Utlandsjuristen Malmström & Valdemarsson - "UJ" for short - was established in Gibraltar by Swedish economist Dr Bengt Valdemarsson in 1985. The firm's initial objective was to provide legal and financial services to the growing number of foreign nationals, particularly from Scandinavia, seeking to buy property in Spain.
Gibraltar offered a good geographical location at the entrance to the Mediterranean, a bilingual (English and Spanish) environment, as well as an attractive fiscal regime for offshore investors. As a British Crown colony since 1830, it also enjoyed stable government, a robust legal system and special status within the European Union. It was no coincidence that 1985 also saw the lifting by Spain of all restrictions on its border with Gibraltar.
Today UJ's core business is setting up and managing companies, trusts and other structures to meet the specific personal or business needs of our clients. Typically, these needs might include tax planning, wealth protection, foreign property ownership and facilitating cross-border business.
In 1993, UJ joined The Sovereign Group, an international financial services provider with a network of offices or agents in all major financial centres, both onshore and offshore. Sovereign's global reach has enabled UJ to provide local expertise on an international scale and allows UJ's clients access to a global service from a local point of delivery.
As part of The Sovereign Group, we currently manage over 7,000 structures for a wide variety of clients. We have also developed a wide range of supporting services embracing asset management, corporate finance and fund raising, specialist tax advice, ship and yacht registration, credit card provision, as well as trademark and intellectual property registration and protection.
At a time when regulation and supervision have risen to the top of government agendas, UJ is committed to ensuring that its compliance and legal obligations, and those of its clients, are met. To obtain its licence, UJ has had to demonstrate its financial stability and probity, as well as the professional competence and integrity of its staff.
The information on this website is intended as a general guide to UJ and the services that we offer. We always encourage prospective clients to contact our office for an initial consultation. This can be given without fee or commitment. Should you choose to proceed, we will also provide accurate time and cost estimates before undertaking any work on your behalf.