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SEC Updates Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Municipal Advisor Registration Rules

The SEC’s Office of Municipal Securities has updated its frequently asked questions (the “FAQs”) that present its views regarding various aspects of the SEC’s municipal advisor registration rules (the “Final Rules”). (See...more

SEC “Common Trust Fund” Exception Narrowly Construed for Private Trust Companies

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Private Trust Companies (“PTCs”) established by wealthy families. PTCs are used to consolidate the trustee function of multiple trusts within a family, and because...more

BVI Trusts: Private Trust Companies

INTRODUCTION - Since 2007, it has been possible in BVI to establish a Private Trust Company (“PTC”) which may act as trustee of trusts without the need to obtain a BVI trust licence as long as certain conditions are...more

BVI Trusts: VISTA Trusts

INTRODUCTION The Virgin Islands Special Trusts Act (“VISTA”) came into force on 1 March 2004 and was introduced in order to allow a shareholder to establish a BVI trust over a BVI company which disengages the trustee from...more

New amendments keep BVI trusts at cutting edge

The British Virgin Islands is a well respected and sophisticated jurisdiction for the establishment of trusts. The general principles of BVI trust law are derived from those of English law and they have been supplemented by...more

BVI Trusts: An Overview

INTRODUCTION - A trust is a legal relationship created when a person (the settlor) places assets under the control of another person (the trustee) for the benefit of beneficiaries or a specific purpose. The trustee is...more

Changes to BVI Trust Legislation – Fine-tuning the Law to Promote Flexibility

The British Virgin Islands is a well respected and sophisticated jurisdiction for the establishment of trusts. The general principles of BVI trust law are derived from those of English law and they have been supplemented by...more

Bad Planning In Foreign Asset Protection Trust Scenario

Foreign asset protection trusts are often established by U.S. persons to shield their assets from creditors. Typically, assets transferred to the trust can be paid to or applied for the benefit of the U.S. grantor(s) and...more

UK property tax changes: “de-enveloping” or a use of a trust?

It has long been popular for high net-worth people who are not domiciled in the United Kingdom (“non-doms”) to form an offshore company, often in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”), for the purposes of holding property in the...more

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