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Offshore in such a State conference - March 18 & 19 - Geneva - Switzerland




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Offshore in Such a State
Tax efficient structures in the European Union and outside
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Speakers
Conference Chairman
Dr. Ludovic Verbist
(Managing Director, AAMIL Ltd) Switzerland
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With the best Offshore experts...
Dr Ludovic Verbist
(Managing Director, AAMIL Ltd) Switzerland
Mr Georges Johnson
(Manager ? Legal Department, Government of Ras Al Khaimah) United Arab Emirates
Mr Patrick Vanhaute
(Tax Lawyer; Patrick Vanhaute Advocaat) Belgium
Mr Rogelio tribaldos-Alba
(Resident Partner; MMG Panazur Ltd. SA) Panama
Mr Tom Meadows
(Resident Partner; Steele Robertson Goddard) United Kingdom
Mr Jean Pierre Diserens
(CIFA) Switzerland
Mr Kamen Troller
(Of counsel, Lalive Avocats) Switzerland
Mr Xavier Périnne
(Attorney at Law, Perinne Ribierre Redding) France
Mr Bernard Felten
(Attorney at Law, Felten & Associés) Luxembourg
Mrs Cécile Civiale Vuillier
(Relationship Manager, AAMIL Ltd) Switzerland
Mr Auke van der Horn
(Tax Lawyer, CMS Derks Star Busmann) Netherlands
Mr Alexandre Weith
(Attorney at Law, Etude Bugnion) Switzerland

Thanks to our Partners ...

Dear Executive,

 

This conference is dedicated to finance & taxation professionals dealing with clients who are interested in establishing solid tax efficient structures.

 

Offshore in such a State points to the fact that one could be rather surprised to find ?offshore solutions? in many States who generally do not qualify as ?Offshore Centres?.

Rather than comparing and contrasting «offshore» and «onshore» legislations, this conference will focus on identifying and analyzing optimal solutions with regard to individual geographical locations.

 

The purpose of this Conference is to discuss?

  • In a most practical manner that ?offshore? solutions (defined as the pursuit of an exceptional tax or financial gain) are not limited to so called tax heavens,
  • How the offshore world in general is faring, and what its prospects are
  • Tax planning as an essential tool to be used in the conduct of any business.
Specific examples related to Holdings, Investment funds, Trading firms, Offshore firms, Residences, Life insurance and Trusts

 

In introduction, the following topics will be covered:

  • Offshore: the concept
  • Where to find offshore solutions?
  • Confidentiality, political stability

Case by case analysis within and outside the EU

 

??as well as to present the trends in terms of ?offshore? structures, notably after September 11.

 

  • The importance of 9/11 aftermath
  • Confusion, tax evasion / terrorist activities
  • New laws, legislative pressure
  • Blacklists
  • Compliance / KYC
  • Current state of International Bodies frames(Current stand, OECD, FATF, FSF, EU, Others)

Consequently, advantages of each legislation in terms of tax efficient structures will be presented through numerous complex cases that taking place in several European countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands, in the Middle East (Lebanon and Dubai) or in the Indian Ocean Basin*

 

Finally, tax planning strategy will be approached from the following angles:

  • Importance & necessity
  • Holding Regimes
  • Double Taxation Agreements (DTA)
  • European Directives

 

* Practical examples from Monaco, United Kingdom, Luxemburg, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Netherlands will also be covered at the conference.

 

Our conferences are live webcasted, click here for more information.

Programme

Day one: March 18th, 2008

 

09:00 Chairman?s welcome & opening remarks

 

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd


09:10 Introduction

  • Offshore: the concept
  • Where to find it?
  • Case by case
  • Confidentiality, political stability
  • Within or outside of the European Union

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd

 

09:55 Quo vadis offshore financial service centers

  • A description of how the offshore financial markets are expected to develop during the next few years
  • Who are the major players in this market segment and who are the future players?

Mr Jean-Pierre Diserens (Switzerland)
Co-founder, vice-chairman and executive vice-president
Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA)

 

10:40 Coffee break

 

Residency

 

11:00 Belgium as an ideal residence country for high net worth individuals

  • Absence of wealth tax, no capital gains taxation, personal investment income taxed at flat rates
  • Tax planning opportunities
  • Belgian foundations, international income tax planning opportunities

Mr Patrick Vanhaute (Belgium)
Tax Lawyer
Patrick Vanhaute Advocaat

 

11:25 Residency in Mauritius

  • GBL1 work permit
  • Investment of US$ 500,000
  • As retired
  • Purchase of IRS
  • Different tax situations

Mrs Cécile Civiale Vuillier (Switzerland)
Relationship Manager
AAMIL Ltd

 

11:45 Residency in Monaco

To be confimed by the programme manager

 

Mr Xavier Périnne (France)
Attorney at Law
Perinne Ribierre Redding

 

12:05 Residency in the United Kingdom

  • Residence - the statutory rule and the extended
  • Residence and domicile and the significance scope with reference to practice and case law (IR20) thereof in the context of the direct taxes
  • The position post 'Gaines-Cooper'
  • The remittance basis and the developments proposed post the 2007 Pre Budget Report
  • Ordinary residence and earned income

Mr Tom Meadows (United Kingdom)
Partner
Steele Robertson Goddard

 

12:30 Lunch

 

Trading companies

 

14:00 Trading companies in Luxembourg

  • Forms of commercial companies
  • Business permits
  • Tax issues
  • Social securities issues

Mr Bernard Felten (Luxembourg)
Attorney at Law
Felten & Associates

 

