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Legal analysis by Harneys lawyers

Tax and Regulatory - Cyprus signs double tax treaty with Luxembourg

After ten years of negotiations Luxembourg and Cyprus signed their first Double Tax Treaty (the Treaty) on 8 May 2017. The Treaty is pending ratification by both contracting states. Should it be ratified by both parties before the end of 2017, the Treaty...

Restructuring and Insolvency - The Pacific Andes saga: forum shopping, Chapter 11 and just and equitable winding up

‘Forum shopping’ can lead to some fierce jurisdictional battles particularly in insolvency where the choice can be stark between debtor and creditor friendly procedures. This is the scenario with which the BVI Commercial Court has been...

Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

19 October 2017 - The Offshore Advantage: M&A in the BVI

As the largest law firm in the BVI, Harneys has consistently worked on the biggest and most complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving BVI companies. As we head into the last quarter of 2017, M&A both globally and in the BVI in particular...

18 October 2017 - Launching an ICO through Cyprus

We set out below a summary of relevant considerations when launching an initial coin offering (ICO) through Cyprus. For these purposes we assume the ICO is structured through Cyprus as a Cyprus company. Alternative vehicles may also be appropriate...


Reference materials detailing key laws

Cayman Investment Funds - The Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime

This Guide explains which companies are in scope of the Legislation and which are exempt, who is classed as a beneficial owner and a relevant legal entity, and the obligations for in scope companies and those who hold interests in them.

Investment Funds - Introduction to automatic exchange of information for Cayman Islands investment funds

This Guide provides a high level summary of the main obligations and action points under Cayman Islands automatic exchange of information legislation for Cayman Islands investment funds.

Webinars & Videos

In depth online seminars and short informative videos

Cayman Islands - Webinar: maximising the benefits of offshore companies in your transactions

Harneys is pleased to present a webinar about the use and benefits of offshore companies in financing transactions. Topics include: Reasons to use an offshore company in financing transactions Key differences between popular offshore...

Cayman Islands - Dissenting Shareholder Claims in Cayman

Mergers are a favored method of takeover or restructuring in the Cayman Islands, and the jurisdiction's clear and flexible merger framework is increasingly being used to effectively implement high profile takeovers and group restructurings. In this...