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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

11 May 2017 - Cayman Islands automatic exchange of information – further update for Cayman Islands investment funds

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority recently issued further updates on the compliance obligations of Cayman financial institutions under the Cayman Islands legislation implementing the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), US FATCA, UK CDOT and the...

11 May 2017 - BVI adopts guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts

The BVI today adopted new guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts in cross-border insolvency matters. The initiative, which was the result of work by the Judicial Insolvency Network[1], has proved very popular. The BVI is the...

05 May 2017 - Cayman's new beneficial ownership regime to take effect on 1 July 2017

Following lengthy discussions with the UK authorities, the Cayman Islands Government has now approved new legislation to introduce beneficial ownership registers for certain Cayman Islands companies or limited liability companies (each a Company and...

02 May 2017 - New law gives BVI FSC discretion to restrict publication of enforcement actions

The Financial Services Commission Act 2001 was amended by the Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act 2017 (the Amendment) on 1 May 2017. The key provisions in the Amendment are new sections which relate to the routine publication, on the Financial...

21 April 2017 - BVI enacts minimum compulsory retirement age

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has recently enacted legislation setting a minimum compulsory retirement age for employment law purposes, subject to certain exceptions. This is the first such measure in the Territory’s history. The...

05 April 2017 - British Virgin Islands: CRS notification and reporting deadlines extended

CRS deadlines extended On 24 March 2017 the Government of the British Virgin Islands announced that the 2017 deadlines for notification and reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) will be extended by two months...

31 March 2017 - TIEAs and Your Company's Right to Information: New Court Guidance

Today’s significant decision in the cases of Quiver Inc. & Friar Tuck Limited v International Tax Authority in the BVI Administrative Court confirms that public bodies must strike a balance when discharging their international obligations...

30 March 2017 - BVI Business Companies: new Registry fees from 1 January 2018

The fees charged to BVI Business Companies by the Registry of Corporate Affairs are to increase following the first substantive review since the BVI Business Companies Act came into force in 2005. Through secondary legislation passed by the Cabinet and...

09 March 2017 - Cayman Islands: CRS notification and reporting deadlines extended

On 3 March 2017 the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (DITC) announced that the 2017 deadlines for notification and reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard regulations will be extended by two months. Cayman...

08 March 2017 - Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Code of Practice 2017 gazetted

BVI adds new "recognised jurisdictions" to the list In schedule 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Code of Practice 2008 (AMLTFCP), the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have recognised a list of jurisdictions (commonly...

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