United Kingdom
Q&A with David Lidington, Minister of the Cabinet Office
  The UK’s secure relationship with the British Overseas Territories has been thrown into question following the UK parliament's decision to implement public registers of beneficial ownership. (01/10/2019)
Amid Brexit turmoil, UK reassures overseas territories
  Brexit was at the top of the agenda when Premier Dr. Orlando Smith and other overseas territory leaders met with United Kingdom officials (01/10/2019)
The UWO – How Far Can It Go?
  There can be no doubt that financial crimes are committed and there is no question that the rule of law must be brought to bear with full force. But should combating crime mean having to create a hostile environment for wealth? (03/09/2019)
TCSPs: The New Gatekeepers of the Financial System
  Recent developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislation are an indicator of the trend. In the last 12 months, there has been a flurry of new initiatives for practitioners and advisors to keep abreast of. In June 2018, the EU passed the Fifth A (03/09/2019)
The UK’s Place in International Philanthropy
  The UK has a long history of philanthropic activity, but there is, nevertheless, a certain (and increasing) degree of administration, formality and disclosure involved with establishing and maintaining an English charitable structure. (03/09/2019)
How Should the British Offshore World Respond to a Crisis of Reputation?
  The Governments of the CDs and OTs have done everything their business sectors have asked of them. They've raised standards and worked with the UK Government to maintain an environment that allows businesses to succeed. And ’offshore’ businesses have (01/07/2019)
In the Chair …Anthony Travers, Travers Thorp Alberga
  The IFC Economic Report invites Anthony Travers to discuss Westminster’s public register demands and asks if existing tensions could result in a push by some of the Overseas Territories to break away from Britain. (01/09/2018)
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)
The Big Debate: How Credible are Tax Haven Blacklists?
  Mark Pragnell, Director of Strategy and Consultancy at Capital Economics offers his view. (31/07/2018)
The Big Debate: How Credible are Tax Haven Blacklists?
  Alex Cobham, Chief Executive at the Tax Justice Network presents his stance. (31/07/2018)
The Big Debate: How Credible are Tax Haven Blacklists?
  Paul Byles, Director at FTS in the Cayman Islands presents his view. (31/07/2018)
The Big Debate: How Credible are Tax Haven Blacklists?
  Fran Hendy, International Lawyer and Treaty Negotiator at Invest Barbados presents her stance. (31/07/2018)
Five things the City Must Get Right to Guarantee its Lead Post-Brexit
  How can the UK create a more flexible, competitive and vibrant financial industry? (01/07/2018)
London’s Offshore Financial Services Future
  As a financial centre, London has long had an ‘offshore’ feel about it. Post Brexit, those offshore characteristics are likely to strengthen, with implications for the UK’s regulation, taxes and infrastructure. (01/04/2018)
In the Chair… Geoff Woodhouse, Moore Stephens
  Geoff Woodhouse Partner and Head of the High Net Worth & Family Offices sector at Moore Stephens discusses how the CRS will work in practice, what advantages it holds for clients as well as the potential bear traps. (25/09/2017)
Q&A with Marcus Killick OBE
  IFC Economic Report speaks to industry stalwart , Marcus Killick about the ambiguous perception of the roles of the specialist financial centres in Europe and what the future holds for them post-Brexit. (25/09/2017)
A World Without Corporate Taxes?
  Contemplating a world where corporate taxes are abolished creates an interesting philosophical discussion, but a decade of post-recession austerity makes this idea seem too utopian. (19/09/2017)
Public Registers of Beneficial Ownership
  Forward looking policies, which may shape the fundamentals of a society over the long run, should not be dictated by short-term political tactics cavalcading a public outcry or a temporary infatuation alimented by the press. (01/09/2017)
Good Governance – Critical to Effective Tax Administration
  Given the significant investment made by the sector and its professionals in this pursuit, it is timely to consider the current landscape and the returns achieved to date as well as potential next steps. (29/08/2017)
Global Financial Transparency: Where Will It Lead?
