Andreas Danos Law Firm starts cooperation with Dubai law firm about registering companies

Andreas Danos Law Firm would like to announce that it has started successful cooperation with a Dubai law firm, mainly concerning companies’ registration, which would enable our clients to set up a company in the United Arab Emirates.

Even though the United Arab Emirates do not have the “tax heaven” stigma, registering a company there have a lot of advantages. First of all, for the entities registered in the UAE there is 0% corporate income tax. Further company registration’s details depend on the emirate where the entity is registered and the type of the entity.

There are several legal solutions for foreign companies wishing to conduct a successful business in the UAE. One of them is to register a company in numerous free-trade zones in the UAE. Those areas have a special tax, customs and imports regime and are govern by their own framework of regulations. Within the most investors-friendly free zones in the UAE are Dubai free zones. There are several free zones in Dubai and each of them is specified for the exact branch of business (f.e. Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City). Dubai free zone company can be established using the 3 following entities: Free Zone Establishment, Free Zone Company and branch. The two firstly mentioned enjoy limited liability, while the branch has unlimited liability for the parent company. All three types of entities allow the 100% foreign ownership, appointment of corporate directors and visa applications for foreign employees. The Dubai free zones companies are obliged to rent an office in the zone (but it is not necessary to hire the staff), appoint a resident company secretary, submit annual audited financial statements and annually renew the business licence. What is more, free zone companies do not require a UAE national shareholder and are excellent solution for investors wishing to use Dubai as a gateway to the consumer markets in Africa and the Middle East. Exemption on corporate tax minimalizes withholding tax on remittance to other countries and no customs duties are imposed on goods imported or exported from the free zone.

Another solution for the investor is opening a Dubai offshore company, which is an ideal, tax efficient and cost effective corporate structure for entrepreneurs who wish to conduct international trade. An offshore entity is sometimes called the ‘nonresident paper company”, because it allows foreign entrepreneurs to trade with Africa and Middle East without administrative obligations. The main difference between the Dubai free zone company and the Dubai offshore company is that the offshore company is not allowed to trade in Dubai and in the UAE. Besides that, a Dubai offshore company is quick and simple to set up and the shareholders and directors are not required to register their names and details for public record. What is more, an offshore company is exempt from all annual accounting and tax obligations.

The less popular corporate structure is the Dubai Limited Liability Company. This entity is advised for companies wishing to conduct consulting business (legal and accounting consultancy, IT and management consultancy, marketing consultancy). In other industries, the Dubai authorities require foreigners to create a joint venture with an UAE national, who must hold at least 51% of the shares.

REGISTRATION OF FOREX COMPANIES WORLDWIDE

We specialize in registration of Forex Companies worldwide especially in Cyprus, Vanuatu, Belize, etc. and we have recently successfully helped a client for registration of Cyprus Forex company.

FX or Forex (foreign exchange) trading is a relatively new type of market which investment firms worldwide conduct business in. It encompasses generally an over-the-counter market where buyers and sellers conduct foreign exchange transactions.

Why setting up a Forex Company in Cyprus, Vanuatu, Belize, etc?

Cyprus, due to its attractive tax regime, coupled with its EU Member status, its implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (‘MiFid’), and regulatory regime has proved the perfect jurisdiction for the incorporation and operation of FX companies.

Vanuatu, a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a popular tourist attraction is something called land diving. It has zero corporate tax, it also has no income tax, no capital gains tax, no estate tax, no wealth tax, no withholding tax, no gift tax and no other personal income taxes. Aside from a locally applied 12.5% VAT, there are almost no taxes at all.  With such a taxation regime in place for international companies and offshore companies incorporated in the jurisdiction, Vanuatu can rightly be considered as a “Tax Haven” – and one of the most attractive in the World from many perspectives.

Belize, is located on the eastern coast of Central America, is a tax haven in the purest sense, because it provides a simple incorporation process for offshore companies, which do not pay taxes on earnings from abroad. The tax code in Belize defines offshore income as dividends, capital gains, earned interest and revenues. Dividends paid by offshore companies incorporated in Belize to non-citizens of the country are also tax-free.

