EU Company Formation After BREXIT?

Many clients have been researching potential locations to open an office within the EU in preparation for the BREXIT results.

Uncertainty over the United Kingdoms relationship with the EU post-BREXIT has caused concern for business owners and investors alike.

Equally, BREXIT, like most situations, isn’t without its silver lining. Many business owners are realising the full extent of the opportunities enabled to them by having a Corporate Structure in the European Union.

The Canary Islands offers BREXIT business owners the opportunity to own a company in the EU zone and access Onshore Tax Incentives fully authorised by the European Commission.

The Canary Islands Tax Incentives, are part of a permanent “Ultra Peripheral Regions” status unlike those of Cyprus, Malta, and other EU locations. What this means is, due to the distance between the Canaries and their parent country “Spain” they provide a more “Secure and Stable” longer-term option when considering where to position your business. Specifically, both Investors and Business Owners alike can position their businesses in the Canary Islands enjoying the following;

  • Corporate Tax Rates a low as 2.5 – 4%
  • Invoice EU clients
  • Trade in the Euro without need for currency transfers
  • Freedom of movement of funds due to onshore status
  • In certain cases, exemption from withholding tax
  • No double taxation due to bi-lateral agreements
  • Exemptions on Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax
  • VAT rate of just 7% in the EU

More importantly, SME owners are able to transparently, retain profits, build equity value and responsibly prepare for an eventual exit enjoying a much higher valuation price. They’re advantages to having a base both inside and outside the EU, clearly, the Canary Islands have a unique offering.

For more information, please contact. Rosana Mesa M: +34 608 291 189 or Email:

Carlyle group Spain

The Carlyle group acquires Telvent Global Services

The American alternative assets management company Carlyle Group recently acquired the Spanish company Telvent Global services (TGS) from Telvent GIT. Carlyle possesses 193 billion dollars in assets managed over 130 funds and has more than 1,650 employees in 40 offices worldwide. With this purchase, it is strengthening its presences in the European technology sector.

Headquartered in Madrid with over 400 employees, TGS obtained a turnover of 57 million euros in 2014. The company specializes in providing IT infrastructure management services. These include a hosting service by means of its five data centers in Spain and Portugal. The Spanish company offers advanced solutions for the hybrid cloud and other value-added services for industrial cybersecurity management and IT management.

The fund which provided the capital for the transaction, the amount of which has not been revealed by the buyer, is Carlyle Europe Technology Partners III, specialized in emerging European companies in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Crescent Capital Group LP financed the debt for the sale.

The director of Carlyle Group, Fernando Chueca, justified the purchase by saying: “Telvent Global Services is a provider which is growing and which has two decades of experience as a manager of technological infrastructures and other IT-related services in Iberia. It has a high-quality business with an experienced team at the fore, whose contribution has been key to the company’s growth and diversification. Carlyle’s experience in this sector will contribute to the creation of value for the company, especially in this period of rapid changes the IT sector is undergoing in Europe.”


Previously, Carlyle agreed the purchase of the majority stake held by ProA Capital, Partners Group and Talde in Palacios Alimentacióm, a Spanish manufacturer of prepared foods specializing in cured meats, frozen cakes, pizzas, tortillas and other dishes.

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell says he would now set-up new Tech Businesses in the Canary Islands

Entrepreneur Revolution Top Five Mistakes – Meeting with Daniel Priestley

Daniel Priestley & Christopher Pennington

When I met with Daniel Priestley I had a great insight into the mentality of a key person of influence and today’s global small business leader.

Daniel explained to me that when he started his company he started it with success in mind. He planned his success so thoroughly that he acted as though he’d already achieved it. He explained to me that when he started his business he sat down with the best tax adviser he could afford and asked for the best way to structure his company right at the outset. This undoubtedly will save hundreds of thousands if not millions on his trading revenue over the years but more importantly Daniel saw the equity valuation potential and how by getting that structure right at the beginning it could save him millions if not tens of millions if he eventually comes to sell his business. The structure itself is a valuable asset and can actually add more value to his business.


