Walkers Launches Compliance Services Offering

Walkers Compliance complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs.

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Following the result in the United Kingdom's EU referendum, Walkers has created a Brexit page dedicated to providing our clients relevant information about the jurisdictions in which we practise.

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Walkers Announces Admissions of 50th and 51st Caymanian Attorneys-at-Law

We are pleased to announce that Articled Clerks Gemma Cowan and Sophie Dibb have completed their legal training, both being called to the Cayman Islands Bar. 

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Registration of Judgments at the Land Title Registry Office

In Bermuda, a money judgment constitutes a lien on the judgment debtor's land (Cates and Panchaud v Dill [1956] Bda LR 1 SC). The lien runs with the land and will not be extinguished even when the land is sold to a bona fide purchaser for value as the judgment is deemed to constitute notice of the lien to the purchaser.

In an important statutory development, following Schedule 10 of the Land Title Registration Act 2011 ("LTRA 2011") coming into force, the automatic attachment of judgments to any land owned by a debtor has now come to an end. Judgment creditors must now register their judgment in accordance with Schedule 10 of the LTRA 2011 to protect their priority over land owned by the judgment debtor. 

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AML UPDATE – Deadline Extension for AML Officer Appointment Notification

The deadline for notifying the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (‘CIMA’) of the appointment of AML officers by a regulated fund has been extended to 31 December 2018.

Unregulated funds have an obligation to appoint AML Officers and CIMA has confirmed that these appointments should be in place by 31 December 2018.

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Ireland Real Estate: Chopped up and out, Dealz or no Dealz

Walkers takes a look at the lessons learned from two high profile Irish planning decisions on the importance of doing your planning due diligence.

Based on both decisions, the clear message from the Planning Authority is that retention permission should not be used as a “get out of jail free” card by businesses seeking to retrospectively satisfy planning breaches. The circumstances under which retention permission is available are tightly circumscribed.


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Bermuda creates new banking regime for FinTech businesses

The Bermuda Government has taken steps towards resolving a critical unmet need for FinTech companies in Bermuda and to remove a current impediment to the development of the island as a FinTech hub as a result of the reticence of Bermuda's domestic banks to provide banking facilities locally to FinTech businesses.

The Premier and Minister of Finance, The Hon. David Burt, JP, MP and his cabinet addressed this issue by introducing the Banks and Deposit Companies Amendment Act 2018, which was approved by the House of Assembly on 27th July 2018, which amends Bermuda's existing bank licensing framework under the Banks and Deposit Companies Act 1999 to enable the island's finance service regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (the "BMA") to issue restricted banking licenses to banks to enable them to serve the FinTech sector.


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Japan's Private Equity Outlook 2019

Despite a recent trend in the press to focus on economic challenges: whether trade wars, Brexit, or in Japan's case the impact of negative interest rates, and the structural problems posed by an aging population, it is clear that the private equity sector is flourishing, globally. However, there are particular reasons for optimism in Japan.

Although data cited in the press often identifies challenging issues with various industries and sectors, much of the analysis seems to ignore some of the equally compelling statistics in relation to the records being broken in private equity ("PE") and venture capital ("VC"), which gestures towards a bright future. The PE and VC spaces in Japan have been buoyant in recent times, and early indications are that these sectors will continue to grow, and attract increasing investment, both from within Japan and from overseas.

In the view of Walkers partners Thomas Granger and James Gaden, performance, coupled with other trends including broader recognition and acceptance of the asset class, and shifts in labour market perceptions, should see PE and VC take a more significant role in the Japanese economy into the future.


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