Any monies and assets that you have earned during your lifetime you obviously want to see protected
from hostile takeover, creditors’ groundless claims and bankruptcy proceedings (UNIKOM AG:
naturally, without making any attempts to cheat creditors, and in the absence of a fraudulent conveyance!).
In addition, due to economical and political instability in your country of residence, you may wish to protect
your assets by keeping them under Swiss jurisdiction!
We can help you protect your assets in Switzerland
today what it has always been – the premier financial destination
for international investments. This is why many of our clients, who are people of extraordinary wealth, consider
Switzerland as a key element in their overall investment strategy, and why they are interested in family foundations,
international trusts and personal holding structures, enabling them to keep a portion of their assets “live” in Switzerland.
What is asset
Asset protection is defined as pre-litigation planning to deter lawsuits and promote settlements.
The primary goal of asset protection is to bring closure to potential litigation with as little
disruption to your business and with as little loss of your wealth as possible.
to invest in family foundation in Switzerland
By creating a family foundation you can place your assets outside your estate, outside the reach of creditors, judgments,
malpractice and divorce, thus making the assets much less vulnerable. At the same time, once created properly, such a
structure enables to retain a full control over the assets.
A family foundation (Stiftung) is a separate legal entity, privately funded by you by dedicating funds and assets
(real estate, legal entities, etc.) for a specific purpose, for instance:
- contributing to a charitable cause;
- organizing insurance and pension plans for your family members;
- providing continuing employment and activity for your family members;
- identifying and preserving your family name for years to come.
It is most common in Switzerland to organize pension funds and other welfare schemes of corporations in the form of the
foundation. In accordance with Swiss law, this specific type of foundations is exempt from taxation.
Why to invest
A trust, widely used in the countries with an Anglo-Saxon law concept, is flexible and the most effective instrument
for tax planning, asset protection and their conveyance by inheritance. Once included in the asset protection structure,
in combination with other instruments of the continental law, applied in Switzerland, it provides full control over
property and anonymity of owners and beneficiaries.
In general, the trust’s goal is to receive profit or perform other instructions of the settlor. According to the trust
deed, the settlor transfers the assets (shares, real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual and hedge fund
interests, etc.) he owns, to the trustee. Subject to the conditions determined by the settlor, the trustee is required to
manage these assets in behalf of the beneficiary. The settlor can appoint himself and/or other parties as the beneficiary.
The beneficiaries receive the profit from trust assets according to trust deed conditions. The trustee earns the reward
only, but has no right to receive the profit from the assets used.
to invest in holding structure in Switzerland
As being an owner of Swiss holding company, you in person are not a bank client, and, respectively you are
out of battles between foreign governments and Swiss banks.
For the purpose of asset protection, we at UNIKOM AG assist you in setting up a Swiss holding company, while you
contribute your money and assets (those which can be valued, i.e. investment portfolios, shares, precious metals and
stones, real estate, etc.) in the company’s capital.
Once contributed, all these assets, as before, may be controlled and managed by you, as being the owner and
managing director of a Swiss holding company; at the same time, the assets are held in the name of a Swiss
holding company (i.e. separate legal entity) and therefore, are free from any claims directed against you
Needless to say that holding companies in Switzerland benefit from reductions in corporate income tax at both
cantonal and federal levels. We at UNIKOM provide personalized assistance in obtaining tax
rulings for your holding company.
By using our knowledge of Swiss and international business law, we develop family foundations, trusts and international
holding structures to protect the anonymity of our clients, thus preventing illegal attempts depriving of their
property and unlawful actions against our clients and their families.
We at UNIKOM AG welcome the opportunity to explore with you the world of Swiss financial security and
protection of your assets from creditors and bankruptcy. The UNIKOM’s Family Office will protect you
from unexpected and unnecessary trouble.