It then dawned on me that start-ups and entrepreneurs make five common mistakes at the outset that not only hinders the business growth it actually robs them of a large slice of their fortune later down the line.

The Five Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs make regarding their Intellectual Property;


  1. THEY DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE IP – Entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking that their intellectual property is them. NO! Your IP may have been created in the six inches between your ears but it doesn’t mean you have to pay the tax on it where your feet stand. Register your IP as a corporate entity, ideally in a location where the taxation is low. Key Tip- look for a place where capital gains is particularly low. When you come to sell you’ll be glad you did


  1. THEY DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE WHERE’S BEST TO PLACE THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE – Just because you live in a place doesn’t mean you have to set up your company there. Plan to be global where you can, select a location where to set your international management structure ideally where the taxation and vat is low, you can then set up subsidiaries in countries where you have to trade, this will allow you to legally run management fees to your holding or management company structure. Key Tip – Canary Islands and Malta are great cost effective EU locations for this.



  1. DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE WHY THEIR IN BUSINESS – 9 out of 10 business people tell me they got into business for lifestyle reasons yet they treat the lifestyle as some distant treasure that they hope to acquire. NO! live it today, set your structure in a place where you’d ideally like to retire, if that’s possible for an entrepreneur. If you want to spend 3 months or 6 months of the year in sunnier climates once you’ve earnt good money then start out that way. Live your dream lifestyle, it will change your emotional state and energy plus train your mind to believe it’s already a reality ultimately enhancing your productivity. Key Tip – live it believe it become it!!!


  1. DON’T TRICK YOURSELF INTO THINKING THIS IS COMPLICATED – Business people are feared to death of language like taxation and offshoring. Think of it as selecting a good pension plan because that’s what it is. Your protecting your revenue so you can invest in yourself, grow the business faster and enhance your final valuation. Lawyers and Tax Advisers love to make this complicated, why? So they can charge you more fees. Select a good consultancy firm line Capital Investment Canaries and Capital Investment Consultants. We’ve created transparent onshore European commission backed wealth products, rubber stamped by the top four consultancy firms. This way you have a structure that can be slightly tweaked to suite your business best. Key Tip – speak to CIC their consultations are free and your only charged when you purchase the product so it’ll cost you nothing to find out how many millions you can save


  1. DON’T THINK YOU’RE TOO SMALL TODAY – by asking the question you’re not committing to anything. By getting the knowledge today you can incorporate it into your business plan and plan for it financially. A good consulting firm will want to work with you on this as it’s in their interest to support you to make the jump when you are ready. Key Tip – get the info and plan for it, not planning will cost you more in the long run and often it costs a lot more to rectify mistakes than to get it right first time!!!


Find out the best Intellectual Property Structure for your business with a free consultation from CIC. Email or call +34 608 112 161 better still come and visit us at our European Head Office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and feel what it’s like to create the lifestyle you want.

“How TechCo’s can best protect IP revenue?” by Christopher Pennington

Chris Pennington & Carlos Suarez Tenerife Data Center D-Alix

The Data Centre in Granadilla is a central hub for transatlantic communications and home to Spain’s largest super computer.
I recently visited the facility for a meeting with Director Carlos Suarez to discuss the operational support to Capital Investment Canaries global clients.

The companies have based themselves in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to enjoy Europe’s lowest onshore corporation tax zone of just 4% and the ability to invoice internationally through the Canary Islands low 7% VAT rate.

But more important than the tax incentives IT and companies like Atos are basing their contact centres and Tech support from the Canaries as they enjoy super-fast internet and communications via the fibre optic cables laid around the City, along with access to a skilled multi-lingual workforce.

