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The 60 second interview: Carey Olsen on winning at The Lawyer Awards

Ahead of The Lawyer Awards 2018 in association with Travelers, Carey Olsen managing partner Alex Ohlsson talks to The Lawyer about the impact of winning the Offshore Firm of the Year award last year. In a short paragraph can you tell us a bit more about the initiatives that led you to enter and consequently […]


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Revealed: The Offshore Top 30 2017

This year’s Offshore Top 30 shows the ­calibre of a market that has weathered tough reputational issues (such as the Panama Papers) as well as heightened investor concern over seismic changes in international business. 

The Lawyer Awards 2016: offshore winners

OFFSHORE FIRM OF THE YEAR: HARNEYS Harneys wins its first Offshore Firm of the Year title in 2016 for consistent and impressive growth around the world while retaining a significant presence in its headquarters in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Judges praised the way Harneys “stays hungry” for growth. In the past two years Harneys […]

Offshore report: top mandates of H1 2016

DEALS Multi billion-dollar transactions have characterised the offshore M&A market in the first half of this year BERMUDA Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Veritas Group Completed 29 January 2016 Global asset management company the Carlyle Group acquired information management systems provider Veritas from Symantec Corp for $7.4bn (£5.7bn). The deal, announced in August 2015, was the […]

Featured Briefings

Digital protectionism: technological disruption identifies new global players

Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]

Setting up an office in Bermuda

Now that you have incorporated in Bermuda or established your Bermuda trust, the next step is to set up an office on the island. There are many factors to take into account, including: Employment considerations (immigration, contracts) Employer responsibilities (payroll tax, social, insurance, pensions, health insurance) Premises and residential accommodation Moving family and household Employment […]

Regulatory regime for crypto assets in BVI

By Michael Killourhy, Nick Rogers “I would say every day I get two or three inquiries on some crypto or blockchain-related project. There is a lot of interest in all things crypto here in the BVI,” observes Michael Killourhy, Partner at Ogier (BVI). Such is the level of interest that earlier this year, Killourhy (pictured) noted in […]

Writing a will in British Virgin Islands – An overview

By Fraser Allister This briefing note provides an overview of the process and legal considerations for a person who is not domiciled in the British Virgin Islands to write a will dealing with his or her shareholding in a British Virgin Islands company. It is not legal advice and it should not be relied upon as […]

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

Cayman Islands: Court of Appeal overturns antisuit injunction in favour of Argyle Funds SPC

By Rachael Reynolds, Marc Kish The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has unanimously allowed every ground of an appeal by the liquidators of Argyle Funds SPC Inc. (“Argyle”), holding that its former auditors, BDO Cayman Ltd (“BDO Cayman”), had no sustainable basis for restraining Argyle from continuing claims of fraud and gross negligence against three of BDO […]

British Virgin Islands – Aviation Law Review

By Audrey M. Robertson The British Virgin Islands is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for aviation finance, not only in the private and corporate jet sectors, but also in the commercial aircraft sector. Although commercial aircraft are generally not operated out of or registered in the British Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands is playing an […]

Guernsey tax changes proposed in budget to benefit first-time buyers

By Martyn Baudains Guernsey tax changes proposed in the Budget this morning are likely to benefit first-time buyers and to encourage homeowners to hunt out and switch to better interest rates, says Ogier property partner Martyn Baudains. Advocate Baudains says that the proposals to remove document duty from all bonds – whether for a new purchase, […]

Trust Essentials- A guide by Jersey’s Royal Court

Jersey’s Royal Court provides guidance to trustees faced with requests for disclosure from a beneficiary The Royal Court of Jersey, in the recently handed down judgment in M v W Limited and Others, has provided useful guidance for trustees in circumstances, outside the context of discovery in adversarial litigation, where a beneficiary of a trust […]

Cayman Asia – M&A Report, H1 2018

By David Lamb, Richard Hall, Flora Wong, Anna W.T. Chong, Teresa Tsai, Richard D. Fear, Christopher W.H. Bickley, Kevin C. Butler This Cayman Asia M&A Market Report recaps merger and acquisition activity involving Cayman public companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“SEHK”) for the first half of 2018. Volume of Acquisitions Decreases, Value […]

ESG investing goes mainstream – The Guernsey Green Fund

By Tim Clipstone Until recently, ethical investing was seen as an expensive fad, sacrificing returns for principles. However, the fad has not gone away. In fact it seems to be gaining in validity and attracting increasing amounts of investment capital. There is also mounting evidence that investing in companies that are actively working to improve the […]

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