WELCOME TO OCRA (LONDON) LIMITED

Based in Mayfair, London, the world's leading international financial centre, and specialising in corporate planning and UK tax consultancy, we provide cost effective and robust business solutions for companies and entrepreneurs wishing to establish a presence in one of the world's biggest economies.

OCRA's London-based team provides advice on all aspects of United Kingdom and international corporate services.

  • United Kingdom companies or businesses investing outside the United Kingdom
  • Non-UK corporations or businesses investing into the United Kingdom
  • Consultants and senior executives with overseas contracts taking employment outside, or returning to, the United Kingdom
  • Non-UK nationals coming to the United Kingdom in order to minimise income or capital gains taxes they would otherwise pay in their country of tax residence
  • Property investment in the UK

We warmly invite your enquiries
We would welcome the opportunity to assist you. Call us direct on +44 0 20 7317 0600, visit our dedicated website www.ocra.co.uk or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation.

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
Managing Director

OFFICE BUSINESS LINES

  • Establishment of UK Business Entities
  • Offshore Company Formation
  • Offshore Trust & Trustee Services
  • Offshore Foundation & Foundation Council Services
  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • International Tax Planning
  • Property Tax Advice
  • Taxation Services
  • Advice on all aspects of UK and International Tax issues
  • Advice on utilising structures domiciled in high tax areas for International Tax Planning
  • Expertise in utilising Double Tax Treaties
  • Assistance with EU business, Eastern European Business & Fiscal Engineering
  • Configuring Market Entry
  • VAT Planning for EU Transactions & VAT Consulting
  • Customs Duties & International Duties
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Virtual Office & Physical Presence Solutions
  • Intellectual Property (Trademark, Patent and Royalty work)
  • Immigration Services
  • European Business Issue
  • Transfer of Management to OCRA London

OCRA (London) Limited is licensed by the Financial Supervision Commission in the United Kingdom.

CONTACT DETAILS

OCRA (London) Limited
3rd Floor
14 Hanover Street
Mayfair
W1S 1YH
London
United Kingdom

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
W: www.ocra.co.uk
E: enquiry@ocra.co.uk

Languages Spoken: English, Albanian, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Nepalese, Maltese and Spanish

Time in London is:

MEET THE TEAM

We would welcome the opportunity of being able to assist you with your personal wealth management. Please feel free to contact any of our key team members listed below for a free explanatory discussion without obligation.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Michael Clifford, FInstAM, MIoD

Michael Clifford joined the group in 1990 and is the managing director of OCRA (London) Limited. He has extensive experience in the corporate services industry and is responsible for all strategy and business development together with the day-to-day management of London operations.

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
M: +44 0 7765 223353
E: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
DIRECTOR
Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter joined the group in 1989 and is a Group Director, and a Director of OCRA (Isle of Man) Limited. Stephen specialises in working with European and international entrepreneurs, as well as professional firms in the Isle of Man and Europe and deals on a daily basis with complex circumstances affecting businesses and individuals from many other parts of the world. He has operated at board level with a variety of client organisations.

T: +44 1624 811008
F: +44 1624 811088
M: +44 7624 211008
E: stephen.porter@ocra.com
EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT AND CORPORATE MANAGER
Franco Gjolleshi

Franco Gjolleshi joined OCRA (London) Limited in 2004 and has gained significant experience in establishing and administering secure and efficient corporate and trust structures for high net-worth private individuals and families as well as small-and-medium size enterprises. Franco is also responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of a portfolio of clients.

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600/04
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
M: +44 0 77 6693 5327
E: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk
CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Susana Ramas, BA (Hons)

Susana Ramas joined OCRA (London) Limited in 2006 as a University Graduate in Professional Language Studies with Business. Susana is an experienced relationship managed with excellent linguistic skills in five languages. She oversees our client relationships on a day-to-day basis and is the main point of contact for offshore corporate banking. Susana also offers translation services and ensures the smooth running of daily operations.

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
E: sramas@ocra.co.uk
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
Harihar Upadhyaya, MBA FCCA

Harihar Upadhyaya is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). After qualifying the ACCA exam in 2000, he worked in various accountancy firms in the UK (including a Top 10 Firm) for 10 years where he gained extensive experiences in the field of client accounting and taxation affairs. He also has working experience in a financial institution (of Nepal) after completing his MBA from Nepalese university. Harihar joined OCRA (London) Limited in 2009 as a Senior Accountant. He oversees the accountancy and taxation affairs of domestic and offshore SME's.

