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June 18, 2013

As the clamour for more financial transparency intensifies, offshore financial centres are having to adjust. What does this mean for these centres – and what should family offices know about the changes?

There are many lessons to be learned from the Cyprus fiasco, one of which is that offshore banking is a fragile thing on which to rest your economy these days. The general lack of sympathy for Nicosia also suggests that it is not exactly seen as a worthy pursuit.

February 26, 2009

Offshore centres around the world are being vilified by the OECD and the EU, but what are the facts?

In October 2008, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) renewed its campaign against offshore financial centres before, in November, the European Commission announced plans to extend its savings tax directive.

Although some offshore centres have adopted a wait and see attitude to these developments, others have already expressed anger at the potential threat to their financial services industries. Cayman and Switzerland have been among the most vocal.

November 1, 2004

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

Frederick Metz Shepperd is managing director of the Quadral Group, a consulting firm with offices in Europe and North America.

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

July 1, 2004

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

Wim Pijpers is a partner and Paul Volleman is a senior consultant at Buck Consultants International.

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

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