Category: Bankruptcy

To Boost Trade, A Bilateral Tax Treaty Between India And The UK May Be In The Offing

Following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India last week, Patricia Hewitt, chair of the UK-India Business Council, said that Britain is looking to re-balance its commercial links with countries like India post-Brexit. She suggested that the two governments should look at a bilateral tax treaty to boost trade....

Rajan Blames MNCs For Tax Controversies

‘Multinational corporations complain all the time of excessive demand about excessive taxation, but it is also true that MNCs across the world tend to find tax avoidance and sometimes tax evasion as an appropriate technique’ Blaming multinational corporations squarely for tax controversies, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said their...

Offshore companies used in bid ‘to hide McFeely’s ownership’ of London apartments

A web of offshore companies was used to shield controversial builder Tom McFeely’s ownership of an apartment building close to London’s Olympic stadium, an Insolvency Service official has claimed. The allegation was one of several levelled against the Priory Hall developer as part of proceedings issued by official assignee Christopher...

Benchmarks trim losses; trade continues in red

Indian equity markets trimmed their losses and continue to trade weak in late morning session on account of selling in frontline blue chip counters. Sentiments remained down-beat with the repot that the Finance Ministry has cut its ambitious disinvestment revenue target by 57% to Rs 30,000 crore for the current...

Hervé Falciani — The SwissLeaks Whistleblower

Most people with undisclosed Swiss bank accounts have, by definition, something to hide. Secrets, however, sometimes don’t remain secret, especially when they involve someone else’s money. While disclosing the names and financial details of Swiss bank account holders has recently come into vogue, a whistleblower may have just as murky...

Better global rankings underline India’s potential

The World Bank has placed India twelve notches higher than last year in its Ease of Doing Business rankings for 2016. This comes close on the heels of the country’s sixteen place leap on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness index. These rankings underline the impact of the recent spate...

The Problem With Banks

“What’s the best way to rob a bank? Start one.” Many people have heard that old saw. But it’s no longer accurate. The best way to rob a bank is to control a government … any old government will do these days. It wasn’t always like that. You see, for...

Marco Rubio’s Billionaire Backer Likes to Sue Poor Countries and Put Profits in Tax Havens

Paul Singer has a good track record as a money manager. In 1995, he bought $20 million worth of Peruvian debt at a discounted price of $11.4 million, then forced Peru’s government, through lawsuits, to eventually pay nearly five times his initial investment — some $58 million. In 2002 and...

FATCA fact: Under new US tax law, Indian Trusts will now have to disclose details to Internal Revenue Service

MUMBAI: Over the past decade, many Indian business families have organised themselves under trusts — a bankruptcy remote structure — to preserve wealth, protect the rights of various members, and plan for the next generation. Now, this arrangement is coming under strain for families with members staying in the US....

The Mayor’s Free Land

A company controlled by Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali and his family obtained more than 10 hectares of agricultural land worth anywhere from €123,000 to € 250,000 (US$140,000 to US$290,000) for free from a privatized state company. Problem is, the land wasn’t the company’s to give, but was still owned...

Financial product peddler ordered to desist and refrain

On June 16 of this year, the California Department of Business Oversight issued a desist and refrain order to Encinitas’s Lawrence (Larry) Freeman and two of his many now-defunct companies, Yeshilkoy Insurance Services and Structured Marketing. In peddling financial products, Freeman made “an untrue statement of material fact to investors,”...

The ownership of UK property through offshore entities

The Government has expressed a commitment to improving levels of UK corporate transparency but a recent Private Eye article [1], documenting the extent of ownership of British Land through offshore entities, shows just how far there is to go. By far the most common reason for owning UK property through...

Jersey: The Offshore Dragon: The Increasing Popularity Of IFCs In The PRC

Using companies incorporated in international financial centres (IFCs) in structuring financial transactions, capital raisings and corporate structures has long been popular in Asia, particularly Hong Kong (itself an IFC). Following the energetic expansion of the PRC economy and assisted in part by the relaxation of PRC regulations in relation to...

The NZ registered financial service provider that tells potential clients of NZ bankrupts ‘who still live in mansions & drive Ferraris owned by their trusts’

A small office shared with three other companies deep in the bowels of the Outsource IT Tower on Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road opposite a reservoir isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find the global headquarters of a financial service provider that claims to be following in the footsteps of three...

Land owned by companies based in tax havens revealed

LAND including Riverside Retail Park, the Cockhedge Centre and the former site of Mr. Smith’s is owned by companies based in offshore tax havens it has been revealed. Companies are often based offshore to gain from three tax loopholes, including no capital gains tax, no inheritance tax and no stamp...

Cayman Islands: Improving the Cayman Product: FATCA and the Adoption of Third Party Rights

Over the past year, a number of legislative measures have been adopted to ensure that the Cayman Islands remains the leading jurisdiction of choice for structured finance and capital markets transactions and for secured lending transactions generally. This article focuses on two recent key legislative developments. The first is the...

Cayman Islands: Improving the Cayman Product: FATCA and the Adoption of Third Party Rights

Over the past year, a number of legislative measures have been adopted to ensure that the Cayman Islands remains the leading jurisdiction of choice for structured finance and capital markets transactions and for secured lending transactions generally. This article focuses on two recent key legislative developments. The first is the...

More councils using bankruptcy orders to chase council tax debt

A third of local authorities used Bankruptcy Orders last year to recover council tax arrears, new research has revealed. Figures obtained by Moore Stephens show that 32% of local authorities took bankruptcy actions against council tax defaulters, making more than 1,000 tax defaulters bankrupt in 2013/14. Nearly half (48%) of...

Ireland: Private Client Tax Ireland

1. NON-TAX ISSUES 1.1 Domestic law 1.1.1 Briefly describe your legal system and its origins The legal system of the Republic of Ireland is a common law system. In order to ensure consistency, a legal principle developed whereby courts were generally required to follow earlier relevant decisions. This doctrine of...