T: +44 0 20 7514 9901
F: +44 0 20 7514 9911
E: hupadhyaya@ocra.co.uk
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
Krishna Sharma, ACCA, CTA

Krishna Sharma is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He qualified in 2004 with a small accountancy practice based in North London, and has expertise in providing pro-active advice on various accounting and taxation issues to start-ups, owner managed SME's, large companies and offshore entities.

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
M: +44 0 7825 373710
E: ksharma@ocra.co.uk
COMMERCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR
Yvette Mooney

Yvette joined the group in 2010 and is responsible for day-to-day administration and credit control for a portfolio of clients.

T: +44 0 20 7317 0600
F: +44 0 20 7317 0610
E: ymooney@ocra.co.uk

EXPERTISE & FOCUS

OVERVIEW

From our offices in Mayfair, OCRA London's professional team of consultants provide a range of solutions and services for companies and entrepreneurs wishing to establish a presence in Britain - the world's fifth biggest economy, and in London - the world's leading international financial centre.

We have particular expertise in the utilisation of United Kingdom business entities for British and European Market entry and International Trade and Investment. We also offer a comprehensive range of professional services and business support for clients wishing to establish a base in London. These include:

  • Registered office address facilities
  • Professional directors and nominee shareholders
  • Company secretarial services
  • Company administration services
  • Assistance in the day-to-day management of the company
  • A turnkey administrative service for client companies
  • Advisory services around UK taxation
  • Assistance with the opening and operation of bank accounts
  • Trading and letter of credit services
  • Accounting, financial reporting and consolidation
  • London-based virtual office services
  • The preparation of management and statutory accounts
  • Arranging audits
  • Arranging for the provision of legal and taxation advice and opinions
  • Intellectual property, trademark, patent and royalty work
  • Issues relating to work permits and immigration
  • UK / European property tax-efficient ownership solutions

We would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a free initial consultation at no obligation. We will examine and evaluate your business activities and advise you on the most suitable business structure to adopt in terms of your operational and taxation objectives.

Why Choose Britain?
  • The most favoured inward investment location in Europe, attracting around 40% of Japanese, US and Asian investment into the European Union.
  • Fast, easy access to the European Union single market and an environment which allows business to prosper.
  • Companies based in the United Kingdom are well-placed to do business in the global marketplace. UK's integrated transport network provides fast, low-cost delivery throughout Europe.
  • The United Kingdom's business environment gives every incentive for companies to grow, innovate and compete in a global marketplace.
  • The United Kingdom boasts the lowest utilities costs in the European Union. Its telecommunications industry is one of the most advanced in the world.
  • Certain tax allowances are available to companies setting up in specific areas of the United Kingdom. In addition, the United Kingdom has one of the lowest main corporation tax rate of any major industrialized country.
RELATED RESOURCES

Doing Business in Britain

For those seeking to maximise potential, OCRA (London) Limited is perfectly positioned to assist clients in the creation and protection of wealth.

We invite you to contact our team for a free consultation without obligation.

ESTABLISHMENT OF UK BUSINESS ENTITIES

The OCRA (London) Limited team is fully conversant and experienced in the procedures for establishing United Kingdom business entities and last year alone set up over 7,500 companies for businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Click on the links below to learn more about the various features and benefits of these UK companies:

United Kingdom Private Limited Companies
United Kingdom Public Limited Companies
United Kingdom Limited Liability partnerships
United Kingdom Agency Company

United Kingdom Private Limited Company (LTD)

This type of company can be used for:

  • EU VAT Registration and International Trading
  • Trading
  • Trade Finance
  • Asset Holding
  • Investment
  • To minimise UK taxes
  • International Tax Planning/ Tax Mitigation
  • Holding Company e.g. Intellectual Property, Investments, Real Estate

Benefits

  • Limited Liability
  • Corporate tax of 20% - 23%
  • Double Taxation Treaty Access - party to more tax treaties than any other sovereign state
  • Relatively easy and inexpensive to form
  • Online filing of UK Annual Returns
  • Online filing of Accounts
  • Regarded as an "On Shore" entity and perceived as highly professional
RELATED RESOURCES
Information Downloads & Order Forms

UK LTD Order Form
UK Private Limited Information Sheet

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United Kingdom Public Limited Companies (PLC)

