Together with the
highly reputable British Isles of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle
of Man, the crown colony of Gibraltar belongs to High Disclosure
Offshore Centres which provide for greater legal certainty. It
is the only British offshore centre that is part of the European
Union. It is the only British offshore centre that can and will
increasingly be able to provide financial institutions with passporting
rights and access to the single European market for financial
A number of factors make Gibraltar attractive
for offshore business conduct:
· Good geographical location and bilingual
(English and Spanish) territory
Cost effectiveness and attractive fiscal regime for offshore investors
· Excellent reputation,
stable government and special status within the European Union.
· Excellent infrastructure and communications.
· Favorable tax status
for offshore banks.
· No exchange controls.
In addition to the opportunities arising from
Gibraltar’s status in the EU, it is also the only jurisdiction
that offers a flexible tax regime (25-year certificates), a specific
exclusion form the EU requirement to levy VAT, and regulatory
standards matching the EU and UK but retaining the flexibility
of a small jurisdiction. All these factors make Gibraltar unique
in many respects, and all of them are able to attract offshore
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