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Offshore Company Formation- International tax planning

Offshore Company Formation: About us

We are an English tax and law office within the network of international tax consultants and lawyers (LowTax Network International), focusing, in particular, on „international tax planning for natural and legal persons“. Other focal points are: the setting up of financial services companies and banks abroad, licenses for games of chance within the EU and offshore, the setting up of trusts and foundations and, in addition, the transfer of domestic assets into trusts within the English-speaking legal area (asset protection,bankruptcy protection,inheritance law).

In so doing, we look after clients from various countries. Our head office is in London. In addition, we have branch offices/representative offices and/or fee-based tax advisers and lawyers in many countries. The setting up of companies abroad is carried out by the lawyers’ offices with whom we collaborate in the country where the foreign company will have its head office. Through this form of organization clients are assured of the best possible advice in the various countries as well as the legally trouble-free setting up of the companies in the countries where the companies are to have their head office. Our work also includes, of course, the drawing up of expert tax appraisal reports within the context of the cross-border restructuring of companies.

Our work focuses on the following activities:

  • The setting up of companies abroad : the setting up of companies within the EU (Bulgaria, Cyprus, England etc.) and other countries (e.g. United Arab Emirates, Singapore, the USA, Belize, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein), incl. all the necessary services:
    • setting up the company, recording it in the register of the county
    • registered office, virtual office up to and including an office (proper registered office)
    • if required: provision of a trust manager or salaried manager in the country where the company has its head office  (5 DTAs: location of the senior management of the company as the location of the business premises for tax purposes). This task is only taken on, in our case, by lawyers or tax consultants within the country where the company has its head office.
    • if required: provision of trust shareholders
    • opening of an account in the name of the company, incl. credit card and online banking
    • bookkeeping, preliminary turnover tax return and annual accounts
  • Setting up holding companies within the EU (Cyprus,the Netherlands,Spain,Denmark) and other countries for the purpose of collecting the dividends of the subsidiary companies as free of tax as possible, the non-taxation of purely holding revenues (holding privilege),the further distribution of the dividends as free of tax as possible to the actual owners of the shares (dividend routing). In addition: the setting up of management and administrative holding companies,including the choice of location and all the measures required for the purpose of tax recognition.
  • Cross-border restructuring of companies, expert tax survey reports
  • Law on double-taxation agreements
  • Europe PLC, company mergers, EU guidelines on mergers

Tax advice for natural persons and entrepreneurs:

  • Migration abroad, shifting of unlimited tax liability
  • International inheritance tax and successor asset planning  
  • Assignment of employees

Turnover Tax Law- Customs Law:

  • Cross-border facts and international optimisation of the organisation
  • Repayment of turnover tax, international facts

Asset Protection – Inheritance Law – Business Succession:

Setting up of trusts and foundations in the English-speaking legal area (Belize, Jersey, Panama, Cyprus), transfer of domestic assets to foreign companies, trusts within the English-speaking legal area (family trusts, company trusts).

What we are NOT

We are „not just a setting up agency“ that promises its clients quick and cheap solutions without risks. Offers from such types of setting up agencies which, as a rule, are not tax offices specialising in international tax law and, therefore, not „actually“ allowed to give any tax and/or legal advice, are often extremely risky arrangements which quickly become a tax trap. The key words are: laws to prevent the misuse of arrangements within individual countries, clauses on the misuse of DTAs, G20 agreements, and information agreements with regard to tax affairs between countries.

Giving Advice to Clients in the Run-Up to Setting Up a Company / Tax Planning

Our office employs specialists in international tax law (tax advisers with specialist training in international tax law, lawyers,tax LL.M.s, and/or graduates in business management with additional training) and/or fee-based advisers with the same qualifications. For special tasks our office can fall back on tax advisers with special qualifications who work for a fee. Thus this involves, in the case of one partner, a lawyer with additional qualifications in international tax law and an LL.M.(in tax), who is working in the tax planning and strategy department of a major automobile group and is focusing on dealing with issues associated with tax-optimised financing, restructuring, holding activities as well as the European effects on direct taxation law.
Thus, over the years, a network of highly specialised advisers has emerged which really is comparable with the Greats in this sector, specifically in terms of quality. We are happy to give our clients advice over the telephone, by e-mail or in person at our premises.

