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Luxembourg: Offshore Business Sectors

Offshore Financial Services Companies

As a civil law jurisdiction, Luxembourg's laws do not accommodate the anglo-saxon trust concept. In fact local institutions, particularly banks, have developed some expertise in setting up foreign trusts for their clients.

A local equivalent of the trust was established by the law of 19th July 1983 which permitted banks to offer 'fiduciary' services which have many of the characteristics of the trust. The ownership of fiduciary assets does not pass to the bank managing them; and there is a contract under the 1983 law which resembles a trust deed. Such arrangements have been used for a variety of asset management and participation arrangements.



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