Industry Update

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The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) is advising Industry Practitioners that effective 1 January, 2016, the following persons are authorised to sign documents issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 and the Partnership Act, 1996:

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The 2015 amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (AMLR) and Anti-Money Laundering Terrorist Financing Code of Practice (AMLTFCOP) took effect on 1st January, 2016. This means that all relevant persons should as of 1st January, 2016 take necessary steps to ensure full compliance with the new rules established in both enactments. Compliance operates at two levels.

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Effective Dates for commencement of BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015

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The BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC) wishes to advise industry practitioners that the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015 was enacted in the House of Assembly on Monday 21 December, 2015. The Commission estimates that the Act will be assented to and brought into force on 1 January, 2016 or shortly thereafter.

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The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) is advising Industry Practitioners that effective 15 June, 2015, the following persons are authorised to sign documents issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 and the Partnership Act, 1996:

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Recently, changes were made to the VIRRGIN transaction to file Register of Members and Directors which affected the manner in which details for this transaction could be submitted through VIRRGIN.

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The BVI Financial Services Commission would like to advise members of the financial services industry of the special hours of operation at BVI House Asia next week.

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The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) is pleased to announce that effective Monday, 13 April, VIRRGIN users who request Certificates of Good Standing in the BVI will now have the option to have those certificates collected from BVI House Asia in Hong Kong. This additional service is available to all VIRRGIN users at no extra charge.

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A draft Bill to amend the BVI Business Companies Act, the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015 has been published and the BVI Financial Services Commission is soliciting your comments.

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Compliance Conference 18-19 March

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Contact Information

British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission


Pasea Estate
P.O. Box 418
Road Town, Tortola, VG 1110
British Virgin Islands

Tel: 284-494-1324 or 284-494-4190 GMT – 4:00
Fax: 284-494-5016
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
commissioner@bvifsc.vg