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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…

Fredonia Management Limited Completes Three-cornered BVI Statutory Merger

O’Neal Webster advised Fredonia Management Limited on the listing of its gold and silver exploration business on the Toronto Venture Exchange by way of a three-cornered BVI statutory merger. O’Neal Webster acted as British Virgin Islands counsel to Fredonia Management Limited (Fredonia…

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…

O’Neal Webster Acts for Scotiabank on the Sale of its BVI Operations

O’Neal Webster advised The Bank of Nova Scotia, a leading bank in Canada and leading financial services provider in the Americas, on the sale of its British Virgin Islands operations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited. The O’Neal Webster team was…

BVI FSC Extends Annual Licence Fee Payment Deadline for Certain Licensees

An important notice came from the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (the Commission) on March 23, 2020. The Commission acknowledged the possible business disruptions that the global pandemic COVID-19 may present for certain licensees in complying with the upcoming…

The Substantive Issue of Economic Substance: A BVI perspective

By Christopher Simpson, O’Neal Webster The issue of economic substance is not a new one. More and more, modern companies coupled with new technology and trading practices challenge the notion of “economic substance” for value creation in the traditional sense…

BVI Companies and their Registered Agents: A critical relationship

A sometimes overlooked, yet critical, aspect of a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company is the role of its registered agent. Only a registered agent can incorporate a BVI company, and they are essential in its ongoing maintenance. Registered agents are…
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