Expert Tax Appraisal Reports

International tax law is a highly complex business. Therefore, within the context of tax optimisation plans/the cross-border restructuring of companies it is frequently necessary for highly specialised tax advisers / LL.M.s (in tax) to show possible routes to solutions and to point out their advantages and disadvantages prior to implementing them. This is carried out by means of a survey report/expert appraisal report. Domestic tax advisers cannot, as a rule, carry out such an expert appraisal in practice as they lack the relevant specialisation. Major international tax consultancy firms are frequently too expensive for the client. Due to the shape of our organisation we are in a position to carry out the relevant expert appraisal reports to an extremely high standard and on affordable terms. In so doing, we are very willing to collaborate with your domestic tax adviser.

Once the expert appraisal report has offered suitable routes to a solution the client decides, with our assistance, on the best possible route. At the same time, our office will, at the request of the client, not only to assume responsibility for giving tax advice but also for putting together the relevant constellation, that is the appropriate setting up of the company abroad.

“Setting Up of Financial Services Companies and Banks” Services within the EEA, the USA,Switzerland and Offshore (Belize,Cayman Islands)

Our “international banking law” department deals with the setting up of financial services companies/asset management companies and banks within the EEA (e.g. Germany, Spain, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein), Switzerland, the USA and offshore (e.g. Belize, Cayman Islands).  Services offered as part of the setting up of banks are inter alia.:

  • Incorporation of the company of the bank
  • Application for admission to hold an A licence
  • Setting up a place of business at the place of jurisdiction of your bank
  • Recruitment of fit & proper personnel for the management of the bank according to international banking law
  • Connection to a ratings agency (Rating, Basel II), e.g. Moodys, S&P
  • Connection to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT, appointments at SWIFT), Swift Code and IBAN
  • Connection to a deposit guarantee fund
  • Banking law (general terms and conditions of the bank, credit agreements, due diligence, compliance, etc.)
  • Representative offices or branches in other countries
  • Tax planning and routing of dividends e.g. by setting up a holding company

International Games of Chance Licences Services:

  • Advice on the choice of the country in which to have the head office
  • Law on games of chance and betting
  • Setting up of the company incl., on request, a proper registered office, trust director and/or shareholders, opening of an account
  • Application for a permit (business plan, profit and loss account plan for the first three years, general terms and conditions etc) up to the granting of the licence
  • Tax advice (tax planning, intermediate holding company for the routing of dividends)
  • Arrangement of software programmers for the games of chance/betting platform of the online offer

Advocates-Law Firms:


Born Panama, Republic of Panama, January 8, 1976; admitted 2001, Panama.


Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, School of Law, (LL.B., Cum Laude, 2001); Harvard University, School of Law (Program of Instruction for Lawyers, 2001); Harvard University (Advanced Level Integrated Skills Course en el Harvard Institute for English Language Program, 2001).


Research Assistant to the First Ombudsman of the Republic of Panama (1997-2001); Professor of Law, Cartago University, Republic of Panama. Political Sciences; Roman Law; Procedure Law; Constitutional Procedure; Administrative Law; History of Law; Banking Law. Professor of Law at the American University, Republic of Panama: Constitutional Law I; Constitutional Law II; Political Sciences; Economic Integration Law; Public International Law.


“Jurisprudence of Panama Corporation Law”; “Jurisprudence 1903”, all published by Editorial Portobelo, Republic of Panama; “Money Remittances Houses in the Republic of Panama”, essay published in the comparative section of the electronic magazine Law and;


Spanish, English and Gujarati.

Michael Kyprianou

Languages: Greek, English

Office: Nicosia

Demos Christodoulou

Demos Christodoulou has obtained his law degree from the University of Salonika in Greece and he is a member of the Nicosia Bar Association and the Cyprus Bar Association.

He is a senior litigator and specialises in civil litigation, probate and banking law.

Languages:  Greek, English

Michael Hasikos

Michael Hasikos has obtained his law degree from the University of Athens in Greece and he is a member of the Nicosia Bar Association and the Cyprus Bar Association.
He specialises in family law and probate law.

Languages:  Greek, English

Menelaos Kyprianou

Menelaos Kyprianou has obtained an LLB Degree from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He is also a Barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple having been called to the Bar in 1994 Menelaos is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

He specialises in Civil litigation, Corporate law and Admiralty law. He has represented numerous foreign companies in major civil litigation cases.

