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Analysis of exchange of tax information and investment in exchange for citizenship, taking into account the first results of the discussion organized by the OECD

Back in the first quarter of 2018, namely on February 19, 2018, a draft of advisory document was published on the official website of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which called on all interested parties to join the discussion on the OECD strategy for combating the loopholes on using the Common Reporting Standard (CRS, Single standard of tax information exchange) in the “citizenship by the investment” (CBI - granting citizenship in exchange for investments) and “residence by the investment” (RBI - granting a residence permit in exchange for investments). To date, more than 70 jurisdictions in the world offer these schemes. On April 17, 2018, a 96-page document was published on the OECD website (PUBLIC INPUT RECEIVED ON MISUSE OF RESIDENCE BY INVESTMENT SCHEMES TO CIRCUMVENT THE COMMON REPORTING STANDARD), which, in fact, summarized the first results of the discussion and the contents of the official letters to the organization. More than 20 structures were the speakers, including:AFME office in London (Association of Financial Markets in Europe, it brings together the largest agents in the capital markets in the region); Italian...

How the rules for LP of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will change

Published: Olena Vydysh | 08.05.2018 | blog

Essence of the scandal On April 29, a publication on the use of thousands of SLP in criminal activities appeared in the British newspaper The Times. According to the British officials, SLP was used through shills in complex schemes for money laundering. In particular, by means of the scheme, including more than 100 Scottish Limited Partnerships, about 58 billion pounds sterling, accumulated illegally, was withdrawn from Russia. More than 20 SLP was used in a fraudulent scheme, by means of which about 742 billion pounds sterling was withdrawn from Moldova. There is also a link between SLP and organized criminal groups from Eastern Europe for the purpose of conducting weapon delivery deals. All this became a reason for the announcement of the beginning of struggle against fictitious companies by Britain. And on the next day, April 30, a consultative document was posted on the official website of the British government with a number of proposals on reforming the legislation on limited partnerships to reduce the risks of their use in criminal schemes. Importance of Limited Partnerships It is worth noting that a Limited Partnership (LP), including its Scottish form, continues to...

Vehicles as an investment from a non-resident

Published: Алексей Рабышко | 02.05.2018 | blog

Recently, the Internet is full of information that 2018 is the latest year when it is possible to purchase a vehicle that has been used for “preferential excise tax”. As it is known, from 01.08.2016, the Law of Ukraine of May 31, No. 1389-19 on the stimulation and development of the market of second-hand vehicles, came into force. This law is valid until December 31, 2018 and provides for a significant reduction in excise tax rates for the import of used cars, subject to special conditions and restrictions. We, in turn, are talking about the acquisition of a non-used and completely new car, using a ready-made business tool - a non-resident company. The starting point of our acquisition is, in fact, the choice of a vehicle. In this case, the higher the cost of the car (its class), the more significant the saving will be. So, in stages: Choice of a vehicle. There are many online resources where you can have a great time choosing a vehicle. As an example, here is www.lexus.com. On this site, you can easily find the model you are interested in and choose the equipment that suits your needs. Perhaps, it will be necessary to enter the so-called postal code to search for the...

The EU Financial Market after Changes in Legislation: Will It Become More Transparent and Stable?

The newspaper “Journal du Dimanche” previously published information about the intentions of the French President Francois Hollande to hold a meeting with the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy on March 6 in Versailles, dedicated to the future of the European Union. This mini-summit, among other things, should have to demonstrate the unity of the leaders of the four major European powers of the euro zone in the face of the many threats and crises that the EU is currently facing. The agenda also included the study of the issues “related to ensuring the strengthening of the development of the European Union”. On March 6, the government supported the changes to the Law on the Financial Instruments Market, the Law on Alternative Investment Funds and their Managers, as well as the Audit Services Act. What is the ultimate goal of these changes? They should make the EU financial market more transparent and stable, reduce systematic risks, protect depositors, and ensure the effectiveness of financial markets and reduce the costs of their participants. The changes in the laws have been designed to adopt the Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the markets of...

European Regulatory Authorities Publish ICO Hazard Notifications

Published: Olena Vydysh | 29.11.2017 | blog

ICO (Initial coin offering) is a form of attracting investments in the form of selling a fixed number of new units of cryptocurrency, received with a single or accelerated emission.In the middle of November, the European financial regulators, including ESMA (the European Securities and Markets Authority), the Belgian FSMA (the Financial Services and Markets Authority) and the Dutch AFM (the Authority for the Financial Markets), issued warnings about risks for the investors and rules applicable to the companies participating in the ICO.The market of so-called cryptocurrencies has heated up. The approximate total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has increased from $ 18 billion in early 2017 to staggering $ 200 billion by the time of writing this article. Needless to say, some people were worried about this hype, and not only the European financial regulators.ICO is the key concept of cryptocurrency as a type of “crowdsale” (“crowd” and “sale”) where the project developers offer a new type of cryptocurrency (also called “token” or “coin”) using the distributed ledger technology. Cryptocurrency can acquire various characteristics based on the...

