About us

pygg is a boutique investment firm that helps individuals and companies reach their financial goals by offering specialized and personalized wealth management, investment banking, and corporate services.  

The Origin of 'pygg'

Dating back to the middle-ages ’pygg’ is an old English word used to describe a dense orange clay that was found in Western Europe and utilized to make earthenware containers, dishes, cookware, cups and jars. Pygg jars were used to store a variety of items including coins.  

The Anglo-Saxon language evolved and the clay ”pygg” and the animal “pigge” came to be pronounced the same. In the 19th century English potters received requests for pygg banks and started producing banks shaped like pigs. Pygg clay origins were forgotten and the meaning of “pig” shifted to that of the animal and pygg jars became known as pygg banks. 

Western Europeans were not the only ones making piggy banks. The first terracotta banks shaped like a pig were made in Java as far back as the 14th century with a slot on top for depositing coins. They had to be smashed to gain access to the coins. Unbroken Javanese piggy banks are extremely rare and valuable collector’s items. 

Today piggy banks have become an enduring icon for financial literacy and a tool to teach children about the importance of saving money. The power of this symbol is so engrained in our culture that it now transcends physical coins. 

Werecognize and identify with the power and evolution of pygg and the enduring icon of the piggy bank which symbolizes financial literacy, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, and general prosperity.  

Why deal with us?

We offer a wide range of sophisticated tailor-made business solutions for multi-nationals, domestic and foreign advisors, institutional investors and high net worth individuals and their families.  

With our technological resources and more than 100 years of combined relevant expertise, we help our clients to meet their straight-forward as well as complex short- and long-term company management and/or financial goals. 

Our clients feel confident that they are making objective, accurate and informed choices. 

History of our firm

 pygg is headquartered in the Unesco world heritage city of  Willemstad, Curaçao and was initially established in 2016 as a corporate service provider specializing in company formation and management of Curaçao companies.   

In 2019 we expanded our services to include wealth management, corporate finance, investment banking and securities listing advisory services operating under licenses subject to regulatory compliance and supervision from the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten.  

Our mission is to fulfil the needs of our clients and employees, faithfully adhering to our core values of acting with integrity and responisbility.

As such we operate under the following key business principles:

  • Our clients’ best interests always come first. We ensure our clients receive advice that meets their financial objectives based on their financial situation and their ideal financial destination.  We believe if  we provide our clients with exceptional service, then our own success will naturally follow.
  • Curious people make better choices. We like to know our clients.  Our advisors take their time to ask questions and to learn and listen to improve engagement and collaboration and to gain a mutual understanding of our clients’ current and future financial goals and expectations. 
  • We aim to avoid complacency. Complacency is an intrinsic flaw that can prevent reaching beyond the status quo to achieve exceptional successes.  We avoid complacency and continuously strive to find better ways for our clients to reach their financial goals.  
Why Curaçao?

Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands situated in the Southern Caribbean Sea and is the largest of the six islands in the Caribbean. The Dutch monarch is the head of state and the Netherlands is responsible for foreign affairs and defense. The citizens of Curaçao are Dutch nationals. 

Curaçao controls and manages its own internal affairs as an autonomous country. The prime minister acts as the head of the government. There is a parliamentary democracy with an independent legal system primarily based on Dutch civil law with the underlying premises of freedom of association, right to form political parties, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. 

Judges are appointed by the Dutch King and serve the district court and the joint court of appeals, which hears civil and criminal cases. The charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands forms the basis for the possibility to appeal to the supreme court in the Netherlands. 

Due to its strategic geographical location between the United States and South America and its unique position within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao is able to benefit from strong business ties within these regions and has preferential access to both the US and EU markets through the US Caribbean Basin initiative and the European Union-Overseas Countries and Territories Agreement. Curaçao has concluded a tax information exchange agreement with the US government and has adopted the IRS foreign account tax compliance act. 

Curaçao is largely compliant with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Financial Action Task Force (‘FATF’) and the European Commission making it an attractive “white” listed jurisdiction that has implemented internationally agreed tax standards. The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten was established in 1828 and is responsible for control and regulation of the banking and insurance business and trust service providers.

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