This type of company can be used for:

  • EU VAT Registration and international trading
  • Trading
  • Asset Holding
  • Investment

Benefits

  • Can offer shares to the general public
  • Limited liability
  • Corporate tax of 20% - 23%
  • Double Taxation Treaty Access - party to more tax treaties than any other sovereign state
  • Online filing of UK Annual Returns
  • Online filing of Accounts
  • Regarded as an "On Shore" entity and perceived as highly professional
  • Minimise UK taxes
RELATED RESOURCES
Information Downloads & Order Forms

UK PLC Order Form
UK PLC Information Sheet

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United Kingdom Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)

This type of company can be used for:

  • Trading UK residents
  • Trading for non-residents who operate outside the UK and have no UK income will be outside the scope of UK Taxation
  • International Trading (No UK income or UK Members to obtain zero tax liability)
  • Asset Protection
  • VAT Registration
  • Professional firms requiring limited liability e.g. lawyers & accountants
  • Joint Ventures
  • International tax planning

Benefits

  • Limited Liability to capital contribution of the partnership
  • Relatively easy and inexpensive to form
  • Easy to Operate
  • Online filing of UK Annual Returns
  • Online filing of Accounts
  • Corporate Tax of 0%, partners are taxed on their personal income
  • Members can be replaced or leave without dissolving the limited partnership
  • Proof of existence and good standing easily obtainable for foreign transactions
RELATED RESOURCES
Information Downloads & Order Forms

UK LLP Order Form
UK LLP Information Sheet

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The UK Agency Company

The UK Agency Company is a popular vehicle within the field of international trade but must never be used if UK resident beneficial owners, or goods and assets involved in its trade, are situated in the United Kingdom.

The rationale behind the use of such an entity is that the Company, fully liable for UK corporate tax, undertakes business for and on behalf of a non-resident principal.

The concept of the structure is that the principal, who has the knowledge, know-how and business acumen, engages an independent UK company to act as its agent for some or all of its international business. The UK Company in turn will enter into trading agreements with customers of the principal to buy or supply goods from or to third parties for and on behalf of the principal.

Generally, a formal agreement is entered into between the principal and the UK Company, which would entitle the UK Company to a fee relating to the services that it is requested to perform. All trading operations are executed by the UK Company for and on behalf of the principal.

The fee charged by the UK Company would be an amount that reflects the responsibility and work undertaken by the UK Company on behalf of the principal. This fee will be retained by the UK Company to cover its operational and administrative costs. The profit element of the fee will then be subject to UK corporation tax at 20-23%. An acceptable fee, chargeable by the UK Company would be between 5-10% of gross turnover or profit, whichever is the greater. The balance of the trade would be for the account of the principal.

If trading occurs within the European Union and the turnover of the UK Company exceeds the threshold for VAT registration purposes of �77,000 the UK Company would be obliged to register for VAT within the UK. A UK Company can voluntarily register for VAT should the turnover be below the stated threshold as long as it can demonstrate that it intends to turnover more than the threshold amount.

VAT registration is an important feature when trading in the European Union as this is the only method of facilitating cross-border triangulation without the need to charge VAT to other corporate bodies within other member states. Put simply, if a UK Company issues a VAT invoice to another company based in another European Union member state, and as long as the recipient company's VAT/TVA number is quoted on the same invoice, the supply can be zero rated.

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We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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CORPORATE TAX PLANNING

The UK enjoys the benefits of a common law legal system which is proven and internationally recognised as innovative and fast moving. It is a fact that most international banking, insurance, shipping and aviation contracts are, to a significant extent, based upon UK law.

The taxation of UK companies (corporation tax) is charged at the rate of only 20% where the net profits before tax (that is after the deduction of allowable costs and expenses incurred by the company in its financial year) do not exceed �300,000. Thereafter the rate of corporation tax payable rises incrementally until the net profit before tax exceeds �1.5 million where the effective top rate of tax, charged at 23% is reached. It should be noted that rules exist which effectively prevent group or associated companies each applying for lower rate taxation.

In addition, the United Kingdom has one of the largest double taxation treaty network in the world and is, accordingly, ideally placed to enable internationally based companies and businesses to develop trading structures which can, to a significant extent, reduce the burden of withholding taxes charged against royalties, interest payments, dividends and the like.

