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Gibraltar’s funds industry is continuing to develop, as the jurisdiction’s heightened transparency and low overheads attract new foreign investors, and significant financial services work has been generated by the recent incorporation of EU directives as well as Gibraltar’s collaboration with the US Ministry of Justice over tax evasion. The country’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is also coming under increased scrutiny following the collapse of two national insurers, Hills and Lemma, in late 2012. The country’s thriving gaming industry continues to attract new international companies and is beginning to diversify, with businesses such as games platform developers seeking to enter the jurisdiction. Other growth areas include shipping arrests, with banks showing increased willingness to prosecute; high-net-worth individuals seeking ‘Category 2’ tax status; and instructions arising from recent institution of the High Executive Possessing Specialist Skills (HEPSS) status.

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Legal Developments in Gibraltar

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  • European Lawyer Reference Series

    1st Edition – Gaming Law – Gibraltar law contribution by Hassans’ Partners
  • TAX APP

    Hassans International Law Firm have launched their first ever Gibraltar law firm Tax App, an innovation for law firms and unique in Gibraltar. The creation of the Tax App, launched today is available to download free from the App Store.
  • International Tax Planning Association Journal – Madrid 19-20 March 2012 – Vol XII Number 3

    When we talk about Gibraltar and the EU perspective, we really are talking about a defining element of what has been driving Gibraltar over the last twenty-five or thirty years. Our membership of the European Union is not something that has been incidental and has not had a dramatic impact on Gibraltar; it has been very important in the direction that Gibraltar has taken over that period of time. Gibraltar - as you know - is attached to Southern Spain. Gibraltar and its position in the European Union is quite a fascinating study and a fascinating situation to explain.
  • Gibraltar equipped to assist as Swiss fund laws are tightened

    In our second instalment for Gibraltar Magazine's series on Gibraltar's fund industry we focus on the role of the Board of Directors of Gibraltar Experienced Investor Funds (EIFs).
  • Funds: The Board of Directors

    When we talk about Gibraltar and the EU perspective, we really are talking about a defining element of what has been driving Gibraltar over the last twenty-five or thirty years. Our membership of the European Union is not something that has been incidental and has not had a dramatic impact on Gibraltar; it has been very important in the direction that Gibraltar has taken over that period of time. Gibraltar - as you know - is attached to Southern Spain. Gibraltar and its position in the European Union is quite a fascinating study and a fascinating situation to explain.
  • Gibraltar Relocation – enjoy the benefits of a new lifestyle

    Gibraltar is an appealing jurisdiction for individuals who wish to enjoy a Mediterranean life style. As a British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar’s culture also has strong elements of UK culture. Gibraltar’s own laws are based on English laws and businesses and education are carried out in accordance with English practice.
  • Gibraltar’s position in the global funds arena

    To begin Gibraltar Magazine’s series of articles on Gibraltar’s fund industry, we thought it would be fitting to start with an examination of Gibraltar’s current position as a fund domicile within the global funds arena. In fact, it’s an important topic in light of the on-going changes to the global legislative framework governing funds and fund management.
  • Financial Services Commission to establish new Funds Panel

    At the end of June, the Financial Services Commission announced the creation of a Funds Panel comprising members from all the various elements of the funds industry in Gibraltar.
  • Is taking your clients to the Olympics an act of bribery?

    An event the size of the Olympics will always court some controversy as it gets underway, but few were expecting that empty seats would be top of the list. However, as the Games got started and the television pictures showed thousands of empty seats, so the recriminations began.
  • REVIEW: A Guide to Insurance: Combining Governance, Compliance and Regulation by Nigel Feetham

    Insurance is part of the DNA of capitalism and it is hard to imagine that anything happened before it.

