‘’At PAHALAW we strive to deliver tailor cut estate planning solutions for tax optimization, asset management and succession law purposes to protect our clients’ hard-earned savings while taking care of the stressful uncertainties of tomorrow ’’. Paris Hadjipanayis, CEO

Our dedicated services for UK nationals and ex-pats include:

·         Setting up of Cyprus International Trusts (CITs) and Trustee related administrative services;

·         International tax & succession planning via non-UK protected trusts;

·         Cyprus Company formation & nominee management services;

·         Preparation and execution of a Foreign Will for client’s Cyprus based assets or reseal of a UK Will in Cyprus via probate action proceedings;

·         Filing of a Probate Action to court for asset administration & distribution to rightful successors;

·         Legal & regulatory compliance services via Alternative Investment Funds;

·         Real-estate investment services via our commercial & residential properties’ portfolio;

·         Registration & Authorization of an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) or Payment Institution (PI);

·         Acquiring a Cyprus passport by investment or a permanent residence permit (post Brexit effect)

Ten things you need to know for curving the road towards a successful estate planning:

  • Income, gains and profits generated abroad are tax exempt and do not bear any withholding tax or taxation on redemption of units or interest on dividend payments under a CIT or AIF structure for foreign investors or non-Cyprus tax residents;
  • Profits generated by the disposal of shares, securities, dividends received, capital gains from the sale of shares / property companies abroad are tax free under an AIF set up;
  • As of 2015 there is a Notional Interest Deduction for taxable profits on new equity held by the company (AIF) with a restriction of a 10 year bond yield +3%.
  • Full confidentiality and protection of anonymity for CIT’s class of beneficiaries and AIF’s unit holders;
  • An AIF umbrella structure can segregate its funds by allocating equity in multiple sub-funds and the respective unit holders of each sub fund will enjoy protection from any type of civil liability and creditor claims stemming out of a cross sub-fund (ring fencing of assets);
  • CITs may be also used for tax optimization purposes on worldwide assets and tax avoidance on foreign chargeable gains and be treated as exempted property for UK non-domiciles on an income, capital gains and inheritance tax basis that would otherwise be taxed on the arising basis of taxation by the HMRC in the UK post 06/04/2017;
  • Any type of investment via the setting up of a CIT or AIF of €2,000,000 will qualify for acquiring a Cyprus passport and gain access to EU market post Brexit under a dual passport regime; A Permanent Residence Permit will allow you to change your tax residence to Cyprus upon purchasing a €350,000 estate and use it as your domicile of choice;
  • By setting up a CIT the settlor can avoid the “per stripe” formula distribution rule for non-disposable assets for family members up to the third degree of lineage.
  • By contrast to drafting a Will which can be negated at any time during your lifespan when acquiring new assets or when a legal hair is born / added to the line of succession, a CIT will remain in force for an indefinite period of time regardless of such changes and serve your beneficiaries’ interests.
  • Failure to plan your estate matters on time will always lead to a probate action taking place in court which will inevitably increase running costs as well as create a delay of up to 5 years for completion.

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