The Evolving Landscape of Due Diligence during M&A: Trends and Strategies for Success

In the fast-evolving global business environment, following the growth trajectory turns out to be a challenge. Forward-thinking enterprises seek due diligence services from professional teams to remain on the right track.

In this edition, we will discuss how due diligence practices have been evolving with the inception of AI. We have also highlighted the strategic advantages it offers in structuring deals, risk mitigation, and post-transaction integration. With these guidelines, business leaders can explore the challenges associated with striking deals during M&A activities with confidence.

What makes due diligence so crucial?

Due diligence services serve as a crucial mechanism to identify potential risks and opportunities within M&A transactions. Check out these four crucial functions of due diligence in this context.

  • It helps in the early detection of red flags, pinpointing deal-breaker issues that could significantly affect the viability of the transaction or require further negotiations
  • Due diligence is necessary to evaluate factors that impact price negotiations, like pending litigation, contractual obligations, or concerns related to regulatory compliance
  • Experts offering mergers & acquisitions advisory services prioritize due diligence since it helps in understanding and mitigating risks inherited by buyers after the acquisition
  • Through due diligence, business leaders can gain comprehensive insights into the financial health, operations, and potential business prospects of the target company

Involvement of the partner in due diligence

Partners play a critical role in driving effective due diligence practices.

  • Collaborating closely with clients, partners help them grasp strategic business goals and risk tolerance levels, thereby aligning their efforts with their priorities
  • Partners guide and direct companies through due diligence to streamline processes and carry out thorough investigations, besides advising them on intelligent resource allocation
  • Partners play a key role in assessing and communicating critical issues identified during due diligence. Thus, they help businesses make informed decisions and carry out discussions with transparency
  • Working with partners, companies can oversee the development of the due diligence reports and make sure that they reflect their client interests accurately. Thus, you gain a detailed insight into risk considerations and strategic objectives to make informed decisions

The Evolving Nature of Due Diligence Powered By AI

The integration of AI-powered tools has revolutionized due diligence practices. Intelligent technologies offer strategic benefits in reviewing documents and assessing risks.

  • With AI tools, enterprises can quickly and accurately review large volumes of documents like financial statements, contracts, and regulatory filings
  • AI algorithms are capable of detecting potential risks, patterns, and inconsistencies. Thus, these tools point out areas that require closer scrutiny
  • AI-powered platforms streamline due diligence processes, improve data organization, and foster better collaboration among diligence teams. This significantly strengthens your risk mitigation strategies
  • Business leaders and decision-makers count on AI-generated for valuable information and actionable recommendations to structure deals and negotiation tactics

The evolving nature of due diligence justifies why mastering Due diligence for effective M&A is crucial for companies eyeing rapid expansion.

Seek Professional Due Diligence Services

Advancements in AI technology are likely to further complicate due diligence. Successful businesses are likely to consult reputed partners like the IMC Group for due diligence services. With seasoned advisors on the side, global enterprises can effectively leverage AI tools and navigate complex deal landscapes effectively. The professionals can strengthen their approach to due diligence with better risk-mitigation strategies, leading to successful deal outcomes.

Clarification on Corporate Tax Registration Deadlines by Federal Tax Authority

Under Article 51 of Federal Decree Law No. 47 of 2022, known as the “Taxation of Corporations and Businesses” (UAE CT Law), taxable entities are required to register. The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is empowered to set the registration timelines for all taxable persons.

The FTA issued Decision No. 3 of 2024, outlining the necessary registration deadlines, which are likely to be effective from 1st March, 2024. On 4th June 2024, the FTA released a ‘Corporate Tax Public Clarification’ titled “Registration Timelines for Taxable Persons for Corporate Tax”. It presents taxable persons with detailed timelines for submitting their tax registration applications. As a part of the clarification, the FTA has given examples to help taxpayers adhere to the prescribed timelines.

For all taxable entities, it’s imperative to register with the FTA by the specified deadlines. In case of non-compliance, they need to shell out AED 10,000 as an administrative penalty for late submissions. Depending on the type of taxable person, the deadlines in FTA Decision No. 3 vary.

