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General, Tax
Although Labuan is a known destination for financial services in the region, the spillover effect on the local community can certainly be enhanced, whilst ensuring that the standards of regulatory, supervisory and transparency requirements of a leading international business and financial centre is met.
15 November 2017

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
In the estate planning arena, there has been a flurry of activities in various common law jurisdictions in legislating and promoting the concept of private foundation as an alternative to trust. Millie Chan, Borden Ladner Gervais' Senior Consultant for the Asia Pacific Markets looks at the statutory creature of private foundation by examining the legislative characteristics in this first of the two- part series.
29 September 2017

General, Insurance, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management
Some would go so far as to say that Asia is not ready for a more robust self-insurance or even captive insurance presence, but how true is this? Farah Jaafar-Crossby shares her thoughts on the recently held Asian Captive Conference 2017.
11 September 2017

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, General, Islamic Finance, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines
The midshore centre can play a pivotal role in the realisation of China's BRI as an alternative funding hub. Labuan IBFC offers funding structures in a business-friendly yet well-regulated environment to global companies, including those in China.
09 August 2017

General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Tax
Transparency and substance is the new staple for a modern and successful IFC, while continuous subscription to the highest money laundering and terrorism financing standards a given.
06 July 2017

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
Carolyn Oh, Principal of Carolyn Oh and Co, discusses about the implications of making Wills and how a Trust could be a better way for succession planning.
01 June 2017

General, Risk Management
Labuan IBFC offers prospective captive owners a business friendly regulatory environment with a modern, well-developed and low cost infrastructure that includes access to the latest risk management tools and techniques.
31 March 2017

General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Tax
The Labuan Trading Company, Your Treasured Gateway to Future Proofing and Substance Creation
31 March 2017

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Protected Cell Companies, Wealth Management
Labuan IBFC’s unique qualities offer sound wealth management options for the growing HNWIs in China. According to reports, about eight times as many high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) are in China as in Hong Kong.
24 March 2017

Capital Markets, General, Insurance, Risk Management
With Asian companies on the verge of embracing the use of captives as a form of risk management and transfer, leading to an explosion in their use, Labuan IBFC is well positioned as the domicile that could benefit most from this.
19 January 2017

General, Insurance, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management
In the final of a two-part series (October and December), captive insurance stalwart, Callum Beaton talks about the trends of the captive industry and what it entails
25 November 2016

General
Recent global events from the release of the Panama Papers to a series of high-profile inversions have given international tax regulators both rhetorical ammunition and public support to execute a global crackdown on multinational tax planning.
23 November 2016

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commodity Trading and GIFT Programme, Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Insurance, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Leasing, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management, Shipping, Tax, Wealth Management
Labuan, a federal territory of Malaysia off the coast of Borneo, has been host to a growing financial services sector for over 25 years. A sector that has continued to steadily and assuredly grow despite the global economic turmoil of the last decade, and that is carving itself an important niche in the Asian Pacific financial market.
22 November 2016

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commodity Trading and GIFT Programme, Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Insurance, Islamic Finance, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Leasing, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management, Shipping, Tax, Wealth Management
Pivot to Asia continues, commitment to international standards in tax cooperation and transparency reinforced and additional key business sectors identified
03 November 2016

Capital Markets, General, Insurance, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management
In the first of a two-part series (October and December), we speak to captive insurance stalwart, Callum Beaton about the Asian captive insurance industry.
06 October 2016

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Islamic Finance, Wealth Management
World's first private client solution incorporating the concept of Islamic charitable endowment
14 September 2016

General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines
Labuan IBFC benefits as the drive towards tax transparency and substance gains momentum
05 August 2016

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, Wealth Management
Carolyn Oh, the principal of Carolyn Oh and Co, discusses the importance of control in wealth preservation and how it can be achieved via Labuan Trust and Foundation.
01 July 2016

Capital Markets, Islamic Finance
Rebecca Clow and Jonathan Lawrence share how a joint venture of two Australian solar companies managed to fund their project in Indonesia through an Islamic bond in Labuan. This article was first published in K&L Gates’ Legal Insight.
17 June 2016

Capital Markets, General
How two professional services firms, housed in a Labuan domiciled company, scaled up its ASEAN presence via Labuan IBFC
07 June 2016

Wealth Management
First published in STEP Journal (July 2015), this article by Dr Nico Francken summarises the characteristics of the Indonesian foundation, based on Dutch civil law, and the Labuan foundation, based on common law.
29 July 2015

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, Wealth Management
The use of trusts in wealth management is not uncommon. However, foundations are fast gaining ground as a viable alternative in our pursuit to preserve wealth. In this article, Datin Isharidah Ishak shares the benefits of establishing a foundation in Labuan IBFC, which strives to position itself as the premier midshore jurisdiction for succession planning vehicles.
29 May 2015

