IFS Consultants Ltd


IFS Consultants
14th Floor
33 Cavendish Square
United Kingdom


44 (0) 203 368 6968

Alternate Tel:

44 (0)7939 914837

About IFS Consultants Ltd

IFS is a boutique international tax practice based in central London specifically created to assist entrepreneurial clients with innovative long term commercial structures for their businesses.

Established in 1971 by Roy Saunders, IFS was initially geared towards entrepreneurs trying to extend their UK based businesses to the common market, now the European Union, in which at that time the UK was only a prospective member. An IFS office in London and Amsterdam catered for both their advisory and implementation needs in creating the appropriate structure for such expansion. In the 1980s, Roy opened offices in New York, Madrid, Jersey, Cyprus and the Netherlands Antilles to help US based clients expand their businesses to the developing markets outside of the US, as well as EU clients wanting to invest and develop businesses in the US. The 90s saw the development of Eastern Europe where IFS began to develop its significant client base in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and many other countries. And now with the growth of China, India and Africa on the international stage there is no dearth of potential markets which require IFS’s expertise.

IFS routinely provides advice in Corporate Transactions, Transfer Pricing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Structured Finance Deals, Royalty and IPR Transactions, Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds, International Real Estate, Changes of Personal Residence, Corporate Redomiciliation, Internationally Mobile Individuals, Taxation of Entertainers and Sportsmen and Global Employment Solutions.

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Tax Advisory Business & Tax Consultancy


Dmitry Zapol
Dmitry Zapol
Partner and International Tax Advisor
Giselle Peters
Giselle Peters
Director of Corporate Services and Administration


IFS Consultants, London

IFS Consultants, London

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IFS Consultants
14th Floor
33 Cavendish Square
United Kingdom

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Articles by IFS Consultants Ltd

What has Happened in the World of International Business Structuring since Lockdown on March 23rd

The IBSA’s global reach has been an unintended beneficiary of lockdown with a shift from our ‘physical’ meetings to our 30 minute weekly online discussion group meetings, our ‘Tuesday Club’. [...]
Date: 01 Jul 2020
Jurisdiction: Worldwide

There is no such thing as a No-Deal Brexit

The Brexit discussion meeting at Close Brothers Asset Management on Thursday, 30th May was a fascinating insight into the legal, political and economic consequences of Brexit. Despite my having chosen a date for this discussion some months ago, thinking that 30th May would be[...]
Date: 03 Jun 2019
Subjects: Brexit

The True Impact of BEPS on International Business Structures

In the last decade, OECD officials have recommended measures to combat tax avoidance, culminating first in the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) initiative in 2015 and then the MLI (Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS) effective[...]
Date: 28 May 2019

Changes in the world of Fund Management

The world of Fund structuring, management, regulation and compliance has been transformed in the last few years. The most recent announcement was on 5 February 2019 when the European Commission welcomed a political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member[...]
Date: 12 Mar 2019

Tax planning considerations for Tier 1 HNW migrants in the UK

The UK encourages foreign direct investments by granting high net worth individual investors and entrepreneurs the right to remain temporarily in its territory, with the associated tax benefits of the resident “non-dom” regime. Similar rights are extended to members of their[...]
Date: 12 Mar 2019
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

New Offshore Economic Substance Laws

Amidst the Brexit hullabaloo and Mr Trump’s usual inciting tweets, one would be excused not to pay much heed to the announcement of the new offshore economic substance requirements at the end of 2018. Yet the legislation passed in the Crown Dependencies — Jersey, Guernsey and[...]
Date: 08 Jan 2019

The IBSA 2018 Conference Summary

The following is a summary of the CosiPod IBSA annual conference, held at the Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge on 1st November 2018. It was a spectacular success, thanks to our expert speakers and delegate contributions, making this a truly memorable event. [...]
Date: 15 Nov 2018
Jurisdiction: Global

Taxation of Gifts Under UK Law

Taxation of gifts under UK law is complicated and rather counterintuitive. It throws many surprises at the parties participating in a gift arrangement, particularly, since it’s the person making a gift as opposed to the one receiving it, who may be liable for tax. This article[...]
Date: 29 Oct 2018
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Substance and the MLI

Lehman Brothers collapsed on 15 September 2008, and since that time there has been an unprecedented interest in protecting government budgets, with tax avoidance being as high on the agenda as bank capital adequacy. This may have heralded the start of the OECD project called[...]
Date: 27 Sep 2018

BREXIT – The End Result!