There is no withholding tax payable when UK companies pay dividends to non-UK shareholders. The UK International Headquarters Company, subject to conditions, permits UK companies which are owned to a minimum of 80% by non-UK tax residents and who have subsidiaries incorporated either within the European Union or in countries with whom the UK is a signatory to an appropriate double taxation treaty, to receive dividends from those subsidiaries and pay those dividends to its shareholders free of any liability to UK tax.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
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Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
FRANCO GJOLLESHI
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+44 0 20 7317 0610
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Email: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk

TAX EFFICIENT STRUCTURING OF UK PROPERTIES

The United Kingdom has long been considered a "tax haven" for non-resident individuals, companies and trusts investing into the UK property market. The favourable tax treatment for non-resident landlords has long been believed to be one of the major reasons for the long term continuing rise in property values in the UK. Rental income has traditionally exceeded both inflation and the normal rates of interest for cash investments and as a long term investment United Kingdom situated property has usually proved to be a valuable source of capital gains.

For UK citizens (those who are domiciled, ordinarily resident and resident) the only exemption to the charge to capital gains is where that individual sells his principal private residence. The exemption is lost for second or holiday homes and there are also significant problems which arise where even in the case of an individual's principal private residence he also uses that property in connection with his business. This position is not, fortunately, reflected in the case of those who are not UK domiciled or ordinarily resident.

In its simplest form a non-UK taxpayer can significantly reduce the liability to UK taxation by establishing a structure based largely upon the following:

A company is created in a country of low or zero taxation which is used to purchase property in the UK.

That company is financed by loans made from third parties be they trusts or non-UK resident individuals. It is an important consideration that interest, charged at market value, is paid on such loans.

The company acquires the UK property and the third party lender takes a legal charge over the property which is registered at the UK Land Registry.

The company approaches the Inland Revenue as a non-resident landlord and confirms, in so doing, that it will file accounts and annual returns with the non-resident landlord unit at the Inland Revenue. If such an application is successful the tenant of the UK property is entitled to pay any rent he is charged gross and directly to the non-resident landlord. In other cases a tenant paying rent to a foreign landlord in respect of the tenant's occupation in the UK of foreign owned property must be subject to a charge to withholding tax.

The annual accounts of the company show the rental income against which interest is an allowable deduction together with all other usual business expenses which might be incurred by the company (managing agent's charges, accountants and legal fees.

Properly structured the company will make little or no profit which will be chargeable to UK corporation tax.

A further and significant advantage of those present UK rules affecting UK based property owned by non-UK tax payers or companies is that the UK does not seek to charge capital gains tax on the income received from the sale of UK based property where the seller is not is otherwise UK tax resident.

Stamp duty is, however, a consideration in any UK property transaction where the name of the registered proprietor (owner) is changed at the UK Land Registry.

UK properties sold for a consideration in excess of �250,000 but less than �500,000 are charged at the rate of 3%, over �500,000 but less �1,000,000 the rate is 4% and sales for a value in excess of �1 million are charged a stamp duty at the rate of 5%. However the 2012 budget has seen the introduction of a 7% stamp duty on properties that cost over �2 million (so called Mansion Tax) and 15% on property over �2 million purchased via a company.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

For more information and an exploratory discussion without obligation please contact one of our consultants listed below:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
FRANCO GJOLLESHI
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+44 0 20 7317 0600/04
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 77 6693 5327
Email: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk

ACCOUNTING & BOOKKEEPING

By entrusting us with your accounting activities, you are not only accessing OCRA's global expertise, you are freeing up you and your team to focus on your core areas of expertise.

Our proactive accountancy teams provide:

  • Accounting, financial reporting and consolidation
  • The preparation of management and statutory accounts
  • Arranging audits
  • VAT advice, registration and related services
  • Financial modelling and forecasting
  • Preparation of business plans
  • Preparation and filing of tax returns
  • Tax computation and submission
  • Debt analysis and recovery services

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now:

HARIHAR UPADHYAYA
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+44 0 20 7514 9901
+44 0 20 7514 9911
Email: hupadhyaya@ocra.co.uk
KRISHNA SHARMA
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+44 0 20 7317
+44 0 20 7317
+44 0 7765
Email: ksharma@ocra.co.uk

VIRTUAL OFFICE & PHYSICAL PRESENCE SOLUTIONS

Our customised Virtual Office Services and Touchdown Services allow you to set up everything you need to run an office without having to pay the costs associated with rent, salaries and the overheads of a normal office at a prestigious London business address.

