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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

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...

05 January 2017 - BVI Government increases taxes on hotel accommodation, tobacco and alcohol

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has recently enacted two revenue-increasing measures. One raises the tax on alcohol and tobacco, and the other on hotel accommodation. Firstly, the Customs Management and Duties (Amendment of Schedule 4...

03 January 2017 - BVI Commercial Court appoints three new judges

Harneys is pleased to report three judicial appointments to the BVI Commercial Court which are designed to increase the capacity of the Court in 2017. Justices Gerhard Wallbank and Roger Kaye QC are appointed to terms...

16 December 2016 - Are you registered as a director with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) under the Director Registration and Licensing Law? Should you cancel your registration?

Renew Renewal Criteria If you are already registered with CIMA, then you will have received a reminder email by now. You must renew your registration or licence if you are already appointed as a director of an entity that is registered with CIMA (a...

16 December 2016 - BVI Government amends work permit fees

The BVI Government recently enacted a new revenue-increasing measure which raises the fees for annual and temporary work permits. The new fees contained in the BVI Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges (Amendment of Schedule) Order 2016 are first...

09 December 2016 - New inheritance tax rules to impact non-domiciles holding UK property through offshore companies and trusts

On Monday, 5 December, the Government announced the results of the consultation on the proposed reforms to the taxation of non-domiciles. As we have previously advised the new legislation will have practical implications for those who purchase, hold or...

30 November 2016 - India and Cyprus agree new double tax treaty

After a three year standstill during which Cyprus was declared a 'notified' jurisdiction under the Indian tax code due to a perceived lack of information sharing, Cyprus and India have now signed a new double tax treaty replacing the treaty in...

25 November 2016 - BVI completes updates on Iran sanctions legislation to comply with JCPOA

On 16 November 2016, the BVI Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) issued Statutory Instrument 69 of 2016 entitled “The Direction Given by the Financial Investigation Agency (Revocation) Order 2016” (we term this as the “New Order&rdquo...

24 November 2016 - New trusts legislation in Cayman

The Trusts (Amendment) Law 2016 (the Amendment Law) was gazetted on 23 November 2016 and has amended and modernised the current Cayman Islands Trusts Law (2011 Revision). Along with provisions addressing certain powers and the appointment and discharge...

23 November 2016 - BVI FSC issues new guidelines on Money Services Business

The BVI FSC published "A Money Services Business Guide to the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities in and from within the Virgin Islands" on 17 November 2016 (the Guide). It is scheduled to come into force on 19...

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