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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

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the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK, the BVI Government has released draft Guidance Notes for public consultation.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...

02 July 2014 - New security features added to ROCA certificates

The BVI Financial Services Commission issued the following announcement on 1 July 2014 regarding new security features for Registry of Corporate Affairs (ROCA) certificates: New certificates bearing a QR Code and a Certificate ID number have been...

01 July 2014 - ​BVI Government signs Model 1B IGA in relation to FATCA

The BVI Government has signed a Model 1B (non-reciprocal) Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in relation to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), it was announced on 30 June 2014. The IGA can be accessed here. As expected the final IGA...

25 June 2014 - The impact of the upcoming AIF Law in Cyprus on private ICIS

The Central Bank of Cyprus (“CBC”) held a seminar in Nicosia on 20 June 2014 on the impact of the upcoming Alternative Investment Funds (“AIF”) Law on private International Collective Investment Schemes (“private...

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