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BVI Banking & Finance - A 60 second guide to dealing with BVI companies

This article covers the most commonly-asked questions regarding the use of BVI companies in transactions. For more detailed information please click here. 1. What information is publicly available? A BVI company’s M&As and public...

Investment Funds - The Offshore Funds Blog: Countdown to referendum: what could Brexit mean for 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. Here in the UK the debate is intensifying around the EU referendum on 23 June on whether...

Tax and Regulatory - At what costs? Court of Appeal ruling raises questions about BVI Legal Profession Act

In Garkusha v Yegiazaryan and Ors (BVIHCMAP 2015/0010), the full Court of Appeal held that the fees of foreign lawyers not licensed under the Legal Profession Act 2015 (the Act) are not recoverable in a costs assessment. However, in seeking to settle...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Update: Restructuring and insolvency in Bermuda

​​This Restructuring and Insolvency Guide to Bermuda provides an overview of the key issues, legal system and laws in Bermuda, and explores the following questions: Forms of security 1. What are the most common forms of security granted over...

Bermuda - Three key facts about International Financial Centres

1. They are used commonly International Financial Centres (IFCs) feature in many (if not most) cross-border transactions and structures. International trade has expanded dramatically in recent years; companies now span many jurisdictions, all of...

Tax and Regulatory - Changes to the BVI Register of Charges – What you need to know

On 15 January 2016, new requirements came into force regarding BVI companies’ record keeping practices and, specifically, their private register of charges which now must be updated within 14 days of any changes. 1. What is the private...

Tax and Regulatory - Benefits of using Cyprus based companies to invest in Iran

Introduction On January 16 2016 the European Union implemented the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which scaled back sanctions on Iran and marked the country's return to international capital (and other) markets. Investment in Iran through...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Mergers and fair value: What does it mean to a dissenting shareholder?

A comparison of laws in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bermuda Shareholders in a company that is the subject of a takeover and merger have certain intrinsic rights available to them in the event that they dissent to the merger...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Terrorism's impact upon privity of contract in Bermuda

The link between terrorism and the erosion of privity of contract in Bermuda is not immediately discernible. However, following the massive insurance and reinsurance payments for loss sustained during the 9/11 attack in New York the commercial and...

Investment Funds - Doing Business in Africa: the Benefits of Offshore

Harneys has for many years worked together with many of the leading law firms in Africa as well as law firms outside of Africa advising on Africa focused transactions. This relationship is symbiotic, with Harneys advising on the offshore aspects...

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