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Family Businesses: Controls, Successions and Sales

Originally posted on the BCLP Private Wealth Insight Blog found here.

The family business not only represents the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of the founders, sometimes across generations, but is often a reflection of the founder’s and family’s values and beliefs.

The family business has the potential to grow, adapt and continue to deliver value across generations – but can it, will it and should it?

Should the founders pass it on or sell it?  Are the options binary?

In weighing up the options, the issues can sometimes seem conflicting.

  • Does the need for financial freedom – to provide financial support to family; to explore new investments or philanthropic ambitions – necessarily mean the family business must be converted to cash?
  • If there is no family member willing and capable of taking on leadership of the business, can the family business, to which the family

Bryan Cave Shortlisted For 2016 Magic Circle Awards

Bryan Cave has made the shortlist for the prestigious Magic Circle Awards for 2016 under the category of “International Law Firm of the Year – USA”.

The Magic Circle Awards are held annually each Spring to recognize the best advisors in the financial sector on a global scale.

Congratulations to London Private Client Services Partner, Dyke Arboneaux

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Private Client Services Partner in London, Dyke Arboneaux, has been selected as both a speaker at the STEP Global Congress and as a judge for the 2016-2017 STEP Awards.

Dyke advises individuals, families and financial institutions on international estate planning and U.S. tax matters, with a particular emphasis in planning for clients who are exposed to both the U.S. and U.K. tax systems.

Congratulations!

Tax Benefits for Many U.K. Non-Doms to Be Reduced

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Last month, the UK government announced sweeping changes to the taxation of “resident non doms,” a classification of individuals who receive favorable tax treatment from the UK government.

The UK tax obligations of an individual depend in large part on the individual’s “domicile” under generally applicable English common law principles. (Unlike the US tax system, the citizenship of an individual is irrelevant under the UK tax system.) The UK income tax and capital gains tax systems (which operate as two separate regimes of tax) take into account the “residence” status of an individual, as well. The residence rules were massively overhauled with effect from 6th April 2013. Note that a UK tax year runs from April 6 to April 5 of the following years.

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