  IFC Media commenced publishing a decade ago. In that time, so much has changed in the financial services world, including the public attitude towards personal financial confidentiality. (25/08/2017)
QNUPS: Enhancing Retirement Benefits
  The Qualifying Non-UK Pension Scheme (QNUPS) regime is attracting a significant amount of interest from both UK residents and expatriates who are seeking pension benefits beyond the confines of the UK pension regime. (25/08/2017)
The Perfect Storm? Panama, Brexit, the OECD and Agent Orange
  “Trump domestic and international tax policies, together with international trade measures/sanctions may create a round of international tax competition among onshore higher tax jurisdictions.” (24/08/2017)
Offshore Financial Centres: The Super Set
  Of the various forces that have buffeted offshore financial services in recent years, regulation and emerging demand bases are probably the most significant. (01/02/2017)
Stays Of Proceedings In Favour Of Arbitration: When Is The Duty To Stay Triggered?
  Alistair Abbott examines the recent Privy Council judgment in Anzen Limited and others v Hermes One Limited. (01/08/2016)
An Old Foe Returns
  Marcus Killick examines how the current onslaught of regulation is affecting IFCs and considers their future role in the financial world. (01/04/2016)
Real Estate Investment into London and Europe
  Martin Paul and Richard Le Liard examine why the Channel Islands are the destination of choice for Asia and Middle East investors investing in real estate in London and Europe. (01/12/2015)
Whom to Believe, Whom to Trust?
  With ever increasing regulatory scrutiny facing IFCs, Marcus Killick examines the state of play in the financial services industry. (01/04/2015)
Q&A with Laurence Skelly, Minister for Economic Development, Isle of Man
  The financial services industry is the Isle of Man’s largest wealth creator. IFC speaks to Minister for the Department of Economic Development Laurence Skelly about the history and rapid development of this essential sector of the Manx economy. (01/11/2014)
A Right to Privacy - But Draw Back the Corporate Veil
  Joesph Stead considers how the right to privacy can be protected while drawing back the corporate veil in the battle for tax transparency. (01/11/2014)
FATCA – Why the Isle of Man is a Magnet for International Pension Plans
  With FATCA affecting every aspect of the financial services industry, Mark Kiernan examines the impact the far reaching legislation on the Isle of Man's international pensions industry. (01/11/2014)
The Global Citizen – The Wealth Management Opportunity
  Dominik Zunkovic considers the options available for HNWIs looking to take advantage of economic citizenship programmes. (01/10/2014)
Q&A with Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD Director for Tax Policy
  With the first seven deliverables of the OECD/G20 BEPS Project now delivered to Finance Ministers of the G20, IFC Review speaks to Pascal Saint Amans about the future of the project. (01/10/2014)
Guernsey: Limited Liability Partnerships
  With Limited Liability Partnerships now available in Guernsey, David Crosland and Jonathan Cheney examine the new law and consider the potential uses for the new structure. (01/06/2014)
Why EU Registration of Trusts Matters
  With the EU Parliament voting to introduce a trust registry as part of new AML provisions, Fillippo Noseda considers whether this move is misguided and considers the wider implications for EU citizens. (01/06/2014)
FATCA Offspring
  With FATCA proving to be a watershed moment for information exchange, Louise Gonçalves and Eran Shay discuss what this means for those caught within its grasp. (01/05/2014)
Protection Ratchets Up: Long Finance and Offshore Centres
  Michael Mainelli examines the potential for IFCs to market themselves as leaders in the fight for tax transparency as they are often acknowledged as ahead of the regulatory curve when compared to their rivals. (01/05/2014)
Transparency & Trust: The Problem with Beneficial Ownership
  With the announcement of a beneficial ownership registry in the UK, Anna Steward looks at potential conflicts and the need for balance between transparency & confidentiality. (01/03/2014)
In the Chair with Mark Simmonds MP
  Part of Mark Simmonds MP’s remit at the Commonwealth Office is providing support for the Overseas Territories. IFC Media spoke to Mr Simmonds about what this support entails, particularly with relation to IFCs. (01/03/2014)
Implications of Information Sharing in the Isle of Man
