BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES LAW (2003 Revision)

Law 4 of 1989 consolidated with Laws 20 of 1993, 28 of 1993, 16 of 1996 (part), 10 of 1998, 12 of 1999, 3 of 2000, 2 of 2001 and 35 of 2002.

Revised under the authority of the Law Revision Law (1999 Revision).

Originally enacted-Law 4 of 1989-15th March, 1989 Law 20 of 1993-24th September, 1993 Law 28 of 1993-29th November, 1993 Law 16 of 1996-20th September, 1996 Law 10 of 1998-17th June, 1998 Law 12 of 1999-10th June, 1999 Law 3 of 2000-14th July, 2000 Law 2 of 2001-20th April, 2001 Law 35 of 2002-19th December, 2002.

Consolidated and revised this 6th day of May, 2003.

Note (not forming part of the Law): This revision replaces the 2001 Revision which should now be discarded.

Banks and Trust Companies Law (2003 Revision)

2 BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES LAW (2003 Revision) ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1.   Short title

2.   Definitions

3.   Determination of fitness and propriety

4.   Extent of Law

5.   Licence required to carry on banking or trust business

6.   Application to be made to Authority

7.   Shares not to be issued or transferred without approval of Authority

8.   Net worth requirements

9.   Use of word “bank”, etc.

10.  Accounts

11.  Certain prohibitions on licensee

12.  Number and approval of directors

13.  Powers and duties of Authority

14.  Additional powers of Authority

15.  Authority may apply to Court

16.  Surrender of licence

17.  Chief Justice may make rules

18.  Power of search

19.  False or misleading information

20.  Offences

21.  Appeals

22.  Immunity

23.  Regulations

24  Savings provisions.

Banks and Trust Companies Law (2003 Revision)

4 BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES LAW (2003 Revision)

1.   This Law may be cited as the Banks and Trust Companies Law (2003 Revision).

2.   In this Law-“authorised agent” means a person so designated by a bank or trust company under paragraph (b) of section 6(2);

“Authority” means the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority established under section 3(1) of the Monetary Authority Law (2003 Revision) and includes any employee of the Authority acting under the Authority’s authorisation;

“bank” means a person carrying on banking business;

“banking business” means the business of receiving (other than from a bank or trust company) and holding on current, savings, deposit or other similar account money which is repayable by cheque or order and may be invested by way of advances to customers or otherwise;

“company” means a company incorporated under the laws of the Islands or under the laws of any other country or place;

“Court” means the Grand Court;

“Governor” means the Governor in Council;

“licence” means a licence granted under section 6;

“licensee” means a person holding a licence under this Law;

“net worth” means excess assets over liabilities as presented under applicable generally accepted accounting principles subject to adjustment for non-admitted assets as determined by the Authority;

“trust business” means the business of acting as trustee, executor or administrator; and

“trust company” means a company carrying on trust business.

3.   In determining for the purposes of this Law whether a person is a fit and proper person, regard shall be had to all circumstances, including that person’s -

(a)  honesty, integrity and reputation;

(b)  competence and capability; and

(c)  financial soundness.

4.   (1) This Law has effect in addition to and not in derogation of any other provisions having the force of law in the Islands.

(2) This Law does not apply to the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association Co-operative Credit Union Limited.

5.   (1) No banking business may be transacted from within the Islands, whether or not such business is carried on in the Islands, except by a person who is in possession of a valid licence granted by the Authority authorising him to carry on such business.

(2)  No trust company may carry on trust business from within the Islands, whether or not such business is carried on in the Islands, unless it is in possession of a valid licence granted by the Authority authorising it to carry on such business.

(3)  Whoever contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for one year, and in the case of a continuing offence to a fine of one thousand dollars for each day during which the offence continues.

6.   (1) Any person desirous of carrying on banking business and any company desirous of carrying on trust business from within the Islands shall make application to the Authority for the grant of a licence. Every such application shall be in writing and shall be sent to the Authority accompanied by such information and particulars and details as may be prescribed together with the prescribed application fee (which the Authority shall forward to the Financial Secretary for the benefit of the revenue and which shall be refunded if the licence is granted), and the Authority may, if satisfied that the carrying on of such business will not be against the public interest, grant a licence to such person or company subject to such terms and conditions, if any, as the Authority may deem necessary.

(2)  A licence shall not be granted to a bank or trust company unless it has-(a) a place of business in the Islands, approved by the Authority, which will be its principal office in the Islands; and (b) two individuals or a body corporate, approved by the Authority, resident or incorporated in the Islands to be its agent in the Islands.

