Europe provides an ideal investment climate for investors, multinationals, financial institutions and other international organisations from the Asia-Pacific region who are looking beyond their own borders for international opportunities. The number of cross-border investments from the Asia-Pacific region, noticeably China, to Europe is constantly increasing.
With a stable and welcoming investment climate and an unparalleled network of tax treaties and bilateral investment treaties providing for tax efficiency and investment protection, Loyens & Loeff’s home markets in the Benelux and Switzerland are the ideal locations for direct investments, international headquarters, financing and investment structures.
- The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest suppliers of investment capital in terms of outward and inward foreign direct investment due to its highly competitive business and investment climate.
- Luxembourg is recognized as a leading international financial hub in Europe and also a major player in the investment funds industry offering Asia-Pacific asset managers a platform to launch and distribute investment fund products in Europe and across the globe.
- Belgium is a main gateway for exports to Europe and enjoys phenomenal access to Europe’s key markets and suppliers. The presence in Brussels of the headquarters of the European Union and NATO also gives international lobbyists unprecedented access to European decision makers
- Switzerland hosts a number of European or regional headquarters of foreign multinationals, as well as important operations and services for foreign multinationals to take advantage of. It is not surprising that the banking industry places Zürich as one of the largest financial centres in the world. An increasing number of Asian high-net-wealth individuals have discovered the benefits Switzerland has to offer to private wealth and estate planning.
Dedicated team for the Asia-Pacific region
To meet the increasing demand for expertise in all tax and legal aspects relating to the structuring of investments out of the Asia-Pacific region into or through the Benelux and Switzerland or into the Asia-Pacific region through the Benelux and Switzerland, Loyens & Loeff has a team specifically for this region. This team operates as a dedicated region team with staffed offices in Hong Kong and Singapore where we have been closely connected to this region for many years.
From these offices, seasoned Dutch and Luxembourg qualified tax advisers and corporate lawyers advise clients from the region on both Asian outbound and inbound investments and M&A, as well as business structuring and restructuring. With presence in the region, we are close to our clients and able to provide practical solutions that fit well within the local context and in our clients’ own time zones. Where necessary, we can also tap into our broad network of trusted external counsel and provide seamless integrated advice in cooperation with them.
Considering to invest or expand your business out of the Asia-Pacific region or into one of the countries in this region? Please contact us to discuss if and how we can be of any help.