On November 2nd, a significant group of clients and friends of the Registry attended the anticipated Liberian Corporate Seminar in the pristine Eleon-loft in Athens, Greece. This seminar was mainly held to demonstrate Liberia’s response to the demands of the legal challenges in the new tax and transparency regulatory environment.
The Senior Vice President of the Liberian Registry’s Piraeus office, Dr. Michalis Pantazopoulos, greeted the guests by giving a short welcoming speech and introduction for the upcoming speakers. Mrs. Hilary Spilkin, Managing Director of the Corporate Registry, gave an informative presentation regarding the updates on The OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. Our guest speaker, Mr. Steven Hollander from Watson Farley & Williams, provided further insight into the matter by introducing current legal updates and explaining the Associations Law revisions.
A highlight of the seminar was certainly the presence of Counsellor Margaret Ansumana, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Operations and Deputy Corporate Registrar since 2006, who gave a brief but well-rounded update on Liberia.
The attendees have enjoyed their stay at the seminar and were impressed with the presentations, expressing that the subjects brought forward were interesting, important and topical. Many misconceptions, which had been spread in the industry, were laid to rest through the informative news given during the panel. Most of all, however, our clients were grateful to finally have met Mrs. Hilary Spilkin and of course Counsellor Margaret Ansumana, who’s signature appears on all Registry issued documents.
A survey was distributed throughout the attending clients in regards to predictions about the offshore sector and brought positive and informative feedback for the Registry regarding our services and future. The answers to our proposed questions also gave us a vision what improvements could be made and in which direction the business could take us.