Harney Westwood & Riegels

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Road Town, Tortola VG1110, British Virgin Islands

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Sanctions: European Union significantly toughens its stance towards Russia

Note: This is an update to our last bulletin on this subject of 13 August 2014. The new measures are relevant to Harneys' core jurisdictions: Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Concurrent with…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Update to Banking Regulations Further Enhances Cayman’s Appeal

The Cayman Islands have for decades been one of the world’s leading banking and financial centres, currently ranking as the fifth largest banking centre worldwide, with over 200 banks, including 40 of the world’s 50 largest…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eight Edition: Chapter 13: Cayman Islands

OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - The Cayman Islands experienced a significant increase in new company registrations in 2013 compared to 2012; 9,433 new companies were incorporated compared with 8,971 a year earlier. As of 31…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eighth Edition: Chapter 11: British Virgin Islands

I OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - British Virgin Islands (BVI) companies are employed in geographically diverse corporate structures, with the effect that gradually improving global economic conditions have started to brighten…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eighth Edition: Chapter 17 - Cyprus

I GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR M&A - Since Cyprus’s accession to the EU, the legislation regulating M&A activity in Cyprus has been closely aligned with Europe-wide practices. Prior to Cyprus’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New Cyprus decrees issued

The Republic of Cyprus issued new decrees on 1 September 2014. The provisions of the previous decrees remain unchanged. The new decrees are valid until 8 December 2014…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Buyer Beware: How to Ensure the Valid Issuance of BVI Company Shares

Subscribers for shares in a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company usually assume that such shares have been validly issued and they are quick to point to their share certificate or even the share register of the BVI company as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Using British Virgin Islands Companies for International Listings

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) corporate statute is ideally suited for international listings. BVI companies have been used widely for listings on international stock exchanges in New York, London, Singapore and Oslo. They…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Issue of Priority and Statutory Ship Mortgages in the British Virgin Islands

Shipping business in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is fast developing, and with this development, it is important to understand some critical elements, being financing and taking of security; hence, the significance of BVI…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation

Update on EU sanctions on Ukraine and Russia pertinent to Cyprus, BVI and Cayman

New EU restrictions and prohibitions - As the crisis over Ukrainian sovereignty has deepened, notably following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the EU has sought to increase punitive measures on rebel groups…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hastings-Bass and Mistake: Should the BVI follow Jersey’s example?

On 25 October 2013 the States of Jersey introduced never before seen statutory provisions which seek to clarify, as a matter of Jersey law, the existence and nature of the Hastings-Bass principle and the doctrine which allows…more
| Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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
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