  • Natural Person
  • Non-Resident Juridical Person
  • Resident Juridical Person

Analysis

A. Resident Juridical Person

This includes Offshore Companies and Free Zone Persons recognized under UAE legislation.

Incorporated or Established Before 1st March 2024

A juridical person incorporated or recognized before 1st March 2024 must submit a Tax Registration application based on the month of the issuance of their license, within the deadlines specified in FTA Decision 3 of 2024, regardless of whether the license is valid or expired.

Example: Company X possessed a license that expired on 31 March 2022.

Company X, being a Resident Person incorporated in the UAE, must submit its Tax Registration application referencing the month of the issuance of its license. Although the license expired, the application for Corporate Tax registration must reference April, with a submission deadline of 30 June 2024.

Incorporated or Established on or After 1st March 2024

For juridical persons newly incorporated or recognized in the UAE on or after 1st March 2024, a Tax Registration application must be submitted within three months of their incorporation, establishment, or recognition.

Example: Company Y, incorporated on 16 June 2024 in Sharjah, is a Resident Person because it was established in the UAE. Since it was incorporated after 1st March 2024, the company must submit its Tax Registration application by September 16th, 2024, which is within three months of its date of incorporation.

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Juridical Person with POEM in the UAE Before 1st March 2024

A juridical person incorporated or recognized abroad but managed and controlled (POEM) in the UAE is considered a Resident juridical person under UAE CT Law. In case such a person doesn’t hold a license as of the effective date of FTA Decision 3 of 2024, it’s imperative to submit a Tax Registration application within three months from that date, which is by 31st May 2024.

Example: Company Z, incorporated on 1 April 2019 in the UK, has had its POEM in the UAE since 1 April 2022. It is a Resident Person as of 1 June 2023 due to its POEM in the UAE. Since it is a Resident Person before 1 March 2024, Company Z must submit a Tax Registration application referencing its date of license issuance.

Given that Company Z doesn’t hold a UAE licence since its board meetings are only conducted in the country, it needs to submit its application for Tax Registration within 3 months of the effective date of FTA Decision No. 3 of 2024, which is by 31 May 2024.

Juridical Person with POEM in the UAE After 1st March 2024

A juridical person incorporated, established, or recognized under foreign legislation but with POEM in the UAE on or after 1st March 2024, must submit a Tax Registration application within three months from the end of its financial year.

Example: Company A, incorporated on 1 April 2024 in Germany, follows a financial year from April to March. All its strategic decisions and board meetings and 2024 and 2025 are organized in the UAE.

Company A is a Resident Person due to its POEM in the UAE for the financial year that ends on 31 March 2025. Since Company A became a Resident Person in the UAE after 1 March 2024, it needs to submit a Tax Registration application within 3 months from the end of its financial year. This deadline has been fixed on 30 June 2025.

Key Considerations

If a juridical person holds an expired license which is not yet cancelled as of 1 March 2024, they should submit their Tax Registration application based on the month of the original license issuance.

If a juridical person holds multiple licenses as of 1 March 2024, they should use the license with the earliest issuance date to determine deadline of the Tax Registration application. The earliest issuance date should be based on the year of license issuance, but only the month of issuance is relevant for deciding the deadline.

Determining whether or not a juridical person is effectively managed and controlled in the UAE requires an assessment of the specific circumstances and facts of the entity and its activities.

B. Non-Resident Juridical Persons

For Non-Resident Juridical Persons, the deadline for submitting a CT Registration application depends on whether they have a Permanent Establishment (PE) or nexus in the UAE.

Non-Resident Juridical Person with a PE in the UAE Pre-1st March 2024

For a Non-Resident Juridical Person having a Permanent Establishment (PE) in the UAE before 1st March 2024, the CT Registration application deadline is within 9 months from the recognition of the PE for CT purposes in the UAE. This timeline may be extended if an International agreement on Double Taxation Avoidance (DTAA) stipulates a longer duration for PE recognition in the UAE, in which case the provision of the DTAA remains valid.

Example: Company B, established on 15th July 2008 in the UAE (FY from June to May), established a branch in Dubai on 01 May 2023. The company falls under CT regulations from 01 June 2023 (as per UAE CT Law, effective from this date).