Mail Acceptance & Forwarding

Clients who choose our Mail Forwarding Services can be confident in the knowledge that their mail will be dealt with through a dedicated point of contact. All mail is "logged in" and a corresponding log of all outgoing mail is maintained. For clients who cannot wait for regular mail to be forwarded by post an "Open and Send" service is available whereby the mail is routinely opened and either scanned and e-mailed or, if preferred and where possible, faxed to the recipient.

Sophisticated Call Answering

For clients who require a dedicated telephone number our Customer Services Centres use modern call centre technology. When calls are made to your dedicated number, a screen prompt displays your company greeting along with any specific instructions you may have requested on that day. The Operator relays the appropriate information to the caller, takes a message or re-directs the call to the number you have specified. The system connects you to your caller in seconds; no matter where you are in the world. It is as if you were in the adjacent office!

Fax Services Enabling Receipt & Forwarding

Dedicated fax numbers are available where required and all incoming faxes can be re-directed to you anywhere in the World either by Fax or by e-mail.

Voicemail Facilities

Clients who select dedicated telephone number services can avail themselves of our voicemail facilities which can be modified from anywhere in the world.

Touchdown Office & Meeting Room Facilities

Use an office for a day, or meet with clients and colleagues in a professional and private environment, complete with state-of-the-art presentation equipment, conference facilities, free access to Broadband Internet and office support services. Our facilities and support staff will provide you with an experience that will leave you and your clients feeling that the office is your own.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk

UK IMMIGRATION

OCRA (London) Limited is committed to providing UK immigration solutions to businesses and individuals in a timely and courteous manner.

Within the United Kingdom income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax are based upon residence, ordinary residence and domicile and it is generally the case that only by physically ceasing to be resident in the UK that the liability to those taxes can truly be avoided. However a UK tax resident in considering leaving the UK he must remember that in order, legally, to avoid capital gains tax he must remain outside the UK for a minimum of five full tax years. Income tax can be avoided by spending a full tax year outside the UK on a full time contract of employment overseas but the contract must be carefully worded to ensure that that individual is regarded by the Inland Revenue as not continuing to be resident in the UK for income tax purposes.

By contrast UK inheritance tax is dependent upon an individual's domicile and, therefore, an individual of UK domicile who has moved to live abroad and who has, accordingly, ceased to be resident or ordinarily resident in the UK will still be liable to UK inheritance tax on his worldwide assets. Clearly double taxation treaties may reduce that burden of tax but this is a question which must be very carefully examined if an individual is planning to live abroad.

By contrast UK inheritance tax is dependent upon an individual's domicile and, therefore, an individual of UK domicile who has moved to live abroad and who has, accordingly, ceased to be resident or ordinarily resident in the UK will still be liable to UK inheritance tax on his worldwide assets. Clearly double taxation treaties may reduce that burden of tax but this is a question which must be very carefully examined if an individual is planning to live abroad.

Planning techniques for those who intend, short term, to emigrate from the UK for capital gains or income tax purposes are relatively straight forward and the greatest attention to detail comes with potential contracts of employment or sales of assets or businesses in the UK.

We offer businesses the following UK Immigration services:

  • Provide information, guidance and handle work permit applications for your employees relocating to the UK
  • Provide the most efficient means of legalising the stay of newly identified staff in the UK
  • Assist with the set up of new companies in the UK and any associated 'Sole Representative' visas
  • Handle employees requests for advice including family immigration matters, permanent residency and British Nationality
  • Ensure that your work force is compliant with immigration legislation, and you hold correct evidence on file thus protecting you from potentially damaging immigration enforcement

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk

EU / EASTERN EUROPEAN BUSINESS & FISCAL ENGINEERING

The transformation of EU's centrally planned economy into a market-oriented economy has created a business and market environment in EU where business regulations are subject to change, business goal posts are constantly being moved and bureaucracy is overbearing. Thus, doing business in the EU and EU market entry are often challenging experiences. Coming to terms with European legislation, regulation, taxation and, most importantly, the European way of doing business can be both expensive and time-consuming.

Based in Europe's Top Business City, OCRA (London) Limited offers cost-effective EU Business Services and EU market entry solutions and expertise to companies and entrepreneurs wishing to take advantage of the attractive quality-to-cost ratio of EU manufacturing operations or seeking to access EU's growing market for imported goods and services.

