Best Practices

Software Selection – Where Do I Start?

Many firms are looking to improve their bottom line, and one of the ways this can be done is by updating your software. But where to begin? How do you know if it will work for your firm? What will the implementation look like? What about hidden costs?  In a recent episode of our Oyster… READ MORE

Why Are Independent Reviews So Important?

Monitoring the conduct of your business by ensuring there are robust systems and controls in place and that you have an independent process to identify and remediate any weaknesses in your policies and procedures is a hallmark of good corporate governance. It also protects your firm and your clients. Specifically, an independent audit should be… READ MORE

Identify and Mitigate Risk: Third-Party Service Providers

The Economic Substance laws and the updated Guidance provided in December 2019 require certain Regulated Entities to submit their declaration indicating the level on on-island activity no later than six months after their financial year start date. It is now August, and although many firms have already completed their declaration, others have various filing dates… READ MORE

Economic Substance Law Requires Risk, Due Diligence and Oversight Processes

In December 2019 the Bermuda Finance Minister released final Guidance around Bermuda’s Economic Substance (ES) laws.  Firms falling within the scope of the ES laws are required to submit their declaration indicating the level on on-island activity no later than six months after their financial year start date. Many companies are using third-party relationships to… READ MORE

Zoom – Firms Should Conduct a Risk-Based Assessment Before Implementation

As many firms have started heavily leveraging remote conferencing systems to maintain business continuity during this COVID-19 outbreak, Zoom has seen a sudden rise in popularity and an equally sudden rise in cybersecurity concerns. There are many reports detailing both the lack of available protections and the implementation of those protections by firms. Zoom has… READ MORE