(3)  Where, in accordance with paragraph (b) of subsection (2), a licensee has appointed two individuals in the Islands to act as its agent in the Islands, the licensee may appoint them to act either separately or jointly.

(4)  A licensee shall not-(a) cease to have a principal office in the Islands; (b) change its principal office in the Islands without the prior approval of the Authority; (c)  cease to have an authorised agent under paragraph (b) of subsection (2), or (d)  change its agent (or, where the licensee has appointed two individuals to be its agent, either of them) without the prior approval of the Authority.

(5)  Licences granted under subsection (1) shall be granted either for carrying on of-

(a) banking business within and outside the Islands but subject to such conditions as may be imposed by the Authority, known as “A” licences;

(b)  banking business with the restrictions on that business mentioned in subsection (6), known as “B” licences;

(c)  trust business within and outside of the Islands but subject to such conditions as may be imposed by the Authority, known as Trust licences;

(d)  banking business with the restrictions on that business mentioned in subsection (6), and incorporating a further restriction that the licensee shall not receive or solicit funds by way of trade or business from persons other than those listed in any undertaking accompanying the application for the licence, known as Restricted “B” licences;

(e)  trust business with the restriction that the licensee shall not undertake trust business for persons other than those listed in any undertaking accompanying the application for the licence, known as Restricted Trust licences; or

(f)  trust business under a Trust licence to a licensee which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of another licensee and where the sole purpose of that subsidiary is to act as its nominee, known as Nominee (Trust) licences. Any conditions imposed pursuant to this subsection may, at any time, be varied or revoked by the Authority.

(6)  The holder of a “B” licence shall not-

(a) take deposits from any person resident in the Islands, other than another licensee, or an exempted or an ordinary non-resident company which is not carrying on business in the Islands;

(b) invest in any asset which represents a claim on any person resident in the Islands, except a claim resulting from

-(i) a loan to an exempted or an ordinary non-resident company not carrying on business in the Islands;

(ii) a loan by way of mortgage to a member of its staff or to a person possessing or being deemed to possess Caymanian status under the Immigration Law (2003 Revision) for the purchase or construction of a residence in the Islands to be owner-occupied;

(iii) a transaction with another licensee; or

(iv) the purchase of bonds or other securities issued by the Government, a body incorporated by statute, or a company in which the Government is the sole or majority beneficial owner; or (c) without the written approval of the Authority, carry on any business in the Islands other than one for which the “B” licence has been obtained, and, without prejudice to the foregoing restrictions, a holder of a “B” licence which is not a subsidiary or branch of a bank licensed in a country or territory outside the Islands, shall not after the 26th April, 2003 carry on business in the Islands unless it has such resources (including staff and facilities) and such books and records as the Authority considers appropriate having regard to the nature and scale of the business.

(7)  Every person to whom a licence is first granted shall, at the date of such grant, pay the prescribed fee to the Financial Secretary for the benefit of the revenue.

(8)  Every holder of a licence shall, on or before every 15th day of January after the first grant of the licence, pay the prescribed annual fee to the Financial Secretary for the benefit of the revenue: Provided that, unless the Authority waives the same, there shall be payable to the Financial Secretary for the benefit of the revenue by a licensee who fails to pay the prescribed annual fee by that date a surcharge not exceeding one-twelfth of that fee for every month or part of a month that the fee is not paid.

(9)  Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions of this section, if the annual fee referred to in subsection (8) is not paid on or before every 15th day of January after the first grant of the licence, the unpaid annual fee may be sued for by the Crown by action as a civil debt and the Crown may require, and the court may order, the payment of any penalties accrued in respect of the late payment of the fee.

(10) Whenever it is considered to be in the public interest, the Authority may refuse to grant a licence.

(11)  The Authority shall refuse to grant a licence if the Authority is of the opinion that the business to which the application relates would not be carried on by persons who are fit and proper persons to be directors or, as the case may be, managers or officers.

(12)  For the purposes of subsection (2)(a)-“place of business”, with reference to any bank applying for the grant of a “B” licence (other than a subsidiary or branch of a bank licensed in a country or territory outside the Islands), means having such resources (including staff and facilities) and such books and records as the Authority considers appropriate having regard to the nature and scale of the business.

(13)  In subsection (9)-“court” means the Grand Court or a court of summary jurisdiction, as the case may be.

