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Legal analysis by Harneys lawyers

BVI Banking & Finance - Divided loyalties – the issue of directors’ duties in joint ventures

Every company lawyer is taught from an early stage that a director owes their duties to the company, and not to the shareholders or any individual shareholder. This is sometimes referred to as the rule in Percival v Wright [1902] 2 Ch 401. In relation to...

BVI Banking & Finance - Security registrations in BVI – a closer look at difficult issues

One of the more popular features of BVI company law is its regime for registering security interests. It is quick, clean and efficient – either party can register security online by merely filing a form with the relevant particulars and paying the...

Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

29 June 2017 - Cayman Islands AEOI – notification deadline extended to 31 July 2017 and further updates

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (TIA) recently confirmed an extension of the deadline for Cayman financial institutions to comply with their notification obligations under Cayman's automatic exchange of information (AEOI...

20 June 2017 - BVI's new beneficial ownership regime to take effect on 1 July 2017

The BVI has enacted legislation to implement a networked database of beneficial ownership interests in companies incorporated or domiciled in the jurisdiction. The database, known as the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search (BOSS) System, is being...


Reference materials detailing key laws

Tax and Regulatory - BVI and Cayman companies and UK property investments – a perfect match?

Offshore companies, particularly those incorporated in the British Virgin Islands or the Cayman Islands, are commonly used as vehicles to purchase and hold UK real estate.

Investment Funds - Guide to investment funds in the Cayman Islands

Investment fund vehicles established in Cayman continue to be extremely popular amongst investment managers and investors alike. The Cayman Islands has established a dominant position in the field of offshore investment funds. Updated May 2017

Webinars & Videos

In depth online seminars and short informative videos

Cayman Islands - Dissenting Shareholder Claims in Cayman

Mergers are a favored method of takeover or restructuring in the Cayman Islands, and the jurisdiction's clear and flexible merger framework is increasingly being used to effectively implement high profile takeovers and group restructurings. In this...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Interim Measures in the BVI

In this short video Partner Jeremy Child of Harneys' London office discusses the way the BVI Arbitration Act empowers the BVI Court to grant interim measures in order to protect arbitrations. ...