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What is a mid-shore jurisdiction? Marcus Hinkley discusses the latest addition to the financial world

25 September 2013

The distinction between onshore and offshore is commonly understood. But the rise of the 'mid-shore' jurisdiction offers a new flavour to the mix of financial centres. Jurisdictions such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland and (as far as trusts are concerned) New Zealand, have claimed this 'mid-shore space'. The term implies it's a halfway house between onshore and offshore, but what does this mean?

In my view, a mid-shore jurisdiction is an otherwise onshore jurisdiction that has legislated certain tax and other offshore-modelled incentives for financial services. In doing so, it attracts the flow of international capital to its shores in much the same way as a traditional offshore centre. Typically, offshore jurisdictio...

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