2023 Guide to 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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2023 Investment Funds Guide

This Guide provides a brief overview and gives general information relating to the law and procedures for the establishment and operation of investment funds in Bermuda. It has been prepared to assist parties interested in establishing an investment fund in Bermuda and to give a summary of the law and procedures relating to the establishment, operation and ongoing requirements under Bermuda law. It is not intended to be comprehensive but to provide an outline of the laws and regulations which we hope will be of use to our clients while deciding the type of structure that is appropriate for their business objectives.

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2023 Speech from the Throne Guide

This Guide provides a brief overview of general and sector-specific changes intended to impact the Bermuda business community, as announced in the Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Excellency the Governor Ms. Rena Lagie on 3 November 2023.

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2023 Privacy Guidance

Our Counsel, Governance & Privacy Gretchen Tucker  has recently authored a 2023 Guide providing an overview of the activities of the Government of Bermuda and the Privacy Commissioner, Mr. Alexander McD White. The Guide summarises some of the key initiatives of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (PrivCom) during 2023 and informs Bermuda organisations (and overseas companies interested in establishing a Bermuda office) on privacy developments and industry engagement during this “new normal” era.

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BeesMont Law Limited announces recent appointments and promotions

Speaking on investing in human talent, Managing Partner Sharon Beesley said:
“At BeesMont Law, we recognise that an important driver of our success is our people. The pandemic has served to re-focus our attention on the need to demonstrate the value we place on our staff and that this value extends beyond financial profits, and attaches to our core values – ethics, professionalism and acknowledgement of the inherent worth of individuals as human beings. As a hybrid
law firm where attorneys regularly work remotely and administrative staff operate independently, there is considerable merit in recognising talent for being accountable and espousing our values. When we put these values into practice, our client-focused advisory business thrives and so does our culture. I want to congratulate all of those appointed and promoted at BeesMont Law and thank them for their dedication to our organisation and their teamwork.”

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Bermuda Chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Public M&A 2023

Sharon Beesley and Bourn Collier have authored the Bermuda chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Public M&A, 2023 edition. This focused international publication covers M&A transactional requirements and procedures governing publicly listed companies, covering such areas as: types of business combinations, applicable legislation, filings and public disclosure requirements, substantial shareholding regulations, duties of directors and controlling shareholders, shareholder rights of approval and appraisal, and hostile transactions, among other key topics.

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Our Investment Business Memorandum reviews the 2022 amendments to the Investment Business Act (IBA) regime in Bermuda.  The principal change to the regulation of investment business by the Bermuda Monetary Authority is the removal of the former licensing criteria, which provided that to be regulated under the IBA the investment business had to be physically based in Bermuda. This requirement no longer applies and the former exemption category no longer applies. There is a transition period for existing businesses to apply to be licensed or registered (as applicable) which expires on 28 July 2023, please therefore read the attached Investment Business Memorandum to determine whether under the revised IBA you now need to apply to be licensed or registered in Bermuda.

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