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“In fifteen days and with 1 dollar, you can assemble a hedge fund which will operate on the international financial markets”. Under pretext that the foreign funds registered with the Caimans are reserved to the sophisticated investors (more than 100.000 dollars of deposit), the law n' impose on the latter any restriction on l' debt, no prudential ratio, no obligation as regards diversification of the risks.
" To obtain information on a given company, it is necessary to write to the trade register, which, in exchange of 23 euros, agree to give the date and the place of registration of the company, its legal status and its address (to the choice, Ugland House or Walkers House, addresses main competitor of Maples…). For more precise information, you should come with a judge data request. “And even in this case, better is worth not to be too in a hurry. To obtain an answer takes a year at least”, underlines Raymond Baker, director of the association Total Financial Integrity and consulting to American think tanks on the topic of tax shelters. "
In the Cayman Islands, one pays neither income tax, neither corporation tax, nor wealth tax. The national product gross average per capita is l' one of highest in the world (47 000 dollars in 2007) and largely exceeds that of France.
The Cayman Islands are the second-largest offshore captive insurance domicile, with 765 captives licensed as at 31st December 2007.
As at 31st December 2007, there were 8,751 funds registered in the Cayman Islands, with an additional 119 licenced funds and 543 administered funds for a total of about 9,400 funds.
The Bank of International Settlements ranked the Cayman Islands as the fifth largest banking centre in the world in terms of liabilities, and sixth in terms of total assets.
281 banks are licenced in the Cayman islands.
The bank secrecy is protected by law and banks offer numbered accounts.
Offshore companies, such as trading companies, investment companies, shipping companies and captive insurance companies, are tax exempt for 30 years after incorporation. Owners of the exempt companies are not disclosed and bearer shares are admitted. The company does not have ot keep accountancy books.
For private individuals, exemption of income tax, dividends perceived, appreciations, donations or the successions
More than 800 billion $US are in the Cayman Islands, 120 billion $US are transferred there every year. The corporation tax rate is 5,2%.
The Cayman Islands are the fifth-largest financial market in the world. The 584 banks and 2200 hedge funds and pension funds registered there manage respectively 500 and 200 billion $US. 40000 shell companies are registered there. The Cayman Islands have 7% of the world's offshore fund market, i.e. 800 funds.
Main violations of the human rights and dirty money laundering
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