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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

10 October 2014 - Japan – BVI TIEA comes into force on 11 October

Further to our previous bulletin, following the Notification Ceremony on 11 September the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between the Government of Japan and the Government of the British Virgin Islands will come into effect on 11 October...

07 October 2014 - BVI court issues pivotal guidance on exclusive jurisdiction clause

In what is likely to be considered a landmark decision, the BVI Commercial Court has held that winding up proceedings brought on just and equitable grounds relating to BVI companies will not be caught by an exclusive jurisdiction clause contained in a...

01 October 2014 - BVI’s Arbitration Act 2013 is now in force

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) Arbitration Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014. It is a landmark piece of legislation which is expected to propel alternative dispute resolution in the BVI into high gear. The BVI is now well-positioned to...

18 September 2014 - Sanctions: European Union significantly toughens its stance towards Russia

Note: This is an update to our last bulletin on this subject of 13 August 2014. The new measures are relevant to Harneys' core jurisdictions: Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Concurrent with the conclusion of the NAT...

01 September 2014 - New Cyprus decrees issued

The Republic of Cyprus issued new decrees on 1 September 2014. The provisions of the previous decrees remain unchanged. The new decrees are valid until 8 December 2014. For further information please refer to the updates below. Relaxation of...

13 August 2014 - EU implements new sanctions on Ukraine and Russia

As the crisis over Ukrainian sovereignty has deepened, notably following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the EU has sought to increase punitive measures on rebel groups within Ukraine and targets within Russia. The recent key measures increase...

29 July 2014 - BVI advice necessary in relation to BVI company claims: Wong v Wang

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance confirmed in its recent decision in Wong Ming Bun v Wang Ming Fan [2014] 1 HKLRD 1108 that in any claim by way of derivative action on behalf of a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands it is mandatory to...

21 July 2014 - BVI publishes draft FATCA Guidance Notes

In the latest moves towards implementation of the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK, the BVI Government has released draft Guidance Notes for public consultation. A copy can be accessed from the Ministry...

10 July 2014 - BVI Case Notes, July 2014

The cases featured in this update focus largely on two important aspects of offshore litigation: the impact of arbitration agreements and default judgments. The Court of Appeal in the Anzen Ltd decision re-affirms that parties seeking to rely on an...

09 July 2014 - BVI's National Risk Assessment scheduled

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is scheduled to undergo its Fourth Round of Mutual Evaluation by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in 2017 based on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) International Standards on Combating Money...

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