Especially after the recent changes in EU directives and regulations non-EU regulated forex companies can no longer operate in the EU and/ or the euro as a currency.

So, nowadays there is a big trend of setting up regulated Forex companies in Cyprus, Vanuatu, Belize, etc that in addition have very favorable tax and regulatory regimes coupled with very low operating cost levels and considerable financial services, legal, tax and accounting expertise and infrastructure.

Minimum Capital Requirements:

In February 2014 there was an amendment of Law N.193(I)/2014 Article 10 (Law of the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets), whereby the initial capital requirements of CIFs has been reduced significantly in order to attract further investments in Cyprus.

Hence the initial capital requirements were configured as below:

A CIF that provides one or more of the following investment services and holds clients’ money or/and client’s financial instruments, must have an initial capital of at least one hundred twenty five thousand euro (€125.000):

(a)  The reception and transmission of orders in relation to

financial instruments

(b)  the execution of orders on behalf of clients;

(c)  portfolio management;

(d)  provision of investment advice;

A CIF that provides the investment services stated in subsection (a) or/and (d) above, and does not hold clients’ money or/and clients’ financial instruments, and which for that reason may not at any time place themselves in debt with their clients, may have an initial capital of:

(a)  At least fifty thousand euro (€50.000); or

(b)  at least forty thousand euro (€40.000) and professional indemnity insurance covering all member states or some other comparable guarantee against liability arising from professional negligence, that it enters into with an insurance undertaking, representing an amount of at least one million euro (€1.000.000), per claim, and in aggregate at least one million five hundred thousand euro (€1.500.000) per year for all claims.

A CIF that provides one or more of the following investment services or/and performs the following investment activities shall have an initial capital of at least seven hundred thirty thousand euro (€730.000):

(a)  Dealing on own account;

(b)  Underwriting of financial instruments and/or placing of financial instruments on a firm commitment basis;

(c)  Placing of financial instruments without a firm commitment basis;

(d)  Operation of Multilateral Trading Facility.

Directors:

A Cyprus FX company must have at least one Executive Director, who passes a ‘fit and proper’ requirement test, who is resident in Cyprus. This means that he must have an investment/financial background, has a respected reputation in business circles and has a clean criminal record.

The requirement for Cyprus residency is to enable Cysec to correspond and liaise with him especially in as regards reporting as well as for clarifications and spot checks.

Furthermore, the company must have a General Manager, who is non-executive, and has no requirement to be resident in Cyprus. The requirement is that he visits Cyprus on a regular basis to oversee the functions of the company. The role of the General Manager is mainly to oversee the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in general.

Application Procedure :

All corporate documents of the company (incorporation certificate, certificate of directors/secretary, shareholders, Memorandum & Articles, etc) together with the CIF application form (Form 144-03-01). [The usual time frame for the preparation of the application and supporting documents is 1-2 months, depending on the prompt availability of the required documents].

Together with the above document bundle, a three year business plan, and internal procedures manual and anti-money laundering and know your client procedures must be filed with the application.

Initially, our firm has experience of setting up a Forex Company in Cyprus, Belize, Vanutatu, etc. We prepare the special memorandum and articles of the company

Legal Article – Registration of companies in BIV

Our law office enjoys an excellent reputation for its litigation strength and expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation, insolvency and investment fund disputes.  We have extensive experience in registration of companies worldwide and especially in British Virgin Islands. We have recently successfully helped a client for registration of Company in British Virgin Islands.

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, is a group of fifty islands in the Caribbean forming a British Overseas Territory. The main islands within this group are called Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. They have been autonomous from Britain since 1967. While the official name is the Virgin Islands, they are usually called the British Virgin Islands to separate them from the nearby American Virgin Islands.

Why is British Virgin Islands considered to be a tax haven?

