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International Immigration and Tax Planning

For several years, our Immigration and Tax and Wealth Planning teams have helped clients looking to relocate overseas.

When clients consider relocating, there are numerous issues that our team of immigration and tax experts based in the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong can assist with, alongside our network of international lawyers. Our Immigration and Tax and Wealth Planning teams work together to support individuals and their families to move.

Successful migration requires an understanding of the relevant legal and tax repercussions as well as wider considerations such as education, healthcare and security that may affect clients and their families. Our team of UK tax, trust and immigration lawyers work as a unit with a deep understanding of international law tax and trust concepts as well as expert knowledge of global residency and citizenship requirements. Our independence enables us to work with our clients' own international lawyers or to obtain the best international law advice from our extensive network of law firms and tax advisory practices to provide integrated solutions.

We regularly travel to countries to which our clients look to move. This enables us to maintain close relationships with our clients' advisers and to coordinate and work closely with them, including wealth advisers, bankers and family offices.

By providing our clients with the information they need to assess alternative residencies they are empowered to decide which is the optimum strategy. We can support them with their move by providing advice on all areas of personal tax and trust and estate planning, including the formation, administration, regulation and taxation of wealth structures.

Key areas of expertise

We can provide advice on the application of the UK's statutory residence test and any split year tax treatment that might apply depending upon our clients' circumstances.

We can advise on the optimum structures for your wealth, including trusts, foundations, usufructs, partnerships and corporates depending on which country you choose to move to and work with our network of international lawyers to ensure that the structures work from a UK and local perspective in the event that the move out of the UK is a short-term move.

We deal with all aspects of inheritance tax planning and have particular expertise in advising British expats on managing their potential UK inheritance tax exposure.

We can assist with the establishing of dual-qualified charitable entities.

We have expertise working with favoured counsel across the European Union to provide our clients with an integrated and seamless immigration offering. We work across all European countries, in line with the needs and interests of our clients. We currently have a particular focus on Italy, Malta, Monaco, Switzerland and Portugal.

We advise on the full spectrum of US immigration law, including investor-based applications such as EB-5 and E2, and applications for Green Card status and US citizenship.

We work closely with our offices in Singapore and Hong Kong for immigration services in these key locations. We also work closely with our family advisory business, MDR Mayfair Dubai, for immigration services in the UAE. We are well accustomed to both the legal and cultural nuances involved when advising our clients around the world, and our extensive network of trusted firms enables us to work alongside our international preferred counsel to deliver exceptional results for our clients.

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