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Harney Westwood & Riegels is a leading international offshore law firm. We provide the world’s top law firms, financial institutions and corporations with legal services relating to British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Anguilla law.

We provide advice on British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Anguilla law to an international client base which includes the world’s top law firms, financial institutions and private individuals, through a network of offices located in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, London and Montevideo. We are dedicated to absolute quality, unparalleled responsiveness and client service.

Our lawyers, many of whom are from top international law firms and finance centres, have exceptional skills and experience. The world’s leading independent legal ranking directories call our lawyers attentive, commercially aware and responsive. The firm is consistently ranked as one of the world's leading offshore law firms, and the best offshore law firm in the British Virgin Islands.

Harneys is headquartered in the British Virgin Islands and the firm’s depth of knowledge and experience in the British Virgin Islands is unmatched. We have been an integral part of the British Virgin Islands’ development as a premier offshore centre, and no team has better understanding of the jurisdiction’s nuances and flexibility.

The firm’s geographically focussed BRIC desks provide legal services tailored to our Latin America, Asia, Russia and India-based clients. Our team-oriented and solutions-based approach enables Harneys to provide sound and reliable advice on even the most complex cross border transactions.

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Cayman Islands: CRS notification and reporting deadlines extended

On 3 March 2017 the Cayman Islands announced that the 2017 deadlines for notification and reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard regulations will be extended by two months.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 24 March 2017 | Practice Area: Company Secretariat

Importation of yachts into the BVI

The primary issues that a person intending to import a yacht into the BVI needs to consider are import duties and satisfaction of any applicable regulatory/licensing requirements.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 09 March 2017 | Practice Area: Environment

Foundation Companies in the Cayman Islands

The Foundation Companies Bill, 2016 seeks to introduce a new type of corporate vehicle in the Cayman Islands, the Foundation Company.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 07 March 2017 | Practice Area: Private Client

One last chance to take advantage of offshore trusts?

The clock is ticking towards April 2017 when the new rules affecting the status of non-domiciled but UK resident individuals as set out in Finance Bill 2017 will take full force and effect.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 24 February 2017 | Practice Area: Sales and Asset Finance

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Cayman Islands to introduce LLPs

The Cayman Islands recently published draft legislation to introduce the limited liability partnership (LLP) as a new partnership vehicle in the Cayman Islands.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 21 February 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate Financing

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The Offshore Funds Blog

Why set up an offshore fund at the same time as setting up a US fund?

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 15 February 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

New Cyprus-India treaty for the avoidance of double taxation

Cyprus and India have signed a new double tax treaty which is expected to foster increased use of Cyprus as a gateway for investment both into and out of India.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 10 February 2017 | Practice Area: Commercial Law

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Brexit: What does the UK Supreme Court judgment mean for offshore funds?

The article examines the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision concerning Article 50, with particular reference to what the judgment means for offshore funds.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 27 January 2017 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

Notes from a small island: 2016 BVI review and 2017 outlook

This article discusses developments in BVI law, including enforcing share security without a court order, BVI Court rulings, Iran and Italy; and expectations for 2017.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 25 January 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

Cayman adopts amended CRS regulations

The Cayman Islands’ commitment to international transparency standards has been reinforced by its adoption of amended Common Reporting Standards regulations in December 2016.

Law Firm: Harneys  | Published: 12 January 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

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