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New Zealand – ease of doing business

As the number of family offices continues to expand, so does the demand for a wide range of essential fiduciary services, including trusts and corporate management.  Given the escalating complexity of financial landscapes, there is a pressing need to diversify the structures in which assets are held. Among the most crucial options are trust structures, which provide a robust and secure framework for safeguarding family assets and facilitating their seamless transfer across generations. From a holistic point of view, the combination of various jurisdictions is important due to uncertainties, policy changes, and amendments of regulation. Working with private clients usually...

Contribution vs Real Estate: Which option is better for Caribbean Citizenship-by-Investment?

Updated for April 2023 by Esmeralda Montes, NTL Trust In my role as a Client Advisor, nearly every day, new prospects seeking a second passport from a Caribbean country reach out to me. More often or not, they start the conversation with one key question. They see the various Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIP) and the types of investments that qualify for CBI and ask: Which Option is Better? Property investment makes sense to most clients as they mostly already own property in various countries. Initially, therefore,  they seem surprised as to why there is a "donation" to a...

Embracing Evolution: How Antigua and Barbuda’s usage of digital currency and strong political leadership are addressing the challenges posed by banking’s de-risking.

                By Patrick Peters CEO, ClientReferrals.com Ltd    As an immigration professional or applicant, if you     have ever dealt with the Caribbean  Citizenship by     Investment Programs (CIPs), you have most likely     experienced delays in transferring funds to these       countries.    The root cause of these wire transfer delays in   smaller     economies is “de-risking”, which   is defined by the US Department of State as “the   phenomenon of financial institutions terminating or   restricting business relationships with clients or   categories of clients to avoid, rather than manage,   risk.”     Simply put, the risk...

Portuguese Fund Immigrants in China

By Michael Wolf Chinese mainland's immigration history has more than 30 years, in the past time, the Chinese mainland has been the world's largest immigration exporter, currently all the popular in the market immigration projects in China, many projects, Portugal golden residence visa 5.6 billion euros worldwide, and contributed 5.6 billion euros is Chinese mainland once promote Portuguese gold visa nearly 300 channel institutions, the gold residence became the highest investment immigration project after EB5. In 2020, a COVID-19 outbreak completely disrupted the entire investment immigration industry ecosystem. Most CBI/RBI projects have substantial market share, Despite security issues and travel...

Permanent Residency in Cyprus

By Evis Hadjipetrou   Your “insurance policy” for the future   The Cyprus PR program offers non-EU nationals guaranteed permanent residency within 2 months with a single, secure, real estate investment of €300,000. It applies to the investor, their spouse dependent children up to age 25, and the parents of the applicant and spouse.    Permanent residency status means that your family has the right to live freely in Cyprus or continue to live in your home country and just use the permit whenever you need it.      Permit holders also have the right to own a business in...

Cayman Islands - The New Regulatory Regime for Private Funds

The Private Funds Law, 2020 (the "Law") came into force on 7th February 2020 and introduced a requirement for the registration of closed-ended funds (typically, investment funds which do not grant investors with a right or entitlement to withdraw or redeem their shares or interests from the fund upon notice) with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority ("CIMA"). The Law refers to these closed-ended funds as “Private Funds”. Mutual funds (e.g. open-ended hedge funds) are not caught by the Law and continue to be regulated by the Mutual Funds Law (2020 Revision) as amended. Accordingly, there is now a regulatory regime...