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Economic Substance Legislation in the British Virgin Islands

BVI ITA issues final Economic Substance Rules – The ITA has now published the final version of the Code which has been renamed Rules (and Explanatory Notes) on Economic Substance (the Rules). The content of the Rules is broadly the same as the draft Code, but it includes a number of amendments following feedback to the BVI Government from industry stakeholders and the EU Code of Conduct Group. The amendments also take into account legislative updates to the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act, 2017 (the BOSS Act) which were made to enable use of the BOSS system to accept the economic substance filings by the registered agents.

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Data Protection in the Cayman Islands

On 30 September 2019, the Cayman Islands Data Protection Law (DPL) comes into force, introducing globally recognised standards regarding the protection, processing, and access to, an individual’s personal data.

The DPL applies to ‘data controllers’ established in the Cayman Islands, regardless of whether they have a physical presence in Cayman. Where a data controller engages a third party ‘data processor’ to process personal data on its behalf, the data controller must ensure that the third-party service provider also complies with the DPL.

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The Companies (Amendment) Law, 2019

Cayman Islands – Legislative changes in the Cayman Islands for Companies, LLCs and LLPs. Following the March 2019 assessment by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force of the Cayman Islands’ anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime, recent legislative amendments have come into force in the Cayman Islands.

The amendments introduce new requirements on how certain information is required to be maintained, filed and disclosed relating to the different entities. For the purpose of this update, we focus on the amendments as they relate specifically to Cayman Islands companies.

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Economic Substance Requirements in the BVI

The Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 came into force on 1 January 2019 requiring British Virgin Islands companies and limited partnerships that are tax resident and carrying out ‘Relevant Activities’ to demonstrate economic substance. The new legislation, which applies to existing and new BVI entities, was introduced to address the concerns of the EU Code of Conduct Group and the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Practices regarding economic substance.

This summary replaces our original release of 11 January 2019 and update from 31 May 2019 to provide a consolidated overview of the key aspects of the legislation.

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Bermuda Economic Substance Update

Bermuda entities that are tax resident in another jurisdiction may now seek an exemption from economic substance requirements. On Friday, 28 June 2019 Bermuda adopted the Economic Substance Amendment Act 2019, which creates an exemption for entities registered in Bermuda that are tax resident in an acceptable jurisdiction. The amendment brings Bermuda’s economic substance legislation in line with other jurisdictions, including the BVI and the Cayman Islands, whose economic substance legislation already includes this exemption.

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