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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

31 October 2016 - Widening the Net: BVI Court expands post judgment Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction

In UVW v XYZ (27 October 2016), the BVI Court gave an important judgment in relation to the obligations of a registered agent to provide third party disclosure to assist a foreign judgment creditor with tracing assets. This judgment is a broadening...

20 October 2016 - Global insolvency Judges launch Guidelines for Cooperation in cross-border insolvency matters

Judges from 10 jurisdictions met in October 2016 in Singapore for the inaugural Judicial Insolvency Network Conference. High on the agenda of the esteemed conference participants was the preparation of Draft Guidelines to provide practical assistance...

18 October 2016 - BVI releases guidance notes on CRS requirements

The BVI has released guidance notes on the requirements of the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) as implemented in the British Virgin Islands. A copy of the guidance notes can be found here. This is welcome news, as until now, there has not been any...

13 October 2016 - BVI International Arbitration Centre to open in the BVI

The long-anticipated BVI International Arbitration Centre is expected to open next month, providing arbitration services in multiple languages from within the British Virgin Islands. The BVI International Arbitration Centre will offer four hearing...

12 October 2016 - Termination and De-registration of Cayman Regulated Funds: Consider action now to reduce 2017 fees

Managers of Cayman Islands regulated funds who are reviewing whether to wind any of them down before the end of 2016 may want to act promptly to avoid or reduce the annual 2017 Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) fees and related costs. Regulated...

03 October 2016 - Liquidators' fees: BVI Court provides green light for Liquidators to draw interim payments on account without a formal fee approval

On 20 September 2016, the BVI Commercial Court clarified the question of whether the BVI Insolvency Act 2003 (the Act) provided a basis for liquidators to draw fees on account before having formal approval from either a creditors’ committee or the...

03 October 2016 - Offshore Update - Bermuda, BVI and Cayman are now 'white-list' jurisdictions for Italian tax purposes

In April 2015 the BVI, the Cayman Islands and certain other jurisdictions were removed from Italy’s blacklist of jurisdictions. On 9 August 2016, the Italian Ministry of Finance issued a decree amending the “whitelist” of countries that...

22 September 2016 - Cyprus amends citizenship by investment programme

Amendments to the Cyprus citizenship by investment programme in September 2016 have amplified its appeal, leading to increased interest from foreign nationals. The changes include: The investment amount has been reduced from €5 million to...

02 September 2016 - BVI Commercial Court appoints the Honourable Mr Justice Davis-White QC

The Honourable Mr Justice Davis-White QC appointed as BVI Commercial Court Judge Harneys is pleased to report the appointment of Malcom Davis-White QC as a Commercial Court Judge for the Michaelmas Term 2016. He is a leading silk with wide ranging...

05 August 2016 - US FATCA and UK CDOT – Cayman Islands Extended AEOI Portal Reporting Deadline

On 5 August 2016 the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation issued a Notification about Reporting Due Dates for UK CDOT and US FATCA which announced that the due dates for notification and reporting under UK CDOT and US FATCA have...

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