Brexit: offshore firms react to Article 50

The UK’s exit from the European Union could have unforeseen ramifications across the legal market. As part of The Lawyer’s upcoming Corporate Offshore report (out late April), we asked leading firms offshore for their reactions and predictions


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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 […]

Offshore report: the key trends affecting a changing market

After a busy year in the offshore world, several trends appeared: the ongoing divestment of fiduciary businesses, the move into more jurisdictions, and a hot recruitment market. In responses gathered as part of our annual offshore survey, the world’s biggest offshore firms give their thoughts on the key issues affecting their businesses.

Panama’s problem with the Mossack Fonseca leak

The leak of 11.5 million documents from the files of offshore ‘law firm’ Mossack Fonseca & Co is one of the largest data breaches ever. Since the publication of the first stories – unearthed by a consortium of journalists from around the world – the focus of the public, the media and politicians has been squarely on the way the world’s wealthy seek to minimise tax payments.

Star legal writers: litigation

The legal and ethical implications of medical staff saying sorry, and will a CoA inheritance judgment open the door to the ­disappointed and disgruntled? Top briefings writers advise

The Latest Offshore Briefings

Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime update

By Richard Fear, partner and Maree Martin, head professional support lawyer Since our Cayman Islands Beneficial Ownership Regime Alert in May 2017, the Cayman Islands Government has amended the beneficial ownership regime, and has issued further regulations. The Amending Laws modify who must comply with the beneficial ownership regime and impose new filing obligations on […]

At-a-glance guide to launching a fund in Jersey

Jersey as a funds domicile: • Is a centre of excellence for investment funds with a skilled workforce and a proportionate regulatory regime • Is outside the EU but enjoys access to EU investors via member states’ National Private Placement Regimes • Is tax neutral–it does not impose domestic tax on the investment fund or […]

Turkey: Can your salary be paid in Bitcoin?

Bitcoin can be briefly defined as a new virtual payment system. It provides an online payment opportunity for the purchase of goods and services. Transactions in Bitcoin can be made between users without the need of an intermediary, as the system that does not require a central pool or sole manager, making it the first […]

Advice needed as corporate insolvencies expected to rise

The anticipated rise in UK and European corporate insolvencies over the next two years should be prompting both borrowers and lenders to take early advice where they have concerns about businesses’ solvency outlook, says Ogier offshore restructuring specialist Simon Felton…

A Swiss perspective on the taxation of initial coin offerings

By Marius Breier, Peter Hongler, and Maurus Winzap Recently, start-ups and even well-established companies have become increasingly interested in issuing coins or tokens as a new way to finance their business activities. In an initial coin offering (ICO), also called a token sale or token-generating event, the issuer raises funds from investors based on a […]

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