25 Mar 2019

Immigration laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands

By Gordon W. Kerr & Marsha Blanche  Whether you are a visitor to or wish to reside more permanently in the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCIs”) you will be required to comply with the relevant statutes governing immigration and status. The two laws (Ordinances) that are applicable are the Immigration Ordinance 2015 and (for those that qualify) the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015. With the exception of persons travelling from countries that require …

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19 Jan 2019

New “Economic Substance” legislation to have significant effect on TCI entities

What’s this all about? The European Union (“EU”) has long been concerned at loss of tax revenue to its member states through the use of companies and other entities in low or zero-tax jurisdictions that occurs by enabling profits to be shifted to the low tax jurisdiction, from the EU member state in which they were generated.  As a result of this, the EU believes that its member states are losing very significant tax revenue.  …

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7 Nov 2017

Judicial Review and Constitutional Law

The principles of administrative and constitutional law govern the manner in which government interacts with its citizens, both individual and corporate. They exist to ensure that the powers of government are exercised solely within legal bounds. Judicial Review applies to the judicial challenge of decisions taken by public bodies such as government departments, and regulatory bodies and also to quasi-public bodies exercising public functions. Our Team of Lawyers advises individuals, companies, and organizations on how …

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7 Nov 2017

Media & Telecommunications Law

The firm advises international telecommunication providers in regard to their TCI domestic operations, financing and licensing and also regularly co-counsels with other international counsel in this area. This also includes cable and cellular networks, internet, radio broadcast, and radio frequency licensing (commercial and non-commercial) and media production. As TCI has no direct taxation, the fiscal advantage of location in TCI where business permits are attractive. The TCI Government is also keen to establish e-commerce companies …

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7 Nov 2017

Public International Law

Public International Law is a significant feature in international commerce and may concern, for example, natural resource development, infrastructure programs or project financing. Public International Law includes all aspects of state responsibility, the law of treaties (including extradition), international human rights law, investment protection disputes including investor-State disputes, questions of immunity and matters involving the law of the sea. Our specialist public law lawyers have appeared before the Privy Council, and international arbitral tribunals in …

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7 Nov 2017

Real Estate

We are a leading provider of real estate and real estate development legal services in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our team brings years of experience in providing legal services to commercial and residential clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions. We have acted for a number of developers of condominiums, hotels, timeshare and commercial developments throughout the islands. We also serve a large number of private individuals in purchases and sales of …

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7 Nov 2017

Trust

The concept of trust, developed over centuries under English law, is an invaluable device for international estate and tax planning for affluent individuals. We frequently advise on the offshore aspect of international trust structures for high-net-worth individuals and their onshore advisers and our trusts team has considerable experience in the drafting of the trust deeds and related documentation. Our services include advising trustees, protectors, and beneficiaries on their rights and obligations under TCI trusts. Our …

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7 Nov 2017

Commercial Property Development & Tourism

As the recovery from the recession continues apace, tourist arrival numbers to the Islands have resumed their upward track and in view of the TCI’s proximity to the North American mainland, pristine environment, political stability and favorable investment climate, further growth is expected in this area. We have advised on many major tourism and resort projects in the Islands. Past and present clients in this field have included Jasper Development (West Caicos development), Desarrollos Hotelco …

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7 Nov 2017

Financial Services

The Financial Services team acts as lead counsel to numerous local financial institutions and also specializes in the provision of regulatory and structural advice to international financial institutions. As an international offshore financial center, TCI has in place extensive anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation and upon which the team provides advice. The team also advises local and international financial institutions on security and lending issues involving TCI entities and on local regulatory and licensing …

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7 Nov 2017

Intellectual Property

In addition to providing intellectual property advice, the firm specializes in TCI Trademark registration and administration. A Trademark must be registered with the Register of Trademarks in TCI to be protected within TCI. In regard to Patents, a Patent must have already been registered in the UK prior to the registration of the Patent being sought in TCI. Copyright is recognized in TCI and generally, protection exists automatically without the need for registration and provided …

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