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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

26 August 2015 - Cyprus and Iran sign Double Tax Treaty

On 4 August 2015, the governments of Cyprus and Iran signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (the Treaty). With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, Cyprus is now uniquely positioned to act as a gateway for investments...

10 August 2015 - Stand by for take off: Cape Town Convention extension date to Cayman confirmed

The ratification by the United Kingdom Government of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol thereto on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and its extension to the Cayman Islands has...

14 July 2015 - Cayman Islands introduce opt-in regimes for AIFMD compliance

For the past few years, the ongoing developments in Europe in relation to EU investor access to non-EU alternative investment funds or EU alternative investment funds managed by non-EU managers have been the source of great debate, mainly as a result of...

03 July 2015 - US and UK FATCA – British Virgin Islands Self-Certification on Account Holders

The International Tax Authority (ITA) of the British Virgin Islands has released templates for Individual and Entity Self-Certification Forms under US and UK FATCA. Copies can be found on the BVI Government’s website. The templates have been...

23 June 2015 - US FATCA – British Virgin Islands BVIFARS Portal deadline extended

The International Tax Authority (ITA) of the British Virgin Islands has announced the extension of two important BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFARs Portal) deadlines as follows. (i) The Enrolment Deadline - to June 30, 2015...

08 June 2015 - Sky’s the limit: Cape Town Convention extension to Cayman imminent

Practitioners will be aware that the United Kingdom Government is set to ratify the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol thereto on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment (the Cape Town Convention). Extension of the...

29 May 2015 - UK FATCA -- Election dates extended in ARR for UK RNDs

The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have entered into agreements with the UK for automatic disclosure of information in respect of interests in financial accounts held by UK residents. Most UK residents are taxed on the...

28 May 2015 - UK FATCA - Alternative reporting regime for UK resident non-domiciled individuals

The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have entered into agreements with the UK for automatic disclosure of information in respect of interests in financial accounts held by UK residents. Most UK residents are taxed on the...

19 May 2015 - The next frontier -- BVI introduces new fund products

The British Virgin Islands, in continuing to establish itself as a premier offshore financial services jurisdiction, has created two new fund products to complement its very popular existing funds offering with the bold intention of remaining on the...

12 May 2015 - For the record: A review of the British Virgin Islands Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2015

On 30 March 2015 a new section (the New Section) relating to trustees’ obligations to maintain trust records was inserted into the British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) Trustee Ordinance. The provisions of the New Section are not groundbreaking but...

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