Sponsored briefing: Succession planning in Poland

Sponsored briefing: Succession planning in Poland

Piotr Augustyniak of PATH Law examines the increased popularity of private foundations in family-owned business succession planning

Family-owned companies generate 18% of the GDP of Poland. There are more than 800k family-owned businesses in Poland. Currently founders face the problem of the succession. In the following five years new generations should take over approximately 60% of these companies. However, only 8% of successors declare the will to run the businesses. It has been some time since Polish entrepreneurs decided to use the concept of the private foundation as the tool of the efficient succession planning. Unfortunately, for many years, due to very convenient tax regimes of these vehicles, the tax authorities in Poland treated private foundations as part of aggressive tax planning schemes. The most popular jurisdictions among Polish entrepreneurs are Liechtenstein, Malta and The Netherlands. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: Succession planning in Poland”