This article is my assessment of the reality of Brexit and the likely deal that will emanate from ridiculously long and protracted negotiations, the issues of which have mystified the public in the UK and the EU. [...]
Date: 08 Sep 2018
Subjects: Brexit

Structuring a Business in Today's Transparent World - A Discussion Group Meeting Summary

The theme of the meeting was to understand how business structures have been attacked by the OECD and other governmental bodies on the grounds that relevant entities have little or no substance behind them. Offshore companies, such as BVI companies, have typically been pulled[...]
Date: 09 Jul 2018

Trust, Capitalism and Tax – A summary of The Lord Mayor’s Tax Debates

I was invited to attend the Lord Mayor’s Tax Debates at Mansion House yesterday, 19 June 2018, as part of his Business of Trust agenda. The Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, opened the discussion by considering why there has been an extraordinary decline in public trust in business[...]
Date: 20 Jun 2018
Subjects: General principles

Tax Residence in the sun!

At a recent IBSA conference, advisers from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Switzerland and Dubai were vying with each other to demonstrate how their countries were offering better tax incentives than the UK’s non-domicile legislation - plus sunshine, or in the case of[...]
Date: 09 Oct 2017

Double Tax Treaty Denial and the BEPS Multilateral Instrument

The European branch of the IBSA held a well-attended meeting at the office of Buren NV in the Hague on Tuesday 3rd October, at which three speakers addressed the issue of double tax treaty denial and the multilateral instrument. The speakers were Roy Saunders, Chairman and[...]
Date: 09 Oct 2017

Beneficial Ownership in today’s world

Who really owns the right to income? And are they declaring it? These are the obvious two questions that tax authorities around the world want to ask. And a third question is, are intermediary entities within a group structure entitled to be separately treated as if they own the[...]
Date: 04 Jul 2017

UK Tax Primer for Entrepreneurial Clients

Advising a client is a two-way process. The client knows how to get to their end destination and our duty is to help them do this with the least tax leakage and in the most commercially sound way. Although every client is unique, inevitably after years of providing advice,[...]
Date: 08 Jun 2017
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

The Future World of International Tax

The IBSA held its first Transatlantic video conferencing meeting at the New York and London offices of Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) on Wednesday 15th March. It was a fascinating insight into how the US and UK are likely to evolve their tax systems in the coming years,[...]
Date: 17 Mar 2017

Residence Planning for Entrepreneurial Clients

Roy Saunders, IFS Consultants, opened the floor by introducing the audience to a case study that involved a wealthy family with business and investment activity worldwide and possibilities to choose any country as their home. He explained that the panel would describe advantages[...]
Date: 07 Mar 2017

Guiding the Development of SME Clients - Conference Summary

Many of you will be familiar with the Polycon case study, which I have often used to illustrate the issues involved in structuring the development of international companies. This was the basis of the recent IBSA annual conference at the Landmark hotel in London, and the issues[...]
Date: 01 Dec 2016

Debt v Equity and Notional interest deduction

In our October 2015 newsletter, we discussed the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project for which the OECD had just finalised their Action Points recommendations. Unlike EU’s legislation that has immediate effect when it becomes national law (which is obligatory for all[...]
Date: 01 Nov 2016

Developments in UK Real Estate Taxation in Recent Years

For decades, the UK has welcomed overseas investors with interests in residential and commercial properties with its benign tax regime. Admittedly there had been a few mildly irritating snags: an increasingly high stamp duty land tax (SDLT), unavoidable taxation of rental[...]
Date: 26 Sep 2016
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

The Business of an International Family Office

A family office is often found in the list of affluent lifestyle’s attributes together with a yacht, a jet and a Swiss boarding school tie. Yet on closer inspection, out of these and similar objets du désir a family office serves a much greater practical purpose — that of[...]
Date: 15 Jun 2016
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom


There are few areas of international tax planning which offer as much scope for creative structuring as the field of entertainment generally and also for our sporting heros. This article will summarise the principal considerations to be borne in mind when structuring[...]
Date: 05 May 2016