Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Homme d’Affaires: Helping Families to Manage the Challenges of Wealth

First generation entrepreneurs and multi-generational, business-owning families have many concerns to address in order to reach and communicate decisions, transmit family values to the next generation and manage joint family assets.

Sustainable wealth preservation lies 
in understanding the correlation between the growth of a family’s human and intellectual capital as well as its financial capital.

An Homme d’Affaires, as a trusted and unbiased family adviser, provides fully independent and multi-disciplinary advisory competence, delivering tailored solutions to specific needs or, more comprehensively, providing sustainable strategies for families concerned with their long term wealth preservation.

It is not only desirable, but indispensable for families to filter and analyze consequences, opportunities and potential threats for their family as a whole and for their individual members, enabling families to deal with the many issues in a structured and comprehensive way, before taking a calm and well-balanced decision.

The Homme d’Affaires, with extensive experience in dealing with the complex needs of wealthy families (e.g. topics such as business ownership, generational transition, cross-border tax planning, philanthropy and direct investments) including a strong global awareness in our increasingly mobile world, is key to preserving wealth and forming a legacy for many generations to come.
Let your trusted adviser guide and protect you with empathy and discipline when required and help you stay on track to achieve your most cherished goals.

The trusted adviser “Made in Switzerland”

Not only is Switzerland renowned as the global leader for private wealth management due to it’s long-term political and economic stability, high level of regulation and proverbial Swiss-quality services, it is also known as one of the richest countries in the world with a high number of wealthy families per capita. The GDP (PPP) per Swiss citizen is USD 57,235. About 13.5% of Switzerland’s residents are millionaires. Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland's best-known cities consistently rank among the top ten with the highest living standards in the world. The Swiss must be doing something right!

You can tap into the fine-tuned, tried-and-proven experience of a Swiss-based trusted adviser and apply a Swiss systematic approach in developing and implementing a unique and sustainable strategy for your family…with Swiss efficiency, quality and professionalism.

How to find your Homme d’Affaires in Switzerland?

The Swiss platform WHERE AMERICANS ARE WELCOME includes a Trusted adviser section. You can get in contact with an Hommes d’Affaires and learn more, ask your questions, discuss your individual circumstances and get started from the comfort of your home.

Anne Liebgott, CEO, WHERE AMERICANS ARE WELCOME, AnneL@americanswelcome.ch

Friday, March 04, 2016

Does "President Trump" make you take your money and run?

To Canada?

According to recent press, it's a time-honored tradition of US presidential elections: Americans threaten to flee to Canada if their favored candidate doesn't win.

After Donald Trump won big on Super Tuesday, carrying 7 out of 11 states, Americans took that tradition to new lengths. Google searches for "How can I move to Canada?" spiked +350% within 4 hours of the Super Tuesday results.

Obviously, the possibility of Trump becoming President of the United States, has an increasing number of Americans considering a move to other pastures. Canada, right next door, is a convenient solution but there are other, perhaps more exciting possibilities out there.

Exciting alternatives

Ever thought of settling down in Austria with Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and Liechtenstein right next door? That's cultural diversity at your fingertips! Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces, and has counted Mozart, Strauss and Sigmund Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Lake Traun and eastern hillside vineyards.

Or do you prefer the milder climate of the Mediterannean Sea? Have you ever considered Malta, where English is one of the official languages? Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, is a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of St. John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to 3600 B.C.E.

Or Cyprus? An island in the eastern Mediterranean, with a rich, turbulent history stretching back to antiquity. Known for its beaches, it has a rugged interior with wine-growing regions. It’s separated into a Greek south and Turkish north, with the capital Nicosia also divided. Coastal Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-adorned villas.

Or good old country Germany? It's a Western European country with a terrain of vast forests, rivers and mountain ranges, and 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to thriving art and nightlife scenes, iconic Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and cavernous beer halls, including 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank. It's neighbors are France, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg. Visiting all these countries, on a regular basis and enjoying the sights and local cuisine is easy and enriching.

Residence and citizenship programs...Americans welcome!

Nevermind if "President Trump" is to come, there are many reasons for a move abroad.  According to a new survey from TransferWise conducted last May among 2,090 US adults, over a third of Americans (including over half of Millennials), would consider moving to another country. Expanding horizons, visa free travel, a more exciting lifestyle, better pay, better education, excellent health care systems...the reasons are many.

These interesting and exciting locations (and there are others too) offer residence and citizenship programs for Americans wishing to take up residence abroad and acquiring a new citizenship (and perhaps even giving up their US citizenship at some point along the way). The program requirements vary from place to place, so you will have to take a close look at the pros and cons of each arrangement and choose the one that best suits your needs and plans.

Swiss quality service and efficiency

Citizen Lane, a Swiss-based Citizenship & Residence planning company advises American and international clients on the intricacies of achieving resident status and citizenship in other countries. Citizen Lane's core competencies include consulting regarding your personal residency and citizenship planning and the processing of your residency and citizenship applications and their renewals...with Swiss quality service and efficiency. Till Neumann, Managing Partner of Citizen Lane knows that choosing a location abroad, as a new home for you and your family, can have a dramatic impact on your life. Therefore he is committed to finding the right, tailor-made solution for you.

Review the options and be prepared

It makes sense to review the options now and know what is available in case the desire to move abroad becomes more than a "consideration" and becomes real.

Contact Till Neumann from Citizen Lane to get started

You can get Till Neumann's contact details here -> http://www.americanswelcome.ch/citizenship-and-residence-planning.php