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The midshore jurisdiction awarded Captive Insurance Jurisdiction of Year at the inaugural China Offshore Awards 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 16 November 2018 – Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) won the Captive Insurance Jurisdiction of the Year award at the inaugural China Offshore Awards 2018 held yesterday in Shanghai, China. 

The Awards recognise and reward jurisdictions, service providers, organisations and individuals who have provided continued support towards developing international financial centres with a strong presence and contribution to the Chinese market. 

The nominees for the awards were selected by a panel of industry experts from a diverse range of disciplines, while winners for each category were decided by an independent panel, based on input from more than 70,000 registered users of China Offshore’s multiple media channels. The other nominees in the Captive Insurance Jurisdiction category were Bermuda Business Development Agency and Cayman Finance.  

CEO of Labuan IBFC Inc, Farah Jaafar-Crossby said, “We are extremely proud to receive this award and it is indeed a great achievement for us. This award is recognition of our unwavering and dedicated efforts in generating awareness with regard to the benefits of self-insurance structures, especially captive insurance in Asia. 

“It is a great milestone for Labuan IBFC and in fact, the first Labuan captive entity set up in 1998, originated from Hong Kong, which was run by professionals from the Chinese subcontinent and Malaysia. 

“Labuan IBFC has in the first half of the year registered four new captives, the same number we registered for the whole of 2017. So clearly 2018 is expected to be a good year for us in the space, and this special recognition from the Chinese and Asian market place is so much more meaningful.” 

She went on to say: “Currently, there are more than 300 companies from China incorporated in Labuan IBFC and we are also home to large Chinese state-owned banks such as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC); and leasing companies such as Ping An and China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited.” 

The CEO added that the jurisdiction’s commitment to the Chinese market is evident when Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) recently appointed Bank of China as a renminbi settlement bank for the centre, reinforcing the jurisdiction’s effort to facilitate the operation of Chinese companies by creating an efficient, seamless and cost-effective real-time settlement of renminbi-denominated transactions in Labuan IBFC. 

Chinese entities interested to use Labuan IBFC also have the option of registering their company name and Articles of Association in Chinese, providing a clear a sign of the level of openness towards Chinese-based businesses looking to expand into Asia, especially along the Belt and Road Initiative. 

It is worth noting that this is the second award the jurisdiction has won in relation to captive insurance this year. In August, Labuan IBFC also won the Best Asian Domicile award at the inaugural Asian Captive Review Awards 2018 and has also been shortlisted for the non-EU jurisdiction category in the European & UK Captive Review Awards 2018. 

A strong 10-member market development delegation from the midshore jurisdiction’s promotional and marketing arm and its intermediaries is on a week-long visit in Shanghai, China, comprising of business development meetings aimed at expanding Labuan’s intermediary base in China, participating in the China Offshore Summit and jointly hosting a bespoke masterclass with a leading trust and corporate service provider, CP Trust Labuan.

Audrey Liew
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Geraldine Lim
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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Malaysia, through our internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, is the preferred international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region. 

As a midshore jurisdiction, we offer global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated jurisdiction. We also provide fiscal neutrality and certainty in a currency neutral operating environment. Labuan IBFC, located in the centre of Asia, boasts a cost-efficient enabling environment making it an ideal location for substance creation. 

At Labuan IBFC, we offer a wide range of business structures and investment solutions catered to cross-border transactions and international business dealings. We provide services and solutions in niches such as asset leasing, risk management, commodity trading, reinsurance, wealth management, international business companies and Islamic financial services to benefit global businesses looking at penetrating Asia or Asian entities aiming to go global. 

Operating with clear and comprehensive legal provisions, guidelines and practice notes, enforced by a single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority, Labuan IBFC provides solutions for corporates and high-net-worth individuals with international exposure. 

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