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USA (South Dakota) office

USA (South Dakota) overview

Equiom USA (South Dakota)

In May 2017 Equiom acquired Virtus Trust, a multi-jurisdictional trust group which included Virtus Trust USA, LLC a publicly licensed trust company in South Dakota, Virtus Trust USA, LLC. In April 2018 Virtus Trust USA, LLC changed its name to Equiom Trust (South Dakota), LLC.

Our USA capability provides international families and advisors around the world with invaluable options to assist in US-connected matters such as migration or investment and for international planning in the same way as with traditional 'offshore' jurisdictions.

Why choose the USA and South Dakota?

  • USA issues often need a US domestic solution
  • For non-US clients it is an attractive alternative planning jurisdiction
  • Advanced and flexible state trust laws including strong asset protection and retained power statutes
  • A locally and internationally independent judiciary
  • Frequent updates to trust law to maintain market leadership
  • The US offers every type of supporting financial service
Equiom Trust (South Dakota), LLC (ETSD) is regulated in South Dakota by the South Dakota Division of Banking and in Guernsey by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

USA (South Dakota) Services

Our USA capability provides international families and advisors around the world with an invaluable option to address such legislation as FATCA and the US tax code in relation to cross-border planning.

  • Immigration

    Equiom’s pre and post immigration planning services

    Immigration to the US is often complex and requires as much advance planning as possible.

    Whether it is establishing a South Dakota trust with a non-US trustee or forming a domestic trust for US beneficiaries, Equiom has the local knowledge and expertise to support you during each stage of your immigration journey. Equiom work with leading US-qualified professional advisors and SEC-registered investment houses around the world to achieve optimal pre-migration structures.

  • Trusts & Foundations

    Trust is something that is earned

    We are proud to have an enviable reputation as leading professional trustees in the US earned from years of experience in the industry.

    We understand the importance of protecting and enhancing the wealth of the individuals and companies we work with.

    We offer the ultimate secure jurisdiction combining a very flexible but defined fiscal framework, as well as a major body of established trust law and the legal and regulatory infrastructure necessary to administer complex international trust structures. With increasing cross-border legislation such as FATCA and CRS, locating a trust in the US is becoming an increasingly attractive option.

    Equiom can organise the initial establishment of a trust or foundation and administer it diligently to maximise the benefits. We will also ensure its legal and tax status is maintained, while providing regular accounting and financial reporting.


    Our trust services include:

    • Formation of family trusteeships/partnerships including US Dynasty and directed trusts
    • Administering structures for US taxpayers globally
    • Setting up of pour-over/decanting trusts for UNI/DNI from trusts administered by other non-US trustees
    • Formation of US domestic trusts to hold residential property around the world involving occupation by a US beneficiary
    • Establishment of US domestic trusts to buy and hold US commercial real estate
    • Domestication into US of foreign trusts

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