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New exemptions align Jersey’s prospectus rules with familiar UK/EU exemptions
Carey Olsen, October 2021

The current prospectus rules The current Jersey definition of “prospectus” has often meant that a securities offer by a Jersey company is a prospectus for Jersey law purposes, even where an exemption from the obligation to produce an approved prospectus is available in other jurisdictions in which the offer will be circulated...

Jersey: A clear route to market
Carey Olsen, October 2021

There has been an increase in market capitalisation of Jersey listed companies on global exchanges from £269 billion in 2014 to £278.9 billion in 2021. Furthermore, The International Stock Exchange (TISE) has seen the number of listings increase from 2,272 in 2016 to 3,431 securities on its official list at end of June 2021. These are just some examples which explain why Jersey is now regarded as a premier international finance centre...

Important Bermuda judgment on the role of protectors in offshore trusts
Carey Olsen, October 2021

In the Matter of the X Trusts [2021] SC (Bda) 72 Civ (7 September 2021) Assistant Justice Dr Ian R.C. Kawaley of the Supreme Court of Bermuda has handed down significant guidance to assist in the understanding of this important relationship in offshore trusts...

Enhanced secured creditors in France after cornerstone reform of security Law and collective proceedings of September 15, 2021.
Jeantet, October 2021

October 2021 Ordinances n°2021-1192 and 2021-1193 of September 15, 2021, respectively reforming security law and amending Book VI of the French Commercial Code, implement mandates of the PACTE Law of May 22, 2019[1] to: modernize security law[2], improve the articulation of security law with collective proceedings law[3] and transpose the (EU) Directive 2019/1023 of June 20, 2019[4], known as the "Restructuring and Insolvency Directive"[5]...

The Pension Schemes Act 2021: what’s in force and what you need to know about it
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 (the 'Act') amends the Pensions Act 2004 (the '2004 Act') in order to provide the Pensions Regulator ('TPR') with a wealth of new powers. Now that the day we have all been waiting for, 1 October 2021 (when the majority of the Act’s provisions were due to come into force) has come and gone, we’re taking a look the material provisions which came into force on that date - and what those changes mean...

El Salvador ´s Crypto Ecosystem and next steps to implement
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, October 2021

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu.   On Wednesday, June 9, El Salvador published in its Official Gazette a historic event worldwide, the first law in the world that provided a digital asset, specifically the bitcoin with unrestricted and unlimited clearance power in any transactions that natural persons, public or private legal entities carry out in any capacity, therefore, bitcoin became a legal tender in El Salvador...

El Salvador: Bitcoin Law
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, October 2021

Preliminary concepts:   Prior to conducting an analysis of the Bitcoin Law (hereinafter “BTC Law”), it is important to clarify two fundamental concepts regarding this type of digital assets:   – What is bitcoin?   A bitcoin is a decentralized digital asset created in 2009 by one or more people under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, with the mission of being a virtual currency or an instrument of electronic exchange to acquire products and services

El Salvador: Advance payment of the Income Tax
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, October 2021

Advance payment can be understood as: “… the payment made before the occurrence of the generating event that constitutes the future and uncertain event on which the legal force of the obligation depends” (Giulani Fonrouge and Susana Navarrine in “Procedimiento Tributario”, Editorial de Palma, page 159)...

A “sea change” in attitudes towards third party litigation funding in Jersey
Carey Olsen, October 2021

What is litigation funding and why is it attractive? Also known as legal finance or litigation finance, third party funding – historically – was considered an improper or corrupting influence on litigation. These old offences of champerty and maintenance were first decriminalised in England in 1967...

Trusts, turmoil, and the tropics – a Cayman Islands perspective
Carey Olsen, October 2021

In fact, the impact of the pandemic on private clients has been the opposite: many have experienced increases in their personal wealth that have been nothing short of startling. According to the Global Wealth Report published by Credit Suisse in June 2021, more than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic...

AML/CFT Act statutory review – Ministry of Justice calls for submissions
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

Today, the Ministry of Justice (Ministry) released the consultation document for its statutory review of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act). The Ministry has asked for submissions, or feedback through an online questionnaire, by 5pm on 3 December 2021. This consultation is a keystone component of that statutory review, which commenced on 1 July this year as required under s 156A(1) of the AML/CFT Act...

