Our corporate clients range from mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies. From privately owned and publicly quoted companies to international banks and state-owned companies.What they all appreciate is United's personal approach to financial services. Our experts form an extension of their team, wholly focused on making their business thrive.
A tailored package of seamlessly integrated legal and financial services is created, which may comprise any or all of the following:
Establishment of asset holding structures
Establishing asset holding structures (from holding companies and investment vehicles to trusts and foundations) is a complex process involving numerous external parties - and a great deal of paperwork. Let the experts of United coordinate this process for you. We act as a single point of contact for all parties involved, taking the lead and pressing ahead until the process is complete.
Single point of contact
When we establish an asset holding structure for you, we:
- Advise you on the type of entity you need to structure your assets or operations
- Review the documentation
- Coordinate the process with service providers
- Open an account with our bank or the bank of your choice
- Assist the legal advisor with the actual registration process
- Help nominate a statutory auditor
- Ensure full compliance with the relevant laws and procedures (e.g. substance issues, KYC, ALM)
Alternatively, you can choose just what you need from this range of modular solutions
Once your legal entity has been created, whether it is a company, an investment fund, a trust or a foundation, it will need to maintain a registered office. The baseline services of this office are to house all files and records and receive correspondence. In your particular case, you may want a registered office that can do more – for example accommodate a staff.
Whatever you choose, United can help you meet your legal and practical requirements. If necessary, we can provide an appropriate office environment, complete with office furnishings. Our experienced IT experts can set up and maintain the IT systems you need. And we can provide you with the right people, from secretaries to board members or trustees.
Human resources are key
Do you want board members or trustees who manage proactively? United can provide them. Our picks are well-practised administrators, experts in their fields. They are also formally qualified and approved for regulated entities.
We can usually recruit your trustees or board members from United’s own staff. When an independent individual is required, we recommend proven experts from outside United. Routinely, we analyse your entity’s purpose—and provide the right leadership.
Today, transparency and substance are more important issues than ever. The BEPS project launched by OECD and G20, aimed at protecting tax bases as well as offering increased certainty and predictability for taxpayers, has raised the bar for corporate entities. United is eager to help you in meeting the new requirements.
As an alternative to domiciliation, United Office Solutions offers you “ready-to-go” workspaces, with the widest possible range of complementary support services available on demand. In short, we offer you all you need to start working and do business immediately.
Our workspaces are equipped with state-of-the-art communication and IT solutions. You decide what else you need in terms of furniture and other equipment (telephone, computers, printers, etc.) – and you decide whether to purchase or lease it. A limited number of your subsidiaries can also opt to have their registered office at their parent company’s registered office.
Once you are up and running, United can offer additional support to you and your employees. Our helpdesk can arrange reception services, courier services e.g. to a notary, the apostille etc. or even driver services. Of course we can also arrange for food and beverage if desired.
Your advantages at a glance
- One bill with all charges included
- A customisable office space equipped with everything you need and operating the latest technology
- Option of office sharing with related group companies
- Dedicated specialist support from our helpdesk
Financial and payment services
United, via its fully-licensed bank in Curaçao, can support you and your activities with a comprehensive range of financial and payment services, including:
- Commercial financial services
- Private wealth services
- Securities services
- Treasury services
- Carbon services
- Structured finance services
These services supplement our trust activities and makes us a one-stop shop for trust clients. But we can also work seamlessly with your other service providers, building a relationship of trust with all parties.
As a company or a wealthy individual, you have a global perspective, but nation states still define the legal environment in which you operate. To protect your assets or to improve the performance of your investment, you may one day want to relocate your legal entity (company, investment vehicle, trust or foundation) to another country. But migrating a legal entity is a complex proposition. United can handle your migration for you. Our seasoned experts fully understand the rules and regulations in the new local environment. We have the necessary operational processes at our fingertips and follow through with fully compliant financial and legal solutions that ensure you a seamless experience.
Winding up your legal entity
Your legal entity may at some point need to be dissolved or formally liquidated. This can be a concise or lengthy process, depending on the complexity and financial status of the entity at the time. In every case, United is committed to winding up the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. This service includes every component of the process, from realising any remaining assets and liabilities to arranging for the notarial deed.