Our strength lies in our understanding of and ability to deal with these EU business and market entry challenges. Our extensive network of relationships in EU, developed over thirty years of doing business in EU, ensures that our clients receive full support in their business activities, be they in EU trade, services or investment.

What we offer businesses looking for EU Business and Market Entry solutions:
  • Advice on the selection, establishment and maintenance of an offshore or onshore company, trust, or international tax planning solution
  • Corporate structuring and financial engineering
  • VAT planning
  • Assisting with the implementation of trading, investment and other structures along with contractual matters, invoicing and other day-to-day affairs of corporate structures
  • Advice on utilising structures domiciled in high tax areas for international tax planning
  • Expertise in utilising double tax treaties
  • Establishment of offshore trusts and foundations in a variety of jurisdictions
  • Drafting commercial, consultancy and employment contracts
  • Intellectual property (Trademark, patent and royalty work)
  • Consultancy services for high net worth individuals, companies, financial institutions and governments
  • Assistance with EU business, Eastern European business and fiscal engineering
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United Kingdom Austria Belgium Cyprus Malta Netherlands Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Norway Poland Portugal Spain Slovakia Sweden

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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+44 0 20 7317 0610
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Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk

VAT PLANNING FOR EU TRANSACTIONS & VAT CONSULTING

Non-EU vendors must register for VAT in one of the European Union Member States. The VAT authorities of the Member State in which the Non-EU vendor has registered will remit VAT collected to the states in which sales have been made. The rate of VAT and rules relating to VAT vary from state to state. Sample rates of VAT:

  • Madeira 22%
  • Luxembourg 15%
  • UK and the Isle of Man 20%
  • Sweden 25%
  • Denmark 25%
What is VAT?

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a general consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services.

It is a general tax that applies, in principle, to all commercial activities involving the production and distribution of goods and the provision of services. It is a consumption tax because it is borne ultimately by the final consumer. It is not a charge on companies. It is charged as a percentage of price, which means that the actual tax burden is visible at each stage in the production and distribution chain. It is collected fractionally, via a system of deductions whereby taxable persons (i.e. VAT-registered businesses) can deduct from their VAT liability the amount of tax they have paid to other taxable persons on purchases for their business activities. This mechanism ensures that the tax is neutral regardless of how many transactions are involved.

For more information About VAT Issues such as European Value Added Tax and the Internet and the EU VAT Directive, please contact one of our In House experts listed below or follow the following:

HARIHAR UPADHYAYA
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+44 0 20 7514 9901
+44 0 20 7514 9911
Email: hupadhyaya@ocra.co.uk
KRISHNA SHARMA
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+44 0 20 7317
+44 0 20 7317
+44 0 7765
Email: ksharma@ocra.co.uk

OVERVIEW

OCRA Worldwide is located in the world's key fiscal centres with a global team of over 350 legal, accounting and commerce specialists who are fully conversant with international business and tax treaties. As a result, OCRA (London) Limited is best positioned to offer our clients the advantage of our local knowledge and expertise from a global perspective.

We assist clients with the set-up process to establish the correct company or trust structure, and can provide a full management service to meet the statutory requirements of the structure. We also undertake the administration of the structure on an ongoing basis.

Our end-to-end service is designed to ensure a robust and comprehensive solution to meet your international tax planning requirements. Our services include:

  • Advice on the selection, establishment and maintenance of company or trust structures, both 'offshore' and onshore.
  • Advice on the establishment and maintenance of foundations
  • Advice to clients seeking to establish or restructure international or offshore operation
  • Advise on market entry into China, Asia and Europe
  • Advice on matters relating to out-sourcing and procurement in China
  • Corporate structuring, financial engineering and tax and VAT planning
  • Assistance with the implementation of trading, investment and other structures
  • Advice on domestic and overseas property ownership
  • Contractual matters, billing and other day-to-day affairs of corporate structures
  • Advice on utilising structures domiciled in high tax areas for international tax planning
  • Advice and implementation of business start-ups
  • Advice and implementation of cubicle/physical presence operations
  • Expertise in utilising double tax treaties

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
Tel: 
Fax: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk

OFFSHORE & INTERNATIONAL COMPANY SERVICES

As terms, the words offshore business and offshore company have no precise legal, tax or general business meaning, as the word offshore often means nothing more than anywhere other than the place of physical location of the person using the word (i.e. overseas).