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  • Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014

    The Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014 (the New ELP Law ) has replaced the Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2013 Revision) (the Previous Law ). The New Law includes significant changes to the Cayman Islands' statutory framework regulating exempted limited partnerships ( ELPs ) that will increase the attractiveness of ELPs and will be appreciated by managers, investors and creditors alike. Private equity sponsors in particular will notice substantial improvements that are indicative of Cayman's continuing commitment to balanced and commercially sensible legislation. Read more...
  • Restructuring and insolvency in Luxembourg (part 2)

    RESTRUCTURING - COURT PROCEDURES
  • Enhancements to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991

    On 23 May 2014, the States of Jersey passed the Companies (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 201- (the Amendment Law ).  This will now be sent to the UK Privy Council for consideration, then laid before the States of Jersey for a final time before coming into force.  The latest information we have is that the Privy Council will be approving the law on 19 July 2014 and it may come into effect as soon as 4 August 2014.
  • Joost Fanoy appointed partner at BarentsKrans

    The Hague, 4 July 2014 - BarentsKrans has appointed Joost Fanoy as a partner in the Antitrust & Public Procurement department, effective as of July 1, 2014. Joost specializes in European law in general with a particular focus on European and Dutch competition, public procurement and state aid law and is the head of the Antitrust and Public Procurement Practice Group. Joost is also a member of the Cartel damages team of BarentsKrans.
  • PineBridge Acquires 50% Stake in Romatem

    PineBridge Investments Middle East, a global multi-asset class investment manager with regional headquarters in Bahrain, and nearly 60 years of experience in emerging and developed markets, has acquired a 50% equity stake in Romatem, the leading physical therapy and rehabilitation services chain in Turkey.
    - Paksoy
  • Isbank Issued USD 750 Million Notes

    Isbank issued 750 million USD notes under its GMTN programme established in 2013. The notes are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and bear interest at the rate of 5 % with a maturity date 2021. Mr. Omer Collak (partner) and Mr. Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have acted for the joint lead managers Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
    - Paksoy
  • Halkbank Issued USD 500 Million Notes

    Halkbank issued five-year term fixed interest rate US currency notes, with a total amount of USD 500 million  with an interest rate of 4.765 %  and an annual coupon rate of 4.750 %. The notes offered the lowest borrowing rate in the first five-month period of 2014, and total demand rose nearly nine-fold due to high investor interest. The note issuance drew great interest from international investors settled in the Middle East and Asia, as well as those investors based in the US and Europe. Mr Omer Collak (partner) and Mr Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have advised the joint lead managers.
    - Paksoy
  • Turkiye Finans to Issue Ringgit Sukuk to Raise Up to MYR 3 Billion In Malaysia

    Turkiye Finans issued the first ringgit sukuk originating from Turkey. The bank initially raised MYR 1 billion with a five-year commodity sukuk on June 30, with an annual return of 6 %. The sukuk under the programme will have tenure of one to 20 years. Funds raised will go towards general corporate purposes. The sukuk will be issued through TF Varlik Kiralama A.S., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turkiye Finans. Malaysia's RAM Ratings has accorded the programme an indicative long-term rating of AA3. HSBC Amanah Malaysia and Standard Chartered Saadiq were the joint advisers. Mr Omer Collak (partner) and Mr Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have advised Turkiye Finans and the issuer TF Varlik Kiralama A.S.
    - Paksoy
  • Ziraat Bank Established GMTN Programme to Issue Bonds Worth USD 2 Billion

    Ziraat Bank, the largest state owned bank of Turkey, established GMTN programme on 21 May 2014, for the notes to be issued up to  USD 2 billion listed on Irish Stock Exchange. The notes are unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured obligations, and rank  pari-passu with Ziraat Bank's other senior unsecured obligations.
    - Paksoy
  • Vakifbank Sells EUR 500 Million Notes Under USD 5 Billion GMTN Programme

    Vakifbank issued EUR 500 million 5-year unsecured and unsubordinated notes under the first GMTN programme of Turkey established in 2013. The notes are listed on Irish Stock Exchange and bear interest at the rate of 3.5 % p.a. with a maturity date 17 June 2019. This is the very first EUR denominated RegS offering of a Turkish entity.
    - Paksoy