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Gibraltar: Types of Company

Trusts

The basic law of trusts is contained in the Gibraltar Trustee Act, which is virtually a copy of English trust legislation. Gibraltarian legislation affecting trusts also includes the Perpetuities and Accumulations Ordinance, the Trustee Investments Ordinance, the Bankruptcy Ordinance and the Trusts (Recognition) Ordinance. Appeal is to the Privy Council.

The Hague Convention has been implemented, but there are no provisions for the exclusion of foreign inheritance laws or for the nonrecognition of foreign judgements.

Under the Bankruptcy Ordinance there is statutory protection against creditors for asset protection trusts, providing the settlor is an individual, and was not insolvent at the time of the disposition, nor became so as a result of it.

Trust documents are in English, and there are no requirements for registration except that Asset Protection Trusts must be registered with the Registrar of Dispositions. There is no stamp duty. The normal perpetuity period of a Gibraltar trust is 100 years. There are no restrictions on the accumulation of income during the perpetuity period.

Gibraltar trusts established for non-residents of Gibraltar do not pay any tax in Gibraltar even where the trustees are Gibraltar residents and the trust is fully managed from Gibraltar.

 

 

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