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Mauritius Signs AIFMD MoU With France

Mauritius Signs AIFMD MoU With France

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
24 October, 2014
The Financial Services Commission of Mauritius has signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the European Union's Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive with the French securities regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.
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HKEx, LME Continue Expansion Of Renminbi Offerings

HKEx, LME Continue Expansion Of Renminbi Offerings

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
24 October, 2014
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and its group company the London Metal Exchange, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Merchants Group Limited, for a strategic alliance in product development and related services for commodity and financial market users.
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Guernsey Regulator Supports New Service Provider Standard

Guernsey Regulator Supports New Service Provider Standard

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
24 October, 2014
The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has voiced support for a new benchmark on the regulation of Trust and Corporate Service Providers, which was developed by the Group of International Finance Center Supervisors.
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Hong Kong Provides Update On Shanghai-HK Stock Connect

Hong Kong Provides Update On Shanghai-HK Stock Connect

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
24 October, 2014
Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, K C Chan, told the Legislative Council that the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program will be implemented and expanded in a progressive and risk-controlled manner.
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Guernsey Strengthens Relationship With Asia

Guernsey Strengthens Relationship With Asia

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
23 October, 2014
Guernsey has continued to court investors and build diplomatic relations in Asia, recently hosting a wealth management event in Shanghai and signing a Statement of Cooperation with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work.
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Jafza Showcases Free Zone Benefits In Japan

Jafza Showcases Free Zone Benefits In Japan

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
23 October, 2014
The Jebel Ali Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates conducted a five-day roadshow in Japan recently to highlight the benefits for Japanese companies of using the zone to access other markets in the Middle East and Africa.
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Hong Kong Confirms Islamic Bond Market Aspirations

Hong Kong Confirms Islamic Bond Market Aspirations

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
22 October, 2014
The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, K C Chan, confirmed that Hong Kong's Government and its regulators will continue to create an enabling environment for the development of an Islamic bond market in the territory, following a recent question in the Legislative Council.
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IoM Forms First Company Exclusively With Bitcoin Capital

IoM Forms First Company Exclusively With Bitcoin Capital

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
22 October, 2014
The Isle of Man has enabled the formation of the first company with Bitcoin capital, Garigus Limited, as part of the territory's efforts to foster the creation of a niche market centered on digital currencies.
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DIFC Launches Qualifying Investor Funds

DIFC Launches Qualifying Investor Funds

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
21 October, 2014
The Dubai International Financial Center, a free zone in the United Arab Emirates, has introduced a new Qualified Investor Fund regime.
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Isle Of Man Removed From Colombian Tax 'Blacklist'

Isle Of Man Removed From Colombian Tax 'Blacklist'

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
21 October, 2014
Colombia has removed the Isle of Man from its offshore blacklist, recognizing its commitment to the international exchange of tax information.
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