Mrs Renat Josten (Luxembourg)
Economist - Tax consultant
Felten & Associates

 

14:25 Trading companies in Mauritius

  • The IBC type structure
  • Tax issues
  • Operational aspects
  • Control and management

Mrs Cécile Civiale Vuillier (Switzerland)
Relationship Manager
AAMIL Ltd

 

14:50 Trading companies in the United Kingdom

  • Incorporation and compliance
  • Trading with as opposed to within the UK
  • Central control and management
  • Permanent establishments
  • Inward investment into the UK (including the corporate venturing scheme)
  • E-Commerce

Mr Tom Meadows (United Kingdom)
Partner
Steele Robertson Goddard

 

15:15 Coffee break

 

Life insurance

 

15:40 Private bank insurance products versus financial products (qualification issues)

  • Tax planning opportunities
  • Inheritance tax aspects
  • New trends and case law

Mr Patrick Vanhaute (Belgium)
Tax Lawyer
Patrick Vanhaute Advocaat

 

16:20 Life insurance in France

To be confimed by the programme manager

 

Mr Xavier Périnne (France)

Attorney at Law
Perinne Ribierre Redding

 

17:00 Chairman's closing comments

 

17:15 Cocktail

 

 

Day two: March 19th, 2008

 

09:00 Chairman?s welcome & opening remarks

 

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd

 

Holding regimes

 

09:10 Use of Belgian holdings for private wealth management

  • Advantages/disadvantages
  • Impact of the national interest deduction (NID)
  • Case by case
  • Withholding tax aspects

Mr Patrick Vanhaute (Belgium)
Tax Lawyer
Patrick Vanhaute Advocaat

 

09:20 Panama - 80 years serving the offshore asset protection industry

  • Tax havens at a Critical Point
  • Offshore financial centres
  • Offshore structures
  • Offshore foundations and trusts

Mr Rogelio Tribaldos-Alba (Panama)
Founder & CEO
MMG Panazur Ltd

 

09:30 Holding regime in the United Arab Emirates

To be confimed by the programme manager

 

Mr Georges Johnson (United Arab Emirates)

Manager; Legal Department, Government of Ras Al Khaimah

Government of Ras Al Khaimah

 

09:40 Holding regime in Luxembourg

  • SOPARFI versus SPF

Mr Bernard Felten (Luxembourg)
Attorney at Law
Felten & Associates

 

Mrs Renat Josten (Luxembourg)
Economist - Tax consultant
Felten & Associates

 

09:50 Holding regime in the United Kingdom

  • Transfer pricing
  • Thin capitalisation
  • Cross-border tax arbitrage
  • The effect of withholding taxes
  • CFC' s
  • Relief for substantial shareholding

Mr Tom Meadows (United Kingdom)
Partner
Steele Robertson Goddard

 

10:05 Holding regime in Mauritius and Seychelles

  • GBL1 company
  • Double taxation agreements
  • Tax issues
  • Examples of uses

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd

 

10:20 Main aspects of the Dutch holding regime

  • The participation exemption, which exempts dividends and capital gains received from qualifying participations
  • No or low withholding tax rates on incoming and outgoing dividends, as a result of the EU Parent/Subsidiary Directive and the approx. 80 tax treaties concluded by the Netherlands
  • Absence of withholding tax on outgoing interest and royalties
  • Possibility of tax reporting in the group?s functional currency (like USD or GBP)
  • An advance tax ruling system
  • Excellent infrastructure

Mr Auke von der Horn (Netherlands)
Tax Lawyer
CMS Derk s Star Busmann

 

10:30 Coffee break

 

Investment funds

 

10:50 Investment funds in Mauritius

  • Setting up
  • Conditions to fulfill
  • Practical considerations

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd

 

11:35 Main aspects of the two regimes for investment institutions: the "VBI regime" and the "FBI regime"

  • Both regimes: exempt from corporate income tax
  • VBI introcuded as of 1 August 2007
  • FBI recently changed, now also available for foreign companies
  • Requirements of both regimes
  • Differences between both regimes
  • FBI in particular attractive for investing in Dutch real estate
  • VBI in particular attractive for investing in financial instruments

Mr Auke von der Horn (Netherlands)
Tax Lawyer
CMS Derk s Star Busmann

 

12:20 Lunch

 

Trademarks, royalties, patents

 

14:00 Trademarks, royalties, patents in Mauritius

To be confimed by the programme manager

 

M Alexandre Weith (Switzerland)
Attorney at Law
Etude Bugnion

 

14:30 Intellectual property rights: how to own them and to exploit them in a most tax efficient way

  • General considerations concerning IP Rights and taxation - mainly with respect to ownership location
  • Vehicles for ownership or for carrying and using the IP Rights (licensing)
  • Tax considerations (avoidance of pitfalls)
  • Practical examples of tax efficient structures

Dr Kamen Troller (Switzerland)
Of counsel

Lalive Attorneys

 

15:00 Coffee break

 

Tax planning

 

15:15 Topic to be confirmed

 

Mr Patrick Vanhaute (Belgium)
Tax Lawyer
Patrick Vanhaute Advocaat

 

Mr Tom Meadows (United Kingdom)
Partner
Steele Robertson Goddard

 

16:10 Why tax planning?

  • Internationalisation of business and investments
  • How to approach it?
  • EU directives, Double Taxation Agreements and regional (enter State) agreements

Dr Ludovic Verbist (Switzerland)
Managing Director
AAMIL Ltd

 

17:00 Chairman's closing comments

 

17:15 Close of the conference

 

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