Sep 2015

Offshore Financial Services License

I get a lot of questions about starting various types of financial services businesses. In this article I will go through the basics and – for most of you – shatter your dreams. What is a Financial Service? A financial service is an activity where funds are being handled on…


Jurisdiction Spotlight: Saint Lucia

Today we continue our journey across jurisdictions that are so similar it becomes difficult to tell them apart. This time, the subject matter is the island of Saint Lucia, a tax haven which sees an overrepresentation of Italian clientèle. This tiny little island hinges at the extreme of the Caribbean,…


Bank Review: Standard Bank (Isle of Man, Mauritius, Jersey)

It’s been a while since I did one of these. One of Africa’s largest banks and head-quartered in South Africa, Standard Bank has established itself as one of the foremost gateways into Africa. This review will focus on Standard Bank International, which is the bank’s offshore wing in Isle of…


Jurisdiction Spotlight: Belize

The time has finally come to cover one of the most requested jurisdictions: Belize. This former British territory, previously known as British Honduras, is one of the cheapest and most popular offshore jurisdictions in the world today. Belize is one of the most heavily marketed jurisdictions on message boards, online…


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