Commercial Law

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.


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.

Andrew A. Martin

The fundamental principles of the law of meetings are sometimes over-looked in the modern climate of unanimous written shareholder resolutions, comprehensive retrospective ratifications, and the liberal application of the “Duomatic principle”. The decision in East Asia Company Limited -v- PT Satria Tirtatama Energindo in the Bermuda Court of Appeal provides a salutary reminder that the devil is always in the details.

Jennifer Haworth
In the case of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC v Algosaibi Trading Services Limited [2014] SC (Bda) 71 Com (12 September 2014), the Chief Justice delivered an ex tempore judgment which clarified what the position is when a registered office purports to resign. It confirmed the traditional view held by many commercial practitioners that section 62(3) of the Companies’ Act 1981 (the “Act”) means that when a registered office has not been changed with the Registrar of Companies (“ROC”), the last known registered office remains the effective office for service.