SEC Adopts Reg BI

The SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Additional Rules and Interpretations that Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals

Independent Audits Due to Barristers and Accountant’s AML/ATF Board by April 30th

The Barristers & Accountant’s AML/ATF Board issued a public notice requiring that all of its regulated entities forward their completed Independent Reviews by April 30, 2019, in accordance with requirements of Section 17A of the Proceeds of Crime (Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing) Regulations 2008. What is Required under Regulation 17A? All regulated entities must maintain… READ MORE

SEC Regulatory Focus in 2019 – What it Means for Bermudian Firms

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2019 Examination Priorities on December 20, 2018. While most of these priorities may not have a direct impact on firms located in Bermuda, many firms have affiliates or branches in the U.S. that will be affected. Of particular note are the priorities around digital assets, cybersecurity and money laundering.

Bermuda Moving to Become Fintech Jurisdiction of Choice

Bermuda’s regulatory framework for digital assets, ICOs and virtual currencies As the digital asset and blockchain industries continue to gain ground among investors, brokers and exchanges, the island is hoping to capitalize on the new market.  Bermuda’s government has taken steps to strengthen its regulatory regime, making it a selling point for fintech companies thinking of… READ MORE

Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Enacts Changes to Board Leadership

Robert Hall assumes position of Chairman of the Board; Brian R. Hall, OBE transitions to Chairman Emeritus HAMILTON, BERMUDA, August 15, 2018 — Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Ltd. announced today that Brian R. Hall, OBE, former Chairman of the Board of Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Ltd., has become Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Hall served as Chairman of the… READ MORE

Regulatory Actions – ICOs and Digital Trading

Regulators in the digital asset space are focusing a significant amount of attention to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and digital asset trading.  Their activities have included addressing the lack of transparency of exchanges that trade digital assets, jurisdictional issues, and the need to consider registration or qualifying for an exemption for ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investments…. READ MORE