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Legal Updates

Developments in law or practice in our jurisdictions

03 November 2017 - Cyprus-Iran Double Tax Treaty to take effect 1 January 2018

A Double Tax Treaty between Cyprus and Iran will come into effect on 1 January 2018. Cyprus and Iran (the Contracting States) signed the Double Tax Treaty (the Treaty) on 4 August 2015. Like most Double Tax Treaties, the Treaty complies with the...

02 November 2017 - Does your Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Company need to complete a W8 form? We can help

Some of our clients have recently been informed by their US bank (or withholding agent) that a new IRS W8 requires them to provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for their Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Company. However, in many cases a TIN is actually not...

01 November 2017 - Cyprus signs Double Tax Treaty with Barbados

Currently pending ratification, the treaty between Cyprus and Barbados (the Treaty) was signed on the 3 May 2017 by Mr Euripides L Evriviades, the High Commissioner of Cyprus in the United Kingdom, and by Mr Guy Hewitt, the High Commissioner of...

31 October 2017 - New rules for deceased persons holding BVI shares or other BVI assets

The BVI Government has passed new rules governing applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration. When a person dies holding BVI property, including shares in a BVI company, his/her executor or administrator must in most cases...

26 October 2017 - Cayman Islands enact Foundation Companies Law

The Foundation Companies Law, 2017 (Law) introduces a new type of corporate vehicle in the Cayman Islands, the Foundation Company (FC). The Law, which came into force on 19 October, has been drafted to allow the FC to be rooted in Cayman Islands company...

26 October 2017 - Cyprus tax residency requirements: 60 days of stay in Cyprus

On 14 July 2017, the Cyprus parliament voted the amendment of Article 2 of the Income Tax Law N118 (I)/02 on the criteria for determining the rights of an individual to be considered as a Cyprus tax resident. Prior to the amendment, a Cyprus tax...

19 October 2017 - The Offshore Advantage: M&A in the BVI

As the largest law firm in the BVI, Harneys has consistently worked on the biggest and most complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving BVI companies. As we head into the last quarter of 2017, M&A both globally and in the BVI in particular...

18 October 2017 - Launching an ICO through Cyprus

We set out below a summary of relevant considerations when launching an initial coin offering (ICO) through Cyprus. For these purposes we assume the ICO is structured through Cyprus as a Cyprus company. Alternative vehicles may also be appropriate...

06 October 2017 - New AML regulations come into force

The Cayman Islands government recently adopted updated Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (the AML Regulations) which came into force on 2 October 2017. The AML Regulations demonstrate Cayman’s ongoing commitment to complying with the highest...

05 October 2017 - Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria - Important information for BVI property owners

The Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria Harneys weathered Hurricanes Irma and Maria and our BVI office reopened shortly after the passage of the storms with all teams and practice groups providing normal client service. Our lawyers are physically on...

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