We use the words offshore business and offshore company as terms of definition in connection with matters such as the structuring of international business and family wealth management or tax planning.

The principle uses of Offshore Companies are:

  • Trading
  • Investment
  • Holding
  • Financing
  • Professional services or consultancy
  • Patent, royalty and copyright holding
  • Ship management and yacht owning
  • Personal and corporate tax planning

OCRA (London) Limited, as a member of the OCRA Worldwide group (a leading global corporate and trust service provider) is in a unique position to provide clients with the breadth of experience, resources and technical skills to find creative solutions to complex problems.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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OFFSHORE TRUST SERVICES

Our in-house experts advise clients on the provision of the best structure for wealth protection utilising the Isle of Man or other offshore jurisdictions.

Some advantages of an Isle of Man Trust include:

  • The Isle of Man Trust Deeds are not publicly registered
  • Wealth protection
  • Tail order to specific family requirements
  • Recognised in all common law jurisdictions
  • Increasing recognition in important civil law jurisdictions
  • An important tool in international income, capital gains and stock options schemes, insurance plans and special financing arrangements.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
Tel: 
Fax: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
FRANCO GJOLLESHI
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Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600/04
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 77 6693 5327
Email: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk

OFFSHORE FOUNDATION SERVICES

The introduction of the Isle of Man Foundation Act in 2012 has provided the Isle of Man with a vehicle that has the ability to manage its own assets in its own name and arrange for its own funding.

Our in-house experts can advise clients on the selection of the best Isle of Man vehicle for wealth protection or the use of foundation services from other offshore jurisdictions.

Advantages of an Isle of Man Foundation:

  • Excludes forced heirship
  • The Foundation Instrument will be recorded in the public records
  • Separate legal personality
  • Limited liability
  • Can arrange for its own funding
  • Beneficiaries can be named on establishment or at a later date
  • No initial property is required for establishment
  • The founder can be a "beneficiary" or an "enforcer" of the foundation

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now for a free explanatory discussion without obligation:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
Tel: 
Fax: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
FRANCO GJOLLESHI
Tel: 
Fax: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600/04
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 77 6693 5327
Email: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk

OFFSHORE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERVICES (TRADEMARK, PATENT AND ROYALTY WORK)

There are many benefits to be derived from Offshore owning Intellectual Property through a trust, foundation or a basic company.

OCRA (London) Limited, in conjunction with specialist law firms, can arrange for patents, trademarks and copyright to be registered offshore.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information. Call us direct +44 0 20 7317 0600 or make contact now:

MICHAEL CLIFFORD
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Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk

TRANSFER OF MANAGEMENT TO OCRA WORLDWIDE

With a network of 20 offices around the world, we provide you with the security of having your offshore company structured and maintained in accordance with legislation and regulation.

Where managed by law all our offices are licensed as Corporate Service Providers (CSP) or as Trust Service Providers (TSP). In other jurisdictions we work to the same internationally acknowledged standards within the framework of local laws and our Compliance and Procedures Manual. This is further re-enforced by the Group's Global ISO 9001:2000 Certification.

For individual and or dorporate clients who are either dissatisfied with their current administrators, or for clients who wish to consolidate their corporate activities our experienced Corporate Service Managers can arrange for the administration to be transferred to OCRA (London) Limited, at no initial cost to the client.

Please contact one of our consultants below for a confidential discussion on the services OCRA (London) Limited can offer in connection with the improved management of your existing company.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD
Tel: 
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Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 7765 223353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
FRANCO GJOLLESHI
Tel: 
Fax: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600/04
+44 0 20 7317 0610
+44 0 77 6693 5327
Email: fgjolleshi@ocra.co.uk

BROCHURES & DOWNLOADS

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UK INFORMATION DOWNLOADS

Doing Business in the United Kingdom United Kingdom LLP Information
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NEW CLIENTS

Download the relevant questionnaire below if this is the first time you are applying for our services:

Offshore Company Questionnaire UK Company Questionnaire

EXISTING CLIENTS

Download the relevant Order Form below if you are an existing client with a repeat order, an intermediary, or if you have a detailed understanding of your requirements.

Offshore Company Order Form United Kingdom Private Limited Company Order Form United Kingdom Public Limited Company Order Form United Kingdom Limited Liability Partnership Order Form
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