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I no longer need my BVI company: Strike Off or Liquidation

25 Mar 2015
I no longer need my BVI company: Strike Off or Liquidation?   BVI companies are often transactional, and there comes a point in time when the com¬pany is not needed any more.    When you no longer require your BVI company you have two options:    1. The company can be left to be struck off – strike off is automatic and free of charge. The... Read More AboutI no longer need my BVI company: Strike Off or Liquidation »

By Amy Roost

UK: share buybacks – the Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2015

18 Mar 2015
On 9 March 2015, the Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2015 were published together with an explanatory memorandum . The Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015 and relate to the purchase by a company of its own shares (share buy backs), in particular, the authorisation and financing of share buy backs and the holding of the repurchased shares ‘in... Read More AboutUK: share buybacks – the Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2015 »

By Philip Jacques

The importance of shareholders’ agreements

09 Mar 2015
When forming a company with business partners or friends in any jurisdiction it is vital to consider how the different parties will work together. While the parties may be getting along well during the early years of a joint venture this does not always last, and having the arrangements properly documented in a shareholders’ agreement can be invaluable in avoiding or resolving disputes.... Read More AboutThe importance of shareholders’ agreements »

By Philip Jacques

BVI - Licence fees, penalties and strike off – timeline

06 Mar 2015
As we raise our 2015 annual invoices, I thought it would be timely to briefly remind you how the licence fee system works in the BVI. Licence fees in the BVI are payable on a calendar year basis. The due date for these licence fees is determined by the date of incorporation of the company as follows:  Licence fees for companies incorporated January to June are due... Read More AboutBVI - Licence fees, penalties and strike off – timeline »

By Amy Roost

Shanghai - Hong Kong Connect

06 Mar 2015
The Shanghai - Hong Kong Connect investment channel was launched on 17 th November 2014, easing restrictions of access to the Chinese stock market. Chinese “ A” shares, previously limited to Chinese investors, may now by traded internationally through Hong Kong. As reported in the Financial Times, this will reinforce Hong Kong’s position as a financial centre for fund administration and... Read More AboutShanghai - Hong Kong Connect »

By John Swann

UK: company names and trading disclosures

16 Feb 2015
On 9 December 2014 I blogged about the Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014 . These Regulations should be read in conjunction with the  Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2015 (the 2015 Regulations). The 2015 Regulations are accompanied by an ... Read More AboutUK: company names and trading disclosures »

By Philip Jacques

Five reasons to use VISTA Trusts

13 Feb 2015
A trust is based on the separation of the legal ownership of trust assets (which is left with the trustees) with the beneficial or equitable ownership (which remains with the beneficiaries).  The general administration of the trust is conducted by the trustee and not the settlor or the beneficiaries. The main characteristic of a VISTA trust is that the general administration... Read More AboutFive reasons to use VISTA Trusts »

By Carolina Lacerda

Cyprus International Trusts and the Modern Concept of Beneficial Ownership

04 Feb 2015
The terms ‘Beneficial Owner’ and ‘Resident’ are key concepts in international treaty planning and are increasingly becoming analogous, with national laws and international conventions looking to deny benefits to a resident person (individual or company) of a contracting state who is not the true beneficial owner of a dividend, interest or royalty. The term ‘Beneficial Owner’ can be... Read More AboutCyprus International Trusts and the Modern Concept of Beneficial Ownership »

By Richard Melton

BVI Registry issues certificates of good standing electronically

16 Dec 2014
In response to pressures for speed and efficiency the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs has announced that it will be issuing certificates of good standing electronically, effective 8 December 2014. PDF Certificates will generally be available on a same business day basis (BVI time). For the remainder of December and January 2015 clients will receive both electronic and hard copy... Read More AboutBVI Registry issues certificates of good standing electronically »

By Amy Roost

Corporate substance in Cyprus

29 Jan 2015
Cyprus is an ideal location for any international business for a number of reasons including: •    Geographical location •    EU Membership and adoption of the various Directives •    One of the lowest tax rates (12.5%) in the EU •    An extensive tax treaty network •    0% corporate tax on dividend income... Read More AboutCorporate substance in Cyprus »

By Richard Melton

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