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The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

Yesterday an outfit called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a story in several newspapers around the world alleging that close relatives of many of China's senior leaders own companies registered in offshore tax havens including the Brit

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 2:20pm 1 comment

Analysts divided on impact of Qianhai-BVI move on Hong Kong

The memorandum of understanding with the BVI is expected to boost international investment in Qianhai, the development of which is in its early stages. Photo: Reuters

Qianhai, the special economic zone in Shenzhen intended as a test bed for China's yuan liberalisation and financial reforms, has strengthened its financial co-operation with the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a leading offshore tax haven, but analysts are divided as to whether the move will be a threat or a benefit to Hong Kong.

16 Jan 2014 - 1:44am

Tax havens in spotlight as nine countries sign up to international tax protocols

Protesters target the offshore wealth of the Marcos family in Manila. Photo: AP

A wealth of information about companies and individuals registered in well-known tax havens is set to come to light now that nine more countries have signed up to international tax protocols.

30 May 2013 - 2:18am

Bank chief probed over secret deals

Stepic reportedly used a British Virgin Islands firm to conduct deals.

Raiffeisen Bank International chief executive Herbert Stepic owns a Hong Kong firm, Takego, and a BVI firm, Yatsenko International, which he used to buy three flats in Singapore, said a Reuters report that a spokesman for the bank confirmed was accurate.

24 May 2013 - 4:34am

BVI tax haven picks Hong Kong for drive into Asia

The British Virgin Islands, known for its resorts as well as financial services, sees Hong Kong as ideal for its Asian hub. Photo: SCMP

The British Virgin Islands, a Caribbean tax haven, is to open an office in Hong Kong, amid mounting pressure on the city itself to be more transparent as offshore havens open up their financial secrets.

16 May 2013 - 4:15am

British Virgin Islands slam company leaks as 'illicit'

French President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for a European crusade against tax havens. Photo: EPA

The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) called the investigation by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) into BVI’s financial services industry “illicit”. 

11 Apr 2013 - 10:28am 6 comments

Philippines to probe ‘secret’ Marcos offshore trust after leaks expose rich who hide cash

Imee Marcos, daughter of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Philippine government said on Thursday it planned to investigate an allegation that the eldest daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was the beneficiary of a secret offshore trust.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:07am 2 comments

Ruling keeps HK's edge over Singapore

The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) decision in January to allow the British Virgin Islands as an acceptable overseas jurisdiction (AOJ) has been welcomed by bankers and analysts, who say the move will help attract companies to the territory for listings.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

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7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Company profile - Agile Property Holdings

Agile Property Holdings' principal activity is the development and management of property. Other activities include the provision of decoration services and investment holding, with operations carried out in the mainland and the British Virgin Islands.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Island deal

Major shareholders with 49.26 per cent of restaurant business Golden Island (Holdings) have agreed to sell 44.82 per cent to United Power International for $121 million, or $1.68 a share.

The sale could lead to a cash offer by United Power, a British Virgin Islands incorporated company, at $1.68 a share, a price that values Golden Island at $270.2 million.

6 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Virgin Islands seeks higher profile

OFF-SHORE haven the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has begun a programme of company legislation to attract more international business.

The islands, which have strict company secrecy laws preventing disclosure of almost all details about firms registered there, are introducing laws aimed at attracting 'captive' insurance firms.

27 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Large stock purchased

SIU-FUNG Ceramics announced that 13 investors paid US$85 million for 85,000 shares in Siu-Fung Ceramics Concept, a British Virgin Islands subsidiary, which recently acquired interests in 32 Sino-foreign joint ventures on the mainland.

5 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Close British ties help to promote islands' stability

THE British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of a cluster of offshore banking centres based in the Caribbean Sea.

Like its competitors in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, it has strong links with Britain.

11 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Rivera moves base offshore

RIVERA (Holdings) has announced a re-organisation, including a shift in its corporate domicile to the British Virgin Islands.

Rivera shareholders will receive one share in the new holding company for every 10 shares currently held. The deal is subject to approval at an extraordinary meeting.

8 Apr 1993 - 12:00am