Private Client & Offshore Services, Harney Westwood & Riegels LLP updates

British Virgin Islands

Contributed by Harney Westwood & Riegels LLP
Top-up options, the squeeze-out mechanism and publicly listed BVI companies
  • British Virgin Islands
  • 26 May 2011

Corporate law in the British Virgin Islands provides for a number of mechanisms that can be used for the purpose of acquiring control of a company, but in the last 24 months there has been a noticeable increase in the occurrence of the use of top-up options, especially in relation to publicly listed BVI companies and tender offers in M&A transactions.

Minority shareholders, emerging markets and initial public offerings
  • British Virgin Islands
  • 28 October 2010

An important issue for a company being accepted for listing purposes on international stock exchanges is shareholder protection. BVI corporate statutes now place more emphasis on protection of the rights of minority shareholders and, as a result, BVI companies are now accepted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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