A tax haven is – according to the OECD – a jurisdiction that seeks to make itself attractive to businesses and business owners seeking more favorable tax treatments than those available in their country of origin or residence. As such a tax haven provides beneficial terms under which either new companies can be incorporated or off-shore entities of already existing companies can be established.

The “British Virgin Islands tax haven” has come about through the creation of a very simple set of corporate taxation rules that offer a highly beneficial taxation system. The British Virgin Islands does not have any capital gains tax, gift taxes, sales tax, value added tax, profit tax, inheritance tax or corporation tax. Salaries paid to employees employed by an off-shore company established in the BVI tax haven are taxed at 8% for the employee the remaining percentage up to 12% or 14% for the employer for any salaries above $12,000.

The relative simplicity of these tax regulations along with the low tax rates explain why British Virgin Islands has become one of the most popular places for off-shore establishment of businesses. The BVI tax haven also offers another important benefit – relative privacy of details regarding financial transactions as well as corporate incorporations. This allows companies to configure their own corporate structure without harmful interference or risk of competitors gaining access to undue information.

Seven reasons to purchase an offshore company in the BVI:

1) Complete freedom from taxes in the country of registration.

2) The British Virgin Islands – the oldest and most respected offshore jurisdiction in the world.

3) The British Virgin Islands have the most elaborate offshore legislation in the world.

The highest level of security.  Information about the owners, shareholders and directors of the company is safely hidden from inquisitive eyes.

5) The Act does not limit the size of the share capital of BVI companies and does not specify the exact timing of the payment.

6) The law does not require the company to submit financial statements.

7) Free use of directors and shareholders as legal entities.

Documents needed to register a company in the British Virgin Islands:

The prestige of this jurisdiction has a downside. The documentation requirements are generally stricter than in more “democratic” offshore zones. If they seem too off-putting, we recommend that you try Belize or the Seychelles instead, where the process is much simpler.

Mandatory documentation:

1) A certified identification document.

A passport (foreign or domestic) is the most readily-accepted document. Next, in descending order, a national ID-card or driving licence (only acceptable if it contains a photo of the owner). The authenticity of the document must be certified by a notary, lawyer, certified public accountant, an employee of the embassy or consulate, a bank manager, a police officer or other person authorized to certify documents.

If you visit our office in Riga or in the BVI, copies of your document will be made by our staff on-site.

2) Proof of residence.

What is it? Any official document showing your name and address together. The most popular options are: utility bill (except mobile phone bills), bank statement (including credit card statement), a certificate from the housing department, an extract from the register of residents, a letter from a notary, bank official, etc.

3) Reference letter from the bank.

This formal document can easily be provided by almost any bank. Banks are familiar with this procedure and, as a rule, each bank has its own format.

In this letter, the bank confirms that the relevant person has been a customer of the bank for however many years, and declares the absence of any claims to this person .

4) Confirmation of the source of legal funds.

This is usually a bank statement.

Actual figures in this account are not that important. The law only requires proof that the client has legal funds.

Andreas G. Danos law office provides both corporate and litigation services.  Our law office enjoys an excellent reputation for its litigation strength and expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation, insolvency and investment fund disputes.  We have extensive experience in registration of companies worldwide and especially in British Virgin Islands.

Destination Cyprus: Registration of companies and Investment Firms

Cyprus is one of the most popular destination in Europe for registering companies. A combination of factors, such as the the straightforward corporate legislation, the favorable tax legislation,  and the country’s stable tax policy has led Cyprus into becoming an attractive jurisdiction, in which thousands of new companies set up with the Registrar of Companies every year, making the country a significant international financial center.

The number of applications for the registration of new companies in Cyprus increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, according to the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver.

Specifically, applications rose by 0.93% in 2017, reaching 13,743 compared to 13,616 in 2016. In 2015, the number of applications reached 11,306, in 2014 they were 11,253 and in 2013 they were 10,927.

