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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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The volatility of the US sub-prime lending market has highlighted the need for offshore funds to be truly offshore. By Sam Shires and Erin Gray Ensuring that an offshore investment fund is truly managed offshore has always been an important factor for tax reasons, but in these times of turbulent markets the location of the […]

Offshore

What a difference a year or two make when it comes to the expansionary tactics of offshore law firms. Just 24 months ago the offshore legal market was a very different beast. Since then there have been no fewer than four mergers within the ‘offshore magic circle’, not to mention a myriad of office openings. […]

Isle of Man: funds

The Isle of Man has launched two new funds aimed at attracting top overseas investors. Simon Harding and Paul Branford report In September 2006 the Funds Review Group (the FRG) was established and charged with of reviewing the Isle of Man’s investment funds industry. The group, which comprised leading members of both the public and […]

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