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The Company Life Cycle

  I believe it is mainly a question of culture. Company longevity requires thinking beyond short term profit. It requires not having profit as your main driver. The western business model aims for short to medium term gain. The trap here is that the number of years considered as making up a short term or […]

Residence & Citizenship

The rise of the middle-class population worldwide underpins the increase in high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) worldwide. Residence…

Family Company Transition

This week’s edition to my “How to…” series of articles where I share some tips with SME entrepreneurs, focuses on family business transition. It is interesting to note that, notwithstanding family businesses are so important to a country’s economy and as custodians of values, less than …

The Question of Economic Substance

The generic rationale for establishing a company or branch in another country would be that the business needs to conduct economic activity in that other country and hence the presence. Proving ‘economic substance’ or, in other words, that economic activity is actually taking place, should not therefore be problematic. We should note that it is […]

Running a Family Business

This week’s edition to my “How to…” series of articles focuses on family owned and run businesses. A report by EY from 2014 shows that 85% of all companies in Europe are family owned. These companies combined generate 70% of Europe’s GDP and employ 60% of Europe’s workforce – a staggering …

Compliance Over-Regulation

  No discussion on corporate or tax matters is complete without delving into the impact that compliance is having on professional work. I will start the discussion by going through the various types of compliance that the average professional or firm working in the financial services industry has to contend with. I will just highlight […]

Setting up a Company

This is a follow up to my “How to…” series of articles, where I share some important tips for entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a new business. When it comes to setting up a corporate vehicle to house your business activity, the Limited Liability Company structure is …

Tax Planning – Running the Gauntlet of Morality

I have just been reading some excellent articles on the perils that surround tax planning in the Spring 2015 edition of the IFC Economic Report and the topic certainly hit a nerve. I will plough into this debate by also adding my concerns about this state of affairs. Nobody said it better than Judge Learned […]

Managing Company Tax

This is a follow up to my “How to…” series of articles, where I share some important tips for entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a new business. Now, assuming that you have finalised and written your Business Plan, it is time to consider one of the major costs of running a business: Company Tax

Writing a Business Plan

This is a follow-up to my “How to…” series of articles, where I share some important tips for entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a new business. Now that you, as a SME entrepreneur, have considered the 8 key steps to starting your own business, it’s time to consider your Business Plan. It goes …

Starting a Business

This is the first post for my “How to…” series of articles, where I will be sharing some important tips for SME entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a business. You have heard about how the founders of successful companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber started off with a visionary idea and …

Global Residence & Citizenship

The rise of the middleclass population has been the platform for the increase of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) worldwide. These successful individuals and their families are increasingly looking at becoming resident or obtaining citizenship in more than one nation. This decision may be forced upon them by events in their […]

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