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Financial services neglected by candidates

Financial services neglected by candidates

| 08/04/2021

(CNS): The importance of the financial service sector in keeping the Cayman Islands economy afloat over the past year has been highlighted in the latest reports from the Economics and Statistics Office. No other private sector employs as many Caymanians as finance, and the revenue the next government will need to navigate its way through […]

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Uptick in exempt company applications floods board

Uptick in exempt company applications floods board

| 23/03/2021 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The Trade and Business Licensing Board is suspending its expedited service for the processing of exempt company applications from the end of this month, as it struggles to cope with the workload. In a short press release, officials said that from 1 April applicants can expect licence applications for exempt companies to take between […]

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Cayman on FATF ‘grey list’ over AML compliance

Cayman on FATF ‘grey list’ over AML compliance

| 25/02/2021 | 76 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands has fallen short of the necessary compliance standards and will be under increased observation by the Financial Action Task Force until it fulfills the requirements relating to its international financial obligations. Cayman has been added to the FATF’s grey list because of the failure by the authorities here to enforce the […]

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Registrar fines companies not revealing owners

Registrar fines companies not revealing owners

| 15/02/2021 | 12 Comments

(CNS) The Registrar of Companies (RoC) has begun fining companies registered here that have failed to submit accurate information on their ultimate beneficiaries (beneficial owners) and ignored warning letters to do so, according to the Ministry of Financial Services. As of 1 February, the RoC had levied 19 administrative fines of $5,000 against companies for […]

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Cayman faces new EU blacklisting

Cayman faces new EU blacklisting

| 04/01/2021 | 107 Comments

(CNS): The European Parliament is planning a new blacklist of tax havens and the Cayman Islands appears to be at the heart of the move. While local political leaders here have made much of the efforts last year to get this jurisdiction removed from the existing blacklist, MEPs believe the removal of Cayman from it […]

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UK drafts public BO order but happy with status quo

UK drafts public BO order but happy with status quo

| 17/12/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The UK government has now drafted an order-in-council regarding the introduction of public registers of beneficial ownership in the overseas territories. But foreign office minister Wendy Morton said in a written statement to the UK parliament recently that, given the commitments made by all the UK Overseas Territories, there is no need to enact […]

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Minister claims success in perception battle

Minister claims success in perception battle

| 16/12/2020 | 54 Comments

(CNS): In a long address to parliament Monday, Minister Tara Rivers outlined what she sees as her achievements during her tenure at the helm of the Ministry of Financial Services, from the reams of legislation passed to investment in the sector. Rivers also claimed credit for taking on Cayman’s “perception problem”. She said the ministry […]

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Tax report puts Cayman in negative spotlight

Tax report puts Cayman in negative spotlight

| 23/11/2020 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The report published Friday by the Tax Justice Network identifying the Cayman Islands as the single biggest jurisdiction for global tax losses led to a flurry of negative headlines over the weekend. The government issued a brief statement Friday evening, in which officials said that Cayman supported fair tax systems and noted that it […]

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Cayman top of list for global tax losses

Cayman top of list for global tax losses

| 20/11/2020 | 81 Comments

(CNS): Public purses around the world are losing over $427 billion in tax each year to international corporate tax abuse and private tax evasion, according to a new global report. The State of Tax Justice 2020, the inaugural edition of what is to be an annual report by the Tax Justice Network, found that more […]

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Cayman Finance floats option to contentious bills

Cayman Finance floats option to contentious bills

| 10/11/2020 | 29 Comments

(CNS): Cayman Finance has proposed an alternative approach to the amendments government plans to make to several laws in order to address compliance issues regarding transparency of accounting records for offshore service providers. The list of bills stirred up controversy with stakeholders when they were circulated to industry players, raising alarm that they posed a […]

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New rules expected to boost virtual assets sector

New rules expected to boost virtual assets sector

| 02/11/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands’ ability to regulate and attract individuals and entities in the virtual assets market has been strengthened with the recent commencement of legislation for virtual asset service providers (VASPs), officials have said. They will also help Cayman comply with an important global review. A virtual asset is a digital representation of value […]

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