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BVI Banking & Finance - Security registrations in BVI – a closer look at difficult issues

One of the more popular features of BVI company law is its regime for registering security interests. It is quick, clean and efficient – either party can register security online by merely filing a form with the relevant particulars and paying the...

BVI Banking & Finance - The company’s property – litigation funding and insolvent companies

Tucked away in dusty corners of the Insolvency Act 2003 are two slightly obscure provisions: sections 251 and 257. Those sections deal with various rights of action vested in the liquidator of an insolvent company, and they provide that any proceeds of...

BVI Banking & Finance - Class rights in BVI company law

BVI company law has two overarching characteristics. Firstly, it maximises flexibility to ensure that international users of offshore vehicles can structure their companies in a way that suits their needs. Secondly, it provides very clear black letter...

Tax and Regulatory - Cyprus snapshot: options and advantages

Cyprus has been a member state of the European Union since 2004 and one of the top venues for the incorporation and establishment of businesses across Europe. Cyprus boasts an impressive list of double tax treaties which can be fundamental to tax...

Investment Funds - The global reach of the BVI as an investment funds jurisdiction

The BVI is recognised globally as a leading funds jurisdiction. It has built up this reputation over the course of many successful decades, based upon the essential building blocks of being tax neutral, politically stable and economically secure...

Tax and Regulatory - BVI Court protects basic rights of persons subject to tax investigations

The recent case of Quiver Inc. & Friar Tuck Limited v International Tax Authority in the BVI Administrative Division of the High Court has confirmed that public bodies must strike a balance when discharging their international obligations in the...

BVI - Arbitration in the BVI: an introduction

The BVI International Arbitration Centre (IAC) opened on 16 November 2016 and the BVI IAC Rules (the BVI Rules) came into force on the same date giving full force to the Arbitration Act 2013 effective as of 1 October 2014 in the British Virgin Islands...

Litigation - ​Drafting the perfect arbitration clause

A reference to the “perfect arbitration clause” is always likely to be a little controversial. It suggests that somewhere there lies a precedent for a perfect clause, waiting to be discovered in some cave like the Dead Sea scrolls, or the...

BVI - LatAm focus: litigating trusts disputes in the BVI

The British Virgin Islands has long been hailed as a leading offshore jurisdiction for wealth management and asset protection amongst Latin American high net worth families and individuals. Over the next four years, Latin American HNWIs, family offices...

Asia - Will Brexit have an impact on offshore financial services?

Now that the United Kingdom has served notice to leave the European Union under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, managers of offshore funds have a clearer timetable for when Brexit will happen, with the UK scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019. The...

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