Jurisdictions

Living, Doing Business, and Banking in Thailand

What’s warm, politically stable, has very low if not zero taxes, and a business-friendly environment? Yep, you guessed it. Cayman Islands. What’s warm, politically unstable, has onerous taxes, and so much red-tape that it would make even an Italian bureaucrat jealous? Sawadee! Welcome to Thailand, the topic of today’s casual…

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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Malta (revisited)

I have practically run out of new tax havens to write about so it’s time to revisit some old articles, which I strongly feel are in need of some polishing. First in line is one of my personal favourites: Malta. Overview Malta is made up of a a couple of…


Jurisdiction Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Often confused with Dominica, the Dominican Republic is that Spanish-speaking country which shares an islands with Haiti. It also one of the nastiest tax havens around, home to barely-regulated offshore banks and secretive companies. Overview The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispanola and some smaller islands. It…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Nauru

That’s actually not the Curaçao flag, but good eye! The butt of many jokes in the financial services sector, Nauru is a husk of what it once was. And thank goodness for that. When people think about offshore jurisdictions like Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and even the less upstanding ones like…


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Banking in the Philippines

At this point, you might have heard about the Philippines as an unusual but not necessarily offshore banking jurisdiction. I have contemplated doing a Jurisdiction Spotlight about the Philippines and while there may be enough to say about incorporation and residence in the Philippines, I thought banking deserves its own…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Guatemala

Streber / the 31st of March 2016 Guatemala has most of everything one has come to expect from a Spanish-speaking tax haven in South America: territorial taxation, low taxation, secretive banking, and a very comfortable lifestyle. Guatemala has however suffered a problematic past which has left the country lagging behind…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Grenada

A tax haven that has fallen from its previous prime and glory, Grenada today is a husk of what it once was: a free-for-all for tax evaders and money launderers. Grenada is a former French (1649 – 1763) and British (1763 – 1974) colony. The young nation started its independence…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Uruguay

Today, we return to the Americas and to one of my personal favourites: Uruguay. The instantly recognizable flag of Uruguay portrays the nine original (now 19) departments of the republic, and in the corner we find a Sol de Mayo (Sun of May), which represents the sun shining upon a…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Qatar

We are going to stay in the Middle East for a little bit longer to today take a look at Qatar, which has a land border with Saudi Arabia and is tucked between Bahrain and UAE (emirate of Abu Dhabi). Across the Persian Gulf is Iran. While it’s not a…


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Jurisdiction Spotlight: Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Because many readers will read the UAE posts individually, much of the content will be the same or very similar. Abu Dhabi is a subnational entity – an emirate – of the United Arab Emirates (or more commonly UAE). Together with Dubai, it is one of two emirates that have…


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