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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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What’s up in Myanmar?

When I scheduled this post, many months if not a year ago, Myanmar was not at all in the news the way it has been in recent times following the election. I aim to keep this blog apolitical, and I will not be going in-depth. Those expecting a treatise on…



Jurisdiction spotlight: Singapore

Today, we will take a look at the jurisdiction to which Hong Kong is perhaps most often compared: Singapore. History Singapore, with its strategically important location, has a rich history as an important trading hub connecting Europe and Asia. Recorded history starts around the very end of the 1200s. The…


Jurisdiction spotlight: Federal Territory of Labuan

Part eight of the Jurisdiction Spotlight series will focus on Labuan, which has grown significantly in the last couple of years. Labuan is a rather complex offshore jurisdiction with cleverly written laws and tax codes. This post is by no means exhaustive, but should serve as a good primer on…


Offshore Banking in Taiwan

Continuing the trend with occasionally updating more than twice a month, in this post, I will be discussing Taiwan as an offshore banking jurisdiction. About Taiwan It’s important to understand Taiwan’s complex international relations. Modern history of Taiwan is, put very succinctly, the leftovers of pre-communist China, which fled to…


Jurisdiction spotlight: Hong Kong and Macau

With the recent changes (as of January 1st 2014), it is high time to discuss Hong Kong. I will also be going over its Portuguese-heritage neighbour – Macau (also Macao). History Grab your time travelling gear. It’s history time. Hong Kong To most, it seems that Hong Kong’s history began…


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Offshore service providers in review – Part III – Kaizen

The time has finally come for another offshore service provider (OSP) review. I have previously reviewed SFM Offshore and Marcaria. Today I will be focusing on Kaizen. Website: http://www.bycpa.com/ Products Kaizen is a Hong Kong based company. While their specialty is Hong Kong incorporation, they offer a number of other…


Jurisdiction spotlight: The Sultanate of Brunei

History Located on the north side of the island of Borneo, the Sultanate of Brunei traces its roots as far back as the 7th century, although the name Brunei (then Berune) does not appear in literature until the 1300s when Chinese settlers arrived. Prior to this, Brunei may have been…


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