Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

Ok, so by now I am somewhat known for blog titles that are a play on words. I admit to struggling with Singapore, not for lack of a suitable word play (everyone surely knows what a Singapore Sling is), but more for how to connect that to the subject matter of this...
So you think you know enough to be a QI?

So you think you know enough to be a QI?

I am seeing a rapidly increasing trend in the market. Many US Withholding Agents and quite a few QIs are now insisting that their financial institution clients, who are currently non qualified intermediaries (NQIs), become qualified intermediaries (QIs) in order to do...
GATCA is the new FATCA

GATCA is the new FATCA

The world is divided into those who know and understand the globalisation of FATCA and those who clearly don’t. In the same way that the industry adopted the meaningless acronym of FATCA in 2010, so 2016 will see its natural evolution into GATCA. For reference, the...
How are your crystal balls feeling today?

How are your crystal balls feeling today?

It seems like it’s that time of year when everyone leaps onto the bandwagon of trying to predict what’s going to happen in 2016. Not wishing to miss the party, here are my thoughts… We face a lot of questions in 2016 around what I would call the tectonic plates of our...
FATCA Wars, Episode 2 – Attack of the Regs

FATCA Wars, Episode 2 – Attack of the Regs

When we first came up with the idea of an ‘interim periodic review’ or IPR, we hoped it might generate a little interest. Well it did, in spades! We’ve now conducted a number of IPRs for clients in the UK, continental Europe and in Asia, and we have more to do in the...