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The Amended EuVECA and EuSEF Regulations 

In Europe there are a couple of financial instruments little known to the general public, the European Venture Capital funds (EuVECA) and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF), with the aim of promoting investment in innovative start-ups and social enterprises[...]
Date: 09 Jul 2018
Jurisdiction: European Union

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

How Blockchain may Enhance Your Business - a Discussion Group Meeting Summary

Blockchain dominates the daily news and to understand a bit more about blockchain, the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) Middle East Chapter of Dubai held on 8th May 2018 at the Capital Club of the DIFC, a discussion group meeting to discuss this[...]
Date: 10 May 2018
Subjects: Blockchain

Taxing Tokens – A Swiss Perspective on the Taxation of Initial Coin Offerings and Blockchain-Based Tokens

In this article, the authors examine three different types of blockchain-based tokens being used to fund business endeavors, particularly the development of new technology, and consider how Switzerland’s existing tax laws apply to these new fundraising tools.

Date: 08 May 2018

Relationship Status and Related Legal Rights

As stated in a recent online article for a national newspaper ‘Statistics show that two thirds of cohabiting couples in England believe that they have automatic rights or the same rights as married couples/couples in a Civil Partnership, simply by virtue of the fact they live[...]
Date: 02 Mar 2018
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom


On 1 February 2018, the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) held a panel discussion on the current and future uses of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”), hosted at the offices of global law firm Squire Patton Boggs (UK)[...]
Date: 20 Feb 2018

Changes to Dutch dividend withholding tax as of 1 January 2018

Following a reform as per 1 January 2018 of Dutch tax law, dividend withholding tax (DWT) should now also be charged on profit distributions by holding cooperatives, but it also favorably extends an existing DWT exemption for qualifying recipients.[...]
Date: 14 Feb 2018
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Tax and Compliance Considerations when investing into Indonesia from Singapore

Things in Indonesia are booming. When I talk with those unfamiliar with Indonesia, they are often amazed. I maintain that Indonesia is one of the world’s best kept secrets. So many people do not even know that Bali is a part of Indonesia.[...]
Date: 14 Feb 2018
Jurisdiction: SingaporeIndonesia

SFC bans former Investment Counsellor for taking confidential client lists

The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) announced on 22 January 2018 that under section 196(1)(iii) of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (“SFO”) it has banned former DBS Bank employee Mr Chan Wai-Nun from re-entering the industry for a period of 6 months, on the grounds[...]
Date: 08 Feb 2018
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong