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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) shortlisted for ‘International Domicile of the Year’ by Captive Review

Kuala Lumpur, 2 November 2020 – Leading global trade publication, Captive Review has recently shortlisted Labuan IBFC as ‘International Domicile of the Year’ for the European Captive Review Awards 2020.

The European Captive Review Awards is a unique set of awards dedicated to captive insurance and risk management expertise across Europe, giving service providers, captive owners and other industry stakeholders a platform to showcase excellence and innovation, highlighting the continued sophistication of the market.

Captives are self-insurance vehicles which are strategic risk management tools utilised by many corporations around the world. To date, there are approximately 7000 captive insurance companies set up globally in order to enjoy this benefit.

Labuan IBFC is the only jurisdiction from Asia that offers this sophisticated insurance structure and to be shortlisted in this category. The other shortlisted jurisdictions were American-based.

“We extremely pleased to have been shortlisted in the European market, as this signifies a coming of age for Labuan IBFC which has already carved its name as the leading captive jurisdiction in Asia,” said Farah Jaafar-Crossby, Chief Executive Officer of Labuan IBFC Inc.

It is worth noting that Labuan IBFC won the Best Asian Domicile for two years in a row at the Asian Captive Review Awards in 2018 and 2019; recognised as Captive Insurance Jurisdiction of the Year at the China Offshore Awards in 2018 and 2019; as well as shortlisted for the non-EU jurisdiction category in the European & UK Captive Review Awards 2018.

As at mid-2020, the jurisdiction has recorded more captives being set up in the centre in the first half of 2020 compared with the entire 2019. The Labuan captive business continued its growth momentum with premiums increasing by 14.2% to USD457.5 million, where 64.5% of its total premiums originated from international markets including Europe. Labuan IBFC has significantly broadened its geographical spread of business beyond its traditional preponderance of Malaysian owned captives and is attracting business internationally.

Labuan IBFC has continued to attract EU-based companies looking to manage their Asian risk profile via the setting up of a Labuan captive operation. A key standout player is one of the largest commodity trading houses in the world, that set up its captive to cater to its Pan-Asian operations in 2018. There are also other captives that are headquartered in Europe and have set up operations in Labuan IBFC via their Asian-based subholding companies, to cater their Asian risk exposure.

As one of Asia’s fastest growing reinsurance hubs, Labuan IBFC is an ideal location for captive formations, being home to more than 200 insurance and risk management licensees, creating a robust eco system for captive owners to operate within.

With the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Captive Review Awards 2020 will be held virtually on 26 November. The ‘International Domicile of the Year’ category is awarded to the jurisdiction that demonstrates the highest standards of regulation, accessibility, efficiency and commitment in promoting the captive insurance business in the region.

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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Malaysia, through its internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, is the preferred international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region.

It offers global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated jurisdiction, while providing for fiscal neutrality and certainty, in addition to being an ideal location for substance creation.

Labuan IBFC boasts a wide range of business structures and investment solutions catered to cross-border transactions and international business dealings. It offers services and solutions in niches such as asset leasing, risk management, commodity trading, wealth management, international business companies and Islamic financial services to global businesses looking at penetrating Asia and Asian entities aiming to go global.

Labuan IBFC operates within clear and comprehensive legal provisions, guidelines and practice notes, enforced by a single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority.

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