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Investors and Entrepreneurs

Overseas investors and entrepreneurs looking to invest in or start a business in the UK need to ensure they meet UK regulations and visa and nationality application requirements.

How can Thorntons help?

We offer a competitive and tailored service to those wishing to invest or start a business in the UK. We are one of the only Scottish law firms with a specialised team of lawyers experienced in dealing with investors and entrepreneurs from all around the world.

We also work with partners around the European Union (EU) to ensure the quickest and most tax efficient routes to settlement and nationality in the UK following a significant investment in Britain.

From inward investors looking to invest amounts of £2 million, £5 million and £10 million to entrepreneurs looking to invest £200,000, we can assist with every aspect of the process. As well as arranging immediate visas for you and your family, we will also provide strategic planning so that you and your family gain British nationality as soon as possible and can also provide top-class investment and tax advice and assistance with the purchase of property in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

We have a highly rated Investment Management team, meaning that we are able to invest your funds in a manner that meets the UK immigration rules under the Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme, whilst ensuring the highest returns on your investment and without the need to involve third parties. Alternatively, we have links to a number of key international banks and investment firms who we work closely with and can use to invest your funds.

We also offer a range of services to entrepreneurs looking to set up a new business in the UK or invest in an existing one. We can assist with all aspects of setting up or buying a UK-based business in a manner that ensures the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) rules are met. We also offer our unique MatchMaker Service where we can assist overseas entrepreneurs to find existing and local UK-based businesses requiring investment in order to develop. This innovative scheme benefits all parties. It allows for overseas entrepreneurs to invest in local businesses and obtain a visa at the same time whilst for the local business, it offers an injection of funds that enables it to move to the next stage of its development.

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