I took this opportunity to speak to the Data Centre Director Carlos Suarez to tell us more about the Billion Euro Alix & Data Centre project which is the culmination of years of hard work placing Santa Cruz de Tenerife as the epicentre of international communications connecting, via submarine cables, the Americas, Europe and West Africa.
This project is imperative in order to continue to attract more international companies to move their IT support, Data Management and Customer Service and Sales Centre’s to Tenerife. It will rapidly place Tenerife as the “Service Centre Capital of Europe” allowing companies to enjoy high speed communications traffic, a competitive multilingual workforce, and with CIC’s unique IP Revenue Protection Product companies can enjoy;

  • Just 4% corporation tax on trading revenue
  • Between 0% and 12% For Director Holding Company Structures receiving international dividends
  • The ability to invoice internationally with VAT rates of just 7%.
  • and through out European Commission backed IP Box companies only pay between 1% & 2.5% on Royalty revenue from IP
  • 0% Capital Gains when the IP is sold!!!

CIC are the Canary Islands leading Corporate Service Providers, providing tactical & professional support for Entrepreneurs and  inward investing companies.

We have long standing partnerships with companies like KPMG for legal & Audit Services and Deutsche Bank ensuring a best of breeds winning partnership for our clients. What this means to clients is they can enter the Canary Islands confidently with the support from experts, and not having to take chances with untested local firms who haven’t the same level of experience in dealing with international companies or understand their time demands and service expectations!
Capital Investment Canaries organises Discovery Trips & Trade Missions in partnership with Official bodies for business people wishing to better understand how we can assist with revenue protection and equity enhancement

For more information call +34 608 112 161 or email

European Union Blacklists Offshore Tax Havens

BRUSSELS: The European Union published its first list of international tax havens on Wednesday as part of a crackdown on multinational companies trying to avoid paying tax in the 28-nation bloc.The list of 30 territories includes Hong Kong and Brunei in Asia, Monaco, Andorra and Guernsey in Europe and a series of Caribbean havens including the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.The European Commission  ..

Why “Atos” Choose Santa Cruz de Tenerife?

So why did the IT Consultancy firm for the Olympic Games “Atos” choose Santa Cruz de Tenerife to put its European Client Contact Centre?

Atos Consulting Canarias 

Julius Espedal
Jose Manuel Rodríguez Macias
Director Atos Consulting Canarias

Why did you choose to establish your company in the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands are a key area for the development of our business for several reasons. First of all, I would point out the geo-strategic location of the islands, which allows us a tricontinental connection and the vicinity to our clients. We consider the Archipelago as an important bridge to Africa, where major consulting and system integration projects are coming up. Maghreb countries trust Spanish ICT companies and if we want to have a presence there, the best way to do it is through the Canary Islands. Another aspect that we deem important is the availability of quality professional services in the Islands. There are two universities here with a high percentage of the students registered in technical degree programmes of a high academic level. In addition, there are also several Vocational Training ICT modules on offer. All of this, together with the professionals already existing in the Islands, provides a supply of skilled human capital that has to be taken into account.

“The geo-strategic location of the islands allows us a tricontinental connection”

Which are, in your opinion, the main investing advantages or opportunities offered by the Canary Islands as compared with other regions?

As far as investing is concerned, I would point out the tax system applicable to the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC Zone), which is very attractive for companies, and of course the quality of life here, which is another incentive for European professionals to come here to work with us.

Would you point out any specific advantage offered by the Canary Islands in relation to infrastructures and connectivity?

As regards connectivity, for us, the Canary Islands mean connectivity with the whole world, and I would say that the infrastructures of the islands are similar to or even better than those in other areas of the continent.

What is your opinion about the islands’ business environment?

In the year 2007, we felt compelled to diversify and the Tenerife Business Centre meant our gateway to the world. In spite of a business environment complicated by the global crisis that is affecting the Canary Islands, we have swum against the tide. We firmly believe in the potential of the Canary Islands and in the possibilities they offer for companies of the knowledge societies.

What do you think of the Canary Islands quality of life?

I think that the islands’ quality of life adds to their great potential for innovation companies. For a professional, their climate and leisure offer, together with many other advantages, make the Canary Islands a place more attractive to live in than any other place in Europe.

