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IFLR: Switzerland restricts bearer shares

In this article of the IFLR, Mark Meili and Manuel Vogler outline the effects of the new Swiss rules on the disclosure of beneficial owners and the related restrictions on Swiss bearer shares, and explain what steps companies and holders of shares, in particular bearer shares, need to take by a certain deadline in order to comply with the new rules, and what sanctions may be expected in cases of noncompliance.

HMRC successfully defends assessments of oil royalties

HMRC has successfully defended substantial corporation tax assessments on oil royalties in Royal Bank of Canada v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 267 (TC), an important decision by the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) on the construction of article 6 of the UK / Canada double tax treaty (immovable property) and the scope of the UK’s ring fence corporation tax regime.

Coronavirus – Job Retention Bonus provides important lifeline for employers

The government is now offering a ‘Job Retention Bonus’ (‘Bonus’) to employers who bring employees back from furlough. The Bonus is a one-off payment and whilst we do not know all the details (there is another announcement due before the end of the month), the government has broadly outlined how the Bonus will work.

Update on Cayman Islands private funds law and regulation

Registration and Timing The sponsors and operators of private funds established in the Cayman Islands should by now be well on their way to completing the classification of their entities and to registering those entities that are required to be registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) under the Private Funds Law, 2020 (the […]

Amendments to the Cayman Islands private funds law 2020

On 7 July, the Private Funds Law, 2020 was amended changing the definition of a ‘private fund’ to both clarify the position for certain entity types and to extend its scope to additional entities.

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