Legislation in the British Virgin Islands and in the Cayman Islands requires certain entities that are  incorporated or registered in those jurisdictions and which conduct one or more of a set list of relevant activities to comply with local substance requirements known as ‘economic substance’. 

The following specifically defined activities are considered relevant activities and relevant entities must comply with the economic substance rules in the relevant jurisdiction:

  • Banking business
  • Insurance business
  • Shipping business
  • Fund management business
  • Financing and leasing business
  • Headquarters business
  • Holding company business
  • Intellectual property business
  • Distribution and service centre business

In order to help our clients to determine whether or not they are required to comply with economic substance requirements and to help them do so, we work closely with the lawyers at Harneys (our affiliated law firm), who can perform a full review of your entities to determine and advise on all aspects of compliance with substance legislation and, where appropriate, what actions must be taken.  

For clients that do need to establish and demonstrate substance in the British Virgin Islands or in the Cayman Islands we are perfectly positioned to provide bespoke and integrated legal and administrative solutions. We provide a full suite of governance, resident director and accounting services, and can work with you to obtain trade licences, work permits, premises, specialist equipment, or dedicated human resources. 

If you believe that you manage or own an entity that may be affected by substance rules based on the nature of its operations, please contact one of the key contacts below.



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