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Legal analysis by Harneys lawyers

Tax and Regulatory - Brexit: Passporting through Cyprus

Cyprus can offer a solution to international firms and institutions seeking certainty over access to the EU Single Market. The most pressing Brexit concern for UK-based credit and financial institutions relates to the terms on which they will...

Investment Funds - BVI announces AIFMD Opt-In Regime

Subsequent to the announcement by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on 19 July 2016 - summarised in our article on ESMA passporting - the BVI has published the Securities and Investment Business (AIFMD) Regulations 2016 on 29 September...

Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

20 October 2016 - Global insolvency Judges launch Guidelines for Cooperation in cross-border insolvency matters

Judges from 10 jurisdictions met in October 2016 in Singapore for the inaugural Judicial Insolvency Network Conference. High on the agenda of the esteemed conference participants was the preparation of Draft Guidelines to provide practical assistance...

18 October 2016 - BVI releases guidance notes on CRS requirements

The BVI has released guidance notes on the requirements of the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) as implemented in the British Virgin Islands. A copy of the guidance notes can be found here. This is welcome news, as until now, there has not been any...


Reference materials detailing key laws

Tax and Regulatory - Q&A for solvent voluntary liquidations for BVI companies

This is a short guide to solvent voluntary liquidations of companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. It is not intended as a substitute for full legal advice but more as an aide memoire to the procedures involved.

Investment Funds - Limited Liability Companies in the Cayman Islands

Download a PDF of this article here. On 8 July 2016, the Limited Liability Companies Law, 2016 (LLC Law) came into force in the Cayman Islands. The LLC Law introduces a new type of corporate vehicle in the Cayman Islands, the limited liability company...

Webinars & Videos

In depth online seminars and short informative videos

BVI - Video: Directors' duties in the BVI

Harneys Partner Greg Boyd and Senior Associate George Weston discuss directors' duties in the BVI.

Corporate and Commercial - Video: What Lenders and Borrowers Need to Know - A Snapshot of Changes to BVI Law in 2015

In this video, Harneys Senior Associates Hamish Masson and Michelle Frett-Mathavious provide a quick summary of the key developments in 2015 in BVI law most likely to be of interest to lenders and borrowers. For more details click here...