Ras Al Khaimah- One Jurisdiction.a Number Of Benefits

The Ras al Khaimah International Company is one of the most confidential, secure, and flexible offshore solutions available today. Apart from its integral features, it draws enormous credibility and prestige from the broader socio economic context of the UAE as a global financial centre. Born out of a multi-award winning Free Trade Zone (operating within a world class regional business hub), the RAK IC enjoys a strong commercial authenticity, untarnished by the tax haven status attributed to so many jurisdictions.

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven emirates forming the UAE federation. Since 2003 it has pursued a highly successful policy of industrialisation and economic diversification in various sectors. A key engine driving the Emirates economic growth and development has been its Free Trade Zone. Established in 2000, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) remains one of the fastest growing and most successful free trade zones in the UAE. It is also home to the RAK International Business Registry and the RAK International Company.

In September 2006, the RAK Government launched an international business registry (the second offshore facility in the UAE), regulated by the RAK Free Trade Zone Authority – enabling foreigners to register international companies in the RAK Free Trade Zone without the need to establish a physical presence and with nominal equity investment (no minimum capital requirement).
This International Company model was based on a set of rules and regulations designed to offer one of the most attractive and flexible offshore tax and legal regimes in the world.

RAK ICs enjoy absolute confidentiality in every respect. There is no disclosure whatsoever of any details pertaining to the company, the beneficial owners or directors, and no public access to details on the international business registry.

Foreign individuals and entities can be 100% owners of RAK ICs, which enjoy zero corporation or capital gains tax as well as respected white list status deriving from the UAE. Indeed the UAE is the only OECD white listed jurisdiction that has no taxes for international companies, free zone entities, or local companies and individuals.

Businesses who do not intend to conduct any onshore operations within the UAE, can utilise the RAK IC for a wide range of purposes including international trade, ownership of international assets and real estate, as well as ownership of intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyright). It can be used for head office operations, and act as a global holding company for entities engaged in various international activities. The RAK IC may hold shares in any legal entity in the world, including offshore companies in other jurisdictions. Naturally, there are no restrictions on capital and profit repatriation.

Despite a general prohibition on conducting business with persons resident in UAE or carrying out any trade within the UAE (unless it has obtained the appropriate licence from the relevant authority), the RAK IC can hold shares in both offshore, free zone and onshore UAE companies. It can also own or hold an interest in designated freehold properties throughout the UAE.

In addition a RAK IC can of course hold and operate a bank account in the UAE, and may also maintain professional relations with legal consultants, accountants, management companies or other similar persons within the UAE.

The UAE currently has in place 48 double taxation prevention treaties and plans to implement 5 new treaties every year. The majority of these treaties do not contain the recent OECD clause for exchange of information. Moreover, other than the Netherlands-UAE bilateral treaty, the UAEs bilateral treaties do not discriminate between entities established on the mainland or within the free trade zones. In this context a RAK IC will be able to avail itself of the benefits deriving from the UAEs comprehensive treaty network thus helping to safeguard profits remitted abroad arising from dividends, interest, royalties and fees.

In cases where certain anti avoidance provisions or optimal tax planning contingencies require a physical presence, a basic RAK Free Zone entity (flexi desk or flexi-office facility) can easily be established and can be wholly owned by the International Company affording a high degree of flexibility and confidentiality together with a physical presence, as well as the opportunity to procure visas for designated officials. If desired, a bona fide local business activity can be established through the acquisition of an appropriate business licence. Local management and control can also be asserted through the appointment of a corporate director in the UAE.

Although all UAE companies must abide by UAE law, RAK ICs can choose which legal system should be applied for resolving inheritance issues, commercial disputes, and any other legal matter. .

Flexibility is evidenced in the ability to tailor the memorandum and articles of association of a RAK IC to suit specific needs, including the citing of the preferred legal convention, whether it is common law, civil law, Sharia or Hindu succession law etc and also the issuance of multiple classes of shares, including custodian shares and restricted bearer shares.

The incorporation process itself is extremely straightforward with comparatively minimal compliance procedures and with a minimum requirement for one director and shareholder (which may be the same person). The director and shareholder can be individuals or corporate entities, and may of course be non resident in the UAE.

Moreover on an ongoing basis, RAK ICs have no annual reporting requirements, no need to conduct AGMs, and no need to file accounts or annual returns.