Assuming all PE criteria are met, the permanence of PEs in the UAE is assessed over a six-month period, ending on 01 December 2023.

Non-Resident Person with a PE in the UAE On or After 1st March 2024

In case a Juridical Person has a Permanent Establishment (PE) in the UAE, the deadline to submit a CT Registration application is within 6 months from the recognition of the PE for UAE CT purposes. Also, if a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) extends the duration for recognizing a PE in the UAE, the provision of DTAA remains valid.

Example: Company C, incorporated on 22 October 2019 in Luxembourg, established a branch in Abu Dhabi on 01 July 2024. Considering that it met all other PE requirements, the permanence of the PE in the UAE is evaluated over a six-month period, concluding on 01 January 2025.

Therefore, the PE recognition date for Company C is 01 January 2025 (6 months from 01 July 2024). The company must submit its CT Registration application within 6 months from the recognition date of the PE, by 01 January 2025. Therefore, the due date for CT Registration is 01 July 2025.

Non Resident Person having nexus in the UAE prior to 01 March 2024

For a Non-Resident Juridical Person having a nexus in the UAE where it derives its income from Immovable Properties in the country, the due date to file the CT Registration application will be from 3 months from the effective date of FTA Decision no. 3 of 2024.

Example: Company D was incorporated on 3 January 2024 in Oman, and it purchased residential property for investment purposes in Dubai on 10 January 2024. On 15th February, the company rented out the property. Company D does not have a Permanent Establishment in the UAE. In this case, it will be considered as a Non-Resident Person because Company J is a Non-Resident Person because it is not a Resident Person and has a nexus in the UAE. Even though it purchased the property on 10th January 2024, it had no income from it till February 15th. Therefore, its nexus in the UAE is considered to be on 15th February 2024.

Company D, being a Non-Resident Person with a nexus in the UAE before 1st March 2024, should have submitted its Tax Registration application within 3 months from the effective date of FTA Decision No. 3 of 2024, on 31 May 2024.

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Non-Resident Person with Nexus in the UAE After 1st March 2024

For a Non-Resident Juridical Person with a nexus in the UAE, implying that it derives income from its immovable properties in the country, the deadline to file a CT Registration application is within 3 months from the date of establishing the nexus in the UAE.
C. Natural Person (Resident and Non-Resident)

For a Resident Natural Person with a business turnover exceeding AED 1 million during a Gregorian calendar year in the UAE, the deadline to submit a Tax Registration application is by 31 March of the subsequent Gregorian Calendar Year (starting from 1 January 2024).

A Non-Resident Natural Person with a business turnover from a Permanent Establishment (PE) in the UAE exceeding AED 1 million during a Gregorian calendar year needs to submit the application within 3 months of fulfilling the requirements for which the entity needs to pay Corporate Tax.

Example: Mr. X is considered a tax resident in Spain as per an international double taxation avoidance agreement between the two countries. However, he travels to the UAE from 27th January 2024 to carry out business as an independent IT consultant. Thus, he creates a PE in the country as per the applicable international agreement to avoid double taxation. The business turnover for Mr. X in the 2024 Gregorian calendar year amounts to AED 1.2 million, which exceeds the AED 1 million threshold on 10th November 2024.

As a Non-Resident Natural Person, Mr. B meets the requirements of being subject to Corporate Tax with a turnover of AED 1.2 million from a PE in the UAE. Thus, he needs to submit his Tax Registration application within 3 months of fulfilling the criteria of being subject to Corporate Tax. Calculating 3 months from 10th November 2024, this date comes to 10th February 2025.

