With close to 1,500 registered funds, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a leading offshore domicile with hedge fund managers from all over the world choosing the jurisdiction to set up and manage their businesses.
Guernsey is proposing to adopt limited liability companies (LLC) in a move intended to enhance the island’s competitive position in the United States.
On 17 December 2018, Bermuda formally introduced the Economic Substance Act 2018, the measures therein becoming applicable with effect from 1st January, 2019. Its genesis resulted from Bermuda being placed on the EU’s grey list of jurisdictions due to concerns over fair taxation (and other factors), and which led to the Code of Conduct Group (‘COCG’) declaring Bermuda a ‘Criterion 2.2’ jurisdiction, along with other jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
The primary mission for the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) for 2019 is clear: to welcome more international business to the island, following the implementation of new economic substance rules that will see a bolstered physical presence by companies across industry sectors.
Bermuda is the latest jurisdiction to update its regulation in response to the rising prominence of blockchain technology innovation and Initial Coin Offerings.
On Thursday 29 November 2018, Global Fund Media hosted an exclusive event in conjunction with the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB), to showcase how the jurisdiction is updating its regulatory regime, not only to bring it into closer alignment with global best practices, but also to open itself up to more institutional fund interest.
Q&A with Joanne Huckle, Ogier
Q&A with Jude Scott, Cayman Finance
The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s mutual evaluation of the Cayman Islands at the end of 2017 led to a revision of the jurisdiction’s anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and was the catalyst for the new Cayman AML guidance. The CFATF report recommended enhancing international co-operation, broadening asset freezing powers and offences and expanding the scope of AML regulation.
Tax transparency and cooperation with international regulators and governments to guard against tax evasion is something that the Cayman Islands takes seriously. It has, after all, Tax Information Exchange Agreements with all major developed countries and shares information with over 100 countries under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard framework.