Questions & Answers

What is the Investment Facilitation Forum (IFF)?

 

 

The Investment Facilitation Forum (IFF) is a platform for enterprises and organisations involved in investment facilitation at a global level.  IFF aims to contribute to the debate on international investment flows at global, EU, and national level by providing qualitative information about global investment facilitation to policymakers, media, and the public.

 

What is investment facilitation?

 

By investment facilitation we mean the administration, paper work, governance, and legal compliance that is related to setting up corporate structures. Our member companies assist investors in the management and proper administration of their cross-border investments to allow them to focus on their core business.

 

Who is member of the IFF?

 

 

The Investment Facilitation Forum (IFF) represents three leading companies in the investment facilitation business: SGG Group, TMF Group, and Vistra.

 

 

What are investment hubs?

 

 

In order to make cross-border investments happen, investment structures are sometimes set-up in conduit countries: jurisdictions that benefit from a stable legal and political environment, a sound financial infrastructure, and a highly professional ecosystem. Conduit jurisdictions that attract an above-average share of global investments are referred to as ‘investment hubs’.

 

What are the current issues for IFF?

 

The members of IFF fully support the endeavours of policymakers in the fight against money laundering, tax avoidance, and tax evasion. However, there is an increasing awareness in the investment facilitating industries that the policy direction taken risks producing unintended consequences that threaten investors’ potential and willingness to invest in third countries.

It is our ambition to contribute to public understanding of global investment facilitation and the value of these activities.

 

What does the IFF want to achieve?

 

It is our ambition to contribute to public understanding of global investment facilitation and the value of these activities. We call upon government and authorities to take into account the crucial role of investment hubs in the facilitation of global FDI flows. The IFF is committed to working with authorities and stakeholders all over the world to ensure a fair, effective, and balanced legal framework for the facilitation of investments for economic growth and welfare in developed and developing countries.