Points to Remember
  • If a Non-Resident Juridical Person has both a PE and a nexus in the UAE, the due date of the CT registration application is the earlier of the two deadlines
  • If a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) extends the duration for recognizing a PE in the UAE, the DTAA provision remains valid
Dubai Industrial City Expands by 13.9 Million Sq.Ft. to Bolster Manufacturing Sector in the UAE

Dubai Industrial City, a leading industrial and logistics hub in the region and part of TECOM Group PJSC, has announced a significant expansion that can strengthen the manufacturing sector in the UAE. It has acquired a massive space of 13.9 million square feet of additional land as a part of this strategic move. The announcement was made on May 27-28 during the Make it in the Emirates Forum in Abu Dhabi program. This acquisition promises a boost to the country’s manufacturing sector, enhancing local supply chains and expanding the home-grown manufacturing sector in Dubai and the UAE. The significant acquisition by Dubai Industrial City is likely to encourage foreign players eyeing a business setup in Dubai to benefit from its growth trajectory.

Dubai Industrial City secured this expansion through a massive transaction of AED 410 million. It was announced in the presence of notable figures like the UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, Sarah Al Amiri. Other key figures present during the announcement include Omar Al Suwaidi, the Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, Malek Al Malek, Chairman of TECOM Group, Abdulla Belhoul, the Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group, and Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President of Industrial at TECOM Group.

The new operational capacity comes as a response to the remarkable performance and demand evident in recent months. The Dubai Industrial City recorded an occupancy rate of 97% in the first quarter of 2024 in its land lease portfolio. This marks an impressive Y-o-Y increment of 12%. This phase comes after a robust growth trajectory in 2023, with its customer base recording a 17% increment. This portfolio includes more than 1000 international, regional, and local companies.

One of the key attractions of the newly acquired plots is its strategic location. It is seamlessly connected to the rest of the country, enhancing the land bank of Dubai International City. This expansion is strategically aligned with other growth initiatives in the country like the Make it in the Emirates, Operation 300bn, and the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’. All these initiatives collectively fuelled increased demand for high-quality industrial spaces in the region.

With this expansion, the role of Dubai Industrial City as a premier destination for manufacturing and industrial activities further solidifies. Dubai continues to make significant contributions to the vision of the UAE to establish itself as a global manufacturing hub. The city aims to attract more investment by providing high-quality industrial space and supporting local manufacturers. Thus, it supports the diversification and economic resilience of the UAE.

Professional support for company formation in Dubai

With its expanding land bank, Dubai Industrial City continues to attract global businesses in hundreds. Reputed teams of professionals like the IMC Group continue to be one of the most trusted partners, comprehensively assisting new businesses in company formation in Dubai. Enterprises willing to capitalize on the economic resilience and growth potential in Dubai must reach out to the experts for professional consultation and guidance. An experienced team of advisors can guide new businesses with crucial legal issues, and tax compliance besides helping form a company in Dubai.

UAE Federal Tax Authority Sets Timeframe for Corporate Tax Registrations

The FTA (Federal Tax Authority) of UAE has established deadlines for submitting Corporate Tax registration applications as a part of their efforts to strengthen strategic partnerships with Taxable Persons. Taking to various media channels, the authority disseminated this information to ensure smooth and accurate tax compliance.

In this edition, we have presented you with all the deadlines and requirements to ensure compliance with corporate tax.

Deadlines and Requirements

The Director General of FTA, AL Bustani stressed the importance of meeting deadlines in FTA decision No. 3 of 2024, which is likely to be effective from 1st March 2024. Taxable Persons holding licenses issued in January and February, not considering the year of issuance, and juridical persons without holding a license as of 1st March 2024 need to submit their Corporate Tax registration application by the deadline of 31st May 2024. Besides, resident juridical persons holding licenses that were issued in March and April have a deadline of 30th June 2024 to submit their applications, regardless of the year of issuance.

Businesses operating in the UAE can have a look at this corporate tax compliance guide and ensure adherence to the new regime.

Campaigns to Spread Awareness

The FTA carried out this campaign during the launch of a new awareness workshop in Dubai. This is a part of the second phase of the comprehensive campaign by the FTA to educate business sectors and stakeholders on Corporate Tax Compliance. The campaign was initiated last year and aims to enhance knowledge on taxation, besides encouraging Taxable Persons to voluntarily comply with tax regulations.

With an impressive attendance of 842 stakeholders, including 52 senior officials from public and private sectors, the workshop witnessed record participation. Currently, the FTA is intensifying its efforts to enhance direct communications with tax stakeholders and business sectors throughout the country through virtual and physical workshops. The authority is also engaging with business assemblies and economic councils in industrial and commercial areas to achieve this goal.

Importance of Free Zones

Al Bustani also explained the significance of Free Zones in the economy of the UAE. Recently, the FTA has issued a comprehensive Corporate Tax Guide for Free Zone Persons. This guide outlines the main features of the Free Zone regime that encourage innovation and investment within these areas. The FTA remains committed to ensuring that all Free Zone Persons clearly understand these guides and can access the information.

Highlights of the Workshop

The high turnout of the workshop reveals strong interest from businesses to understand their obligations under the Corporate Tax regime in the UAE. The representatives of the FTA provided a detailed overview of the law and strategies to deploy it. It covers different aspects like taxable income, identifying Taxable Persons, Permanent Establishments of Non-Resident Persons, business restructuring relief, conditions to establish a tax group, and transitional rules. The FTA also clarified the standard for applying corporate tax in Free Zones. It includes the conditions that qualified Free Zone Persons must follow to benefit from the 0% Corporate Tax rate.

Registration Process

One can register for Corporate Tax any time, which is available 24/7 through the digital tax services platform called ‘EmaraTax’. The registration process is fast and easy, and takes just a few steps to be completed. The FTA has also expanded its channels to submit Corporate Tax registration applications through government service centres across the UAE.
Professional Assistance to Ensure Tax Compliance

While FTA strives to ensure tax compliance through its comprehensive approach, businesses operating in the UAE must be well-informed and prepared to fulfil the new set of obligations. Trusted corporate tax consultants in Dubai like the IMC Group continue to play a vital role in this evolving ecosystem, offering expert guidance and support to businesses navigating the changing tax regime. Successful companies operating in the country habitually partner with these professionals for assistance in ensuring tax compliance. This approach proves effective in fostering a robust and compliant economic environment in the UAE.

Singapore’s Path to Net Zero: Incentives and Ecosystem for Green Enterprises

With the climate change crisis intensifying all around the globe, different countries are committing to ambitious sustainable targets. Singapore, one of the global business hubs, stands out with its initiative to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This is a formidable goal for a small island nation with limited land and natural resources.

The government has developed its Singapore Green Plan 2030, which defines the blueprint of concrete sustainability targets for the next decade. According to this plan, by 2026, the country aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill per capita each day by 20%. The plan also seeks to increase the output of solar energy, while Singapore is likely to turn 80% of its buildings by 2030. Enterprises bracing up for Singapore company formation, therefore, need to align their strategies to these sustainability goals. Over the years, Singapore has turned into an attractive destination for eco-friendly businesses. For enterprises incorporated in Singapore, it’s essential to seek professional support from experts to ensure compliance.

Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem in Singapore

Singapore, popularly referred to as the ‘Green City’, offers a robust commercial infrastructure that supports eco-conscious businesses. Currently, the country is prioritizing the development of green buildings, reducing waste, and adopting clean energy solutions. With most of its buildings turning green by 2030, Singapore eyes an 80% improvement in energy efficiency compared to the levels in 2005. Eco-friendly businesses operating in the country have the privilege to choose from a wide range of green options.

Green Tech Industry in Singapore

Singapore has put in consistent efforts to achieve peak energy efficiency, incorporating green technologies. While the country has limited natural resources, the Research, Innovation, and Enterprise Plan (RIE2025) of the Singapore government supports enterprises embracing sustainable practices. Businesses minimizing waste by switching to additive manufacturing can qualify for certain privileges. Moreover, businesses developing sustainable solutions can access abundant resources in Singapore, thanks to its government initiatives. Enterprises can also collaborate with the government, academic institutions, and other businesses to spearhead the green tech industry in the country.

Singapore’s Talent Pool Driving its Green Economy

As a leader in sustainable development in the region, Singapore recognizes the importance of a skilled workforce for a sustainable future. In this country, academic institutions are offering sustainability courses, so that graduates with adequate skills can tap for green jobs. Working adults can also undergo training through sustainability-related programs to acquire transferable green skills. Thus, they can gain competence in crucial aspects like green finance, green engineering solutions, and managing carbon footprint. In Singapore, eco-friendly businesses have access to a pool of talented professionals having proper knowledge and skillsets. Thus, the thriving green economy continues to consolidate in the country, with its reliable pool of talent.

Green Projects Incentives from the Government

The government in Singapore is leaving no stone unturned as the country aims to achieve its net zero emissions target. To make the green transition an achievable goal, the government has come up with generous incentives, ranging from tax benefits to cash grants.

Tax Benefits

The Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) was introduced in Singapore’s Budget in 2024. For investing sizable amounts in projects with decarbonization goals, businesses are eligible to receive a tax credit. This tax credit can be offset against the payable corporate tax income. It will be awarded only on qualifying expenses like manpower costs, capital expenditures, logistics and freight costs, and intangible asset costs. If any tax credit remains unutilized, the company will receive a cash refund within four years. Foreign enterprises doing business in Singapore can significantly benefit from these provisions.
Financing Schemes and Cash Grants

Different government agencies in Singapore are committed to supporting sustainable businesses in the country. These enterprises are eligible for cash grants that cover various business expenses. For instance, the Resource Efficiency Grant for Emissions (REG(E)) co-funds expenditures for industrial facility projects for verifiable and measurable mitigation of carbon. The government has set a benchmark of at least 500 tonnes of carbon footprint reduction per annum for businesses to qualify for this grant, which would cover around 50% of the qualifying costs. This Grant helps businesses cover a part of their expenses incurred to adhere to mandates related to climate.

The REG(E) was first introduced in 2022 for local companies in the retail, food manufacturing, and food services sectors. During the 2024 Budget, it was extended to other sectors like data centres, maritime, and construction.

The Sustainability Reporting Grant helps businesses with at least S$100 million annual revenue prepare their first sustainability report. It will cover up to 30% of the qualifying cost, while the government capped the amount at S$150,000 per company. For SMEs, a new program will be launched to streamline the path to preparing their first sustainability reports. It will cover as much as 70% of the eligible costs for the first year and 50% for the two subsequent years.

Often, establishing a start-up company in Singapore comes with obligations to meet sustainability goals. Startups and businesses can seek loans up to S$50 million from the Enterprise Financing Scheme – Green to support green projects.

What Should Businesses Expanding to Singapore Do?

Businesses expanding to Singapore often need to invest in new materials, technologies, and processes to comply with the stringent sustainability goals in the country. In the short run, no significant cost savings may be visible. However, enterprises benefit from increased profitability over the long run, along with enhanced brand reputation.

Here’s what businesses expanding to Singapore must do:

  • Seek funding: Acquire support from the Enterprise Financing Scheme to support upcoming green projects.
  • Cost-effective approach: Take advantage of tax credits and grants on expenses incurred on adopting sustainable practices.
  • Position the brand as a leader: Establish the company as a frontrunner in the green economy to attract eco-conscious investors and customers.

During Singapore company formation, forward-thinking businesses seek comprehensive professional support from the IMC Group. With experts guiding them through the complex regulatory norms and helping in maximizing government funding, tax benefits, and credits, businesses can confidently achieve their sustainability goals.

Four Essential Steps for Family Offices to Manage Evolving Risks

With the evolving nature of modern risks, family offices strive to adopt a proactive stance to secure finances. Traditionally, these organizations faced risks limited to investment and financial stability. However, wealth owners today face a multiplicity of risks, such as reputational risks, financial risks, issues with physical security, and even online vulnerabilities. While thwarting all these risks completely is almost impossible, a competent single family office in Dubai needs to understand the evolving nature of risks and protect the future generations.

In this edition, we present four essential guidelines for family offices to manage modern risks.

How can Family offices manage new threats to protect future generations?

Check out these strategies for family offices to protect the future generations.

1. Explore new types of risks

Risks keep evolving when it comes to financial management. For family offices, it’s essential to adapt a rapidly evolving risk management strategy to address technological advancements, geopolitical shifts, and increased mobility. The secret to success lies in introducing innovative risk management strategies and staying abreast with global and regional security trends.

A report published in 2024 found that the biggest risk lies in reputation management, with 27% off respondents citing this threat. Other risks include wealth transfer and succession, and investment returns, each accounting for 22% of the threats.

Understanding new types of risks can help Single Family Office in Singapore address emerging threats.

2. Establishing a comprehensive strategy to manage risks

Family offices should work on a comprehensive strategy to manage risks, addressing threats like digital, physical, reputational, and emotional security. Thus, a multi-layered approach is essential, including the implementation of robust cybersecurity strategies, securing physical premises, and protecting the reputation of a family. At the same time, the strategy should ensure the emotional well-being of the staff and family members.

This is why it’s essential to partner with the right service provider like the IMC Group. Professionals with a proven track record and expertise can significantly enhance the risk management capabilities of a family office.

3. Establishing a Robust Cybersecurity Posture

When it comes to risk management, top professionals prioritize cybersecurity. Single family offices should deploy measures like 2FA (two-factor authentication) and educate their clients against social engineering. These simple steps can ward of as much as 90% of cyber threats. Experts also recommend using password managers and securing all remote access points to draw a reliable line of defence.

A report reveals that 53% of family offices engage external service providers to strengthen cybersecurity.

4. Nurturing a Culture of Security Awareness

Family offices must educate their staff and family members about potential security risks and best practices. Only 33% of family offices carry out routine security risks, so it’s crucial to engage a professional specializing in these aspects. These training sessions go a long way in cultivating a proactive mindset towards security. This ensures that every member within the organization is aware of their role in maintaining security.

Proper security management is essential to secure sensitive information and assets. Forward-thinking single family offices deploy a comprehensive insider threat program that includes ongoing training, clear policies, and a culture of security awareness. All these measures mitigate threats posed by all sorts of insider actions- both intentional and unintentional.

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Expertise and professionalism in risk management and mitigation are essential to protect wealth. The IMC Group, with its expertise in risk management and developing strategies, offers tailored solutions to safeguard assets and ensure long-term security. With comprehensive risk management services, affluent families can confidently preserve their wealth and grow it over the generations.
Top 10 Reasons Dubai is the Ultimate Business Hub

Over the years, Dubai has emerged as the global hotspot for businesses with a robust commercial ecosystem. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are keen to expand their footprints in this Middle Eastern Country, known for its opulent lifestyle and luxurious appeal. Ambitious business leaders around the globe seek professional guidance from consultants, streamlining the process of company formation in Dubai. From its business-friendly environment to demographic advantage, Dubai appeals to successful brands with a plethora of benefits.

Let’s take a look at the top reasons justifying the popularity of Dubai as a global business hub.

Why is Dubai Ideal for Setting up a Business?

If you are wondering why Dubai is best for business, here are ten reasons that demonstrate the tremendous potential of this city.

1. Business-friendly environment

With low tax rates, investor-friendly policies, and streamlined regulatory norms, Dubai stands out with a holistic business environment. The commitment and support of the government to foster a conducive commercial infrastructure makes Dubai one of the best places to carry out business.

2. Demographic advantage

One of the prime reasons why entrepreneurs prioritize setting up their business in Dubai is the strategic location of the city. As a part of the UAE, Dubai is situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. This offers seamless access to the key markets for entrepreneurs. This strategic location facilitates seamless connectivity, which makes it a global business centre, offering a gateway to emerging markets.

3. Favourable Visa scheme

Dubai has come up with progressive visa regulations to encourage foreign investment. The government has simplified the process to obtain long-term visas for foreign investors. This strategic initiative positions Dubai as a top destination for global entrepreneurs.

4. Sophisticated infrastructure

Dubai stands tall among global business hubs with its advanced infrastructure, compared to the most sophisticated urban business zones across the world. From modern telecommunication systems to fast transportation systems like the Dubai Metro, businesses benefit from the holistic commercial environment to ease up operations.

5. Diverse Financial Sector

Establishing and expanding entrepreneurship in Dubai proves to be highly lucrative for investors. The city boasts a diversified economy, with several key sectors like real estate, finance, logistics, tourism, and technology to invest in. Thus, investors can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities. This diverse economic landscape in the city fosters innovation, empowering entrepreneurs to tap into different market segments.

6. Business-friendly tax policies

The tax environment in Dubai is one of the best in the world for investors. After setting up a business in Dubai, entrepreneurs can take advantage of tax benefits and exemptions in free zones. With a business setup in Dubai UAE free zone, entities can benefit from minimal corporate tax, while personal income tax isn’t levied in the country.

7. Dynamic business environment

Innovation and collaboration largely drive the business ecosystem in Dubai. This city hosts networking platforms, accelerators, incubation centres, and co-working spaces in large numbers. This goes a long way in fostering strategic partnerships, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

8. Diverse cultural scenario

Having a cosmopolitan population, Dubai is a melting pot of diverse cultures and nationalities. While entrepreneurs can tap a global pool of talent, they can also rub shoulders with professionals all around the globe. This significantly nurtures creativity and innovation, as they engage in cross-cultural dialogue to propel their ventures ahead.
9. Economic free zones
In Dubai, businesses can set up their establishments in free zones to benefit from tax exemptions and take advantage of a conducive business environment. Some of these zones include the Dubai Airport Free Zone and the Dubai Silicon Oasis. Free Zones in Dubai attract both international and local investors looking for tax benefits and commercial opportunities.
10. Silk Road initiative
Dubai has participated in the Silk Road Initiative, which positions it as a key player in global commerce. The initiative aims to enhance freight systems through air and sea routes, thereby boosting transit systems to consolidate its appeal as an international hub of trade and commerce.
Professional Assistance to Set Up a Business in Dubai

Global entrepreneurs thinking of setting up their operations in Dubai often look out for a strategic partner for consultation and advice. The IMC Group continues to be one of the leading partners, facilitating company formation in Dubai. This group of professionals, with its tailored solutions, network, and expertise, empowers entrepreneurs to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in Dubai and understand its complex regulatory norms to ensure compliance. From establishing a presence in free zones to accessing investment avenues and fostering collaborations, the IMC Group lends its comprehensive assistance in driving entrepreneurial success in the thriving business ecosystem in Dubai.

Singapore Leads Investment in Data Centres Amid AI Boom

As advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to drive innovation globally, investors in Asia are particularly focussing on data centres. Data centres are essential to support ongoing advancements in AI and data science. This interest has fuelled a competitive effort to build data centres in building data centres among investors in Singapore. Particularly, global businesses are interested in company formation in Singapore to acquire and manage data centres.

In the Asia-Pacific region, data centres have emerged as the preferred alternative asset for REITs (real estate investment trusts). Between the first quarters of 2023 and 2024, there has been a spike in the share of investors prioritizing data centre investments, with the figure surging from 29% to 33%.

Booming Data Centre Economy and Acquisitions by Singaporean Investors

A report evaluates the activities of Singaporean REITs in the data centre sector. Due to a moratorium on data centre construction within Singapore, restrictions have been imposed on domestic investment opportunities. Naturally, investors in Singapore are exploring international prospects.

Last March, Keppel Corporation acquired a partially constructed data centre from Mitsui Fudosan in Tokyo. The company put their trust in the robust growth of the public cloud market in Japan, which is projected to hit the $34 billion (£27.2 billion) milestone by 2028.

In another significant move, less than a year ago, MapleTree Industrial Trust purchased a data centre facility in Osaka for $378 million (£302.6 million). The CEO of MapleTree explained the strategic value of this acquisition, focusing on the prospects of diversifying their presence of data centres in Japan. The CEO also stated that this expansion falls in line with their goals to enhance their footprint in the resilient data centre sector which looks promising for growth.

With AI and eCommerce booming, the acquisition was a strategic move by MapleTree as the company made an inroad into the Japanese market.

Wondering why set up business in Singapore? The surge in data centre investments and the robust support from the government explain why forming a company in Singapore can be advantageous.

According to an expert, data centres accounted for just 1.4% of the REIT universe in Asia in 2022. This segment consisted of two dedicated REITs in Singapore. The expert pointed out that real estate investors in Asia are increasingly turning their attention to data centres. However, no new data centre REIT was listed in 2022 due to challenges in the equity market segment. Currently, several existing REITs are investing in data centres.

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