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UK Invest in Spain & Canaries

The United Kingdom is establishing itself as one of the four countries with the largest direct investments in Spain

The Barometer on the Economic Climate and Prospects for British Investment in Spain was released on Tuesday. The study, which was commissioned by the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and produced by Analistas Financieros Internacionales in collaboration with the London School of Economics and ICEX-Invest in Spain, is the first one to present precise data on the opinions of British companies regarding the establishment of businesses in our country.

According to the report, 21% of foreign direct investment (FDI) flowing into Spain comes from British companies, which equates to a direct investment of 63 billion euros for the period 1993 to 2014. The vast majority of this flow was productive investment; only 5% relates to companies holding financial securities.

In terms of stock, the United Kingdom is the country with the fourth largest FDI in Spain, with over 10% of the total. This stock is mainly focused in the telecommunications, tobacco, financial services and wholesale trade sectors. As for the breakdown by region, the investment has historically been concentrated in Madrid and Catalonia, followed by the Basque Country.

British direct investment in Spain has generated around 241,000 jobs (direct and indirect) up to 2012, which represents 1.4% of total employment. In addition, the income derived from this investment has contributed 4.4 billion euros in taxes to the State Administration -2.6% of the total-; and more than 2.6 billion euros to the Spanish Social Insurance Authority which represents 1.5% of total social security contributions.

Presentación del Baremo sobre clima y perspectivas de la inversión británica en España

The photograph shows, from left to right, the president of Analistas Financieros Internacionales, Emilio Ontiveros; the Secretary of State for Commerce, Jaime García-Legaz; the British ambassador, Simon Manley; the president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Roger Cooke and the president of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Committee for British Investment in Spain, Steve Cahill.

Future Outlook More than half of British companies plan to increase their investment in Spain, continuing the improvements seen in 2014. Of these, two thirds will do so immediately.

Investment is expected to continue to focus on those economic sectors and regions where there is already a significant presence. That is: manufacturing; professional, scientific and technical activities; finance and insurance and the wholesale and retail trades. Predominantly in the Madrid and Catalonia regions.

Institutional collaboration In his speech, José Carlos managing director of ICEX-Invest in Spain, stressed that globalization is a two-way process, which is why ICEX-Invest in Spain collaborates with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in efforts to promote exports, as well as in pursuing three additional objectives: attracting new British investment; encouraging the development of British companies already established in Spain and improving the business climate, which involves noting the concerns of the businesses already established here.

The presentation was closed by the Secretary of State, Jaime García-Legaz, who pointed out that in addition to the number of jobs created by British companies in Spain, it is notable that they are skilled jobs, in two aspects: in relation to the working conditions they offer and due to their high technological profile.

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Chris Pennington CEO interview by YBG Offshore Tax

Call Centre Outsource Revolution!

The past decades have seen call centres compromise on standards by outsourcing places like India, Malaysia and even Bulgaria Europe’s poorest state source The Independent”

Poor states appear to bring poor standards and poor returns as many Call Centres like Santander end up back in the UK. “ The Independent”

We’re now seeing a new improved Call Centre destination emerge, one that’s ticking all the boxes and not just for the Shareholders but the employees also.

The Canary Islands is famous for its tourist destinations however there’s a very serious side to the Canaries and in the past 10 years it has re-invested itself to earn the title of “Service Centre Capital Of Europe”

In an interview with Capital Investment Canaries CEO, Christopher Pennington, he explains the main 5 reasons why Call Centres from the Online Gaming, ICT, Advertising and Telecommunications industries are choosing the Canaries as an operational base.

(Interview edited by YBG Tax)

“I find it amazing that most business owners and corporate companies are completely unaware that the Canaries offers arguably the best Tax Rates in Europe to Call Centres and service centre management companies. In the past two years we’ve assisted a number of companies to retain more of their hard earned profits.

