Author: Jeremy Leese

Jeremy Leese

Bermuda had a very good 2019 – business was on the up, tour­ism figures were promising, and there was a general feeling of optimism in looking to 2020. We all know what happened next. No one could have planned for what transpired, but the restric­tions imposed...

Jeremy Leese

MJM recently received recognition in Marine Money for its market leading Ship Finance Practice. Here are the highlights of key deals in 2019: Deal Name: Project Sprint Companies: Frontfleet Ltd as buyer and Frontline Ltd as buyer guarantor (MJM clients) and Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte. Ltd., as seller, Trafigura Group Pte....

Jeremy Leese

Recently, Bermuda was placed on the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. It is the Bermuda Government’s view that the jurisdiction is compliant with EU’s economic substance requirements by way of the Economic Substance Act 2018 and the Economic Substance Regulations 2018 passed into law last December, with all necessary amendments to address EU concerns having been completed before the decision was taken.

Jeremy Leese

The Economic Substance Act 2018 (the “Economic Substance Act”) was tabled on 7 December 2018 and, following revisions, again on 17 December 2018.

Background

In November 2017, the Government of Bermuda made a commitment to the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) (the “COCG”) of the Council of the EU to address concerns relating to economic substance. Bermuda agreed to pass legislation to implement any appropriate changes by 31 December 2018 to avoid being put on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.