Cyprus as a destination has lately been offering a one stop shop services for Forex Firms as well.  The Cyprus Investment Firms Law 144 (I)/2007 provides the legal framework for the provision of investment services, registration, regulation of undertakings and supervision of Cyprus Investment Firms.

Our office provides high level legal services regarding the registration of companies and the registration of Cyprus Investment Firms (CIF)

Announcement for new cooperation with Russian Law firm

Andreas Danos & Co Law firm gladly announces the beginning of cooperation with Yanina & Partners law firm http://yanina-law-firm.com/ in Russia. The cooperation concerns various matters especially Immigration Law matters and also concerning Company Registration worldwide (Seychelles, BVI, Belize etc.) for clients who seek legal services in Cyprus and Russia. This collaboration will be mutually beneficial for both law firms and for all our clients. During the years our Law firm has established cooperation with many law firms and other institutions in order to offer high level services to our clients.

 

Registration of Forex companies in Belize

Our law firm can offer legal help to people who are interested for Belize
corporations and we specialize in the registration of Forex companies in
Belize. Belize is a new very attractive destination for Forex companies
and it has many benefits and advantages for new Forex companies.

Rise in number of company registrations in Cyprus in 2017

According to the announcement of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of the Republic of Cyprus, the number of companies registration in Cyprus in 2017, had an increase compared to 2016.

Recent data released by the Registrar show that the number of applications for the registration of a new company came to 1,062 in January 2017 compared to 916 last January, recording an increase of 14.7%. The total number of registered companies as of January 31, 2017 stood at 209,413.

Our Law firm specializes in the registration of companies and we offer high level services to our clients worldwide regarding the registration of their companies in Cyprus.

Offering services for registering Forex companies in Vanuatu

Our law firm announces that we are offering services for registering Forex companies in Vanuatu. The costs of the registration of Vanuatu Forex company are low and the process is fast.

Holding a Vanuatu Forex license (VFSC Vanuatu Financial Services Commission) is very helpful to brokerages as it allows them to buy, sell and trade investments like shares, options and bonds. The forex licence also enables brokerages to manage investment portfolios on behalf of traders.
The business-friendly environment of the region makes it attractive to not only FX brokerages but in generally for investments. Other investment and fund management institutions such as brokerage firms and hedge funds who have clients wishing to invest in securities not permitted in their resident jurisdiction or that require complicated and costly compliance steps, may find holding a Vanuatu Forex License very useful.

By having a Vanuatu Forex License, these types of investments can be done through a brokerage incorporated in Vanuatu, licensed to trade securities, thus by passing constraints existing in other countries in a legal manner. For example, a brokerage incorporated in the EU, holding a license there, can have an additional Vanuatu licensed company, which may act as a ‘market maker’.
Due to the low capital requirements that Forex brokers should meet in order to obtain a Vanuatu Forex license, even in comparison to other popular jurisdictions, such as Belize, the beautiful archipelago of Vanuatu is fast becoming a preferred jurisdiction for Forex brokers worldwide.

Our law firm has established cooperation agreement with Greek law firm…

BAVEAS PINATSIS RIGAKOS AND ASSOCIATES that is based in Athens. The above law firm will act as our affiliate office in Athens. We are glad that with
our new cooperation will be able to assist our clients who will need legal services in Greece.

AFFILIATED OFFICE IN GREECE
BAVEAS PINATSIS RIGAKOS AND ASSOCIATES
Vasilissis Sofias 137, Athens – Ampelokipi, 11521,
TEL: 00302103644286

Our law firm announces that starts to offer services for permanent residence…

Our law firm announces that starts to offer services for permanent residence and acquisition of citizenship by investment not only in Cyprus in but also in  new countries.

The new countries for which we can provide citizenship services will be:

  • Antiqua and Barbuda
  • Austria
  • Grenada
  • Malta
  • St kitts a Nevis
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • St Lucia
  • Greece

The new countries that we will provide permanent residence services will be:

  • Greece
  • Australia
  • USA
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Portugal
  • Austria
  • Jersey
  • Hungary
  • Belgium
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland