Mitigation of Risks of Sanctions and other Violations by Directors, Trustees and Beneficiaries

Scrutiny on offshore transactions and their participants is at an all-time high. Through an ever growing number of regulations and laws, parties to transactions and third party providers from banks to corporate service providers are required to gather and, in some circumstances, share information with governments and regulatory authorities.     For the underlying officers and entities as well as the providers, breach of these regulations and laws attract scrutiny, can spark out-of-proportion penalties and – maybe worst of all – potential severing of business services, suspension of licences, or freezing of assets and accounts, while things are sorted out.  For everyone involved there is also reputational risk.  We attempt below to draw attention to what can be done on a proactive basis to reduce risk.  This piece is not exhaustive because specific facts and circumstances can change things radically, so please contact us for specific advice before taking the leap on some of these recommendations. Dealing with sanctions breaches, we highlight the increasing scope and breadth of the directives, laws and regulations that have extended the sanctioned or restricted parties involved to include service providers such as trustees and corporate services providers.  Further it is increasingly common to use the word “connected” in reference to the transaction(s).  This is very broad and seemingly catches any reasonably involved party to a transaction.  Strict accountability is assumed at the outset with little wriggle room for mitigating circumstances.  Sanctions transactions and sanctioned parties can be particularly hard to keep track of given the sheer volume and frequency of additions and changes. Given these complicating factors, we recommend pro-active action by trustees, directors, and counterparties. The ability to provide rationale and compliance can make

CIMA Rules and Guidance for Corporate Governance for Regulated Entities

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (CIMA’s) Rule on Corporate Governance for Regulated Entities (Rule) and Statement of Guidance on Internal Controls for Regulated Entities (Guidance) comes into effect on 14 October 2023. The Rule and Guidance will replace the existing corporate governance regulatory measures. All CIMA regulated entities will be required to take action to ensure compliance.

Disclosure of directors’ conflicts of interest

A director is appointed by company shareholders to manage the day-to-day affairs of a company. With such management comes certain legal and fiduciary duties, and a director must act in the best interests of that company and its shareholders. Amongst these duties, is the ‘disclosure of interest’, which is the focus of this article with respect to BVI and Cayman Islands companies.

CIMA CIRCULAR: 2023 Internal Audit Plans

Issued to all Licenced Full and Restricted Securities Investment Business Licensees and Registered Persons, dated 3 January 2022 The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has issued a circular reminding entities to undertake regular internal audits of their controls and infrastructure to ensure that they are suitably robust in consideration of the nature and scale of their operations. Consequently, CIMA requests that all relevant entities registered under the Securities and Business Act (SIBA) – eg investment managers or advisors – provide CIMA with a schedule of the internal audit reviews scheduled for 1 January 2023 through to 31 December 2023. SIBA entities are reminded that CIMA expects to receive any issued internal audit report within three (3) months following the completion of the review. See Marbury Fund Services for details of related services or contact your usual Marbury advisor for more details.