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June 9, 2020

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

The appeal of English Courts

December 16, 2019

As a collection of emerging markets with a strong growth potential, the Balkan countries have firmly positioned themselves on the map of attractive investment locations.

As a collection of emerging markets with a strong growth potential, the Balkan countries have firmly positioned themselves on the map of attractive investment locations.

Steadily growing numbers of foreign investors have expanded into Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, drawn primarily by the region’s favourable location, its affordable workforce and creative tax regimes.

March 8, 2019

More family offices are looking to get involved in co-investments with other families and the best advisers in emerging property sectors could be the next generation, says a new report on wealth.

More family offices are looking to get involved in co-investments with other families and the best advisers in emerging property sectors could be the next generation, says a new report on wealth.

More ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) and their families were choosing to cut out the middleman when it came to their investment portfolios by setting up a dedicated family office and property was no exception, Knight Frank said in its Wealth Report this week.

January 7, 2019

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

March 20, 2018

Global wealth-holders increasingly want secondary passports and residencies, but a new report is warning of the risks to reputations from citizenships on sale.

Global wealth-holders increasingly want secondary passports and residencies, but a new report is warning of the risks to reputations from citizenships on sale.

Just over one-third (34%) of ultra-high net worth individuals already possess a second passport and more than a quarter (29%) were planning to buy one, while one-fifth (21%) are considering emigrating permanently, according to Knight Frank’s annual Attitudes Survey, produced for The Wealth Report.

March 2, 2018

Uncertainty over the legal status of non-domiciles, residency and Brexit is behind a flight in wealthy individuals and families from the United Kingdom to friendlier destinations around the world.

Uncertainty over the legal status of non-domiciles, residency and Brexit is behind a flight in wealthy individuals and families from the United Kingdom to friendlier destinations around the world.

Relocation experts discussed the trend at a high net wealth mobility event near London last month, sponsored by Locate Guernsey and attended by about 130 private wealth advisors.

February 5, 2018

In an uncertain world the key to survival rests with those who are flexible and quick enough to adapt. The key to success sits neatly in the pockets of those who can pre-empt change and seize the opportunities it brings, says Andra Ilie, private client adviser at Knox Private Office.

In an uncertain world the key to survival rests with those who are flexible and quick enough to adapt. The key to success sits neatly in the pockets of those who can pre-empt change and seize the opportunities it brings, says Andra Ilie, private client adviser at Knox Private Office.

For UK based ultra-wealthy family office principals, there are a number of matters to contend with and consider as we move through a time of change.

March 17, 2017

Given increasing levels of instability and scrutiny in the world, the location of family offices has taken on new significance in recent years, with families understandably concerned about finding the most secure environment for the governance of their assets, says Dominic Wheatley, chief executive of Guernsey Finance.

Given increasing levels of instability and scrutiny in the world, the location of family offices has taken on new significance in recent years, with families understandably concerned about finding the most secure environment for the governance of their assets, says Dominic Wheatley, chief executive of Guernsey Finance.

January 5, 2017

For decades, high-net-worth individuals and families have valued Bermuda for the array of services available in the jurisdiction to support trust structuring, private-wealth preservation, estate management and succession planning.

As HNWls continue to look for better ways to protect and manage their wealth, Bermuda is leveraging its well-earned reputation as a leading trust and private client centre to firmly position itself as an ideal location to establish and/or operate a family office. 

For decades, high-net-worth individuals and families have valued Bermuda for the array of services available in the jurisdiction to support trust structuring, private-wealth preservation, estate management and succession planning.

As HNWls continue to look for better ways to protect and manage their wealth, Bermuda is leveraging its well-earned reputation as a leading trust and private client centre to firmly position itself as an ideal location to establish and/or operate a family office.

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