7. (1) No shares in a company which is a licensee under this Law shall be issued, and no issued shares shall be transferred or disposed of in any manner, without the prior approval of the Authority.

(2) The Authority may exempt from the provisions of subsection (1) a licensee whose shares are publicly traded on a stock exchange recognised by the Authority, and any such exemption -

(a)  shall be subject to a condition that the licensee shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, notify the Authority of -

(i) any change in control of the licensee;

(ii) the acquisition by any person or group of persons of shares representing more than ten per cent of the licensee’s issued share capital or total voting rights; or

(iii) the acquisition by any person or group of persons of shares representing more than ten per cent of the issued share capital or total voting rights of the licensee’s parent company;

(b)  shall be subject to a condition that the licensee shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, provide such information to the Authority, and within such period of time, as the Authority may require for the purpose of enabling an assessment as to whether persons acquiring control or ownership of the licensee in the circumstances set out in paragraph (a) are fit and proper persons to have such control or ownership; and

(c)  shall be subject to such terms and other conditions as the Authority may deem necessary.

(3) In subsection (1) the reference to shares being transferred or disposed of includes not only the transfer or disposal of the legal interest in the shares but also the transfer or disposal of any beneficial interest in the shares.

8.   (1) Except in the case of a Restricted “B” licence, or a Restricted Trust licence, or a Nominee (Trust) licence, a licence shall not be granted to a bank or trust company unless it has a net worth of not less than four hundred thousand dollars or its equivalent in other currencies, or such greater sum as may be determined by the Authority.

(2)  A Restricted “B” licence or a Restricted Trust licence shall not be granted to a bank or trust company unless it has a net worth of not less than twenty thousand dollars or its equivalent in other currencies, or such greater sum as may be determined by the Authority.

(3)  A Nominee (Trust) licence shall not be granted to a trust company unless such trust company furnishes a guarantee from the licensee of which it is a wholly-owned subsidiary for liabilities of up to two hundred thousand dollars or its equivalent in other currencies, or such greater sum as may be determined by the Authority.

(4)  When he has reasonable cause to believe that there are grounds for doing so, the Authority may require a licensee to increase its net worth by increasing its paid-up capital to such greater sum as it may determine for the nature of the banking business or trust business, current or proposed.

(5)  A licensee shall at all times maintain the net worth required by this section unless exempted by the Authority.

9.   (1) Except with the approval of the Authority, no person, other than a licensee, shall-(a) use or continue to use the words “bank”, “trust”, “trust company”, “trust corporation”, “savings” or “savings and loan” or any of their derivatives, either in English or in any other language, in the description or title under which such person is carrying on business from within the Islands, whether or not such business is carried on in the Islands;

(b)  make or continue to make any representation in any billhead, letter, letterhead, circular, paper, notice, advertisement or in any other manner whatsoever that such person is carrying on banking business or trust business; or (c)  in any manner whatsoever solicit or receive deposits from the public.

(2)  Except with the approval of the Authority, no company shall be registered, or continue to be registered, by a name which contains the words “bank”, “trust”, “trust company”, trust corporation”, “savings” or “savings and loan” or any of their derivatives, either in English or in any other language, in the description or title under which such company is carrying on business from within the Islands. whether or not such business is carried on in the Islands.

(3)  Before giving its approval under subsection (1) or (2), the Authority may require of any person such references and such information and particulars as may be prescribed.

(4)  Whenever the Authority considers it to be in the public interest, the Authority may withdraw any approval given under subsection (1).

(5)  The Authority may refuse to grant a licence to a bank or trust company or, if such bank or trust company is already in possession of a licence, the Authority may revoke such licence if, in the Authority’s opinion, such bank or trust company is carrying on or intending to carry on banking or trust business, as the case may be, under a name which-

(a) is identical with that of any company, firm or business house, whether within the Islands or not, or which so nearly resembles that name as to be calculated to deceive;

(b)  is calculated to suggest, falsely, the patronage of or connection with some person or authority, whether within the Islands or not; or

(c)  is calculated to suggest, falsely, that such bank or trust company has a special status in relation to or derived from the Government, has the official backing of or acts on behalf of the Government, of any department, branch, agency or organ of Government, or of any officer thereof, or is recognised in the Islands as a national or central bank or trust company.

(6)  Whoever contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for one year and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a fine of one thousand dollars for each day during which the offence continues.

10. (1) Every licensee incorporated under the Companies Law (2003 Revision) shall have its accounts audited annually or at such other times as the Authority may require by an auditor, who shall be a chartered accountant, certified public accountant or some other professionally qualified accountant, approved by the Authority.

