Arbitration Act 2013 enters into force

By Alistair Abbott, partner The BVI Arbitration Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014.  The Act provides the BVI with a modern legislative framework for arbitration matters and represents the culmination of a number of steps the BVI has taken to make itself a more “arbitration-friendly” jurisdiction.  Earlier this year it became a…

SPAC use on the rise after a period of inactivity

Background BVI companies are listed on most of the major public exchanges in the world, including NYSE, AIM, LSE, TSX, NASDAQ, HKSE and are attractive as listing vehicles in a variety of geographical markets and business sectors (including mining, pharmaceuticals, real estate and the energy sector). These companies are often incorporated as special purpose acquisition…

Protection for investors in BVI funds

BVI Corporate funds have been in the spotlight in recent times due to some high-profile failures (e.g. the Madoff feeder funds). While the Madoff-related funds collapsed due to an underlying fraud, i.e. the Ponzi scheme, funds may also get into difficulty for more mundane reasons such as mismanagement and the wider economic environment. Investors in…

Disapply and Simplify

Background All companies incorporated under the International Business Companies Act (1984) (the “IBC Act”) that did not during the transitional period voluntarily elect to be re-registered with a memorandum and articles of association compliant with the BVI Busines Companies Act (2004) (the “BC Act”), were automatically re-registered under the BC Act on 1 January 2007.…

Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in the BVI

BVIHC(COM) 235 of 2013: Belport Development Limited (BDL) and Chimichanga Corporation – “Encouraging signs regarding enforcing arbitration awards in the BVI”. In any dispute that triggers an arbitration clause, one of the most important questions the Claimant should always ask is “If I am successful at arbitration, will the award be recognised and enforceable in…

BVI Trust Law Update

By Peter Goddard, executive director of Forbes Hare Trust Company. peter.goddard@forbeshare.com +1 345 815 0707 New Trust legislation in the BVI has broadened the range of trust options available to private clients and enhanced BVI trust legislation by making some welcome modifications that increase the attractiveness of BVI trusts as part of international wealth planning…

BVI Trade Marks Act 2013

By Karen Gilbert, senior associate and Alfida Cruz, associate. The British Virgin Islands (the “BVI”) has recently reformed its trade mark legislation with the enactment of the Trade Marks Act, 2013 (the “New Act”).  T New Act has been passed but has not yet come into force.  The New Act will repeal the Trade Marks…