British Virgin Islands
Q&A with David Lidington, Minister of the Cabinet Office
  The UK’s secure relationship with the British Overseas Territories has been thrown into question following the UK parliament's decision to implement public registers of beneficial ownership. (01/10/2019)
Amid Brexit turmoil, UK reassures overseas territories
  Brexit was at the top of the agenda when Premier Dr. Orlando Smith and other overseas territory leaders met with United Kingdom officials (01/10/2019)
As the Blockchain Revolution Moves Offshore, What are the Challenges?
  As the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the BVI and other offshore jurisdictions position themselves as FinTech hubs, there are certain regulatory risks and challenges that each jurisdiction must overcome in this new blockchain era. (01/12/2018)
Offshore: The Leaders, the Trends and the Opportunities
  Dan Wise looks at why certain IFCs prosper. He discusses regulation and investment opportunities, and opines on the implementation of public registers of beneficial ownership in the British Overseas Territories. (01/09/2018)
In the Chair …Anthony Travers, Travers Thorp Alberga
  The IFC Economic Report invites Anthony Travers to discuss Westminster’s public register demands and asks if existing tensions could result in a push by some of the Overseas Territories to break away from Britain. (01/09/2018)
The New BVI Limited Partnership Act
  Despite having been hit by two major hurricanes in September 2017, the BVI continues to demonstrate its commitment to being a leading IFC with the enactment of the new Limited Partnership Act. (01/07/2018)
Going for Global Growth: Why China Chooses the BVI
  According to one of the lead economists, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is and will continue to be the most important and impactful macro-economic undertaking in the world, for at least the next 10 years. Also, based on Baker McKenzie’s latest repo (29/06/2018)
The Appeal and Efficacy of Private Trust Companies
  "Legal advisers in international finance centres have devised an efficient vehicle that permits the modern settlor ‘control’, ‘confidentiality’ and ‘capacity’, explains the BVI's Hélène Anne Lewis (01/05/2018)
What May the Trump Presidency Mean for the Future of International Financial Centres?
  Simplification of the US tax code, FATCA, De-regulation, Immigration: Alicia Nicholls discusses the various implications of US Tax Reform for IFCs. (01/12/2017)
Reimagining the BVI Advantage
  Diligent, vigilant and resilient: Hélène Anne Lewis discusses the BVI ’s determination to excel as an international finance centre. (01/11/2017)
Above Board - We Actually Do It Right
  Legislative and regulatory agility and a strong partnership between industry and government are the secret ingredients required by those who aim to adapt and thrive in this new era. (02/10/2017)
The Global Reach of the BVI as an Investment Funds Jurisdiction
  The BVI is recognised globally as a leading funds jurisdiction. It has built up this reputation over the course of many successful decades, based upon the essential building blocks of being tax neutral, politically stable and economically secure. (18/09/2017)
The BVI’s Role in the Global Financial System - Finding a Workable Solution for Beneficial Ownership
  The British Virgin Islands prides itself on the role it plays in the international financial system. It has a robust regulatory framework, it signs up to international standards for financial services. (25/08/2017)
Martin Palmer, Director & Principal, Jordans Trust Company Limited
  This article highlights the key aspects of the Companies Amendment Acts passed in the BVI in 2015 and 2016. The provisions relating to the register of directors came into force on 1 April 2016. All other provisions were effective from 15 January 2016 (25/08/2017)
BVI – A Compliant Global Partner
Escape from Disclosure? – Not in the BVI
  The topic of publicly available beneficial ownership registers is hot. A lot of pressure has come on smaller International Financial Centres (IFCs) to give in and dish up. (01/08/2017)
Statutory and Case Law Developments in BVI’s Trust and Estates Law
  Helene Anne Lewis examines the latest developments within the BVI's Trusts and Estate Law. (01/02/2017)
The BVI’s Role in the Global Financial System - Finding a Workable Solution for Beneficial Ownership
  Orlando D Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, looks ahead to what the BVI wants to see within the proposed global standards for beneficial ownership. (01/02/2017)
China’s HNWI Growth Provides Opportunities for the BVI Financial Sector
  Claire Abrehart examines the opportunities the growth in the number of Chinese HNWI's provides for the BVI (01/11/2016)
Back to the Future: BVI Forward
  Ayana Hull considers how BVI has positioned itself to maintain its dominant position in the financial services realm. (01/08/2016)
Stays Of Proceedings In Favour Of Arbitration: When Is The Duty To Stay Triggered?
