Hong Kong
Is Midshore the New Offshore?
  As offshore financial centres come under increasing pressure, their counterparts in Asia offer a compelling alternative. (03/09/2019)
Offshore: The Leaders, the Trends and the Opportunities
  Dan Wise looks at why certain IFCs prosper. He discusses regulation and investment opportunities, and opines on the implementation of public registers of beneficial ownership in the British Overseas Territories. (01/09/2018)
An Offshore Perspective on Hong Kong and Shanghai: Rivals or Partners?
  A look at recent trends in the bonds and funds markets to illustrate how cities such as Hong Kong and Shanghai may benefit from the use of offshore structures. (31/12/2017)
Increased Transparency at Heart of Hong Kong Regulatory Changes
  Hong Kong has continued to maintain its status as a leading financial centre throughout 2016 and into 2017, and there have been a number of regulatory developments since last year's edition of the IFC Review. (18/09/2017)
Investment Migration Programs: An Attractive Option in the Age of Fiscal Transparency
  Wealthy individuals are becoming increasingly interested in investment migration programs amid growing security concerns over the automatic exchange of information under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). (03/09/2017)
Hong Kong: A Leading Financial Centre
  Hong Kong maintains its place as a leading financial centre and continues to adapt to market conditions with new regulatory and legislative developments. (01/10/2016)
Hong Kong: Regulatory Developments Picking Up Pace
  Gavin Cummings considers recent regulatory developments in Hong Kong and how they are strengthening Hong Kong's regulatory framework. (16/06/2015)
Asia: Tax & Trust Developments Taking Center Stage
  Michael Olesnicky considers the effect recent developments such as the exchange of information and AML regulation have taken on Asian IFCs over the past 12 months. (02/06/2015)
Hong Kong: A Stepping Stone into Asia
  With Asia one of the leading destinations for the world's capital, John Melia examines the use of Hong Kong for facilitating investments. (01/04/2015)
Succession and an Alternative to the Trust
  With many clients unfamiliar with the concept of a trust structure, Michael Gagie examines the wide range of alternatives available for Asian clients. (01/04/2015)
Asia – A Maturing Market Place
  Odd Haavik considers whether there is still aflow of wealth to the East and examines how the move towards automatic exchange of information has impacted the region. (01/04/2015)
Asian IFCs: More Than a Tax Play
  In an exclusive article from the latest edition of the IFC Economic Report, Stephen Banfield states that there is much more to Asian IFCs than simple tax efficient structures. (01/03/2015)
An Asian Welcome for Offshore
  Frances Woo examines how Asian financial centres have gone from strength to strength in recent years through facilitating global trade and investment. (01/05/2014)
Hong Kong – Setting the Regulatory Standard
  With Hong Kong well known for it's innovative products and services, Susan Gordon examines how Hong Kong is setting the regulatory standard for other IFCs to follow. (01/05/2014)
Chinese Incorporation for Institutional Arbitrage and Access to Finance
  With the triad of the BVI, Cayman Islands & Hong Kong dominating outward foreign direct investment from China, Dylan Sutherland, Hinrich Voss & Peter J Buckley investigate the reasons behind this trend. (01/04/2014)
Enforcing BVI Equitable Share Mortgages in Asia – Receivership
  With BVI companies commonplace in Asia, Robert Foote and Faye Griffiths examine the use of equitable share morgages in the region. (01/03/2014)
IPO Resurgence in Hong Kong
  Richard Grasby and Richard Spooner provide insightful case studies into the inner workings of setting up IPOs in Hong Kong. (01/03/2014)
Hong Kong Financial Reform – Viva La Resolutión!
