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The Cayman Islands (Cayman) has a longstanding reputation as a leading international financial centre and the jurisdiction continues to perform strongly as an investment funds domicile. In early 2016, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority showed nearly 11,000 mutual funds were registered with or licensed by it.
Significant overseas expansion for the islands’ law firms included Cayman-headquartered Walkers Cayman opening an office in Bermuda in early 2016, operating under the name of Taylors in association with Walkers.
Caribbean law firms also continue to expand in Asia. Harneys opened a Shanghai office in November 2015 and Campbells launched a Hong Kong office in early 2016. The latter launch was in direct response to demand from its clients in the region for advice on BVI and Cayman law in the Asian Pacific time zone. Former Cayman managing partner and litigation, insolvency and restructuring group head Ross McDonough relocated to lead the new office.
Noteworthy movement within Cayman included Carey Olsen’s recruitment of litigator Sam Dawson from Solomon Harris, while Alex Brainis and Sailaja Alla joined Appleby’s corporate and commercial group from Intertrust Group and Harneys, respectively. Funds expert Andrew Morehouse and contentious trust expert David Butler left Harneys.
Appleby also experienced departures as Julian Black, its former global structured finance and derivatives head, exited to become group director of the firm’s fiduciary business, Estera, and litigator Christopher Russell retired. Elsewhere, Mourant Ozannes’ former Cayman investment funds co-head James Wauchope retired from the firm, funds specialist Julian Fletcher joined Carne Group and former real estate department head Sonia Starvis joined Forbes Hare.
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The Cayman Islands is a transparent International Financial Centre which complies with all global standards on tax transparency and information exchange.
The Government published The Confidential Information Disclosure Bill (“CIDB ”) on 11 May 2016 which will come into force by September 2016.
It is proposed that a new law (the “Law”) be enacted, to permit the formation of a new type of vehicle in the Cayman Islands – a Cayman Islands limited liability company (an "LLC").
The following information relates to the enactment of The Insurance (Portfolio Insurance Companies) Regulations, 2015 and the commencement of related sections of The Insurance (Amendment) Law 2013. The changes permit licensed insurers established as segregated portfolio companies to incorporate one or more of their cells as “portfolio insurance companies”.
The revised law applicable to Exempted Limited Partnerships (" ELPs "), the Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2014 Revision) (the " Law "), came into force on 2 July 2014.
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (the "Authority") has recently issued a new Statement of Guidance for Regulated Mutual Funds, in which it sets out the Authority's expectations regarding the corporate governance regime of regulated mutual funds. We set out details of the Authority's guidance and expectations. Read more...
AB Jnr & Another v MB & Others was a significant decision of the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, relating to a Trust Deed, dated 21 November 1985. The weighty judgment of Hon. Anthony Smellie, CJ, at some 204 pages, follows an In Camera hearing taking place over the course of a 9 week period, between April and June 2012.
used mileage points interpreted as sales allowance deductible from tax base- Lee & Ko
Head of VEGAS LEX PPP and Infrastructure practice Denis Shtirbu moderated the session on transport cooperation and logistics at The Moscow Times conference, Doing Business with China. New Horizons for Business Cooperation: Russia – China .
GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte has once again received awards, this time for the year 2017, from Corporate INTL for best law firm in the fields of commercial law and tax law in Germany.
The members of a sisterhood may also fall within the ambit of the regulations pertaining to what is termed labour leasing or temporary employment. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its ruling of November 17, 2016 (Az.: C-216/15).
Barcelona – Gonzalo Butori and Graziano Cecchetti, Partners at the newly opened Giambrone Barcelona office, attended the 4 th edition of the International Trade Fair of the Legal Profession held by the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) on February 16 th and 17 th .
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced its intention of pursuing organisations involved in binary options fraud across the globe. The FBI’s Complex Financial Crimes Unit will seek to draw on the relationships that it has forged with law enforcement agencies worldwide to pursue and bring down the fraudulent organisations that prey on innocent victims and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
VEGAS LEX experts have discussed procedural specifics of supporting cartel damage disputes at a Pravo.ru conference on judicial practice in 2016 and important 2017 trends.
NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.
Goltsblat BLP , the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised ICBC International Leasing , the leasing subsidiary of the world’s biggest financial group, on delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.
Seriously offending one’s work colleagues constitutes good cause justifying exceptional notice of dismissal with immediate effect. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Rheinland-Pfalz [Regional Labour Court of Rhineland-Palatinate] (Az.: 4 Sa 350/15).