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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Funds: The Board of Directors

September 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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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’s position in the global funds arena

August 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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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

August 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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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.

Gibraltar’s new fund regulations

May 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Gibraltar introduced its new Experienced Investor Fund Regulations on the 12th April 2012 with the aim of continuing to develop the jurisdiction as an alternative EU Fund Domicile and further enhance the list of incentives which makes Gibraltar, in our view, the European domicile of choice for Alternative Investment Funds.

Changes to the Gibraltar Experienced Investor Fund Regime

May 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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The new Financial Services (Experienced Investor Funds) Regulations 2012 (the ‘Regulations’) took effect in Gibraltar on the 12th April, and represent a significant step forward for Gibraltar as a European Fund Domicile.

Gibraltar – Regulatory changes

February 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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After nearly seven years, Gibraltar’s Experienced Investor Fund regime is being updated and modernised in a continuation of the partnership between the industry, the Financial Services Commission (the FSC or Regulator) and the Government of Gibraltar.

Update of fund legislation brings UCITS IV to Gibraltar

February 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Anthony Jimenez, fund lawyer at Hassans Law Firm, reports on behalf of GFIA to review the recently enacted Financial Services (Collective Investment Schemes) Act 2011 (CIS Act 2011) and its key provisions with regards to the UCITS IV regime.

Different Methods of Returning Profits to Shareholders

January 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Article by Gemma Arias, Associate

Pursuant to the Gibraltar Companies Act, there are numerous mechanisms through which the shareholders of a private company can extract cash from the company’s balance sheet other than by way of dividend without having to resort to the Gibraltar courts. 

When is a loan not a loan?

November 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Article by Scott Simmons, Associate

The recent UK case of MJP Media Services Ltd v HMRC has highlighted the importance of ensuring that payments claiming to be loans must be made directly to the debtor for them to use as necessary and that, if challenged, taxpayers must retain and be able to produce sufficient evidence to support its case.

Gibraltar Funds Review

November 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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The role of the independent, non-executive fund director has come under the microscope in recent weeks.

Italy Presents Its Anti-Crisis Budget

August 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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In a rapid response to the financial markets crisis, the Italian government has, several days before it was originally expected, produced an additional anti-crisis package to accelerate the balancing of the country's budget.

Sarkozy Plans New Wave Of Austerity Measures

August 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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It seems no nation is safe in Europe from the scrutiny of the increasingly skittish bond market, as even France, with its credentials as Europe's second largest economy and with comparatively modest debt, has been forced to address its fiscal shortcomings.

China Issues RMB Bond In Hong Kong

August 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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The Chinese Ministry of Finance has confirmed that a tender of RMB15bn (USD2.34bn) in sovereign bonds will be held on August 17 through Hong Kong's Central Moneymarkets Unit.

Irish Rating Downgraded To Junk Status

August 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Ireland has been hit with its worst ever debt rating, joining the beleaguered Portuguese and Greek economies in its classification as "junk".

What is a SWAP?

July 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Characteristics of a swap
There is a mystique which surrounds swap contracts due to lack of knowledge or available information. By explaining the basics of swaps, including how they work and what their purpose is, I hope this will help to clarify them.

Hong Kong Finalises Arrangements For Cash Handout

July 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Following Legislative Council approval on July 8, Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Prof KC Chan, has outlined the series of measures the government will undertake in the coming weeks to launch its cash handout scheme.

Cayman Islands Economy To Grow In 2011

July 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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In spite of a fall in GDP last year, the Cayman Islands economy is expected to return to growth this year, according to Premier and Finance Minister McKeeva Bush.

Gibraltar Budget 2011

July 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Summary of the Chief Minister’s Budget Address 4th July 2011.

Global Market Review

May 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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Anthony Jimenez, Funds Lawyer at Hassans, reviews the key factors which have been influencing investment and trading decisions over the first quarter of 2011, and subsequently the direction of global financial markets

GIBRALTAR – IDEAL FOR UCITS

May 2011 - Finance. Legal Developments by Hassans.

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By Aaron Payas, Associate

Gibraltar, as part of the European Union has seen its reputation grow exponentially as its stable government and political status continues to support its reputation as a robust European finance centre. 

Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

November 2010 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Funds find a new home in Gibraltar

Government publishes new Income Tax Act

July 2010 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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The Government has today published the text of the new, amended and consolidated Income Tax Act, under cover of a pre-legislative briefing paper that explains the main changes being introduced.

Funds find a New Home in Gibraltar

January 2010 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Despite numerous proposed changes, Gibraltar is well placed to capitalise on to the proposed European Directive controlling Fund Managers, argues Joey Garcia

Banking Briefing - November 2009

January 2010 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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An introduction to the banking industry in Gibraltar

Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive - Funds find a new home in Gibraltar

December 2009 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Everyone in the fund industry is more than aware of the European Commission’s draft directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM). The Directive, generally speaking, will not only affect the European hedge fund industry but also private equity and other sectors including real estate investment products. Needless to say, this is a matter which will no doubt need to be given significant consideration by Gibraltar-based funds and managers in the future.

The AIFM Directive - Potential Benefits of a European Domicile

November 2009 - Finance. Legal Developments by ISOLAS.

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Much has been published on the newly proposed Alternative Investment Fund Directive (‘AIFM’) which if materialises in its proposed form would affect all fund managers in Europe who manage or market a fund which is not regulated in Europe as suitable for retail sales (effectively, any non-UCITS fund).

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