EU returns Bermuda to white list of fully cooperative tax jurisdictions

EU returns Bermuda to white list of fully cooperative tax jurisdictions

EU returns Bermuda to white list of fully cooperative tax jurisdictions

Bermuda has been removed from the European Union’s (EU) so-called tax ‘grey list’ and returned to the ‘white list’ of fully cooperative tax jurisdictions. Bermuda was placed on the grey list in May last year, having been put on the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions earlier in 2019. The EU had some concerns over collective investment funds but the Bermuda…

Cayman to be added to EU tax haven blacklist

Cayman to be added to EU tax haven blacklist

Cayman to be added to EU tax haven blacklist

The Cayman Islands is to be added to the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper said it is the first UK overseas territory to be “named and shamed” by Brussels for failing to crack down on tax abuse. The Financial Times noted that the move comes less than a month after the UK’s…

IUMI proposes stronger fire safety regulations to IMO

IUMI proposes stronger fire safety regulations to IMO

IUMI proposes stronger fire safety regulations to IMO

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has submitted its promised paper to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), calling for changes to current safety regulations to enhance rules governing containership fires. IUMI said mandatory measures are needed to address the rising risk of fires on large containerships. Current regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea…

Study suggests businesses support clearer human rights laws

Study suggests businesses support clearer human rights laws

Study suggests businesses support clearer human rights laws

Businesses would largely support stronger laws on corporate human rights and the environment, along similar lines to the UK Bribery Act, that provide greater clarity, finds a new study by the British Institute of International Law (BIICL). Published with support from law firms Quinn Emanuel and Hogan Lovells, the study weighs up whether the ‘failure to prevent’ mechanism used in…

French government plans to make France a more attractive jurisdiction for captives

French government plans to make France a more attractive jurisdiction for captives

French government plans to make France a more attractive jurisdiction for captives

The French government plans to make the country a more attractive jurisdiction for captives, as risk managers turn to alternative risk transfer vehicles to mitigate the effects of the hardening insurance market. The announcement was made on the final day of the AMRAE conference. It comes at a time when a growing number of companies are expected to boost alternative…

Insolvencies to rise in 2020 as EU-UK trading future discussed, warns Atradius

Insolvencies to rise in 2020 as EU-UK trading future discussed, warns Atradius

Insolvencies to rise in 2020 as EU-UK trading future discussed, warns Atradius

Robust risk management will be key to protecting businesses, said trade credit insurer Atradius, as it predicted insolvencies will rise 7% or higher in the UK and more modestly in Europe during 2020 as a result of Brexit. If a trade deal is not agreed between the EU and UK by the end of the Brexit transition period on 31…

Airbus’s €3.6bn fraud settlement agreed by authorities

Airbus’s €3.6bn fraud settlement agreed by authorities

Airbus’s €3.6bn fraud settlement agreed by authorities

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has confirmed it will pay €3.6bn, plus interest and costs, to fraud authorities in France, the UK and the US following court approvals of a settlement agreed in principle last week. The bulk of the payment (€2.1bn) will be paid to French fraud authority Parquet National Financier (PNF), with €984m to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).…

Supply chain risk escalates as global trade faces multiple challenges

Supply chain risk escalates as global trade faces multiple challenges

Supply chain risk escalates as global trade faces multiple challenges

Global trade is being tested as geopolitical risks converge to disrupt supply chains, warned the Institute of Export and International Trade (IEIT) on the day the UK leaves the European Union. Marco Forgione, director general of the IEIT, said Brexit will change the rules of trade for business in the UK and Europe, but it is just part of a…

Insurance market for digital assets and blockchain set to grow

Insurance market for digital assets and blockchain set to grow

Insurance market for digital assets and blockchain set to grow

Increased use of digital assets and better regulation are set to boost growth in the cryptocurrency insurance market, according to Marsh. Demand for insurance to cover digital assets and crypto-related liabilities has been growing, according to the broker. In particular, cryptocurrency firms – which include cryptocurrency miners, exchanges, wallet, vault, payment services and blockchain technology providers – are seeking directors…

Airbus settles fraud probes for €3.6bn

Airbus settles fraud probes for €3.6bn

Airbus settles fraud probes for €3.6bn

Airbus has agreed a €3.6bn settlement with fraud authorities in the UK, France and the US following investigations into bribery and corruption at the aircraft manufacturer. The agreement in principle is subject to approvals by the French, UK and US courts. The investigations date back to 2016 when Airbus referred itself to authorities, handing over documents about its use of…