  1. An exceptionally low Corporate Tax Rate

The main pull to the Canaries is an incentive called the ZEC (Zona Especial Canarias) the corporate tax rate is just 4%. There is no obligation to invest the funds you simply just pay 4% of the gross profit amount and enjoy the additional savings. With countries like the UK having a main Corporate Tax rate of 21% “quoted by HMRC’s easy to see why companies would move here when they learn they can enjoy 75% more of their hard earned profits.

Because ZEC is an onshore incentive it allows dividends to be repatriated to the UK and other jurisdictions without Withholding Tax and FREE from double taxation in the receiving jurisdiction.

  1. World Class Infrastructure and Communications

The largest island in the Canaries is Tenerife. There are two sides to Tenerife; one is the more famous leading year round tourist destination however the Capital City of Santa Cruz is the main area in which companies decide to place their offices due to the infrastructure. Santa Cruz boasts world class communications providing broadband internet connections via fibre optics and one of the world’s largest super computers making it an international hub for telecommunications connecting the Americas Europe and Africa through the A-Lix & NAP at the Data Centre in Granadilla.

  1. Opulent Lifestyle

Santa Cruz de Tenerife like Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, have one of the most opulent lifestyles in Europe. They have more than 300 days per year of spring like sunshine average temperatures of between 15ºC and 25ºC this means a lot less man hours lost due to adverse winter weather conditions that northern European countries have to endure, and due to the weather the lifestyle of living and working in the Canaries moral is much higher meaning less days lost to sickness. The Canaries offers long light nights, and due to the climate the lifestyle is more of an outdoor one compared to other countries.

There are two Universities in the Canaries providing access to skilled multi-lingual talent to cover a company’s needs from IT to Customer Satisfaction. In addition to the local home grown bi-lingual talent there is a thriving cosmopolitan expat community with just about every language spoken imaginable and unlike the cost of salaries in the UK or even elsewhere in Europe where wages are high, the minimum salary in the Canaries is €700 per month and the average salary for a customer service worker being around €1000 and management around €1500 per month. With more than 176 direct connections to major European Cities daily it’s even the perfect location for staff that wish to relocate and never feel too far from home.

  1. Access to World Class Tactical Advice and Support

On the islands companies like Capital Investment Canaries, who provide Corporate Services and Management Consultancy can take you right through the entire process from Viability to Trading with the first process being a Suitability Study.

We have international clients which include one of the top 5 online sports betting companies globally, an international Movie Production Company, international online advertising agency, and a software development company that supplies the global telco’s in more than 16 countries.

we’re the only private company that holds official partnership status with the ZEC Consortium and partners closely with the Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce, Government Departments and Public Inward Investment entities.

Our process puts the emphasis on making establishing your base in the Canaries easy, efficient and excellent value, which i believe has been the cornerstone of our success as traditionally Lawyers and Tax adviser love to make things difficult in order to justify higher fees, something which is against our philosophy.


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Bill Clinton Tenerife CGI

Clinton Global Initiative Tenerife

Commitment to Action

Expanding Broadband Networks from Tenerife to Senegal

Commitment by

Tenerife Island Government

In 2014, the Government of Tenerife committed to facilitate access to and use of its world-class infrastructure for universities, research centers, hospitals, and other public administrations in West Africa through access to the ACE (African Coast to Europe) cable and the development of very high bandwidth internet access. Currently, the wired network in Africa is underdeveloped and the digital divide is a rising impediment to participation in an increasingly virtual global economy. Through this $35 million initiative, Tenerife and its partners will provide opportunities for ICT practitioners and researchers in Senegal to access infrastructures, services, and worldwide online research networks at high speeds and with high bandwidth. Individuals from participating institutions, such as the University of Dakar, will be trained on technology-relevant knowledge and skills, and will use this advanced access to support local research and development projects. Additionally, partners will promote women’s access to ICTs, including engagement with school-aged girls. As the beginning of an African supercomputing network, this will foster development, reduce the digital divide, promote social and technological inclusion, and act as a catalyst for growth.

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Former US President Bill Clinton speaks

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