The RAK IC derives enormous strength from the stable socio-political environment and economic dynamism afforded by the UAE, and its location within of one of the fastest growing emirates. The Confidentiality, versatility, and security of the IC, combined with its zero tax status and access to the UAEs double tax treaty network make it a uniquely attractive proposition.

There is only a restricted number of fully licensed agents directly authorised to incorporate and manage International Companies in Ras al Khaimah, some of which can benefit from a prestigious World Trade Centre registered office address in Dubai.

Lawsuit Funding How Do You Get Them Funded

How wonderful! Ive been informed that my case qualifies for lawsuit funding. How does that help me? More significantly, how many of those cases that qualify are actually successful in obtaining the settlement loans they seek? Just what does make the difference?

The industry out of which lawsuit funding is spawned is quite intriguing. Since Ive been involved with this industry, viewing it through the eyes of both an attorney and healthcare provider, one thing is unmistakably clear – the vast majority of cases that are submitted for pre-settlement loans get denied right out of the starting-gait! To what can this be attributed?

Unequivocally, the vast majority of individuals who seek settlement loans are unable to demonstrate that theyve sustained any specific losses/injuries. For those individuals who are unable to demonstrate such losses/injuries, it is extremely unlikely that they will prevail in the underlying lawsuit. It would be virtually impossible for them to succeed in obtaining settlement loans.

Make no mistake about it, it is very easy to file a lawsuit in this era. Contrariwise, it is often very difficult to prevail in the lawsuit once it is filed. Plaintiffs should keep uppermost in their minds the fact that the defendants are going to be viewing the situation, in almost all instances, quite differently than do the plaintiffs. Many plaintiffs find insurance carriers extremely reticent to pay out any money to plaintiffs for alleged injuries/losses. Never forget, those cases that are unlikely to prevail in the underlying litigation have virtually no chance of succeeding in obtaining settlement loans.

If you intend to obtain a pre-settlement loan, remember its your responsibility to clearly document what it is that you sustained by way of either loss or injury. Failure to do so will doom a case to failure. Therefore, it is prudent to retain competent legal counsel as you navigate these waters.

Many plaintiffs submit applications to Legal Settlement Loans requesting settlement funding as pro se litigants. A fact that is vital for all individuals who seek lawsuit funding is this – without an attorney, it is extremely unlikely that the funding sought will be obtained. Very few funding entities would be willing to advance funds to individuals who have no experience in this arena.

A well-accepted adage in Law is the following: The attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client. Rarely, is this not true in the case of attorneys. It is extremely likely to be the case for pro se litigants who are dealing with adverse parties, parties who are willing to do whatever it takes to see to it that the plaintiff does not prevail in the underlying action.

Furthermore, those pursuing lawsuit funding must be prepared to proffer expert witnesses who are both reputable and credible with respect to the issues litigated. It will be necessary to have an individual who can clearly establish the link between the injuries allegedly sustained and the incident involving the plaintiff and the defendant. An example of this is a recent case brought to Legal Settlement Loans. That case involved toxic mold. The applicant had obtained an experts opinion regarding either the existence of toxic mold or the extent of injuries allegedly sustained.

Success in obtaining settlement loan essentially relies on three key components: (1) the plaintiff must retain competent legal counsel; (2) it is wise to only submit claims for lawsuit loans for which injuries are clearly demonstrable; and (3) the plaintiff must be prepared to produce an expert who is both reputable and able to satisfactorily communicate the link between the alleged incident and the injuries arising from that incident. (Such testimony may be obtained either by depositions or written opinions, to name but a few methods.)

The vast majority of funding-entities offer virtually no guidance to those who seek settlement loans. However, litigation funding experts work very closely with their clients to assist them in finding the pre-settlement loans that are most applicable to the cases submitted. Additionally, these litigation funding experts will work closely with clients to assist them in finding the funding-entities that have the financing arrangements that are most desirable for the clients needs. (Additionally, they will assist their clients in obtaining the funding as quickly as possible.)

Plaintiffs are wise to keep in mind that it isnt sufficient merely to have a case that qualifies for lawsuit loans. If you want to obtain the litigation financing needed to pursue a lawsuit through to an appropriate conclusion, it will be necessary for you to present a case that is ripe for funding.