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Keravnos Law

Trust and Asset Protection

Trust and Asset Protection

We advise on the creation and administration of trusts in Cyprus. In this area, our clients include individuals wishing to set up trusts, beneficiaries and trustees. Our services include advising on the choice of trustees/protectors, the tax position of trusts and the exercise of trust powers and indemnities. Review, analysis and development of estate plans for high-net-worth individuals, and the preparation of documents necessary to implement such plans. We advise wealthy individuals and their families how to structure their global wealth in order to protect it from antagonistic third parties, personal or family issues and preserve confidentiality for present and future generations. The team advises on the use of a variety of entities including onshore trusts, companies, foundations and private trust companies throughout the world.

Cyprus trust law is essentially based on the English system. Trusts are mainly regulated by the Trustee Law, Chapter 193, enacted in 1955 and based on the English 1925 Trustees Act. This is supplemented by the English doctrine of equity and English case law prior to 1960. In 1992, Cyprus enacted the International Trusts Law. On 23 March 2012, the International Trust (Amending) Law of 2012 came into effect reforming the International Trusts Law of 1992. The new Law builds on the existing very attractive Cyprus International Trusts Law and has introduced many new competitive features.

The following benefits relate to Cyprus International Trusts:

  • Income, gains and profits are exempted from income tax, capital gains tax, special contribution or any other taxes in Cyprus.
  • No estate duty or inheritance tax in Cyprus.
  • No exchange control regulations.
  • An International Trust may carry in business in Cyprus subject of course to the laws of the country which are imposed on the beneficiaries and not on the trust itself There are no reporting requirements in Cyprus for the International Trusts.
  • Dividends, interest or royalties received by an International Trust from abroad are not taxable.
  • Trust capital received in Cyprus by a foreigner resident or retired in Cyprus from trusts not resident in Cyprus is not taxable on the trustee.

Trust capital received in Cyprus by a foreigner resident or retired in Cyprus from trusts not resident in Cyprus is not taxable on the trustee.

  • Formation and administration of Cyprus International trusts or other off-shore trusts
  • Provision of corporate trustees and other officers
  • Review, analysis, development and implementation of succession plans for owners of closely held businesses
  • Preparation and implementation of complex asset protection plans to minimize risks and transfer wealth and minimize taxes
  • Providing advice on family asset protection and inheritance issues
  • Making distributions to the beneficiaries
  • Formation of charitable-contribution vehicles, including family foundations, donor-advised funds and direct gifts

Additionally, our litigators have litigated claims involving:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty for or against fiduciaries and their agents
  • Removal of fiduciaries
  • Will and trust interpretation, construction and reformation
  • Lack of mental capacity
  • Fraud, duress and undue influence
  • Spousal rights and elective share proceedings
  • Determination of, and challenges to, heirship
  • Actions to recover assets