“Will I be able to have the (foreign) company in my name or will there have to be other arrangements

Question from an IM Member:

Q: "Will I be able to have the (foreign) company in my name or will there have to be other arrangements?"

A (by Ed Marsh): Would you want to have the company in your name? After all, part of the reason you are undertaking this effort is to limit risk exposure. There are a variety of structures for corporate ownership that dramatically increase the degree to which your assets are protected. Foreign trusts, for instance, holding the shares of a corporation, are generally difficult to penetrate through legal proceedings.

So the answer is that local regulations will dictate how ownership of a local corporation may be structured, but direct ownership is in most cases not the preferable configuration even if it is acceptable according to local regulation.


Ed Marsh has in-depth experience on a number of continents, in various capacities and industries. He founded and managed a start-up in India; successfully built channels throughout Latin America; leveraged his German birth and marriage to a German national in his extensive work in Western Europe and has deep cultural experience with Vietnam. Ed's B2B and B2G pan-global experience has involved a variety of products and services including capital equipment, industrial automation, distribution services and homeland security and defense technology. He is a Founder and Principle at Consilium Global Business Advisors.

Caveat – these are complicated legal issues, which have a variety of potentially serious legal implications. Decisions shouldn’t be made without consulting capable and internationally experienced counsel. These are just practical replies.

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