Knowledge base

FATCA: Foreign Financial Institutions & NFFE’s

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was passed as part of the HIRE Act, was implemented to able foreign financial Institutions and certain other non-financial foreign entities to report on the foreign assets held by their US-based account holders or be subject to withholding tax on the relevant payments.


ICOs: A Smart Business Decision or Just a Risky Investment?

There are many financial experts voicing their concerns over ICOs being too much of a risky investment, however should we be so quick to dismiss ICOs as a legitimate vehicle? ICOs can be used as a substitute for Venture Capital funding due to parallels in the phase of company’s lifespan and risk profiles, which give potential opportunities for future start-ups and companies.


Initial Coin Offering, definition and regulation

Initial Coin Offerings (“ICO”) have gained increasing attention by crypto currency users, the media and the regulators. The rising price of Bitcoin, one of the most widely known and used crypto currencies, along with fraud scandals in different countries, have raised attention by the public and concern by the regulators. It is important for us that our clients and our professional team understand crypto currencies and ICOs to be able to make intelligent and well-informed decisions.


EU release list of tax havens & blacklisted jurisdictions for the first time

In an attempt to recover the approximate 600B euros lost within various EU countries to tax evasion schemes each year; the European Union has released its first official blacklist naming 17 jurisdictions that have failed to meet international standards of implementing sufficient regulations and transparency measures.


2017 G20 summit: Enforcement of taxation highest priority

The 2017 G20 leaders’ summit took place in Hamburg last week where the European Commission Council and leaders discussed the priorities and primary projects for the upcoming summit. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has stated that advancing the global combat against tax evasion is top of the list.


Obtaining a forex license for trading

The foreign exchange or Forex market is an extremely lucrative industry involving trading foreign currencies and amenities such as precious metals and oil, with approximately three trillion US dollars being invested in foreign exchange trades on a daily basis globally it is, in terms of volume of trading, the largest market in the world.