Investment Funds & Regulatory

Articles and news related to investment funds & regulatory practice in the BVI.

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Guide to BVI Virtual Assets Service Providers Act, 2022

In December 2022, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) enacted the Virtual Assets Service Providers Act, 2022 (the Act) which came into force on February 1, 2023. The Act introduces a formal supervisory framework for virtual assets service providers. The Act defines…
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The Latest Developments in the BVI’s Business-Friendly Corporate Law Regime 

The Business Licensing Act, 2022, which supplements the Virgin Islands Investment Act passed in 2021, has recently been enacted (August 2022). These two acts collectively aim to increase investment by providing new opportunities for local and foreign businesses in the…
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BVI Financial Services Commission Announces New Arrangement for Regulated Oversight

The BVI Financial Services Commission issued a press release on June 28, 2022, informing practitioners of a significant change to its internal structure. A new Authorisation and Supervision Division (ASD) will replace the current Investment Business, Insurance, and Banking, Insolvency…
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BVI FSC Recognises Fusang Exchange as its First Digital Securities and Asset Exchange

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (FSC) has recently recognised Asia-based Fusang Exchange Ltd as its first digital securities and asset exchange. The Exchange was recognised by way of an amendment to the British Virgin Islands Regulatory Code (Recognised…
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Complimentary Webinar: BVI Investment Fund Products and Regulation of Virtual Assets

Please join O’Neal Webster Partners Kerry Anderson and Christopher Simpson on January 12, 2022 9:00 a.m. (AST) for a Zoom webinar on British Virgin Islands investment fund products and virtual asset regulations. The informative session will examine BVI incubator, approved, private, professional,…
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The Reverse Takeover: A BVI perspective

A reverse takeover (RTO) is a transaction by which a publicly traded company acquires all the shares of a target company that has an operating business, but whose shares are privately held. By virtue of the RTO, shareholders of the…
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BVI Approved Fund Managers and Their Ongoing Obligations

The Approved Fund Manager regime in the British Virgin Islands, which has been in force since 2012, has found tremendous success with fund managers, globally. The regime is particularly attractive for start-ups, but also well suited for established small and…
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INTO THE SANDBOX: FINTECH INNOVATION IN THE BVI

BVI Launches Regulatory Sandbox for Fintech Sector On August 31, 2020, the Financial Services (Fintech Regulatory Sandbox) Regulations 2020 came into force, significantly enhancing the British Virgin Islands regulatory framework and providing room for innovation in the fintech sector. The…
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The Five Things Funds Managers Should Be Doing Now

THESE ARE TRYING TIMES. Social and economic systems on national and international levels have been disrupted to an unprecedented degree, while political and legal uncertainty also lurk. Not unlike other businesses, funds are considering what steps to take to maintain some…
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