ATAD 3: economic substance requirements


In December 2021, the European Commission published the first proposal for the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 3 (ATAD 3). Its goal is to tackle the abuse of companies that do not carry out any economic activities – namely shell entities. Therefore, the directive is also known as the “Unshell Directive”. The proposal was approved by the […]

Legal obligations and current changes in the offshore jurisdictions

The recent changes in the offshore jurisdictions for the companies as well the main legal obligations are important to be analysed for those, who are planning to incorporate a company or already have the company in the offshore jurisdiction. In the corporate context, an offshore entity is the company, which business activity takes place outside […]

Imposition of 0.4% Tax on Cyprus immovable property sales and shares

On 27 October 2022, the law regulating the levying of a 0.4% tax on all sales of immovable property with the proceeds going to financially support Greek Cypriot refugees has been published in the Official Gazette by that amending the provisions of the Central Agency for Equal Distribution of Burdens (Creation, Objects, Responsibilities, and Other […]

Residential Permit for third – country nationals: new changes

On 01.01.2023 the new changes in the application for the temporary residential permit for the third country – nationals, those who are outside of EU, (“Visitor”) in Cyprus will come into effect, meaning that the following additional requirements should be satisfied: Detailed statement of bank account transactions in a financial institution in the Republic of […]

UBO Reporting: breach of personal rights

On 22 November 2022 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled that the provision of Directive (EU) 2015/849 establishing that all Member States must ensure that information on the beneficial ownership of legal entities is accessible in all cases to any member of the general public is invalid and in conflict with […]

EU General Data Protection Regulation

On Friday, May 25th, the new EU regulation for personal data processing takes effect. Personal data relates to any type of personal information that can be used to establish an identity, either directly or indirectly, like: a person’s name, passport number, e-mail address, place and date of birth. Personal data protection aims to protect the […]