(2)  The audited accounts shall be forwarded to the Authority within three months of the end of the financial year of the licensee, unless prior written approval for an extension has been granted by the Authority.

(3)  Every licensee not incorporated under the Companies Law (2003 Revision) shall provide a copy of the audited annual accounts of its head office to the Authority within three months of the end of the financial year of such parent company, unless prior approval for an extension has been granted by the Authority. (4)  When a licensee incorporated under the Companies Law (2003 Revision) changes its auditor, the Authority may require the former auditor to explain the circumstances responsible for such change.

11.  A licensee incorporated under the Companies Law (2003 Revision) shall not, without the prior written approval of the Authority-

(a) open outside the Islands a subsidiary, branch, agency or representative office; or

(b) change its name.

12.  (1) A licensee shall at no time have less than two directors.

(2)  Unless exempted from such a requirement by the Authority, a licensee shall, before the appointment of a director or other senior officer, apply to the Authority for its written approval of such appointment.

(3)  The Authority shall refuse to grant approval under subsection (2) if the Authority is of the opinion that the director or other senior officer to whom the application relates is not a fit and proper person to be such director or, as the case may be, senior officer.

(4)  Approval granted under subsection (2)-(a) ipso facto lapses if the director or senior officer becomes bankrupt or is convicted of an offence involving dishonesty; and (b) may be revoked by the Authority.

(5)  Approval granted under paragraph (b) of section 6(2) may be revoked by the Authority.

13.  (1) It is the duty of the Authority-

(a) to maintain a general review of banking practice in the Islands;

(b) whenever it thinks fit, to examine, by way of the receipt of regular returns or in such other manner as it thinks necessary, the affairs or business of any licensee carrying on business in or from within the Islands for the purpose of satisfying itself that this Law is being complied with and that the licensee is in a sound financial position and, whenever it thinks fit, to report to the Governor the results of every such examination;

(c)  to assist in the investigation of any offence against the laws of the Islands which it has reasonable grounds to believe has or may have been committed by a licensee or by any of its directors or officers in their capacity as such; and

(d)  to examine accounts and audited annual accounts forwarded to it under section 10 and to report on them to the Governor whenever it thinks fit.

(2)  The Authority may-

(a) examine and make decisions with respect to applications for licences;

(b)  examine all proposals and make decisions in respect of the exercise of its powers under sections 14, 15 and 16; and

(c)  take all necessary action, including originating applications to the Grand Court, to ensure the proper and just implementation of every provision of this Law.

(3)  In the performance of its functions under this Law, the Authority is entitled at all reasonable times-(a) to have access to such books, records, vouchers, documents, cash and securities of any licensee; and (b) to request any information, matter or thing from any person who it has reasonable grounds to believe is carrying on banking or trust business in the Islands in contravention of section 5(1) or (2), as the Authority may reasonably require for the purpose of enabling it to perform its functions under this Law.

(4)  The Authority may, in writing, authorise any other person to assist the Authority in the performance of its functions under this Law.

(5)  If it appears to it that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that an offence against this Law has been or is being committed by any person, the Authority may, with the approval of the Court, take such action as it considers necessary, in the interests of the depositors or of the beneficiaries of any trust, or other creditors of that person, to preserve any assets held by that person.

14. (1) Whenever the Authority is of the opinion that -

(a)  a licensee is or appears likely to become unable to meet its obligations as they fall due;

(b)  a licensee is carrying on business in a manner detrimental to the public interest, the interest of its depositors or of the beneficiaries of any trust, or other creditors;

(c)  a licensee has contravened this Law;

(d)  a licensee has failed to comply with a condition of its licence;

(e)  the direction and management of a licensee’s business has not been conducted in a fit and proper manner;

(f)  a person holding a position as a director, manager or officer of a licensee’s business is not a fit and proper person to hold the respective position; or

(g)  a person acquiring control or ownership of a licensee in the circumstances set out in paragraph (a) of section 7(2) is not a fit and proper person to have such control or ownership, the Authority may forthwith do any of the following-

(i) revoke the licence;

(ii) impose conditions, or further conditions, as the case may be, upon the licence and may amend or revoke any such condition;

(iii) require the substitution of any director or officer of the licensee;

(iv) at the expense of the licensee, appoint a person to advise the licensee on the proper conduct of its affairs and to report to the Authority thereon within three months of the date of his appointment;

(v) at the expense of the licensee, appoint a person to assume control of the licensee’s affairs who shall, mutatis mutandis, have all the powers of a person appointed as a receiver or manager of a business appointed under section 18 of the Bankruptcy Law (1997 Revision); and

(vi) require such action to be taken by the licensee as the Authority considers necessary.

