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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

12 December 2017 - Overview of tax information exchange in the British Virgin Islands

The system of tax information exchange in the BVI is largely modelled on international principles developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD). The competent authority responsible for dealing with tax information...

29 November 2017 - Launching an ICO in the British Virgin Islands

Interest in the setting up and distribution of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the BVI and other offshore locations has mushroomed during 2017; we expect this to continue going forward. We set out below a summary guide of key BVI issues for parties to...

22 November 2017 - Cayman Islands investment funds: what you need to know and do by the end of 2017

Annual return deadlines for funds regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) 15 January 2018 - Annual fees paid to CIMA for registered funds1. Automatic exchange of information (aka FATCA and CRS) (AEOI) 31 December 2017 ...

22 November 2017 - Cayman Islands: AML Regulations to take effect 31 May 2018 for unregulated investment and insurance entities

Unregulated investment funds and some insurance entities in the Cayman Islands have been given a grace period until 31 May 2018 to establish anti-money laundering compliance programs under amended legislation that has just been passed by the Cayman...

03 November 2017 - Cyprus-Iran Double Tax Treaty to take effect 1 January 2018

A Double Tax Treaty between Cyprus and Iran will come into effect on 1 January 2018. Cyprus and Iran (the Contracting States) signed the Double Tax Treaty (the Treaty) on 4 August 2015. Like most Double Tax Treaties, the Treaty complies with the...

02 November 2017 - Does your Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Company need to complete a W8 form? We can help

Some of our clients have recently been informed by their US bank (or withholding agent) that a new IRS W8 requires them to provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for their Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Company. However, in many cases a TIN is actually not...

01 November 2017 - Cyprus signs Double Tax Treaty with Barbados

Currently pending ratification, the treaty between Cyprus and Barbados (the Treaty) was signed on the 3 May 2017 by Mr Euripides L Evriviades, the High Commissioner of Cyprus in the United Kingdom, and by Mr Guy Hewitt, the High Commissioner of...

31 October 2017 - New rules for deceased persons holding BVI shares or other BVI assets

The BVI Government has passed new rules governing applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration. When a person dies holding BVI property, including shares in a BVI company, his/her executor or administrator must in most cases...

26 October 2017 - Cayman Islands enact Foundation Companies Law

The Foundation Companies Law, 2017 (Law) introduces a new type of corporate vehicle in the Cayman Islands, the Foundation Company (FC). The Law, which came into force on 19 October, has been drafted to allow the FC to be rooted in Cayman Islands company...

26 October 2017 - Cyprus tax residency requirements: 60 days of stay in Cyprus

On 14th July 2017, the Cyprus parliament voted the amendment of Article 2 of the Income Tax Law N118 (I)/02 adding a second test on determining the rights of an individual to be considered as a Cyprus tax resident. Prior to the amendment, a Cyprus tax...

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