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AML/TF risks in Cyprus in light of COVID-19 and related policy responses
Banking & Finance

AML/TF risks in Cyprus in light of COVID-19 and related policy responses

COVID-19 has changed the world in a lot more ways than one could imagine. An increase in the level of crime and changes in the type of criminal activity is just one of the many consequences of COVID-19 on global businesses. According to “COVID-19 related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, Risk and Policy Responses” (FATF COVID-19 paper), new Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorist Financing (TF) threats and vulnerabilities have been created from the outbreak of COVID-19 related crimes.
The Funds Download: The meteoric rise of Cryptocurrency
Investment Funds

The Funds Download: The meteoric rise of Cryptocurrency

In the eighth episode of our Funds Download podcast series, our host and the global head of Funds and Regulatory, Philip Graham, is joined by Partner Lewis Chong and Associate Marc Piano, to discuss the hot topic of Cryptocurrency; how it has evolved, its recent resurgence and the essential role offshore jurisdictions play in supporting this dynamic industry.
Taking security over shares in a Cayman Islands company
Investment Funds

Taking security over shares in a Cayman Islands company

This guide discusses the Cayman Islands law requirements when taking security over shares in a Cayman Islands exempted company (a company).
Guide to registering security interests created by Cayman Islands exempted companies
Banking & Finance

Guide to registering security interests created by Cayman Islands exempted companies

This Guide discusses the Cayman Islands Companies Law (the Companies Law) requirements relating to the registration of security interests (eg mortgage, charge, pledge, encumbrance) over the assets of a Cayman Islands exempted company.
Bond issuances trend as companies look to capital markets to finance debt
Banking & Finance

Bond issuances trend as companies look to capital markets to finance debt

In an article published in the Financial Times written by Joe Rennison on 15 June 2020, it was reported that top-rated US companies have issued almost as much debt in 2020 as they did in the whole year of 2019. In addition to syndicated and club lending and private equity financing, there has been a huge increase in bond issuances as companies look to the capital markets to finance or refinance their debt. In the article by Rennison, Rich Zogheb, head of debt capital markets at CITI stated that: “it has been remarkable the amount of volume that has come to the market … we keep waiting for investor demand to wane and for us to have a problem but we haven’t seen it.”
Cyprus companies: an overview
Banking & Finance

Cyprus companies: an overview

Cyprus is one of the most attractive tax planning jurisdictions. Its favourable taxation system together with its excellent infrastructure facilities and high quality of services have led Cyprus to be considered as one of the most reputable international financial centres.