-called framework of “sharing economy” (through digital platforms like Airbnb) in the article 111 of Law 4446/2016, as amended and in force.

Important definitions

A sharing economy is considered to be any model where digital platforms create an open market for the temporary use of goods or services that are often provided by individuals.

January 14, 2019

Classic cars are in the fast lane of luxury assets, but what are the nuts and bolts of collecting to consider? James Beech is in the driving seat

Classic cars are in the fast lane of luxury assets, but what are the nuts and bolts of collecting to consider? James Beech is in the driving seat

Each year East London’s vast ExCel centre is overrun by more than 40,000 discerning owners, collectors, experts, and enthusiasts who flood the events space on the banks of the River Thames for the London Classic Car Show. Hidden among the masses, passion investors from global multigenerational family businesses are hard to spot, but they are here.

January 8, 2019

India’s traditionally cautious investors are using family offices to diversify their allocations into riskier assets and face disruption head on. James Beechreports

Locally orientated, ‘risk lite’, with a strong preservation ethic. This has been the traditional profile of Indian family investments, dominated by senior wealth holders with a preference for safe and steady assets. Fuelled by operating businesses where any profits have been funnelled back into the business, diversification has traditionally meant investing in subsidiaries of the family business or real estate, rather than new asset classes. Yet could a new breed of family investors with a desire to professionalise private investment be set to break this mould?

January 7, 2019

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

December 18, 2018

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Specifically, a second test was added in addition to the 183 day rule for individuals who do not spend more than 183 days in Cyprus or another jurisdiction. As per the new test, all of the following three criteria should be met for an individual to be considered a Cyprus tax resident:

• Remains in Cyprus for at least 60 days in the year of assessment

November 19, 2018

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. 

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. In 2014, Hong Kong real estate moguls Ronnie and Gerald Chan hit western headlines when they pledged a $350 million gift to Harvard University through their charitable foundation—the largest in the institution’s history. In its 2016 study on philanthropy, BNP Paribas said that 27% of high net worth Asians planned to leave at least a third of their fortune to charity.

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