Languages:  Greek, English, French

Pavlos Kyprianou

Pavlos Kyprianou has obtained an LLB Degree from King’s College of London in the UK and then became a Barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple. He is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.

He specialises in civil litigation, administrative and constitutional law.

Languages:  Greek, English, Russian

Pavlos Aristodemou

Pavlos Aristodemou has obtained an LLB Degree from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and a Masters degree in International Banking and Financial Law from Boston University in the US. He is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and he is an active member of several international legal organizations.

He specialises in financial law, tax law, corporate law and competition law.

Languages:  Greek, English

Tonia Antoniou

Tonia Antoniou has obtained an LLB Degree from the University of Essex in the UK and a Masters degree in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol in the UK. She is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.

She specialises in Intellectual property, Corporate law and Immigration law. She mainly represents domestic and international clients in obtaining, maintaining and enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Cyprus and abroad.

Languages:  Greek, English

Anna Grigorieva

Anna Grigorieva has obtained a law degree from the University of Ekaterineburgh, Russia. She has also passed the Cyprus Bar exams and is now a member of The Cyprus Bar Association.

She specialises in Corporate Law, Immigration law and Acquisitions. She mainly consults major foreign clients from Eastern Europe in establishing their businesses in Cyprus.

Papadopoulos Dimitris (Consultant)

Born Zurich, Switzerland, 1966; admitted 1997, Zurich, also admitted in all German-speaking cantons. Education: University of Zurich, Law School (J.D., 1992). Experience: Clerk, District Court of Pfäffikon ZH, 1994-1995. Legal Assistant, Zurich based law firm, 1995. Associate, Müllhaupt & Partners, 1996-1998, Partner since 1999.

Member:  Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations;

Languages:  German, English, French, Greek and Italian.

Practice Areas: Contracts and Corporations; Banking and Investment Law; Taxation;

Savvas Savvides

Savvas Savvides has obtained an LLB from Leeds University UK, and a Masters degree in European Law and Integration from Leicester University, UK. He is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and external lecturer of Holborn College of London, U.K.
He specialises in Civil Litigation, in Conveyancing and European Law.

Languages:  Greek, English

Nikolas Nikolaou

Nikolas Nikolaou has obtained his law degree from the University of Athens in Greece and he is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.

He specialises in family law and Civil litigation.

Languages:  Greek, English

Company formation USA:

U.S. Corporation Services, Inc.- Dr jur. Stenbock
Legal Incorporators for the United States of America

Panama Foundation, Offshore-Company, Vessel Reg.:

Alexis Carles, Senior Partner

Areas Practiced: Corporate Law, Trust Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, Maritime & Admiralty Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy Law, Estate Planning, Immigration, Wills & Probate – Rep. of Panama


  • University Santa Maria La Antigua
    Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
    Licensed in Law and Political Sciences, 1991.
    Thesis of Graduation: „The Illicit Empowering of Airships“
  • University Santa Maria La Antigua
    Masters in Mercantile Law, 1997.
  • University Latina from Panama
    Masters in Procedural Law

Courses and Seminaries:

  • Center of Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama Advanced training    course for Arbitrations and Conciliators, 1994.
  • Investment Education Alliance
  • Seminary Law of values and Regulations:
    Obligatory fulfillment, Procedures, information and opportunities for the benefit of legal, countable, insurance services, 2001


  • Member of the National School of Lawyers
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Ministry of Property and Treasure:
  • External adviser from 1994 to May of 1997

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Company formation Liechtenstein:

Chetcuti Cauchi :

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti Dip.Tax, B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., MIT
Dr. Maria Chetcuti-Cauchi B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D
Dr. Priscilla Galea B.A., LL.D.
Dr. Sarah Vassallo B.A., M.A.(EDRC.), LL.D.
Dr. Gianfranco Gauci B.A., LL.M.(IMLI), LL.D.
Dr. Angele Vella-Gauci B.A., M.Jur.(EU), LL.D.
Not. Dr. Maria-Christina Saydon B.A., LL.D.
Mr. Kenneth Camilleri B.Accty(Hons.), AIA, CPA
Ms. Ritianne Cassar B.Accty(Hons.)
Mr. Omar Schembri B.Accty(Hons.), CPAMs. Leanne Rolé C.F.S
Ms. Claudia Buhagiar
Mrs. Virginia Grima B.Sc.

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