(2)  Notwithstanding section 21(1), a licensee may, within seven days of the decision, apply to the Authority for a reconsideration of its decision to revoke a licence under paragraph (i) of subsection (1).

(3)  A person appointed under subparagraph (iv) or (v) of subsection (1) or whose appointment has been extended under paragraph (b) of subsection

(4) shall from time to time at his discretion and in any case within three months of the date of his appointment or of the extension of his appointment (as the case may be), prepare and furnish a report to the Authority of the affairs of the licensee and of his recommendations thereon. (4)  On receipt of a report under subsection (3), the Authority may-

(a) revoke the appointment of the person appointed under subparagraph (iv) or (v) of subsection (1);

(b)  extend the period of his appointment;

(c)  subject to such conditions as the Authority may impose, allow the licensee to reorganise its affairs in a manner approved by the Authority; or

(d)  revoke the licence and apply to the Court for an order that the licensee be forthwith wound up by that Court in which case the provisions of the Companies Law (2003 Revision) relating to the winding up of a company by that Court shall, mutatis mutandis, apply.

(5)  Notwithstanding any provisions herein, the Authority may revoke a licence if the licensee-(a) has ceased to carry on banking business or trust business; or (b) goes into liquidation or is wound up or otherwise dissolved.

(6)  Whenever the Authority revokes a licence under sub-paragraph (i) of subsection (1), paragraph (d) of subsection (4) or subsection (5) the Authority shall cause notice of such revocation to be gazetted, and may also cause such notice to be published (whether within the Islands or elsewhere) in such newspaper or other publication as the Authority may consider necessary in the circumstances.

15.  The Authority may, in any case in which a licensee, or a person who has at any time been a licensee, is being wound up voluntarily, apply to the Court if the Authority considers that the winding up is not being conducted in the best interests of its depositors, the beneficiaries of any trust, or other creditors, and the Court shall make such order as it shall consider appropriate.

16.  (1) A licensee which has ceased to carry on the business in respect of which the licence was granted may apply to the Authority to surrender its licence if it -

(a)  has ceased to carry on such business, and produces evidence that it has repaid all deposits held by it and has transferred all trust assets held or administered by it: or

(b)  is being wound up voluntarily and produces evidence that it is solvent and able forthwith to repay all deposits held by it and all its other creditors and has transferred all trust assets held or administered by it, and the Authority may thereupon approve the surrender.

(2) In the case of an application under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) the Authority may apply to the Court for the licensee to be wound up either by that Court or subject to its supervision, and on the making of such an order the provisions of the Companies Law (2003 Revision) relating to the winding up of a company by or subject to the supervision of that Court shall, mutatis mutandis, apply.

17.  The Chief Justice may make rules governing the procedure in relation to applications to the Court under section 13(5), paragraph (d) of section 14(4), section 15 and section 16(2).

18.  (1) If a Justice of the Peace is satisfied by information on oath given by the Authority or by a person authorised under section 13(4) to assist him either that-

(a) there is reasonable ground for suspecting that an offence against this Law has been or is being committed and that evidence of the commission of the offence is to be found at any premises specified in the information, or in any vehicle, vessel or aircraft so specified; or

(b) any books, records, vouchers, documents, cash or securities which ought to have been produced under section 13(3) and have not been produced are to be found at any such premises or in any such vehicle, vessel or aircraft, he may grant a search warrant authorising the Authority or such person authorised under section 13(4) or any constable of the rank of Inspector or above, together with any other person named in the warrant and any other constables to enter the premises specified in the information or, as the case may be, any premises upon which the vehicle, vessel or aircraft so specified may be, at any time within one month from the date of the warrant, and to search such premises or, as the case may be, such vehicle, vessel or aircraft. (2) The person authorised by any such warrant to search any premises or any vehicle, vessel or aircraft may search every person who is found in or whom he has reasonable grounds to believe to have recently left or to be about to enter those premises or that vehicle, vessel or aircraft, as the case may be, and may seize any books, records, vouchers, documents, cash or securities found in the possession of any such person or in such premises or in such vehicle, vessel or aircraft which he has reasonable grounds for believing ought to have been produced under section 13(3): Provided that no female shall, in pursuance of any warrant issued under this subsection, be searched except by a female. (3)  Where under this section a person has any power to enter any premises he may use such force as is reasonably necessary for the purpose of exercising that power. (4)  Whoever obstructs the Authority or any other person in the exercise of any powers conferred on it or him under this section is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for one year.

