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Tax and Regulatory - British Virgin Islands: CRS notification and reporting deadlines extended

CRS deadlines extended On 24 March 2017 the Government of the British Virgin Islands announced that the 2017 deadlines for notification and reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) will be extended by two months...

Investment Funds - BVI Funds products for emerging managers who are thinking of setting up a fund

The BVI offers two lightly regulated open-ended fund products, the incubator fund and the approved fund, and an investment management product, the approved manager, which are all specifically targeted at emerging or smaller managers. Harneys has a...

Investment Funds - BVI segregated portfolio companies go from strength to strength

Segregated Portfolio Companies (SPCs) are well recognised and widely used corporate vehicles, and the BVI is seeing increasing demand for them in the funds context. A segregated portfolio company benefits from statutory segregation of its assets and...

Tax and Regulatory - 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...

Bermuda - ESMA guidance published on application of AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Jurisdictions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission on 19 July 2016 in relation to the extension of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive...

Investment Funds - Brexit and the Overseas Territories

Following the EU referendum result, the laws of Bermuda, BVI and Cayman remain unchanged. We do not expect there will be any significant impact on the existing legislation or stability of these jurisdictions following a UK exit from the EU, as EU law...

Asia Investment Funds - The Offshore Funds Blog: AIMA adds voice to those defending offshore funds

This post was originally published on The Offshore Funds Blog, which aims to demystify hedge funds. Click here to subscribe to the blog or read the original post. I was really pleased to see yesterday that AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management...

Investment Funds - BVI adopts legislation to implement the OECD Common Reporting Standard

The BVI has passed legislation to implement the Organisation for Economic Co-Operating and Development (OECD) Common Reporting Standard for the exchange of tax information (CRS). The amendments to the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003...

BVI - Security Interests and Regulated Entities

Generally speaking the British Virgin Islands is an extremely flexible jurisdiction in relation to the granting and registering of security interests.

BVI - Harneys recruits private equity specialist

Harneys is pleased to announce the addition of private equity specialist Natalie Bell to its investment funds team in the British Virgin Islands. Natalie advises on the establishment and restructuring of investment funds. Prior to joining...

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