12Oct2020

BeesMont Law Limited Helps CrossTower Acquire Digital Asset Business Licence

BeesMont Law Limited would like to congratulate CrossTower Bermuda Ltd. for successfully acquiring a Class M Digital Asset Business Act Licence issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. This new licence authorises CrossTower to operate in Bermuda as a digital asset exchange and provide custodial wallet services. CrossTower is a new exchange operator founded by capital markets veterans on a mission to mainstream digital asset investing and trading. BeesMont Law Limited’s Technology & Innovation Team advised and assisted CrossTower in obtaining its Bermuda licence.

BeesMont Law provides advice and legal support with respect to the establishment, regulatory, compliance, and business operations of digital asset business companies in Bermuda.

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2Oct2020

BeesMont Law, Stephanie Sanderson Recognised by IFLR1000

BeesMont Law Limited and Stephanie Sanderson have once again been recognised by the prestigious IFLR1000 Guide.

Stephanie has been endorsed as a Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded in the IFLR1000 30th Edition, described as one of the premier guides to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and leading lawyers, with rankings published internationally.

1Oct2020

Bermuda Law Guide: Data Protection in the Time of COVID-19

Gretchen Tucker has authored a COVID-19 Data Protection Guide which provides a detailed overview of the activities of Bermuda’s first Privacy Commissioner, Mr. Alexander McD White. The Guide summarises the work of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner during the first effective year of Mr. White’s appointment and informs Bermuda organisations and overseas companies interested in establishing a Bermuda office on privacy developments and industry engagement during the pandemic.

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23Sep2020

Work From Bermuda One Year Residential Certificate

The ‘Work From Bermuda Residential Certificate’ was launched as of 1 August 2020 and permits individuals to live and work remotely from Bermuda for a 12-month time period. This Guide highlights the key aspects of applying for the Certificate, the criteria for applying and the benefits of living and working in Bermuda under the Certificate scheme.

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1Sep2020

Barrister, Peter Sanderson, Joins BeesMont Law

Well-known Bermuda Barrister, Peter Sanderson, has joined  BeesMont Law Limited as Senior Litigation Counsel.

Highly respected in Bermuda and beyond, Mr Sanderson is one of the most active litigators before the courts. His dynamic approach has helped him build an impressive client base across various areas of law.

Mr Sanderson appears regularly before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and specialist tribunals, and has also appeared before the Privy Council in London. He has been able to build a client base across various areas of law, and has been involved with landmark precedents for the interpretation of the law, reported in international publications such as Law Reports of the Commonwealth and West Indian Reports.

Sharon A. Beesley, Partner at BeesMont Law said “We are really pleased to announce that Peter has joined the firm. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which expands the services which BeesMont is able to provide for our clients. His internationally-recognised reputation fits in well with the firm’s commitment to providing the highest standard of service for our clients.”

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1May2020

Economic Substance Reporting

Bermuda’s Economic Substance Portal launched as of 1 May 2020 to provide a reporting platform for filings from entities that are required to file declarations under the economic substance regime in the jurisdiction which impacts companies that carry on ‘Relevant Activities’, including banking, insurance, fund management, financing, leasing, headquarters, shipping, distribution and service centres, intellectual property and holding entities.

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15Feb2020

Bermuda’s Digital Asset Business Regulatory Regime

Bermuda successfully launched the Digital Asset Business Act (DABA) in 2018 which established the foundation for a comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework designed to support and facilitate growth in the financial technology (Fintech) sector. The digital asset business regulatory regime also encompasses prudential rules (including the Digital Asset Business (Client Disclosure) Rules 2018, the Digital Asset Business (Cybersecurity) Rules 2018, and the Digital Asset Business (Prudential Standards) (Annual Return) Rules 2018) which help to ensure that Bermuda is a leading jurisdiction in the regulation of digital assets and the regulatory regime is fit for purpose.

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31Jan2020

Bermuda Investment Funds’ Developments

The Investment Funds Act 2006 (IFA) was amended by the Investment Funds Amendment Act 2019 (IFA Revision) and became operative on 1 January 2020. The IFA Revision introduced some important changes to investment fund regulation in Bermuda with the intention of further strengthening the regulatory framework in Bermuda for funds. These changes are intended to address economic substance for collective investment vehicles which previously did not require any registration under the IFA or regulation by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) pursuant to the IFA. Consequently, closed-ended Bermuda investment funds and overseas investment funds which are managed or carry on promotion in or from within Bermuda are now required to seek registration or designation with the BMA during a transition period of 6 months. Our Memorandum considers these new categories together with some supplemental changes under the IFA Revision.

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16Dec2019

BeesMont Law Authors Bermuda Chapter for Legal 500 Fintech Global Guide

Stephanie P. Sanderson, Alexandra Fox, and Kit Cunningham recently authored the Bermuda Chapter of the Legal 500 Global Guide to Fintech (2nd Edition).

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Fintech law in Bermuda. It covers open banking, regulation of data, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, AI and insurtech. The Q&A is part of the global comparitive guide to Fintech.

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27Nov2019

Bermuda Introduces Incorporated Segregated Account Companies

The Incorporated Segregated Accounts Companies Act 2019 received assent on 26 November 2019, introducing a new company structure product – the incorporated segregated account company (ISAC). This legislation has been developed to create a new and innovative product to meet the needs of business stakeholders in Bermuda. In an ISAC structure, each segregated account constitutes an incorporated entity distinct from the other incorporated segregated accounts within the same structure. The premise that incorporated entities enjoy separate legal personality is a widely accepted and upheld legal principle. The ISAC provides greater certainty via a statutory and common law basis for the segregation of assets and liabilities by creating separate bodies corporate.

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