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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

29 April 2016 - BVI Commercial Court appoints two new judges

Harneys is pleased to report the appointments of Justice Sher QC and Justice Wallbank to the BVI Commercial Court, as Commercial Court Judges, commencing in May. Justice Sher QC will be the first rotating Judge, sitting from 2 May to 10 June 2016....

22 April 2016 - Categorisation of Cyprus Alternative Investment Funds by CySEC

Directive DI131-2014-03 on the categorisation of Alternative Investment Funds and other matters (Directive) was issued in December 2015 by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). The Directive identifies specific categories of...

15 April 2016 - BVI Signs 28th Tax Information Exchange Agreement With The Isle Of Man

The Government of the Virgin Islands has signed its twenty-eighth Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the Government of the Isle of Man as the British Virgin Islands reinforces its commitment to comply with the international standards and the...

15 April 2016 - Cyprus regulator calls for Cypriot regulated entities to investigate connections to Panama Papers

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has issued a circular requiring that entities under its supervision investigate any connections they may have with the so-called Panama Papers leak. The circular is addressed to Cyprus Investment...

11 April 2016 - Bermuda Company Law Amendment: Register of Directors

A new development to Company Law in Bermuda will place additional requirements on all companies whether local or exempted. The Bermuda Government has amended Section 92B of the Companies Act 1981 and now requires that a Register of Directors be...

11 March 2016 - Fairfield Sentry - New Guidance from the BVI Court

After the decision of the Privy Council in April 2014, the long running Fairfield Sentry case continued today with the new judgment of Leon J. concerning the status of the related US Bankruptcy Court proceedings. Background Fairfield Sentry and...

29 February 2016 - Brazilian Special Tax and Currency Exchange Regularization Regime

Para ler este artigo em Português, clique aqui. Law no. 13.254 of January 13, 2016 (Law no. 13.254/2016), which enacts the Special Tax and Currency Exchange Regularization Regime (RERCT), was published on January 14, 2016 on the Official Gazette...

17 February 2016 - The BVI's new Legal Profession Act: What English QCs need to know

In late 2015, after nearly a decade of consultation and back-and-forth, the BVI passed into law a new Legal Profession Act (LPA) regulating inter alia admissions and practice. However, it quickly became apparent that much of the subsidiary legislation...

29 January 2016 - Regulatory update: proposed amendments to the Financial Services Commission Act, 2001

There is a proposal to amend various sections of the Financial Services Commission Act, 2001 (the FSC Act) by the Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act, 2015 (the Proposed Amendments). The Proposed Amendments are currently in Bill format and...

22 January 2016 - BVI Financial Services Commission recognises overseas stock and commodities exchanges

Background The BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC) has issued the Regulatory Code (Recognised Exchanges) Notice, 2015 (the Notice) under powers set out in the Regulatory Code, 2009 (the Code). The Notice is effective as of 15 January 2016. The...

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