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O’Neal Webster Successfully Defends Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in Multi-Million Dollar Claim

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, May 5, 2021 – The O’Neal Webster legal team of Paul Dennis, Q.C. and Nadine Whyte Laing successfully defended the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank against claims in excess of US $200m in total, brought by the…
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New BVI Insurance Code of Conduct to Take Effect July 2021

Insurance Code of Conduct for BVI domestic insurers, insurance intermediaries, and loss adjusters to take effect July 6, 2021 The BVI Financial Services Commission recently announced the issuance of the Regulatory (Insurance Code of Conduct) Code, 2021 (Insurance Conduct Code)…
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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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Recording a Trademark Assignment in the BVI

A registered trademark in the British Virgin Islands is transmissible in the same way as other personal or moveable property. Transmission can be completed by assignment, testamentary disposition, or operation of law. When a trademark is assigned, the owner’s right,…
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Free-standing Freezing Orders in the BVI | Black Swan Verses Broad Idea

British Virgin Islands entities and structures are frequently used to hold assets located onshore, outside the BVI. Sometimes these assets represent the proceeds of wrongdoing including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of express trust, or pure fraud. The vast majority…
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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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Offshore Asset Recovery in Divorce

In high-value divorce litigation, certain matrimonial assets held in offshore vehicles and structures are commonly unaccounted for. This is due to a widespread perception that such assets are out of reach to the victim spouse and that opaque beneficial ownership…
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Redomiciling to the BVI: A wise choice for many companies in the COVID-19 era

Companies often consider “what if” they could transfer to another jurisdiction based on what is currently happening in their jurisdiction, or simply to take advantage of the regime and benefits offered by another jurisdiction. This era of COVID-19 is unprecedented…
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O’Neal Webster Advises on JPY 3.8 Billion British Virgin Islands Plan of Arrangement

O’Neal Webster has advised on a JPY 3.8 billion British Virgin Islands plan of arrangement which was recently approved by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) on April 6, 2020. Articles of arrangement were subsequently filed with the…
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