About Andrew Leyden
Andrew is an attorney and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong currently working a variety of projects. Most recently he developed the Hong Kong Air Pollution app which provides a detailed and international view of the current air quality in Hong Kong. He also worked with the World Bank providing technical support to a development project in Southern Africa.
He has extensive experience in running small companies, serving as the Vice-President of Wavesonix, an internet consumer appliance company based in London. Before this he was the founder of PenguinRadio, an Internet radio device company based in Washington, DC. Andrew has also worked with the Institute for Applied Science, assisting in the development of fledgling Russian technology companies seeking access to Western capital and markets.
Prior to his entrepreneurial work, Andrew served a Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill. This capped a seven-year career on the Hill where he also worked in the personal offices of two members as a legislative aide, handling telecommunications and technology along with national security policy matters. He is a published author of a military history work on the first Persian Gulf War.
Andrew graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School (1997) and did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois (1987). He is a member of the Illinois State Bar.
Topics Covered in this Episode
- Introduction of Andrew Leyden
- What kind of legal advice do you give an American entrepreneur or small to medium sized business owner opening up a company offshore from USA. And steps to take
- The “myth” many have of “Don’t owe, don’t file” – every American needs to file there taxes.<
- Differences in legal structure of hk from usa in your experience
- Say they have been here a few years and forgot to file in usa… what to do
- What are some fun examples of legal issues you have heard about for american expats
- Copyright issues based on where your hosting account (web server) is located.
- DCMA Digital Millennium Copyright Act examples.
- Business partnerships aren’t always right being 50/50. Boilerplate legal contracts and then having a lawyer review it – rather than asking the lawyer to find the contract for you. A good idea of having 20/20 split with each partner, and then a 30/30 performance granted to each partner if they contribute what they agreed to from the beginning.
- What do you think the biggest benefit of having a Hong Kong company to operate a global business?
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- Andrew Leyden on twitter – @PenguinSix
- Form 5471 (Rev. December 2012) – Internal Revenue Service
- Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)
- Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA)
- Boilerplate Documents via Y Combinator
Episode Length: 28:22
Thanks so much for coming on the show Andrew! Listeners are always nervous about tax implications when incorporating offshore (Americans for sure!) and thanks for shedding some light there.