  Alistair Abbott examines the recent Privy Council judgment in Anzen Limited and others v Hermes One Limited. (01/08/2016)
Caribbean IFCs: Challenges and Future Prospects in 2016
  With criticism of Caribbean IFCs leading to calls for further draconian legislative efforts, Paul Byles examines how IFCs can weather this regulatory storm. (01/06/2016)
If it quacks like a duck?…The classification and duties of non-trustee power-holders
  With reserved powers legislation available in most offshore jurisdictions, Ashley Fife examines the difficulties regarding the categorisation of powers held by a person other than a trustee as either fiduciary or non-fiduciary. (01/01/2016)
IFCs and Investing in Emerging Markets
  Matthew Stocker, Olivaire Watler and Charlie Pywell examine the crucial role IFCs play in facilitating investment in emerging markets. (01/08/2015)
The British Virgin Islands: Jurisdiction of Choice for IBCs
  Tim Clipstone and Michael Gagie examine why the British Virgin Islands is the jurisdiction of choice for international business companies. (01/07/2015)
Succession and an Alternative to the Trust
  With many clients unfamiliar with the concept of a trust structure, Michael Gagie examines the wide range of alternatives available for Asian clients. (01/04/2015)
The BVI: The Premier Corporate Domicile
  Well regarded as a compliant and transparent jurisdiction, BVI Finance provide an overview of the jurisdiction's financial services. (01/03/2015)
A Modern Arbitration Framework for the British Virgin Islands
  Alistair Abbott considers how the new Arbitration Act is a welcome update to the BVI's position on arbitration. (01/03/2015)
Islands in the (Work) Stream: The BVI in Asia
  With the continuing popularity of BVI companies in Asia, Michael Gagie examines how the BVI's offerings are evolving to meet demand. (01/02/2015)
Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres: Not All Are Created Equal
  Despite criticism of IFCs and their practices in the media, Canadian FDI into Caribbean IFCs has continued at a steady pace. Dr Walid Hejazi examines the attraction of the region. (01/02/2015)
When Life Gives You Lemons...The BVI and the Global Push for Tax Transparency
  Marianne Rajic and Lisa Penn-Lettsome consider the impact of the shift in supranational initiatives towards Tax Transparency on the BVI. (01/02/2015)
The BVI VISTA Trust: Celebrating Its 10 Year Anniversary
  Lawrie Kearns and Lara Mardell, Ogier, consider the lasting impact of the BVI VISTA Trust as it celebrates 10 years since its arrival on and revolution of the private wealth structuring landscape. (01/02/2015)
The BVI Stepping Stone to Russia
  As a result of such uncertainties, Russian investors often structuretheir asset holdings through offshore vehicles, Simon Pascoe and Kristian Wilson examine the usage of the BVI in this context. (01/12/2014)
The Offshore Stimulus for Onshore Activity
  Robert Briant and Joshua Mangeot consider the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship between the BVI and other IFCs and their onshore counterparts. (01/11/2014)
Chinese Incorporation for Institutional Arbitrage and Access to Finance
  With the triad of the BVI, Cayman Islands & Hong Kong dominating outward foreign direct investment from China, Dylan Sutherland, Hinrich Voss & Peter J Buckley investigate the reasons behind this trend. (01/04/2014)
Segregated Structures – An Offshore Innovation
  While segregated structures have been common place in offshore jurisdictions, Alan Dickson highlights the growing use of Segregated Portfolio Companies in Asia to structure investments into China. (01/04/2014)
Enforcing BVI Equitable Share Mortgages in Asia – Receivership
  With BVI companies commonplace in Asia, Robert Foote and Faye Griffiths examine the use of equitable share morgages in the region. (01/03/2014)
IPO Resurgence in Hong Kong
  Richard Grasby and Richard Spooner provide insightful case studies into the inner workings of setting up IPOs in Hong Kong. (01/03/2014)
The BVI IBC Act and the Building of a Nation
  Colin Riegels reflects on the impact of the BVI IBC on the development of the British Virgin Islands as a premier financial centre. (01/03/2014)
In the Chair with Mark Simmonds MP
  Part of Mark Simmonds MP’s remit at the Commonwealth Office is providing support for the Overseas Territories. IFC Media spoke to Mr Simmonds about what this support entails, particularly with relation to IFCs. (01/03/2014)
Caribbean IFCs Come of Age, What's Next?