Gambling Reform in Malta

Published: Olena Vydysh | 27.10.2017 | blog

After conducting a series of consultations with the public and interested persons, technical studies and assessments of the financial and economic consequences, the Government of Malta intends to carry out a full reform of the current legislative framework regulating gaming activities.The proposed reform implies the abolition of all current legislation regulating gaming, and the introduction of a single law - the Gaming Act. The law will enable the competent minister to publish the rules and also give authority to the relevant regulatory body (Malta Gaming Authority - hereinafter “MGA”) to publish the Directives and other regulations if necessary, thereby ensuring timely and flexible interventions, especially with regard to technical specifications and processes.Within the framework of optimizing the supervision and modernization of the existing gaming infrastructure, the main state priority in the gambling sphere will be the flexibility of the regulator in the decision-making process and the reduction of the unnecessary regulatory burden, as well as the simultaneous strengthening of supervision in the spheres of the highest risk.One of the main changes in the course...

New european legislation on regulation of financial services markets will soon come into effect

Published: Olena Vydysh | 29.09.2017 | blog

On January 3, 2018, a new MiFIDII will come into force, significantly changing the existing requirements on regulating the financial markets in the EU. We will consider in today's blog what exactly is MiFIDII and how the regulation of the European financial markets will change. The MiFIDII (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) is the common name for a complex network of legislation, which includes two Directives and three EU Regulations, supported by a number of technical standards and guidelines of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The measures provided for in the Regulations are directly applied in the EU member states. For the implementation of other standards and harmonization of the national legislation, the updated requirements are established by the competent authorities in each Member State. The current MiFID was adopted in 2004 and it operates with small updates of the end of 2007. Thus, the MiFID not only preceded the financial crisis, but it also did not consider many business models and technologies, which today became a common phenomenon. Consequently, there was an extreme need for such an update. When developing the new provisions, the EU...

Application of blockchain technology in field of insurance

Published: Olena Kamenetska | 28.09.2017 | blog

The technology of the distributed registry gives the potential to the companies in different spheres of activity to enable them to work more efficiently, create new business models and launch innovative products. But, naturally, the reasonable question arises: will the technology "Internet finance" be able to justify the arisen agiotage? The Distributed ledger technology (hereinafter referred to as DLT), also known as Blockchain, refers to the innovations that can offer a tremendous potential to the large companies for more efficient operation and better customer service but it is not sufficiently developed yet for such applications. The Distributed registries are common databases that contain digital lists of the transaction records. Their unique feature is that the identical copies of the registry are "distributed" between several hosting and information storage servers (hosts) that check transactions written in the form of "packages" by means of the agreed process. After checking, the "packages" are blocked with a cryptographic "hash" or an alphanumeric string of the fixed size, which allows the hosts to check incoming data but does not allow data recovery. Conceptually, the...

What is initial coin offering and how it works?

Published: Olena Kamenetska | 18.09.2017 | blog

The developers, businesses and ordinary people are increasingly using the Initial Coin Offering, which is also called the ICO or the sale of tokens to raise capital. Such activities provide fair and legitimate opportunities to attract investment. Nevertheless, new technologies and financial products related to the ICO can be misused to attract investors with the promises of high profitability in the new investment space. Providing this material, we begin a series of articles on crypto-currencies in order to acquaint you with the current issues of regulating a new and actively developing sphere of investment. Virtual coins or tokens are created and distributed using the distributed registry technologies or distributed storage of reliable records (blockchain technology). Recently, the sale of virtual currency through the ICO is more and more popular. The buyers (investors) can use funds to purchase money (for example, US dollars) or virtual money to buy virtual coins or tokens. The creators (promoters) provide the buyers with the information that the capital raised from the sales will be used to finance the development of the digital platform, software or other projects of this...

Changes in immigration law in Czech Republic

Published: Dmitriy Batrakov | 15.09.2017 | blog

Recently, the President of the Czech Republic has adopted the amendments to the Law "On the Residence of foreign citizens" (hereinafter - the Law). The basis for such changes to the Law was the obligation of the implementation of the EU Directives on seasonal employment and permits for the employees transferred within the framework of international concern. However, the bill introduces various measures to combat illegal employment, the problem of which is acute in the Czech Republic. In addition, a number of measures are being introduced for the immigration support of the new investors. The specified changes are the largest since the times of introduction of the institution of the Labor Card in 2014 and they will come into force during August of this year. In view of the fact that the amendments to the Law are directly related to the creation and promotion of business in the Czech Republic, then we will focus on the key points and try to understand them. Some of the changes will affect the certain categories of the citizens who are not the EU citizens and have seasonal employment, as well as the managers, specialists and trainees of the international corporations who have been...