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Guernsey introduces revised Handbook on countering financial crime and terrorist financing

On 12 November 2018 the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) issued a revised Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing (the Handbook). Put simply, the Handbook is a statement of the standards expected by the GFSC of all ‘Specified Businesses’ in the Bailiwick. The Handbook now applies to both financial services businesses and prescribed […]

Comparison of Laws in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands Relating to Limited Partnerships

This publication has been prepared for the assistance of those who are considering the formation of an exempted (or international) limited partnership in an offshore jurisdiction such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands (“Cayman”) or the British Virgin Islands (“B.V.I.”) for the conduct of business outside such jurisdiction. This publication touches on, but does not deal […]

Cayman Islands Exempted Companies

This publication has been prepared for the assistance of those who are considering the formation of companies in the Cayman Islands (“Cayman”). It deals in broad terms with the requirements of Cayman law for the establishment and operation of such entities. It is not intended to be exhaustive but merely to provide brief details and […]

Guide to Establishing Hedge Funds in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is a world leader in the establishment of offshore hedge funds. Its tax-neutral platform, stable economy, sophisticated banking sector, confidentiality and professional financial service industry are just some of the reasons the location is attractive to hedge fund managers the world over. To help fund managers decide whether the Cayman Islands is […]

Directors Registration and Licensing in the Cayman Islands

This publication has been prepared for the assistance of proposed directors of Cayman Islands mutual funds and certain Cayman Islands securities investment business companies. It deals in broad terms with the requirements of Cayman Islands Law and is not intended to be exhaustive but merely to provide brief details and information which we hope will […]

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Plowden Buildings sets up in Tyneside

The 50-tenant, London-based common law set Plowden Buildings is expanding its regional coverage by establishing a Newcastle base and taking on five new barristers. The new annexe, which will house the new tenants and offer conferencing facilities, is intended to enhance Plowden Buildings’ reputation on the north eastern circuit. Head of chambers William Lowe QC […]

US bar set to drop multidisciplinary partnership ban

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will this week recommend a rule change to allow their acceptance, according to one of its members. The ABA’s rules – like those of the Law Society – do not allow lawyers to combine with other professions, such as accountants and surveyors, in one firm. […]

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A leading New York prosecutor has told a London conference that international money laundering is being run through “a cottage industry” of lawyers, bankers and accountants. John Moscow, New York assistant district attorney and lead prosecutor in the BCCI case, told the gathering in his keynote speech: “There are some very well paid and brilliant […]

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