  Philip Knop discusses Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Isle of Man and UK for the automatic exchange of tax information in 2016, and the impact this may have on the jurisdiction. (01/01/2014)
Global Tax Reporting: US and UK FATCA
  Debbie Payne discusses the global exchange of tax information, which has been the subject of increasing media coverage over the past year as governments seek to increase tax revenues in the face of the financial crisis. (01/10/2013)
A New Sunrise for the British Virgin Islands
  Philip Graham discusses the wave of negative publicity generated by the media that hit the BVI this year and considers the jurisdiction’s approach to re-establishing the Islands’ reputation as a leading and secure financial services centre. (01/09/2013)
Organise or Die: The Future of International Financial Centres
  Professor Gilbert NMO Morris considers the necessary and collaborative steps international finance centres must take to secure their future. (01/08/2013)
Where is Your Data and Why it Matters
  In light of the recent media storm surrounding NSA whistleblowers and data privacy, Richard Douglas discusses the importance of making sure your data is secure, with the world relying on staying connected. (01/07/2013)
Is There a Limit to the Misinformation Over the Cayman Islands Tax Transparency?
  Following recent calls from the UK to 'get their house in order,' Anthony Travers tackles some of the misconceptions surrounding the Overseas Territories and Tax Transparency. (01/06/2013)
Regulatory Competition: OFCs’ Vital Role in the World Economy
  Andrew P Morriss, D Paul Jones, Jr & Charlene A Jones examine OFCs, where the drive to innovate is stronger than their onshore competitors because of the importance of the revenue they derive from encouraging businesses to use their services. (01/06/2013)
QROPS: A Jurisdictional Comparison
  A year on since the 2012 UK budget put many providers out of the market, Rex Crowley examines the many variations of QROPS still available and provides a jurisdictional comparision. (01/05/2013)
Time to Take Control of the Cost of Compliance
  With the cost of compliance ever increasing, Michael Luderer, argues none can afford to gamble on being able to muddle their way through. (01/04/2013)
Q&A with Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London & Westminster
  The IFC Review speaks to Mark Field MP for the cities of London and Westminster, a vocal proponent of International Finance Centres. (01/02/2013)
British Offshore Financial Centres: Prospects in a Changing World
  Richard Hay examines prospects for OFCs in the face of pressure from NGOs and regulatory initatives such as FATCA. (01/12/2012)
Global Shell Games: A Mystery Shopping Experiment in Know Your Customer Standards
  Michael G Findley, Daniel L Nielson and Jason Sharman provide an in depth look at their recent research into Shell Companies and KYC standards highlighting flaws in compliance in some surprising jusisdictions. (01/12/2012)
The Wealth Report 2012: Key Findings on the Movement of Wealth Globally
  Liam Bailey, KnightFrank, highlights the key findings from the Wealth Report 2012 and examines recent trends such as wealth moving East to Asia. (01/06/2012)
Good News for Non-Domiciliaries in the UK’s Finance Bill 2012
  Piers Master and Lindsay West consider the implications of the UK Finance Bill 2012 on non-domiciliaries and highlight the favourable conditions provided for those wishing to invest in the UK. (01/02/2012)
Singing from the Same Hymn Sheet: Partitioning Trusts in Cayman and England
  Shan Warnock Smith and Andrew de la Rosa provide an in depth look at the benefits of Cayman for partitioning trusts. (01/12/2011)
Trusts in the context of US and UK Clients
  Elyse Kirschner and Claire Murray examine the use of trusts for wealth and estate planning on both sides of the Atlantic and how families with members in the US and the UK can avoid potential obstacles and pitfalls. (01/09/2011)
Tax Minimisation Options for High Flyers
  Adriaan Struijk examines the interesting tax minimisation structures that can be utilised by internationally mobile airline and shipping crew. (01/08/2011)
Jersey: Building strong links in Greater China
  Chief executive of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook looks at the opportunities for the island state in the new super economic powers – China and India (01/10/2010)
The use of Jersey companies in cash box placings
  Mark Estella provides a technical and practical examination of the use of the cash box structure (01/09/2010)
A mid-year change in capital gains tax rates – easier said than done?