  With inevitable change on the horizon, Alan Ewins examines Hong Kong's progress in taking the initiative in implementing financial reform. (01/03/2014)
Challenges for Wealth Structuring in Asia - and a Potential Solution
  With the unique needs of Asian clients comes unique structures designed to cater to their needs, Paul Christopher, Mourant Ozannes examines the exciting structures available to Asian clients. (01/03/2014)
IFC Economic Report – Q&A with Dr Angelo M Venardos
  The IFC Economic Report speaks to Dr Angelo M Venardos, Heritage Trust Group in our Asia Outlook feature. (01/06/2013)
The Regulatory Hydra: Larger Issues for Asian PWM in the Year of the Snake
  Alan Ewins discusses the ever growing list of regulatory changes to the financial services industry in Hong Kong, and pieces together the key issues effecting Asian finance centres. (01/05/2013)
Hong Kong: Legislative and Regulatory Update 2013
  Debbie Annells examines recent legislative changes to Hong Kong’s tax regime, providing examples of why Hong Kong continues to thrive despite the uncertain conditions of the worldwide economy. (01/02/2013)
Hong Kong: Compliance Clarity on Sales of Investment Products
  Lam Wing Wo examines the regulatory requirements in Hong Kong affecting both corporate customers and investment products, which have been clarified by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (01/01/2013)
Hong Kong Central to Asia Private Equity
  Thomas Granger and Arwel Lewis, Walkers assess the 'rapid growth and success of China's private equity industry' with Hong Kong as the central hub for the Asia Pacific equity industry (01/07/2012)
Demand for Trusts Set to Take Off in China
  Li Lee Tan, Appleby outlines how the trust as a wealth management structure is taking off and considers how offshore trusts will be well-placed to satisfy the 'country's appetite'. (01/07/2012)
The Role of Asian International Finance Centres
  Jay Krause and Philip Munro, Withers, examine how Asian IFCs are beginning to justifiably rival their western counterparts, assessing what specifically gives the East the current edge over the West. (01/06/2012)
Hong Kong Consolidates its Position
  Martin Crawford highlights how Hong Kong has consolidated its unique position for companies wishing to provide offshore services to mainland China. (01/03/2012)
Dragon's Hoard - Searching for Treasure in the Private Wealth Industry in the Year of the Dragon
  Alan Ewins highlights the potential for high net worth individuals in Asia with a special focus on Hong Kong in the Chinese year of the dragon. (01/02/2012)
The Significance of IFCs in the Global Financial System
  Professor Morris dissects exactly what position international finance centres in general and Caribbean IFCs in particular hold in the architecture of international finance and global wealth management. (01/11/2011)
Looking Forward as Jersey Celebrates 50 Years in Financial Services
  As Jersey’s financial services industry turns 50, Geoff Cook examines how the market has changed for the island finance centre and considers how Jersey can stay competitive in the industry today. (01/08/2011)
IFCs prove crucial in growth of emerging markets
  Grant Stein comments on the use of IFCs by emerging markets in facilitating investment into these markets as well as putting developing capital to work around the globe (01/06/2011)
What’s up, Doc? Asian regulation in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit
  Alan Ewins examines how Asia will need to make its position as part of the overall global process of financial regulation clear to ensure that it can influence the nature and speed of change (01/03/2011)
Private Equity – China Takes Centre Stage in Asia
  Private equity has been a hotbed of activity in Asia in the last 12 months, Denise Wong looks at the challenges investing in China presents (01/03/2011)
Mid-Shore Rising
  Martin Crawford looks at the how Hong Kong and Singapore bridge the gap between the onshore and offshore world in Asia and how all IFCs must examine the role they play in increasingly complicated offshore structures (01/03/2011)
Taking the BVI Public: Using BVI Companies for IPOs
  Asia is home to almost 50 per cent of all BVI companies, Michael Gagie considers why being able to list BVI companies in Hong Kong is yet a further validation of the jurisdiction's role in the Asian context (01/03/2011)
The challenges of turning Shanghai into an international financial centre
  Shanghai is designated by China’s central government to become a top-tier IFC by 2020, Sonny Gao looks at the challenges such an objective raises and considers whether or not Shanghai is in a position to achieve it (01/03/2011)
Intellectual Property: Making a Move to Hong Kong
  Debbie Annells examines the benefits of structuring new intellectual property holdings into Hong Kong companies or re-registering their IPR into Hong Kong companies away from the usual jurisdictions such as Holland and Luxembourg (01/03/2011)
Hong Kong as a private client planning centre
  Mary Ellen Hutton and Philip Munro examine exactly what it is that makes Hong Kong such an attractive centre for private client planning (28/02/2011)
Secured financings involving BVI and Cayman companies – taking and registering security
  Ashley Davies offers a practical guide to secured financing in Asia using a BVI or Cayman Islands company. (31/08/2010)
Asian Regulation in the Year of the Tiger: Pussy-Cat or Man-Eater?
  Alan Ewins considers how various jurisdictions within Asia have fared in the credit crunch, diagnosing a struggle “between the creation of internationally coherent markets and, in some places more than others, the protection of the home patch.” (02/03/2010)
Trust Planning in Asia
  Mary Ellen Hutton and Philip Munro delineate why they believe trust planning will become an increasingly important tool for wealth protection as Asian jurisdictions continue their ascent up the ranks of international finance centres. (02/03/2010)
Hong Kong: 2009 & 2010
  The compications of entering into a tax treaty network are many for Hong Kong - this article explains just why. (26/02/2010)
Recent developments in Hong Kong's exchange of tax information
  Steven Sieker and Pierre Chan explain how the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has moved to markedly improve transparency in information exchange between tax treaty partners without compromising confidentiality or privacy. (03/10/2009)
Exchange of information: Hong Kong's emergence in the global community
  Michael Olesnicky welcomes the new initiatives for the trust sector but argues that the jurisdiction still needs to move forward in the area of transparency (01/06/2009)
Hong Kong: Keeping focused
  Michael Olesnicky highlights the need for Hong Kong to introduce industry specific incentives if it is to maintain its status as the leading international finance centre in Asia (07/01/2008)
Escape to Asia – a new financial platform
  William Ahern looks at the progress of Asia's finance centres with particular focus on Hong Kong and Singapore. (07/01/2007)
Hong Kong: “Quo Vadis?"
  With increasing competition from Singapore, Michael Olesnicky outlines the challenges that lay ahead for Hong Kong, if it is to maintain its status as the leading international finance centre in Asia. (07/01/2007)