Offshore Foundations

A foundation is a separate legal entity, lacking members and shareholders. Foundations are established to fulfill the wishes of the founder who may be an individual or a corporate entity. These wishes are stated in the Foundation Charter and Regulations. Offshore foundations play a very important role in asset protection and estate planning. Offshore foundations can be used with offshore companies to increase privacy, confidentiality, asset protection and wealth management. Foundations originated from the Liechtenstein civil law legal system and for many years, has served as a model for other jurisdictions. In 2004, the Bahamas introduced Foundation Legislation making it a leading Common Law jurisdiction for the incorporation of foundations. When a foundation is established in a suitable offshore jurisdiction and the residents don`t receive any benefits from it, the assets and income of the foundation are exempt from taxation.

Four categories of foundations exist. These are private, corporate, charitable and special purpose foundations.

  • Private: for succession management
  • Corporate: for benefit purposes and continuity of control
  • Charitable: for charitable organization benefits
  • Special purpose: donations for philanthropic purposes

Advantages of setting up an offshore foundation include:

  • Wealth protection
  • Estate planning
  • Real estate tax planning
  • Confidentiality
  • Accepted in most civil law jurisdictions
  • Forced heirship protection
  • International and tax structuring for charitable funds and pension funds
  • Ecclesiastic requests

Tax Havens where offshore foundations can be set up include

  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherland Antilles
  • Seychelles
  • Nevis
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts

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Avia and Slogold Group S.A. is incorporated in Panama. We have office in Panama City. Registration number of Avia and Slogold Group S.A. is 877631-1-510466 and DUNS number 85.376.2784.

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