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Power to Assist Foreign Insolvency Proceedings in the British Virgin Islands

The attention of foreign insolvency and bankruptcy professionals is often turned towards the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The volume of asset holding structures and the network of connected service providers and directors...more

Rehearing Petition Dramatizes Second Circuit's Comity Rejection

Recognition of a foreign main proceeding under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code has “effects” under Section 1520 that are automatic and powerful, including application of the automatic stay of Section 362 and the...more

Monkey Selfie Redux

When we last examined the intellectual property issues raised by a self-portrait taken by a talented female Indonesian crested black macaque—popularly known as the “Monkey Selfie”—we concluded that there was unlikely to be...more

BVI's FATCA implementation continues

The implementation of the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK has taken another step forward by way of amendments to the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003 (MLAT)...more

I am a Director of a BVI Company. Now What?

Given the share volume of British Virgin Islands Business Companies (BCs) in existence, there is at any given time in some part of the world a transaction involving a BC. Pursuant to the British Virgin Islands Business...more

Record Keeping Obligations for BVI Companies, Partnerships, Trusts and Other Organisations

The record keeping obligations applicable to BVI companies and partnerships were amended in November 2012 and again in September 2014. The changes have been introduced following OECD Peer Reviews of the Territory. The Reviews...more

Second Circuit Fails to See the Comity in Chapter 15

In Krys v. Farnum Place, the Second Circuit ruled that, in a Chapter 15 ancillary proceeding, a SIPA claim is within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and its sale by the Foreign Representative must be...more

Japan – BVI TIEA comes into force on 11 October

Further to our previous bulletin, following the Notification Ceremony on 11 September the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between the Government of Japan and the Government of the British Virgin Islands will come...more

BVI court issues pivotal guidance on exclusive jurisdiction clause

In what is likely to be considered a landmark decision, the BVI Commercial Court has held that winding up proceedings brought on just and equitable grounds relating to BVI companies will not be caught by an exclusive...more

BVI’s Arbitration Act 2013 is now in force

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) Arbitration Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014. It is a landmark piece of legislation which is expected to propel alternative dispute resolution in the BVI into high gear. The BVI is...more

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...more

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

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

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...more

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

Export Controls in UK Offshore Centers

Many private equity and investment funds are organized as limited partnerships or companies of offshore entities. Similarly, companies may structure mergers and acquisitions by utilizing offshore holding entities. The British...more

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

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

The Effects of a Mandatory Register of Beneficial Ownership

Some of the many attractions of the British Virgin Islands (the BVI) for both corporates and lenders are the relatively sophisticated legal system, low operating costs and creditor friendly insolvency regime. In recent times...more

The Big Chill

Phillip Kite of Harneys looks at the subject of injunctions generally with a particular emphasis on recent case law on freezing orders - The British Virgin Islands is an idyllic collection of islands in the Caribbean....more

Guide for Hong Kong Clients on Obtaining BVI Grants of Probate

Because BVI companies are widely used in Hong Kong for various purposes, it important for clients to understand the nuances and intricacies of obtaining grants of probate and administration in the BVI. Contrary to popular...more

BVI Business Company Records – What, Where and Why

A BVI Business Company (BC) has a separate legal personality from its members and over the course of its life the activities which it undertakes are recorded in documents that were created or entered into on its behalf. The...more

BVI court ruling highlights potential risk in some standard form M&As

On 19 March 2014 the Commercial Court handed down its ruling in C v W Inc (BVIHC (Com) 2013/149). In that case a shareholder holding more than 30 per cent of the company’s shares tried to exercise its power to requisition a...more

BVI Company In Trouble Over Plans to Ship Engines to Iran

We usually don’t post enforcement summaries. However, I wanted to insure everyone was aware that the United States government is really going after non-U.S. entities. Please see below. Note it is the Commerce Department not...more

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

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