Enactment of SB 164 and Changes to Oregon's Corporate Activity Tax
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

Although Oregon’s 2021 legislative session turned out to be relatively quiet from a tax perspective, we did experience some changes to Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax (“CAT”). Those changes were primarily in the form of SB 164. The enactment of SB 164 ushers in the following CAT changes. Fiscal Year Filings...

Tirohanga: Financial Services Quarterly Outlook – October 2021
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

Welcome to our first issue of Tirohanga: Financial Services Quarterly Outlook.In this quarterly publication, we highlight what’s coming up in the financial services sector over the next quarter, recap some recent events and those to look out for, take a look at some of the interesting things we’ve been working on over the past three months, and take a look at what some of our alumni have been up to...

Reserve Bank consults on the future of money
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

Today, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has published a consultation on the ‘Future of Money’. The consultation is aimed at gaining the public’s input on how: the RBNZ performs its role as steward of money and cash; and how it should assess whether to offer central bank money in a digital form alongside cash...

FMA announces escalation in AML/CFT enforcement approach
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today announced an escalation in its approach to enforcement for noncompliance with the New Zealand anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime. In doing so, the FMA referred to its latest AML/CFT monitoring insights report, for the period of July 2018 to June 2021 (Monitoring Report). The FMA’smedia releaseand theMonitoring Reportcan be found on the FMA’s website...

Transitioning to Net Zero for Finance
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

We are very excited to be supporting the UN Global Compact Network UK’s ‘Transitioning to a Net Zero’ webinar series...

House Democrats Propose Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes: Important Estate Planning Implications
Verrill, September 2021

Please note: this alert was updated on September 30, 2021. What you need to know: On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax plan to fund President Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” social and economic spending package...

Cambodia: New Prakas on VAT for E-Commerce
DFDL, September 2021

Key points From 8 September 2021 non-resident entities who provide digital goods/services or e-commerce activities to Cambodian consumers and who expect to have sales of USD15k or more before the end of the year, over three consecutive months, have 30 days to register for VAT with the General Department of Taxation (GDT) in Cambodia. From 2022 onward the same non-resident entities, as described above, that expect to have sales of USD62...

INSOL Channel Islands Conference 2021 – Round-up of key points
Carey Olsen, September 2021

The seminar, which provided a welcome opportunity for insolvency practitioners and advisers to reconnect in person, showed why Jersey and Guernsey remain leading locations for structuring complex financial transactions and for the secured lending market. The following key points were amongst or relate to those discussed at the seminar...

Five key takeaways from the HK SFC’s consultation conclusions on revisions to its AML guidelines
Deacons, September 2021

On 15 September 2021, the SFC issued a press release relating to the Consultation Conclusions (Conclusions) on proposals to amend its anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) guidelines, approximately one year after the SFC issued the consultation paper (Consultation) on 18 September last year...

Mainland China briefing: Southbound trading of the Bond Connect scheme launched
Deacons, September 2021

On 15 September 2021, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) jointly announced that southbound trading of the Bond Connect scheme (Southbound Bond Connect) would be officially launched on 24 September 2021 (the joint announcement is available here)...

Some Estate Planning and Business Transition Issues Not to Overlook Before 2021 Year-End
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

As we enter the final quarter of 2021, there are many things still to do and plan for before the end of the year. There are also some timing considerations given proposed legislative changes and the lead time needed to accomplish some of these items. You should be reviewing your year-end estate planning or business transition concerns NOW...

Selecting a Master Tenant: To Be or Not to Be a Single-Asset Entity?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

Commercial real estate professionals live in a world where single-asset entities (SAEs) are ubiquitous. In this respect, the niche market of HUD-affiliated health care facilities follows suit. Skilled nursing or assisted living facility owners seeking HUD-insured financing and the operators overseeing day-to-day functions at those facilities generally need to be SAEs to participate in the HUD programs...

Guernsey introduces new compliance measures for CRS and FATCA reporting
Carey Olsen, September 2021

Background On 15 July 2021 the States of Deliberation (Guernsey's parliament) approved the Income Tax (Guernsey) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 (the "Ordinance") which makes a number of important amendments to Guernsey's Income Tax Law...

Cambodia: Two New Prakas Now in Force – Tax on Salary and VAT on E-Commerce
DFDL, September 2021

On 8 September 2021 the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (“MEF”) issued Prakas 543 on Tax on Salary (“Prakas 543”) and Prakas 542 on the Rules and Procedures concerning the Implementation of Value Added Tax on E-Commerce Activities (“Prakas 542”)...



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