Can you do business through an offshore trust?

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When it comes to protecting not only physical assets, but the entire business, many entrepreneurs consider the option of operating a legal entity through an offshore trust.

Of course, it is more common to use an offshore trust on an individual basis – to protect money, inheritance, real estate, etc. However, it is possible to use trusts to protect your business structures. By using this option, you will not officially have the authority to manage business assets and will not be liable to creditors and courts as the beneficial owner of the business.

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How does a company trust work, where is the best place to open it for a foreigner and how to competently use this legal tool to delegate powers to manage your shares in a company? We will consider all these questions in more detail in this article. In addition, our experts are always ready to give you practical assistance.

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What is a business foundation?

In terms of its structure and type of asset management, a corporate trust is similar to an individual trust. The main difference lies in the type of property that is transferred to trust management and is usually completely controlled by the trustee. If in an individual trust it is about financial savings, bank accounts, real estate and inheritance, then companies or shares in companies in a company trust are used as transferred assets.

At its core, a business trust is a legal agreement between a beneficiary or beneficiaries (founder/beneficial owner or beneficial owners of the business) and a trustee.

Depending on the type of trust structure, business income management can be controlled by business owners or solely by a trustee. In the latter case, the level of asset protection is maximum and ensures the separation of the company from its owners at the legislative level.

How does a trading fund work?

In order to create a business trust and protect the company’s assets against external influence and intervention, the real owners of the company enter into a trust declaration with an administrator.

The conditions for setting up a trust are detailed in the declaration. It contains all the powers and duties of an administrator who is delegated the right to manage/dispose/profit from the assets of a legal entity or perform other actions.

Once the terms are agreed upon, the trust owner(s) sign the declaration and the trustee is given a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the trust beneficiaries.


  • Trustee – a person or entity that owns the rights and controls the business interest in the trust structure.
  • Valid duration of the trust – can be established by agreement between the parties or be unlimited, but not more than 99 years according to the laws of the world. In the first case, business interests are transferred to trust beneficiaries when the trust agreement ends. In the second case, the profit can be distributed over generations, which should also be taken into account when entering into the Declaration – you must indicate where the property will go after the expiry date.
  • Business trust – a corporate structure with the right to carry out business transactions and obtain financial profits for the benefit of its beneficiaries.
  • Business trust beneficiary – it can be one person or several beneficiaries at once. In a family business, the beneficiaries can also be heirs. But most often business trustees are investors and/or shareholders.
  • Purpose of creating a business trust – tax optimization, separation of business ownership, protection of assets from lawsuits and creditors.

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Features of fiduciary protection may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, which should be carefully researched in advance. Nevis Trust is one of the most reliable options whose registration is available with the support of our experts.

Types of corporate funds

What are the types of corporate trusts and how does this affect the protection of the beneficiaries’ assets? We will try to understand this issue in as much detail as possible and give you an idea about trusts for business and their functions.

Grantor offshore business trust

It assumes that the offshore trust is created and controlled by the same person who transfers assets to it and distributes profits. It is also called a simple trust and belongs to the revocable category. An administrator’s powers in such a structure are very limited.

The disadvantages of such a trust are obvious – the grantor and trust are not treated as separate tax entities. Therefore, the trust income will be taxed. And the direct connection between the settlor and the trust virtually eliminates the protection of the beneficiary’s privacy and property.

Simple offshore trust

It is similar to the grantor trust, but has several differences. The administrator distributes income among the beneficiaries, but only within the framework of the funds received from activities. The principal placed in the trust cannot be distributed. Simple trusts are prohibited from making charitable donations and beneficiaries are required to pay tax on any income they receive from the trust.

Complex offshore company trust

This is a trust where it is legally permitted to accumulate income, make distributions other than income, make charitable donations and receive charitable contributions. Like simple trusts, complex trusts must file tax returns and can deduct certain expenses.

Subcategories of such a corporate fund are:

  1. Accumulation funds are used, among other things, for business planning and accumulation of profits in the fund. Income may be held in the trust until the beneficiary obtains the legal right to dispose of the property or distributed among beneficiaries (shareholders, investors) at the trustee’s discretion. An accumulation fund is usually managed by the trustee, who himself decides how the profits are to be distributed, but always takes into account the owner’s recommendations (based on a letter of recommendation).
  2. Fixed business trust is a structure where the category of beneficiaries-recipients of income is predetermined. At the same time, the beneficiaries have ownership rights within the free value framework (equitable title), which is the curator’s obligation to distribute income in relation to the established hierarchy or according to other criteria.
  3. Offshore discretionary trust – complex trust where the management of capital and profits is solely handled by the trustee. This structure involves flexible frameworks through a letter of intent from the business owner, which provides advice on how best to handle the assets transferred to trust management. According to the law (and for inspection bodies), the administrator of a discretionary trust determines the circle of beneficiaries and subsequently distributes income at their discretion. At the same time, the founder and beneficiaries (shareholders) have no legal connection to the company transferred to the trust management. This precludes the possibility of presenting them with claims and credit obligations.

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A discretionary complex trust under the trustee’s full control is the highest level of protection offered by offshore trusts, including Nevis trusts. Use the advice of our experts and get a full range of services to establish business trust on a turnkey basis.

Advantages and disadvantages of company funds

In considering a trust as a tool to protect business assets and obtain profits, all legal theses, as well as positive and negative sides, should be considered. For example, the Nevis trading trust is recognized as one of the safest and most productive tools, which can be emphasized by such advantages as:

  • Business readiness – Nevis complies with all FATF recommendations while developing its own regulatory framework to protect the interests of trusts and their beneficiaries. The Nevis trust will have the confidence of the world market and offshore companies can freely use European bank accounts without fear of blocking them.
  • Business trust for Nevis should also be considered when transferring your business to a trust. Building business relationships and establishing trade relationships, especially for world-class companies in export/import and production of goods/services, depends on who will lead the business and from where. At the same time, neither shareholders nor investors will be reflected in the company’s company documentation, if management is transferred to a trustee in accordance with the Trust Act. In this way, the impact of sanctions on trade relations can be avoided, which is one of the obvious advantages of a business trust.
  • Confidentiality and legal protection of offshore trusts – Nevis, with its legal framework, can become an impenetrable fortress for your assets. Nevis does not accept foreign judgments for enforcement. In order to make claims against the trust and the beneficiary, creditors and other applicants have to go through a difficult path. They must come to Nevis, pay an advance of $100,000, and only then file a claim. At the same time, they have no guarantees of a legal victory. On the contrary, as practice and statistics show, such cases of business trusts in Nevis have not yet been registered.

The disadvantages of offshore company trusts include expensive maintenance and management issues. However, if there are assets to protect, the trust will help resolve the issue within the confines of the law.

How to set up a business foundation

A company fund is not always the tool you need for your business planning. Creating an offshore limited liability company (LLC), a partnership, or using another form of business may be sufficient.

In any case, before taking the decisive steps to register a trust, we advise you to consult with our professionals, who will provide a range of services:

  • to choose a country for the registration of a company fund in accordance with the client’s tasks and objectives
  • formation of trust with a complete set of documents and the launch of an offshore structure
  • opening business accounts in banks, NEO banks or payment systems in the world
  • preparation of documents, translation, apostille and other ways of legalization
  • professional officer service for an offshore company, services from a curator, lawyer, etc.

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