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In respond to the increasing demand of Mainland China clients, Masson de Morfontaine has opened the Shanghai office at 5/F Somekh Building, Rockbund recently.  Our firm is placing more and more emphasis on the importance of the China market, in view to provide our corporate and individual clients with the best international tax and business advisory services. 


Investing Into China Using A Malta Holding Structure


Malta is one of the most attractive holding locations for investment into China. A combination of the new favourable China-Malta Tax Treaty (effective as from 25th August 2011), Malta’s advantageous tax environment and Malta’s holding regime means that Malta is becoming the jurisdiction-ofchoice from which to hold Chinese Subsidiaries.

There are two main advantages of using a Maltese holding company: 1) Chinese dividend may be paid with the lowest level of Chinese withholding tax (WHT) and, no further Malta tax. 2) Profit (capital gain) arising on any disposal of a Chinese subsidiary can be exempt from both Chinese and Maltese tax. These advantages are outlined below, together with other benefits of locating holding companies in Malta.


INCO Business Group: Making The Netherlands accessible for SME

Every year thousands of businesses choose to expand their reach to a global audience by incorporating in the Netherlands. With it’s exceptional infrastructure, liberal tax regime and strategic location in Europe, the Netherlands is the ideal operating base for businesses with global ambitions.

However an incorrect perception of high cost and time-consuming bureaucratic procedures has meant many SMEs fail to take advantage of operating a Dutch company, instead choosing other less established regions.


Q&A with Harneys’ Bermuda Insurance Expert Michael Burns


A captive insurance company can be defined as a ‘do-it-yourself insurance company’ that insures the risks and exposures of its parents and affiliates. It is estimated that globally more than 90% of Fortune 1000 companies have established a captive with the majority being registered in Bermuda.

Up until recently China based firms tended to purchase insurance locally; however this is expected to change with so many China based companies now operating internationally and needing to adopt new risk management strategies.


Incorporation at Nevis, West Indies

Part of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the island of Nevis has its own financial services sector, separate from that of neighboring St Kitts.

We like Nevis precisely because it's a relatively unknown jurisdiction with a reputation for good regulation – it has successfully avoided many of the scandals that have tarnished other IFCs.

The Federation, whilst remaining part of the British Commonwealth under Queen Elizabeth I, gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1983. Its status as a sovereign state, not under direct control from London, is increasingly important to our clients who are moving here from British Dependent Territories like BVI, Cayman and TCI.

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