Harney Westwood & Riegels

Craigmuir Chambers PO Box 71
Road Town, Tortola VG1110, British Virgin Islands

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The BVI Arbitration Act: A Significant Legislative Milestone

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) government has announced by proclamation that the Arbitration Act 2013 will come into force on 1 October 2014. The stated intention has been to bring the Act into force at the same time as the…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

BVI advice necessary in relation to BVI company claims: Wong v Wang

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance confirmed in its recent decision in Wong Ming Bun v Wang Ming Fan [2014] 1 HKLRD 1108 that in any claim by way of derivative action on behalf of a company incorporated in the British Virgin…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Impact of FATCA on British Virgin Islands Funds

In March 2014, the British Virgin Islands Government announced that it had concluded negotiations with the US with respect to a Model 1B Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States (the IGA). The IGA (which was eventually…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

BVI publishes draft FATCA Guidance Notes

In the latest moves towards implementation of the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK, the BVI Government has released draft Guidance Notes for public consultation. A copy can be…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Creating and Registering Security Interests Over Assets of a BVI Business Company

Entering into security financing transactions with BVI Business Companies (BCs) is a familiar part of the global financial services landscape given the use and presences of BCs. The ease of use of BCs in these types of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

A Guide to the Cyprus Holding Company Regime

Why set up a holding company? In essence, holding companies are set up as an effective means of consolidating ownership of operating subsidiaries. Deciding where to set up a holding company is not always a tax driven exercise,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The Many Benefits of British Virgin Islands Investment Funds

One of the main reasons the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is often chosen as a jurisdiction for investment managers to set up their fund vehicles is the flexibility the legislative regime provides for structuring these funds…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

BVI Case Notes, July 2014

Recent cases before the British Virgin Islands courts include matters dealing with arbitration agreements and awards, and default judgments. Arbitration Agreements: BVIHCMAP0013/2014: Anzen Ltd and others v Hermes…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

BVI's National Risk Assessment scheduled

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is scheduled to undergo its Fourth Round of Mutual Evaluation by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in 2017 based on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) International…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Cayman Revises the Exempted Limited Partnership Law

On 2 July 2014 the Cayman Islands government passed into law substantial revisions to its exempted limited partnership legislation in the form of the Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014 (the New ELP Law). The exempted…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

The IBC Act – the building of a nation

Although nobody knew it at the time, the inception of the BVI’s International Business Company Act occurred at some point during the year 1976. Nobody now recalls the exact date, except that it was during the summer.It is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Taxation

New security features added to ROCA certificates

The BVI Financial Services Commission issued the following announcement on 1 July 2014 regarding new security features for Registry of Corporate Affairs (ROCA) certificates: New certificates bearing a QR Code and a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

BVI Government signs Model 1B IGA in relation to FATCA

The BVI Government has signed a Model 1B (non-reciprocal) Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in relation to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), it was announced on 30 June 2014…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The impact of the upcoming AIF Law in Cyprus on private ICIS

The Central Bank of Cyprus (“CBC”) held a seminar in Nicosia on 20 June 2014 on the impact of the upcoming Alternative Investment Funds (“AIF”) Law on private International Collective Investment Schemes (“private ICIS”),…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

BVI signs TIEA with Japan

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) government entered into its twenty-sixth tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with the Government of Japan on 18 June 2014. This new TIEA is not present in force but will enter into…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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