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Legal analysis by Harneys lawyers

BVI - Arbitration in the BVI: an introduction

The BVI International Arbitration Centre (IAC) opened on 16 November 2016 and the BVI IAC Rules (the BVI Rules) came into force on the same date giving full force to the Arbitration Act 2013 effective as of 1 October 2014 in the British Virgin Islands...

Litigation - ​Drafting the perfect arbitration clause

A reference to the “perfect arbitration clause” is always likely to be a little controversial. It suggests that somewhere there lies a precedent for a perfect clause, waiting to be discovered in some cave like the Dead Sea scrolls, or the...

Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

21 April 2017 - BVI enacts minimum compulsory retirement age

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has recently enacted legislation setting a minimum compulsory retirement age for employment law purposes, subject to certain exceptions. This is the first such measure in the Territory’s history. The...

05 April 2017 - British Virgin Islands: CRS notification and reporting deadlines extended

CRS deadlines extended On 24 March 2017 the Government of the British Virgin Islands announced that the 2017 deadlines for notification and reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) will be extended by two months...


Reference materials detailing key laws

Cyprus Corporate & Commercial - Obtaining Cypriot citizenship by investment

This Guide discusses the scheme for naturalisation (citizenship) of investors in Cyprus.

Investment Funds - Taking security over shares in a Cayman Islands company

This Guide discusses the Cayman Islands law requirements when taking security over shares in a Cayman Islands exempted company.

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. ...