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BVI concludes negotiations with US on FATCA

The British Virgin Islands Government has today announced the conclusion of negotiations with the United States on a Model 1 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)....more

3/12/2014 - FATCA IGAs Negotiations

The British Virgin Islands and Investment Funds

This guide provides an overview of the various investment fund vehicles available in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It concentrates on regulated investment funds and, in particular, hedge funds, since these constitute a...more

2/10/2014 - BVI Business Companies Hedge Funds Investment Funds

BVI Signs "UK FATCA" and US FACTA is expected to follow

BVI Signs "UK FATCA" - The British Virgin Islands ("BVI") Government signed an agreement (“UK/BVI IGA”) with the United Kingdom providing for automatic exchange of financial information relating to UK tax payers who...more

2/7/2014 - BVI Business Companies FATCA UK

Guide to the British Virgin Islands Approved Manager Regime

This guide provides an overview of the British Virgin Islands’ Approved Manager regime. The regime came into effect on 10 December 2012 with the Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations, 2012 (the “Regulations”)...more

1/6/2014 - Approved Managers Foreign Bank Accounts Fund Managers Offshore Banks Offshore Funds SIBA

Update on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

Harneys’ reaction to the Press Release from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) dated 30 May 2013 - Introduction - It has been announced today that ESMA has approved co-operation arrangements...more

5/31/2013 - AIFM AIFMD ESMA EU

BVI and Cayman to enter into FATCA Model 1 agreements with United States

Both jurisdictions also pledge to sign up to “UK FATCA” - The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, commonly referred to as FATCA, became effective earlier this year, and foreign financial institutions (“FFIs”) in...more

4/12/2013 - FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements IRS

Order Restored: Court hands down key judgment on BVI hedge fund insolvencies

Introduction - The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Monday, 11 March handed down an important ruling on the question of where investors stand in the “waterfall” of distributions in the...more

3/12/2013 - Hedge Funds Investors Liquidation Offshore Funds

The British Virgin Islands and Investment Funds

This Guide provides an overview of the various investment fund vehicles available in the British Virgin Islands. This Guide concentrates on regulated investment funds and, in particular, offshore hedge funds, since these...more

1/22/2013 - Financial Services Commission Foreign Investment Hedge Funds Investment Fund Vehicles Limited Partnerships Offshore Companies Public Funds SIBA

Changes to SIBA's 'significant interest' provisions

An important part of the assessment of an applicant for a SIBA licence is to consider the fit and proper status of the persons who ultimately own and exercise control of the licensee. Section 11 of SIBA has always required...more

1/21/2013 - Investment Adviser Licenses Securities SIBA Significant Interest Written Consent

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