  Elise Donovan examines what’s to come in the future for Caribbean IFCs after several decades of fighting to gain acceptance of their role as conduits in a dynamic, competitive global economy. (01/01/2014)
BVI - Regulation ‘Right’
  Marianne Rajic discusses the BVI's success in both implementing AIFMD and preparing for FATCA, further evidence of why the jurisdiction is considered one of the most flexible and user friendly in the region. (01/11/2013)
BVI Case Study - The Appointment of Personal Representatives in Intestate Estates
  Nadine Whyte, O’Neal Webster, details the guidance delivered by Justice Vicki Ellis on the appointment of personal representatives in intestate estates. (01/09/2013)
A New Sunrise for the British Virgin Islands
  Philip Graham discusses the wave of negative publicity generated by the media that hit the BVI this year and considers the jurisdiction’s approach to re-establishing the Islands’ reputation as a leading and secure financial services centre. (01/09/2013)
The BVI – Asian Relationship
  Stephen Adams and Kristian Wilson dissect the continued partnership between the BVI and Asia, which have both managed to achieve continuous economic growth at a time when the world’s developed economies have been in decline. (01/09/2013)
BVI – Sharpening the Tools of Wealth Management
  Lawrie Kearns analyses the recent ‘fine tuning’ of the BVI’s trust legislation - the first amendments to the legislation in a decade, the main focus of which is the Virgin Islands Special Trust act (VISTA). (01/09/2013)
Interview with Hélène Anne Lewis
  The IFC Economic Report spoke to Hélène Anne Lewis, Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), about recent developments in the industry and the threat that the future may hold for IFCs. (01/08/2013)
The Offshore Debate - BVI: Putting the Record Straight
  Speaking to the IFC Review, Elise Donovan, BVI IFC discusses how in the wake of the publication of confidential financial records by the ICIJ earlier this year the BVI continues to go from strength to strength as one of the world’s leading IFCs. (01/06/2013)
Offshore Directors – A Matter of Trust and Confidence
  With IFCs so interconnected, Tim Haynes, Walkers highlights the importance to directors of keeping up to date on the rulings of offshore courts. (01/03/2013)
Caribbean IFCs, Emerging Economies and Shifting Goalposts
  So much can change in a year, Lorna Smith reviews her own forecasts of a year ago on the future of Caribbean IFCs, during which time they have faced significant challenges from ‘onshore’, particularly within the EU. (01/02/2013)
The BVI: An Innovative and Forward Looking Global Financial Centre
  Elise Donovan discusses one of the world’s leading finance centres, the British Virgin Islands, which has ensured its stability through close relations with both the BVI Government and private sector. (01/02/2013)
Offshore Voice: British Virgin Islands - The Unreported Benefits of ‘Offshore’
  Elise Donovan, the Executive Director of the BVI IFC, speaks to the IFC Review about the success of the British Virgin Islands as an international finance centre and about how the BVI IFC addresses the negative premise of being ‘offshore’. (01/12/2012)
FATCA’s impact on Caribbean Financial Businesses on the Eve of the Final Regulations
  With FATCA looming on the horizon, David Conen, KPMG examines why Caribbean IFCs can no longer simply bury their heads and must start preparing sooner rather than later. (01/11/2012)
The Phenomenon of the BVI Business Company in Asia
  Ashley Davies, Walkers, examines just how popular BVI business company corporate vehicles are with Asian investors and the crucial role that they play in wealth management. (01/10/2012)
The BVI Company in a Russian Context
  Andrew Thorp and Simon Hudd, Harneys examine the reasons behind the prolific and ongoing use of BVI companies by Russian clients as well as the available options when those joint ventures go wrong. (01/09/2012)
BVI Moves to Improve Further its Already Flexible Companies Legislation
  John Gosling and Marianne Rajic, Walkers provide an overview of the recent changes to the BVI Business Companies Act highlighting how the recent amendments will further strengthen the jurisdictions reputation for having one of the most flexible compa (01/09/2012)
The Use of Family Investment Funds for Estate Planning in the BVI
  Simon Schilder & Zac Lucas of Ogier provide an overview of family funds and use of unit trust/PTC structures within the BVI. (01/08/2012)
Caribbean Review 11/12
  The Caribbean Review featuring in-depth articles, commentaries on all the latest legislative and regulatory issues facing the Caribbean, now available online and in pdf format (01/12/2011)
Looking to the Future
