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Legal analysis by Harneys lawyers

BVI - Power to Assist Foreign Insolvency Proceedings in the British Virgin Islands

The volume of asset holding structures in the BVI often draws the attention of foreign insolvency and bankruptcy professionals. To what extent will they enjoy recognition in the BVI and in what circumstances?

Tax and Regulatory - Offshore SPVs in Shariah compliant transactions post-FATCA

This article, which appeared in Islamic Finance News on 5 November 2014, was authored by Partner Louise Groom and Associates Joanna Hossack and Ian Montgomery.

Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

12 December 2014 - New Cyprus decrees further relax banking restrictions

The Republic of Cyprus issued new decrees on 8 December 2014. The new decrees provide further relaxation to banking restrictions, notably: Payments and/or transfers of funds abroad up to €2.000.000 (previously €1.000.000) do not require the...

09 December 2014 - FATCA in Cayman: Deadline Approaches

The deadline for compliance with both US FATCA and UK FATCA fast approaches. Cayman entities which are classified as Financial Institutions are within the scope of FATCA. A typical Cayman fund will fall within the definition of a Financial...


Reference materials detailing key laws

Cyprus - Guide to the Russian Deoffshorization Law

Federal Law No 376-FZ was signed by President Putin on 24 November 2014. The Law introduces significant changes to the rules governing the reporting and taxation of participation interests by Russian tax residents in controlled foreign companies.

BVI - I am a Director of a BVI Company: Now what?

In this guide, Harneys Services General Counsel Jason Jagessar examines key rules of directorships of BVI Companies.


In depth online seminars available by registration

Tax and Regulatory - Doing Business in Iran: Balancing the Risks and Opportunities

A new webinar by Harneys and Brown Rudnick LLP titled Doing Business in Iran: Balancing the Risks and Opportunities is now available to download at no charge. The webinar charts the history of sanctions in place against Iran under the UN Security...

Tax and Regulatory - Recorded: Ukraine, Russia and the impact of sanctions

Harneys presented a live webinar on Tuesday 11 March 2014 on latest developments concerning economic and other sanctions against Ukraine and Russia.