Intellectual property is an asset created by the mind – a work of art, a brand name, or an invention for instance. As the creator of such assets, you deserve to reap the financial benefits. That is why the value of intellectual property is protected by patents, copyrights and trademarks.
United is uniquely qualified to help you realise the value of your intellectual property. Our founder Gregory Elias has extensive experience in the music industry (in non-performing roles!), gained both before and after he established United. He has intellectual property of his own in this connection. His first-hand experience with intellectual property strengthens the capabilities of our talented team.
With you, we discuss the details of your intellectual property, what agreements are already in place, and whether there have been any infringements of your IP rights that need to be resolved. Based on your story and your needs, we develop a solid and fully compliant legal structure that ensures your intellectual property is safe and related income flows are optimised.
Escrow and custody
United is an authorised escrow agent. Whatever kind of transaction you are engaging in, we can open an escrow account for you, where cash, securities, title documents etc. are held in escrow until both parties in the deal have met their obligations.
Escrow is a very versatile solution used in a wide range of situations, such as:
- International trade finance
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Project finance
- Capital raising
- Litigation settlement funds
- Real estate and construction
- Pension scheme funding
Using our escrow services means that United takes over your counterparty, banking, country and compliance risk. Also, since escrows are non-credit facilities — with no capital costs, low fees and unlimited capacity — they are a cost-effective alternative to credit-based risk solutions such as standby letters of credit.
With United as your escrow agent, your transaction gets settled faster. Our competent and dedicated staff typically get the account set up in 24 to 48 hours. We draw on our range of standard contract templates that are valid under a variety of governing laws and tailor the chosen contract to your specific escrow structure. Our international network guarantees short lines of communication with local parties. The result: a fast and flexible solution that blends seamlessly with your own processes.
Besides escrow services, United can also offer a longer-term solution for holding assets such as stocks, bonds, precious metals and cash. As your custodian, we guarantee the safekeeping of your assets and perform various related administrative duties, such settling purchases and sales, collecting dividends and coupons and settling withholding tax. Followed, of course, by faultless reporting.
Marine and aviation services
For a private owner, a yacht or an aircraft spells adventure, relaxation, and refuge. For a company, it can be a useful asset for customer relations or business travel purposes. But whether you have work or play in mind, ownership means responsibility.
Are you considering buying a yacht or an aircraft? Let United deal with the responsibility, while you enjoy the benefits of ownership. We have been active in this very special market since 1998 and our connections ensure short lines of communication and seamless processes.
We sit down with you to discuss your situation and your wishes as well as the financial, legal and fiscal aspects. We ensure that the yacht or aircraft is properly acquired, registered in the agreed jurisdiction, well-structured as an asset, duly insured. We can arrange financing for you through our own bank. And through our preferred partners, we can also plan for the yacht or aircraft’s ongoing operation – providing everything from maintenance to fuel and crew.
United can handle all your ownership issues - or you can choose just what you need from our range of modular solutions.
- True know-how
- Establishment of suitable ownership structures
- Initial registration, either private or commercial
- Ongoing administration
Real estate solutions
At United, we understand the complexity of cross-border real estate structures and can offer you a one-stop shop solution. Cross-border (bilingual) communication with asset managers, property managers and authorities, cross-border tax issues, substance and reporting are our daily business. With United as your partner, you can be sure that you make the most of the real estate transfer tax blocker and trade tax benefits.
Our team of professionals has extensive real estate experience in markets around the world. We have a sound knowledge of complex transactions such as large portfolio sales and purchases (both share and asset deals).
Relating to real estate, we can offer you financing services through United Bank and fund services, as well as corporate and administrative services for special purpose vehicles (SPVs).
United manages and administers legal entities that are connected with real estate. Not just the company directly owning properties but also special purpose vehicles such as holding and financing companies. We provide full services for these entities through our own offices, or through our global network if required.
What we do
For each client, we set up a service team including a board-level representative, account managers and product specialists. Its mission: giving you peace of mind.
This means protecting your corporate assets through expert structuring, managing risks and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. In doing so, we work to the highest ethical standards.
Contact us to learn more about what United can do for you and your company. We look forward to discussing potential solutions with you.
The aggregate experience of United’s people spans many years and many industries. Your story makes immediate sense to us. And we help you make sense of the bigger story.