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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

28 February 2017 - Fourth and 'Fifth' Anti-Money Laundering Directives: implementing AML updates and UBO registers in Cyprus

The transition in the EU from the Third to the Fourth AML Directive has been over 10 years in the making and some would say overdue. The Directive itself must be implemented by all EU member states by 26 June 2017. This update examines and comments...

23 February 2017 - Foundation Companies in the Cayman Islands

The Foundation Companies Bill, 2016 (the Bill) seeks to introduce a new type of corporate vehicle in the Cayman Islands, the Foundation Company (the FC). The Bill has been drafted to allow the FC to be rooted in Cayman Islands company law, but...

22 February 2017 - One last chance to take advantage of offshore trusts?

The clock is ticking towards April 2017 when the new rules affecting the status of non-domiciled but UK resident individuals as set out in Finance Bill 2017 will take full force and effect. There are estimated to be around 115,000 non-domiciled...

21 February 2017 - Cayman Islands to introduce LLPs

The Cayman Islands recently published draft legislation to introduce the limited liability partnership (LLP) as a new partnership vehicle in the Cayman Islands. The new LLP is expected to be popular with professional services firms in the Cayman...

09 February 2017 - New Cyprus-India Treaty for the Avoidance of Double Taxation

Cyprus and India have signed a new double tax treaty which is expected to foster increased use of Cyprus as a gateway for investment both into and out of India. The new treaty entered into force on 14 December 2016, with its provisions being...

20 January 2017 - CIMA fund annual return update

The requirement to file a separate fund annual return for each sub-fund of a Cayman regulated mutual fund has recently been codified by the approval of the Mutual Funds (Annual Returns) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016 (the Regulations). The Regulations...

18 January 2017 - Cayman Islands proposes introduction of beneficial ownership registers

Following an initial public consultation during 2016, the Cayman Islands Government has published draft legislation which, when adopted, will require Cayman Islands companies to maintain beneficial ownership registers and for the information in the...

17 January 2017 - Cyprus Market Abuse Law - PDMRs and closed periods

On 14 October 2016, Cyprus enacted the Market Abuse Law No. 102(I)/2016 (the Law) implementing the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2016 (MAR) and abolishing the previous legislation. MAR has strengthened the EU market abuse regime, incorporating a wider...

13 January 2017 - BVI Government Introduces Bill to Establish the ITA as a Statutory Body

Legislative proposals in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) intend to institute the BVI International Tax Authority (the ITA) as a fully-fledged independent government institution in the BVI with its own legal personality capable of having power to do all...

09 January 2017 - Cayman adopts amended CRS regulations

The Cayman Islands’ commitment to international transparency standards has been reinforced by its adoption of amended Common Reporting Standards regulations in December 2016 to ensure effective implementation of the OECD’s Common Reporting...

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