The IBSA UK Branch has great pleasure in inviting you to join Fiona Cross of Simmons Gainsford, Will Hobbs of Barclays Wealth Management and Edward Stone of Womble Bond Dickinson for a discussion group meeting on how the UK could become a powerhouse for international business structuring, creating a tiger economy on the lines of Singapore, Hong Kong and similar international centres.
Boris Johnson has raised the need for the UK to build a fantastic infrastructure of transport, broadband and new technology concepts along with major investment into education and, of course, the NHS. It is clear that the UK will need to attract foreign investment to achieve these goals, which may require a major change in tax law as well as the non-adherence to many of the current regulatory restrictions affecting international trade. Our expert speakers will discuss the current range of incentives available, compared with many other major European countries, including R & D initiatives, intellectual property taxation, the UK’s participation exemption regime and investment tax credits. They will also consider the current and future benefits that can be enjoyed by entrepreneurs using the UK as their base of operation, and the economic opportunities and potential problems in achieving the goal of a tiger economy.
Networking drinks will follow the discussion and offers the opportunity to meet fellow members and their guests. This event is free to IBSA members and invited guests.
This event carries 1.5 hrs of CPD accreditation.
The IBSA holds regular global discussion group meetings, providing our members with knowledge on a variety of topics fundamentally important to entrepreneurs and all aspects of business structuring.
We welcome first time guests who have not previously been to an IBSA event. After that, we invite you to join the Association, to attend future events and to take advantage of all membership benefits.
William Hobbs joined Barclays in October 2005, working in the Equity Research team, covering the global consumer sector. He then moved into the Investment Strategy team running global equity strategy for the EMEA division. After four years as Head of Investment Strategy, he was made Chief Investment Officer for Barclays Investment Solutions in January 2019.
William is a fellow of the Securities Institute and has close to 20 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has a Masters in international business and economic development at Birkbeck, University of London and is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst. He is a frequent contributor of economic and capital market’s insight to Bloomberg, CNBC and various other media outlets.
Fiona is a partner at Simmons Gainsford LLP and a Chartered Tax Adviser. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience, including advising on corporate reorganisation, acquisitions and disposals, companies seeking investor funding (including SEIS/EIS investor tax relief), employee share schemes, (including EMI), and R&D tax credits.
She also specialises in international tax issues for both foreign companies coming into the UK and Europe, and for UK companies expanding overseas, including transfer pricing, permanent establishments and withholding tax issues and double taxes.
Edward has over 20 years' experience advising high net worth individuals, their families, trustees and family offices on cross-jurisdictional asset structuring and international tax, wealth and succession planning. With a unique blend of expertise from having worked both offshore and onshore, in common and civil law jurisdictions and on contentious and non-contentious matters, Edward is recognised for taking a creative approach to wealth structuring, for having particular expertise in the establishment of fiduciary structures and related fiduciary and governance issues.
Simmons Gainsford is a UK top 50 chartered accountancy and advisory firm with its Head Office in Central London, and an office in Sussex.
We work with businesses and individuals seeking financial success and security. Our skills and experience allow us to deliver bespoke service packages to meet the complex challenges of all clients.
Simmons Gainsford also has an office in Gibraltar, with dedicated teams covering the Far East, Russia, Eastern Europe and Ireland and our membership of PrimeGlobal, one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world, we also provide an exceptional service to international clients.