On May 23, 2019, the China Offshore Summit with the theme of "Global Financial Regulation and the Globalization of China's Private and Corporate Wealth" continued in Shenzhen. The day's discussion focused on corporate structuring - the best strategies for international tax planning, structure optimization and global compliance when Chinese companies make overseas investments, list and merge.
By 2018, Greater China had more than $19 billion of outbound investment and more than 3.48 million millionaires with $1 million in assets. For those engaged in cross-border financial asset investment and offshore asset allocation, the most important issues are SAFE, followed by the transparency of financial information mandated by joint reporting rules introduced last year.
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We heard from more than 40 experts on the establishment and planning of investment funds, tax planning, investment immigration, wealth and asset protection, corporate architecture and other pressing issues.
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Some highlights of the industry discussions:
Session 5: panel discussion -Beneficial Ownership Regime: What has Happened and What is Next?
The international regulatory landscape has undergone significant reforms to enhance corporate tax transparency and improve client due diligence requirements. As part of a wider, global initiative, heightened beneficial ownership requirements are related to identifying the beneficial ownership of companies, principally for combating illicit financial crimes. This panel provides an overview of the beneficial ownership regimes’ recent updates and amendments in certain jurisdictions, and explains how to remain competitive in an industry disrupted by legislative reform.
Session 11: panel discussion - Are Global Economic Substance Requirements a Potential Game Changer for International Business?
New laws in key offshore jurisdictions came into force at the start of 2019, requiring entities engaged in certain relevant activities to have demonstrable economic substance in that jurisdiction, in accordance with the standards established by the OECD and the EU for cracking down on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS),with regards to harmful tax practices in particular. This panel discusses the overwhelming changes introduced along with growing financial transparency, and how international activities have to become more heavily reliant on compliance than ever.
In the past, cost was the most important consideration when considering offshore jurisdictions. Now people are thinking more about the stability of the legal system and have a longer term view.
What is audience’s attitude towards the recent hot economic law of Cayman and British Virgin Islands?
Children's education is increasingly a factor in immigration/identity management considerations
The 2019 China Offshore Shenzhen Summit has come to a successful conclusion. Thanks to all for for their attendance!