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February 2, 2021

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out. 

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out.

What should a beneficiary in such a position do next? The first step is to obtain information.

Information gathering

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

October 7, 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

What the new powers mean

March 2, 2020

Families are being advised to get their financial affairs in order and brace for an increase in tax bills following the revelation the UK’s tax authority set up a secret unit to probe family investment companies, specifically their use by the wealthy to avoid inheritance tax.

Families are being advised to get their financial affairs in order and brace for an increase in tax bills following the revelation the UK’s tax authority set up a secret unit to probe family investment companies, specifically their use by the wealthy to avoid inheritance tax.

February 21, 2020

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

January 13, 2020

For the first time, legal persons and other entities are obliged to declare their Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBO) to the Central Register of the Ministry of Finance (MFA).

For the first time, legal persons and other entities are obliged to declare their Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBO) to the Central Register of the Ministry of Finance (MFA).

January 6, 2020

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

In terms of the business climate, significant progress has been made in the last couple of years towards streamlining business start-up procedures. Many investors have entered the market which has resulted in a remarkable rise of foreign direct investment. But, is there perhaps a development opportunity which might have been overseen? Does Montenegro have the potential to become a regional IT hub?

October 16, 2019

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons, India pharma brothers arrested over ‘330 million’ fraud and real estate family donate $100 million to help first-generation students.

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons

A feud at one of Italy’s most powerful dynasties broke out over the weekend after media tycoon Carlo De Benedetti accused his sons of mismanaging the newspaper business he founded and sought to regain control.

The 84-year-old founder came out of retirement on Sunday and made a €38 million ($42 million) offer to buy a 30% stake in GEDI Gruppo Editoriale SpA, the owner of daily newspapers la Repubblica and La Stampa.

October 3, 2019

As the political crisis in Hong Kong heats up, migration consultants are being flooded with inquiries from ultra-wealthy families who are looking to leave the embattled city.

As the political crisis in Hong Kong heats up, migration consultants are being flooded with inquiries from ultra-wealthy families who are looking to leave the embattled city.

After a day of celebration in Beijing for the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule, violent protests once again broke out in Hong Kong, with petrol bombs and bricks thrown by protesters and one 18-year-old protestor shot in the chest with a live bullet.

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