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International Companies

Corporate structures of one kind or another have existed for centuries. In an effort to restrict owners’ liability or potential financial exposure, companies are said to be “limited”. Commonly this limitation is evidenced by the issuing of shares and the named shareholders are generally seen as being the owners of the underlying business.

But companies can be limited in other ways too - perhaps by guarantee (English rowing clubs would be a good example of how this type of structure works in practice). And there are even hybrid structures that combine elements of both types - and very useful they can be too.
Companies can be established worldwide and the majority will be formed in the country where the business is established - logically enough. But there  are often good reasons to establish a company - or maybe a series of structures - abroad perhaps including the use of a recognised international finance centre.Corporate structures of one kind or another have existed for centuries. In an effort to restrict owners’ liability or potential financial exposure, companies are said to be “limited”. Commonly this limitation is evidenced by the issuing of shares and the named shareholders are generally seen as being the owners of the underlying business.

But companies can be limited in other ways too - perhaps by guarantee (English rowing clubs would be a good example of how this type of structure works in practice). And there are even hybrid structures that combine elements of both types - and very useful they can be too.
Companies can be established worldwide and the majority will be formed in the country where the business is established - logically enough. But there are often good reasons to establish a company - or maybe a series of structures - abroad perhaps including the use of a recognised international finance centre.
Professional advice is always recommended before embarking upon the establishment of a company structure. As a first step, consulting ianlebreton.com will allow clients to access concise, up to date and wholly independent information relevant to a particular client taking into account their individual circumstances.

A prospective client will need to consider a wide variety of often competing criteria when making such decisions. Country(ies) of residence and citizenship, tax and legal matters, banking needs, succession plans and so on are just the start. Costs are also important although from the outset ianlebreton.com will not recommend following “cheap and cheerful” options for generally they are not ideal solutions and if not fully compliant should be dismissed at the outset.
If as a result of the initial discussion and resulting feedback from ianlebreton.com a client wishes to incorporate one or more company structures, totally independent and unbiased introductions can then be made to a series of carefully selected company service providers in the relevant jurisdictions (see Solutions)


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