Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Uncertainty remains despite new economic substance rules

Substance legislation passed by lawmakers in December 2018 has laid down the parameters for the way Cayman is responding to pressure by the European Union to reform its tax regime, but many questions remain about the economic impact of the new framework.

Offshore finance centers bracing for substance legislation impact

Cayman’s government and financial services industry professionals have had mixed reactions to the territory’s recently passed economic substance legislation, with some expressing cautious optimism that the new laws will increase investment in the islands, while others are bracing for an exodus of companies.

Cayman National has event-filled months since sale announcement

The Cayman Islands is home to billions of dollars’ worth of mergers and acquisitions in a given year, but few have the potential to impact the local community as much as the impending sale of Cayman National Corporation Ltd. to the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd.

Independent directors reluctant to serve on crypto funds

The governance around hedge funds has changed dramatically since the introduction of the mutual funds law in Cayman 25 years ago.

Better metrics than GDP would have enabled a stronger response to crisis

Better measurement of the economy and of people’s well-being could have led governments to respond more strongly to mitigate the damage caused by the 2008 financial crisis and reduce people’s continuing loss of trust in public institutions, according to a new report released by the OECD.

Golden visa programs the latest target of regulators

Citizenship by investment and residency by investment schemes are the latest targets of regulators and advocacy groups, as three reports by Transparency International, the OECD and the Green Party in the European Parliament all highlighted abuses of the programs in both Europe and the Caribbean.

New platform automates KYC checks for crypto transactions

About three years ago, Global Risk and Data Authority Limited launched a platform aimed at automating the know-your-client and anti-money laundering compliance processes for banks in Cayman, as well as onshore correspondent banks.

Offshore M&A deals drop; Cayman remains top center

The Cayman Islands saw more mergers and acquisition transactions than any other offshore jurisdiction in the first half of 2018, as the total value of Cayman deals increased by nearly 50 percent over the second half of 2017.

Immigration: Fewer ‘ghost Caymanians’ in the future?

The Immigration (Amendment) Law, 2018 came into effect on Aug. 13, 2018, and with it, new opportunities potentially present themselves for various categories of people in the Cayman Islands to obtain the Right to be Caymanian. This article explores two such changes.

No ‘jumping the gun’ in regulating cryptocurrencies

Peter McKiernan, the cofounder of RiskPass AML+Compliance Ltd., stood at his laptop last week at a seminar on anti-money laundering practices for cryptocurrencies, demonstrating to the audience how to transfer cryptocurrencies across borders.

Crown Dependencies consult industry on substance legislation

The governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are asking businesses for their views on proposed new legislation that will require certain tax-resident companies to demonstrate they have sufficient substance.

Trade tensions – unintended consequences

It is common rhetoric to describe U.S. President Donald Trump as a non-conformist. President Trump came out of the gate swinging, dismantling long-standing trade agreements and partnerships with neighbours, allies and the world’s second largest economy.

Tax problems for dual passport holders and ‘accidental Americans’

Despite all that’s been written about U.S. worldwide income taxation and complex informational reporting requirements, many individuals, particularly those living outside the U.S., remain noncompliant.

Rebalancing the BVI economy from the financial services industry to tourism

There are very serious economic and financial implications for the British Virgin Islands as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s decision to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the Overseas Territories.

Gov’t plans public consultation on ‘economic substance’ changes

When late last year, Cayman avoided being placed on an EU tax blacklist by committing to remedy, before the end of 2018, what the EU called a lack of economic substance of Cayman-based entities, few knew what exactly the Cayman Islands government had promised to do.

Global economy: OECD study shows long-term merits of structural reform and the pitfalls of...

The reversal of trade liberalization and a return to the average tariffs of 1990 would depress the world’s long-term living standards by about 14 percent worldwide and as much as 15 to 25 percent in the most affected countries.

Is global growth stuttering?

2017 can be characterized as a year that should be celebrated. The world’s economy enjoyed synchronized global growth, with all major developed economies reporting positive GDP growth.

Cayman’s reputational risk and blockchain

The Cayman Islands is facing somewhat of a dilemma. Although its regulatory regime is not tailored to cryptocurrencies, token offerings or distributed ledger technology, Cayman became home to the world’s largest initial coin offering this year.

As tensions with UK mount, Commonwealth mulls tighter alliance

With constant threats of blacklists, gray lists and other financial sanctions, the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories have a long-standing contentious relationship with international bodies such as the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Economist: Moderate US growth to impact Cayman

Moderate growth in the U.S. in the context of a wider global slowdown led by reduced consumer demand is going to impact Cayman, especially in the tourism sector, according to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel Fixed Income.
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