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Guides

Reference materials detailing key laws

Private Trust Companies: an overview

This guide outlines the key features of a Private Trust Company in the BVI and identifies the requirements to set up a PTC and its uses.

VISTA Trusts – an overview

VISTA allows a shareholder to establish a BVI trust over a BVI company which disengages the trustee from administrative and managerial responsibility in relation to that BVI company.

Directors' Duties Under Cayman Islands Law

This guide examines directors' duties under Cayman Islands law, including common law duties, statutory duties, and duties under the jurisdiction's insolvency, fraudulent trading, theft, fraud, securities and money laundering laws. Updated November 2017.

Legal Guide Duties and Obligations of a Director of a Cayman Islands Fund

An overview of the powers, duties and obligations of a director of an exempted company incorporated under the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands which is registered as a regulated fund under section 4(3) of the Mutual Funds Law of the Cayman Islands.

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.

Updated Policy on Audit Waivers for Cayman Funds

Following industry consultation in early 2016, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has published an updated policy on exemptions from the annual audit requirement for regulated Cayman Islands investment funds (the Policy). The Policy...

Cayman Trusts: STAR Trusts

This guide outlines the key features of STAR Trusts in the Cayman islands and identifies the uses of such trusts.

Record Keeping Obligations for BVI Companies, Partnerships, Trusts and Other Organisations

This Harneys guide incorporates the latest updates regarding record keeping obligations for BVI companies, partnerships, trusts and other organisations.

Cayman Financial Account Reporting -- Preparing for the CRS

This guide lists the necessary steps in preparing for the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) on automatic exchange of information in relation to Cayman funds.

The BVI Trade Marks Act 2013, A Practical Overview

The BVI's new Trade Marks Act takes effect on 1 September 2015, significantly modernising the jurisdiction's trademark laws. Harneys' practical overview of the new legislation provides essential details.

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