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Offshore Trusts Report: Mauritius

Additional Provisions of the Trusts Act 2001

A purpose trust must have an enforcer whose duty is to enforce the trust in accordance with its terms and purposes.

The settling of immovable property in Mauritius on a trust of which a non-citizen is a beneficiary requires the approval of the Prime Minister under the Non-Citizens (Property Restriction) Act.

The Act allows for a protector of a trust to be appointed. His functions will be to advise the trustee of the trust. The exercise by the trustees of any of their powers and discretions shall be subject to the prior consent of the protector. The trust instrument may appoint as protector any person of full age and of sound mind, including the settlor, or any body corporate, any firm, partnership or group of persons, whether incorporate or unincorporate. The protector has a range of other powers and may also be a settlor, a trustee or a beneficiary of the trust.

The Act provides for the appointment of a custodian trustee which shall be a firm, a partnership or a body corporate and who will act on the instructions of a managing trustee.

The Act provides for the appointment of a managing trustee having the role and functions to manage the trust without being vested with the trust property which is vested in a custodian trustee.

The settlor or beneficiary of a trust may give to the trustees a letter of his wishes or the trustees may prepare a memorandum of the wishes of the settlor with regard to the exercise of any functions conferred on the trustees by the terms of the trust.

The number of trustees of a trust shall not exceed 4 of whom, at any one time, at least one shall be a qualified trustee.

Except where ordered by the Court or a Judge in Chambers a trustee shall keep as confidential and shall not be required to disclose to any person not legally entitled to it or be required to produce or divulge to any Court, tribunal, committee of enquiry or other authority in Mauritius or elsewhere, any information or document in his possession or under his control relating to:

  • the state and amount or any other details of the trust property;

  • the conduct of the trust administration;

  • the trustee's deliberations as to the manner in which a power or a discretion was exercised, or a duty conferred or imposed by the law or by the terms of the trust was performed;

  • the reason for any particular exercise of such power or discretion or performance of duty or the material upon which such reason will be or might have been based; or

  • the exercise or proposed exercise of such power or discretion or the performance or proposed performance of such duty.

However, these secrecy provisions are heavily compromised by a series of qualifications in respect of money laundering, international mutual assistance treaties etc.

   

The Report

Offshore Trusts Guide: Introduction

The History of Offshore Trusts
Development of Professional Competence in the Jurisdictions
What Future for the Trust?
The New Age of Transparency
The Swiss Association of Trust Companies
The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners

Offshore Trusts Guide: Jurisdictions

Bahamas

Bahamas: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Bahamas: 2006 Private Trust Companies Legislation

Barbados

Barbados: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Barbados: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Bermuda

Bermuda: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Bermuda: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
British Virgin Islands: Special Trusts Act 2003
British Virgin Islands: The Trustee Act 2003
British Virgin Islands: :Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees
British Virgin Islands: New Laws on Private Trust Companies
British Virgin Islands: New Private Trust Company Regulations

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cayman Islands: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Cook Islands

Cook Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cook Islands: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Cyprus

Cyprus: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cyprus: Supervision, Licensing and Tax

Gibraltar

Gibraltar: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Gibraltar: Legislation, Regulation and Supervision

Guernsey

Guernsey: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Guernsey: Trusts Law 2007

Isle of Man

Isle of Man: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Isle of Man: Supervisory and Licensing Regime
Isle of Man: Uses Clients and Tax Treatment

Jersey

Jersey: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Jersey: Supervisory and Licensing Regime
Jersey: Trusts Amendment Act 2006
Jersey: Foundations

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Liechtenstein: Regulation Supervision and Transparency
Liechtenstein: Characteristics of Liechtenstein Trusts
Liechtenstein: Foundations

Madeira

Madeira: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Malta

Malta: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Malta: The Trust and Trustees Act 2004

Mauritius

Mauritius: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Mauritius: Characteristics of the 2001 Trusts Act
Mauritius: Additional Provisions of the 2001 Trusts Act
Mauritius: Tax Treatment

Monaco

Monaco: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Nevis

Nevis: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

New Zealand

New Zealand: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
New Zealand: Review of the Law of Trusts
New Zealand: Taxation of Trusts

Panama

Panama: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Panama: Requirements for Acting as Trust Company in Panama

Seychelles

Seychelles: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Turks & Caicos: The Voidable Dispositions Ordinance

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

 


Mauritius News

Dubai Tax-Free Zone Seeing New Business From India Friday 19/5/2017 The Dubai International Financial Centre, the leading financial hub in the United Arab Emirates, has become an increasingly popular destination for Indian banks, financial institutions, and fund managers, the zone has said.

Mauritius Cuts Company Registration Fee Friday 8/1/2016 Mauritius has slashed the registration fee for a small private company with a turnover not exceeding MUR10m (USD276,700) from MUR2,500 to MUR500.

Nautilus Opens Office In Mauritius Friday 13/12/2013 Nautilus Group, an independent trust company based in Jersey, announced on December 09, 2013 that it has opened an office in Mauritius as part of its strategy for global growth.

Offshore Company Formations Have Slowed Wednesday 7/8/2013 The majority of offshore jurisdictions experienced a decline in company incorporation activity in the second half of 2012 compared with the first half, according to legal services consultancy the Applebly Group.

Offshore Merger And Acquisition Activity Rises Wednesday 9/5/2012 A new report from Appleby shows that transaction values for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in major offshore financial centers rose by 25% in the first quarter of 2012.

Atlas Targets Asian Trust Services Market Tuesday 18/10/2011 Atlas Corporate Services Group, a leading international corporate and trust service provider, has announced that it has been granted new licences to operate in the Ras-Al-Khaimah Free Trade Zone and in Mauritius, as the firm expands its global reach into Asia.

Mauritius Unveils 2011 Budget Monday 22/11/2010 Mauritian Finance Minister Pravind Jugnauth has unveiled details of the country’s 2011 budget, designed to rebalance growth, to boost productivity, and to consolidate social justice, and providing for a number of key fiscal measures, designed to contain the budget deficit at 4.3% of gross domestic product.

India Presses Mauritius To Renegotiate Treaty Tuesday 25/5/2010 The Indian government would like to see an end to the provision in the India-Mauritius tax treaty which provides that capital gains from sale of securities in India can only be taxed in Mauritius.

India Investment Restrictions Take Effect Tuesday 13/4/2010 Indian government changes to foreign direct investment rules have taken effect from April 1, 2010. The new rules require foreign venture capital funds to obtain prior approval for investment in Indian venture funds, and investment in unregistered trusts is no longer permitted.

European Parliament ACP Report Targets Tax Havens Monday 25/1/2010 The European Parliament has called on the European Commission and the governments of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states to 'include the fight against abuse of tax havens, tax evasion and illicit capital flight as a matter of priority' in the revised Cotonou Agreement, which governs relations between the European Union and the ACP states.