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Private Client & Offshore Services

20 February 2020
Eamon Harrison Courtenay International arbitration: key legislative developments

Belize - Courtenay Coye LLP

Arbitration in Belize is governed by the Arbitration Act. As the act was last amended in 1980, it has become somewhat outdated. However, these amendments assisted in Belize's assimilation of a modern arbitration enforcement regime by incorporating the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958 into domestic law. In 2017 legislation was enacted that has directly affected the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Belize and abroad.

Authors: Eamon Harrison Courtenay, Stacey N Castillo
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Mary V Ward Blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation 2020

Bermuda - Carey Olsen Bermuda

The current government was elected in 2017, having undertaken to create new economic pillars in Bermuda, identify new opportunities for economic diversification and seek local and overseas investment to develop new local industry and thereby create jobs in Bermuda. Since its election, the government has enthusiastically embraced the fintech sector and the potential that it offers and has repeatedly expressed its intention for Bermuda to be a significant centre for this industry.

Author: Mary V Ward
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Pedro Cortés Macau responds to regulatory trends with new Cybersecurity Law

Macau - Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados

In June 2019 the Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) enacted the Cybersecurity Law. Prior to this, no legislation covered cybersecurity issues in the Macau SAR. As such, this new law reflects the region's efforts to respond to the latest regulatory trends regarding privacy and security and establish a legal regime for such matters. The main purpose of the law is to protect the networks, systems and data of critical infrastructure operators of the Macau SAR.

Authors: Pedro Cortés, Luís Machado
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Jennie Cherry Preparing US tax and information returns: Forms 3520 and 3520-A

USA - Kozusko Harris Duncan

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is ramping up compliance initiatives targeting failures to file US tax and information returns. US tax attorneys and accountants are increasingly seeing IRS notifications and penalty assessments. As the new year begins, family advisers and trust officers should review succession planning structures to determine whether any entity or individual has a 15 April US reporting requirement.

Author: Jennie Cherry
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Recent updates

Alex Horsbrugh-Porter 2020 heralds insolvency law changes

Guernsey - Ogier

Author: Alex Horsbrugh-Porter
Joanne Huckle New registration requirements for unregulated investment funds

Cayman Islands - Ogier

Authors: Joanne Huckle, Nick Rogers, Giorgio Subiotto, Justin Savage
Chelon Carr-Newbold Special tax relief for Abaco and Grand Bahama

Bahamas - Lennox Paton

Author: Chelon Carr-Newbold
Damian Evans Jersey Royal Court declares trustee's exercise of power void

Jersey - Ogier

Authors: Damian Evans, Matthew Davies
Pedro Cortés New Arbitration Law eradicates dual system

Macau - Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados

Authors: Pedro Cortés, Madalena Perestrello
Michael Hanson Pension scheme amendments

Bermuda - Carey Olsen Bermuda

Authors: Michael Hanson, Jay Webster, Tiffany Tavares
James Brockhurst HMRC opines on situs of cryptoassets

United Kingdom - Forsters LLP

Author: James Brockhurst
Radhika Gaggar Small steps, giant leaps: 2019 in review for private client law

India - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Authors: Radhika Gaggar, Shaishavi Kadakia, Priyattama Bhanj