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Dubai and GCC Private & Commercial Wealth Structuring
If you are looking for local support on matters of corporate structuring either in the GCC or further afield, please set up a meeting with our experts using the form below. In addition to advising on the proper use of SPCs and other DIFC corporate entities, we can also outline what is involved in incorporation, management, and administration of those entities, plus how they can fit into a wider international framework using the network of Boston offices in other jurisdictions.
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Head of Dubai
Telephone: +971 4 338 2274
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Peter leads the Dubai based operations of Boston Corporate Services (DIFC) Limited, the Group’s first office within the MENA region. With over a decade of experience within the financial services sector in the Middle East Peter is responsible for the Group’s growth strategy in the region building upon a rapidly growing client base.
Peter has held senior positions with leading financial institutions both in London and Dubai has a strong background of business development within the Middle East market working with a high net worth client base specialising in investment management, wealth planning and the fiduciary services. With a B.A. (Hons) degree from The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Peter is now working towards the STEP diploma in International Trust Management.
Peter likes to explore new countries, cultures and takes an active role in mentoring business students within the Dubai network.
Telephone: +44 1624 693050
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Katherine leads all of Boston Group’s business development and marketing functions. She was appointed in 2012 to drive Boston’s ambitious international growth strategy and brings almost two decades of experience in the offshore market, with particular knowledge of luxury assets. She has been instrumental in the development of the Isle of Man’s shipping and aircraft registries.
Katherine is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants and is a former Isle of Man President of the Association. She also holds an Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction.
Katherine is married with two daughters. She is a keen skier and enjoys travel and maintaining an active social life.
Dubai Company Formation
The Dubai International Financial Centre is a special economic zone designed specifically as a home for the financial services industry in the GCC region. It is already a major global financial centre, acting as a hub between Asia, Africa, and Europe. Currently, the DIFC community consists of over 1,500 active registered companies, including some of the world’s largest financial services firms.
The DIFC allows the incorporation of a range of different company types, including companies limited by shares, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and special purpose companies (SPCs). Of these, the SPC is particularly interesting as a vehicle for any kind of financial structuring, boasting incredible flexibility that makes it appropriate for ring fencing assets, managing financial transactions, or even setting up family offices.
The benefits of establishing an entity within the DIFC are as follows:
- Ability to have 100% foreign ownership (compared to ‘onshore’ Dubai companies, which have local ownership restrictions).
- Zero tax rates on income and profits for a period of 50 years from the date of inception.
- An international legal system based on Common Law of England and Wales.
- A variety of corporate vehicles can be established.
- A well-regulated, compliant, and transparent environment which complies with international best practices and processes.
- An international stock exchange located in DIFC (Nasdaq Dubai) with primary and secondary listings of debt and equity investments.
Our Dubai office, Boston Corporate Services (DIFC) Limited, is established in the DIFC and is one of only a handful of providers able to incorporate all of the corporate entities available in the jurisdiction, notably including the SPC. Our specialist team is available to provide local advice and support, as well as to ensure any structures fit into a global structuring plan, using our international network of offices in other key jurisdictions.
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