  Lyndsey West and Piers Master analyse the capital gains tax rate increase provided for in the UK Budget. (02/08/2010)
The Complexities of Cross Border Estate Planning
  Graeme Privett of Rawlinson & Hunter looks at the complex structures involved in multi-jurisdictional estate planning (05/07/2010)
A Quick Tour of Scots Law and Taxation - Warnings and Opportunities
  Glen Gilson on Scots Law governing estate planning and how it compares to the law in England (02/06/2010)
GFCI 7: IFCs Rated and Ranked by IFCs
  Mark Yeandle analyses the most recent data-set published in the Global Financial Centre Index (07/04/2010)
Gift Aid: Is It ‘Broke’ and Should You ‘Fix It’?
  Clive Cutbill comments on the latest furore over the UK's Gift Aid scheme. (03/03/2010)
Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility
  John Carrell gives an insider’s view on the reasons behind the implementation of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, and the likely consequences of the LDF for UK individuals. (02/03/2010)
Practical Guide to Domestic and Foreign-Based Asset Protection Techniques
  Howard Fisher and William Norman provide a comprehensive array of foreign-based asset protection techniques, as well as the counter-techniques that estate planners and wealth managers should be aware of. (02/03/2010)
Brussels IV – the Draft EU Succession Regulation
  Michael Parkinson examines the long-awaited draft EU Succession Regulation, known as Brussels IV, highlighting some of the potential difficulties of its passage to law across EU member states. (02/03/2010)
GFCI 7 Tables
A New Dawn for Alternative Assets
  Ravi Bulchandani of Barclay’s Wealth reveals why he sees plenty of scope for optimism in the alternative investment industry in this in-depth review. (12/01/2010)
British Virgin Islands: Meeting the Challenges of the Global Financial Environment
  An overview of the year in finance as experienced by the British Virgin Islands (12/01/2010)
International Financial Centres: Good for the Global Economy?
  Richard Hay mounts a vigorous defence of the role of IFCs in the global economy and makes clear their importance to onshore centres and regulators who would seek to dilute their effectiveness. (07/12/2009)
Rating and Ranking Global Financial Centres
  Mark Yeandle crunches the numbers on the latest set of ratings and rankings from GCFI 6, as compiled by the Z/Yen Group Limited. (01/11/2009)
The Nature of Protectors’ Powers
  Naomi O’Higgins draws out the lessons from some recent cases concerning the nature of protectors’ powers. (01/11/2009)
Offshore assets - the taxman cometh
  Michael Parkinson on the New Disclosure Opportunity from HMRC. (05/10/2009)
Opportunity or amnesty: the New Disclosure Opportunity and the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility
  Nicole Aubin-Parvu takes a detailed look at two new initiatives from HMRC designed to enable participants to disclose tax irregularities on offshore accounts and assets with the promise of reduced penalties. (04/10/2009)
Tax-efficient International Philanthropy - the problem of ‘territoriality’ and some solutions
  Clive Cutbill, Partner at Withers International examines tax liability and charities (08/07/2009)
After the storm: The UK taxation of offshore trusts post-Finance Act 2008
  Nicholas Jacob assesses the impact the new act is likely to have on offshore trusts. (30/01/2009)
Some alternative locations in Europe for (tax free) residence outside the UK
  Francis Hoogewerf argues that given the UK's excessively difficult tax system, a couple of alternative jurisdictions could be considered for residence (06/01/2009)
Offshore trusts and estate planning – the overlooked essentials
  Alexander Bove outlines the more important considerations when designing an implementing an offshore trust (09/01/2007)