  Lorna Smith examines what the future holds for Caribbean IFCs, considering in particular how significant IFCs have been and will continue to be in the growth of emerging markets. (01/12/2011)
Commercial Law Developments in the British Virgin Islands
  Michael Burns & James McConvill from Appleby examine how with ongoing regulatory reform the BVI is proving that it is setting the international standard for ‘offshore’ business. (01/12/2011)
BVI Wealth Planning Solutions for Asian Families
  Chris McKenzie and Lee Syin Long provide an assessment of the use of BVI IBCs by Asian investors and an examination of why the Caribbean state has been so crucial to the development of the Chinese economy. (01/12/2011)
The BVI meets the challenges of a new financial era
  Sherri Ortiz examines how the BVI has weathered the global financial crisis through its robust legislative framework. (01/12/2011)
The BVI – VISTA Trusts in Practice
  Just how is the BVI used on a daily basis as an IFC – Sherri Ortiz, BVI IFC, provides a practical case study of a BVI structure in practice. (01/11/2011)
The Significance of IFCs in the Global Financial System
  Professor Morris dissects exactly what position international finance centres in general and Caribbean IFCs in particular hold in the architecture of international finance and global wealth management. (01/11/2011)
BVI Commercial Court Enhances Jurisdiction’s Profile
  Hélène Anne Lewis considers the importance of the British Virgin Islands establishment of a Commercial Court and how it has helped solidify the islands’ reputation as a leading International Finance Centre. (01/10/2011)
A New Dawn for Caribbean IFCs?
  Anthony Travers highlights the success many Caribbean IFCs have had in implementing and adhering to international transparency standards and asks if the region can finally shake off the negative preconceptions. (01/10/2011)
Estate Planning For High Net Worth Indians
  The number of high net worth individuals in India continues to rise as does the need for estate planning structures to accommodate the needs of the super wealthy - the article examines the benefits of the offshore trust (01/07/2011)
The Demystification of the BVI Financial Services Industry: The new Financing and Money Services Act, 2009
  Cora Miller looks at the detail behind the BVI Financing and Money Services Act and considers how the act establishes a regulatory framework on par with international best standards (01/06/2011)
IFCs prove crucial in growth of emerging markets
  Grant Stein comments on the use of IFCs by emerging markets in facilitating investment into these markets as well as putting developing capital to work around the globe (01/06/2011)
Taking the BVI Public: Using BVI Companies for IPOs
  Asia is home to almost 50 per cent of all BVI companies, Michael Gagie considers why being able to list BVI companies in Hong Kong is yet a further validation of the jurisdiction's role in the Asian context (01/03/2011)
The BVI in 2010: A year of trust and private client expansion
  Raymond Davern examines the development in the area of trusts and private client practice in the BVI (24/01/2011)
Secured financings involving BVI and Cayman companies – taking and registering security
  Ashley Davies offers a practical guide to secured financing in Asia using a BVI or Cayman Islands company. (31/08/2010)
Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010
  Simon Schilder explores BVI's Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010.. (05/05/2010)
A Landmark for BVI Litigation – the Commercial Court
  2009 BVI overview by Richard Evans, Associate, Conyers Dill & Pearman, and Tameka Davis, Associate, Conyers Dill & Pearman (09/02/2010)
British Virgin Islands: Meeting the Challenges of the Global Financial Environment
  An overview of the year in finance as experienced by the British Virgin Islands (12/01/2010)
Bearer Deadline
  Bearer shares in certain BVI companies are to be disabled after 31 December 2009 – these are the issues to consider if you have taken security over bearer shares. (07/12/2009)
The BVI leads with new world compliance and private trust companies
  Peter Larder analyses the characteristics and uses of the BVI private trust company. (06/01/2009)
Flexible and innovative legislation ensures continued success in the BVI
  Sherri Ortiz provides a regulatory and legislative overview of the BVI. (10/01/2008)
New private trust company regulations for the BVI
  Peter Larder outlines the new private trust companies legislation, now in place in the jurisdiction. (01/01/2008)
The British Virgin Islands:A burgeoning habitat for international business
  Humphry Leue details the BVI’s financial sector’s legislative and regulatory framework. (01/09/2007)