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Establishing a Family Office in Cyprus: A Legal Guide

Family offices have gained popularity as a means for high-net-worth individuals and families to manage their wealth, preserve assets and plan for future generations. Cyprus, with its favourable tax regime, robust legal framework, and strategic location, has become an attractive destination for establishing family offices. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive legal guide to setting up a family office in Cyprus, offering valuable insights for individuals and families looking to establish a dedicated entity to oversee their financial affairs.


Understanding the Concept of a Family Office:


A family office is a specialised entity that offers comprehensive wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals and families. It serves as a centralised hub for managing various aspects of wealth, including investment management, tax planning, estate planning, philanthropy, and family governance. Establishing a family office in Cyprus allows individuals and families to leverage the country's favourable legal and regulatory environment while benefiting from its extensive network of financial professionals.


Legal Structures for Family Offices in Cyprus:


Cyprus offers several legal structures for setting up a family office, including companies, trusts and foundations. Each structure carries its own legal and tax implications, and the choice depends on various factors such as asset protection, privacy, and succession planning. Our law firm assists clients in selecting the most suitable legal structure for their family office, taking into account their specific objectives and requirements.


Regulatory Compliance:


Compliance with regulatory requirements is a crucial aspect of establishing and operating a family office in Cyprus. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and other regulatory bodies oversee certain activities and services provided by family offices. Our legal team ensures that family offices comply with all applicable laws and regulations, assisting in obtaining the necessary licenses and registrations, and navigating compliance requirements to ensure a smooth operation.


Investment Management:


Investment management is a key function of family offices. Cyprus offers a wide range of investment opportunities, including real estate, private equity, venture capital, and financial markets. Our law firm provides guidance on investment management strategies, compliance with investment regulations, and risk management to protect and grow the family's wealth effectively.


Tax Planning and Optimisation:


Cyprus' favourable tax regime makes it an attractive jurisdiction for family offices. Our experienced, associated tax advisors can assist in structuring the family office to optimise tax efficiency, taking advantage of Cyprus' extensive network of double tax treaties and tax incentives. We provide advice on income tax, capital gains tax, estate planning, and other tax considerations to help families preserve their wealth and minimize tax liabilities.


Family Governance and Succession Planning:


Family offices often play a crucial role in establishing effective family governance structures and succession planning. Our legal experts work closely with families to develop tailored governance frameworks, including family constitutions, family councils, and mechanisms for intergenerational wealth transfer. We assist in implementing structures that align with the family's values, preserve wealth across generations, and promote family unity.


Setting up a family office in Cyprus provides numerous benefits for high-net-worth individuals and families seeking comprehensive wealth management solutions. With its favourable tax regime, robust legal framework, and strategic location, Cyprus offers a conducive environment for establishing and operating a family office. Our law firm assists clients in providing comprehensive legal assistance throughout the process, from selecting the appropriate legal structure to navigating regulatory compliance, investment management, tax planning, and family governance.


Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For specific legal guidance on Cyprus legal matters, it is advisable to consult with a qualified legal professional. If you have any questions or require any legal advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@kourtellos.com.

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