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Why IP and Curaçao don’t mix

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

As developed countries try to increase their tax revenue to reduce fiscal deficits, companies that move their IP into tax-efficient jurisdictions will come under increasing scrutiny

"There are a lot of tax collectors out there and these guys are hungry," said Gordon Smith, chairman of AUS, a US consultancy firm.

Smith moderated a discussion on The Effect of the Changing Tax Landscape on Intellectual Property at the Global Forum on IP in Singapore last week.

The session looked at the pros and cons of moving IP to jurisdictions including The Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Singapore, as well as how various holding structures could be used to minimise tax liability.

David Haigh, CEO of UK brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance, explained how the value of intangible assets can be volatile and sharply reduced at the height of the financial crisis in 2008.

However, a decline can provide an opportunity...

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