Commodity Trading and GIFT Programme
In 2011, the Global Incentives for Trading (GIFT) programme was launched to support Malaysia's aim of becoming an international commodities trading hub. Shanker Iyer compares the key benefits and requirements of the GIFT programme with its Singaporean counterpart.
30 April 2015

Wealth Management
A foundation is essentially a civil law creation, but how does it work in a common law country like Malaysia? Carolyn Oh, Principal of Carolyn and Co discusses the appeal of foundations as a wealth management tool and its application in Malaysia both onshore and offshore.
27 February 2015

Insurance, Risk Management
David Herratt, an independent risk consultant based in Hong Kong, explains why captives should feature on a board’s agenda in instilling good risk management practices and corporate governance standards within an organisation.
15 January 2015

General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Tax
The comprehensive range of tax benefits available in Labuan IBFC makes it a very attractive jurisdiction for a variety of business and financial activities. In this article, Goh Ka Im, Partner and Head of Tax and Revenue Practice Group, Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co, compares the different tax treatments that apply to Malaysian and Labuan entities.
24 November 2014

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
Mark Lea, Partner at Lea & White and Managing Director at Lea & White International Advisers Limited, introduces the general concept of a foundation as provided by the Labuan Foundations Act 2010, and explains some of its important features and impact on Malaysian residents and property.
23 July 2014

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commodity Trading and GIFT Programme, Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Insurance, Islamic Finance, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Leasing, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management, Shipping, Tax, Wealth Management
Labuan is a financial centre located in Malaysia. The following article discusses its role and features, including tax and trusts regimes.
05 March 2014

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Wealth Management
Estate planning now looms in the forefront for the generation of baby boomers. In dealing with this transition, Asian patriarchs and matriarchs however face challenges which might not have affected their previous generations. Millie Chan discusses in this article.
22 December 2013

General, Islamic Finance
Increasingly, Islamic funds have been authorised by a variety of international regulators and listed on international exchanges. This has provided Islamic wealth management with a growing global audience with mainstream financial institutions providing Islamic investment funds.
21 February 2013

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Islamic Finance, Wealth Management
Jasmin Jamaluddin discusses about the intricacies of Islamic estate planning
21 February 2013

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Wealth Management
The Chinese have a dire saying: ‘fu bu guo san dai’, meaning ‘wealth never lasts more than three generations’. Preserving wealth and succession planning are regarded as significant motivations for setting up family offices. Only a family office can provide a genuine holistic solution that is tailor-made to a family’s business, wealth, personal and corporate needs.
21 February 2013

General, Insurance, Islamic Finance, Risk Management
For Muslims, the preferred tools for risk protection is a two-sided Takaful relationship, Dr Omar Fisher discusses.
21 February 2013

General, Islamic Finance, Leasing
This article discusses how Islamic Finance is being deployed to finance the acquisition of Airliners (such as Boeing and Airbus aircraft) that are placed under long-term leases. This High Yielding Alternative Investment Class is the new buzz within the Islamic Finance community.
21 February 2013

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
Once regarded as only available to, and suitable for the extremely wealthy, Trust and Foundation structures are now regarded as tools for sensible, long term financial planning for any family having reasonable assets and businesses of substance
06 July 2011

General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
High-net-worth individuals or families and those involved in wealth management in search of a safe refuge can expect a warm welcome at Labuan IBFC especially now with the new and amended laws, enacted earlier in 2010.
06 July 2011

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
Despite its respectable growth over the last two decades, Labuan IBFC recognised that the key driver to greater growth in a changing world is the revamp of its legislation.
05 July 2011

General, Insurance, Protected Cell Companies, Risk Management
Callum Beaton, Consultant, tells us why Labuan provides a very real credible offering as a top-notch captive centre, on par with other leading captive jurisdictions
04 July 2011

General, Islamic Finance, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Tax
Even as change has been force-fed on many governments and jurisdictions in the aftermath of the economic slowdown, Labuan IBFC has been independently implementing changes on a stage-by- stage basis. The latest move was the passage and finally the enactment on 11 February 2010 of four new laws with four others radically amended to transform the business scene in the jurisdiction.
20 June 2011

Family Wealth and Succession Planning, General, Labuan Legislation and Guidelines, Wealth Management
In this article, Mark Lea (Partner of Lea & White and Managing Director of Lea & White International Advisers Limited) provides some highlights on the new Labuan trust laws, which were drafted with the assistance of Lea & White, a leading trust law specialist in the region.
20 June 2011

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