19.  Any licensee or any director or officer of a licensee who knowingly or wilfully supplies false or misleading information to the Authority is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for one year.

20.  Whoever contravenes any provision or requirement of this Law for which no offence is specifically created is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for one year.

21.  (1) An appeal lies to the Court from any decision of the Authority-

(a) revoking a licence under section 9(5), paragraph (i) of section 14(1), or section 14(4) or (5);

(b)  withdrawing any approval under section 9(4); or

(c)  requiring a licensee to take certain steps which the Authority may specify under section 14.

(2)  An appeal against the decision of the Authority shall be on motion. The appellant within twenty-one days after the day on which the Authority has given its decision shall serve a notice in writing signed by the appellant or his attorney-at-law on the Authority of his intention to appeal and of the general ground of his appeal:

Provided that any person aggrieved by a decision of the Authority may, upon notice to the Authority, apply to the Court for leave to extend the time within which the notice of appeal prescribed by this section may be served and the Court upon hearing of such application may extend the time prescribed by this section as it deems fit.

(3)  The Authority shall, upon receiving the notice of appeal, transmit to the Clerk of the Court without delay a copy of the decision and all papers relating to the appeal: Provided that the Authority is not compelled to disclose any information if it is considered that the public interest would suffer by such disclosure.

(4)  The Clerk of the Court shall set the appeal down for argument on such day, and shall cause notice of the same to be published in such manner, as the Court may direct.

(5)  At the hearing of the appeal the appellant shall, before going into the case, state all the grounds of appeal on which he intends to rely and shall not, unless by leave of the Court, go into any matters not raised by such statements.

(6)  The Court may adjourn the hearing of an appeal and may, upon the hearing thereof confirm, reverse, vary or modify the decision of the Authority or remit the matter with the opinion of the Court thereon to the Authority.

(7)  An appeal against a decision of the Authority shall not have the effect of suspending the execution of such decision.

22.  The Authority shall not be liable in damages for anything done or omitted in the discharge or purported discharge of their respective functions under this Law, unless it is shown that the act or omission was in bad faith.

23.  The Governor may make regulations-

(a) to prescribe the information, particulars and references which may be prescribed under section 6(1) or 9(3);

(b)  to control the form of advertising by licensees;

(c)  to prescribe fees payable under section 6(7) and (8); and

(d)  generally for carrying this Law into effect.

24.  (1) Every application for the grant of a licence made before the 17th March, 2003 and wholly or partly heard by the Governor in Council on or after the 17th March, 2003, is to be continued and dealt with in all respects as if it had been made before the 17th March, 2003.

(2)  A licence granted as a result of an application determined under subsection (1) is to be granted on the same terms and conditions that would have applied if it had been made before the 17th March, 2003.

(3)  Every application for the grant of a licence made before the 17th March, 2003 and not wholly or partly heard by the Governor in Council by that date, is to be taken to be an application made on or after the 17th March, 2003 and the provisions of the Law as contained in this Revision are to apply accordingly.

(4)  In the case of an appeal against any decision of the Governor in Council that has been commenced but not finally determined before the 17th March, 2003, the Grand Court is to continue to deal with the appeal as if it had been made before the 17th March, 2003; and when the appeal is finally determined, the Law in force before the 17th March, 2003 is to apply subject to any necessary modifications as if the appeal had been finally determined before the 17th March, 2003.

(5)  Any licence granted before the 17th March, 2003 and in force immediately before the 17th March, 2003 -

(a)  shall have effect from that date, as if granted on or after the 17th March, 2003; and

(b)  in the case of a licence for a specified period, shall remain in force, subject to the provisions of the Law contained in this Revision, for so much of that period as falls after that date.

(6)  On and after the 17th March, 2003, neither the Governor, the Authority nor any member of Executive Council shall be liable in damages for anything done or omitted in the discharge or purported discharge of their respective functions before the 17th March, 2003, unless it is shown that the act or omission was in bad faith. Publication in consolidated and revised form authorised by the Governor in Council this 6th day of May, 2003. Carmena Watler Clerk of Executive Council Note (not forming part of the Law): The savings provisions contained in section 24 refer to substantive changes made to the 2001 Revision by Law 35 of 2002 and the 17th March, 2003 is the date on which such latter law came into operation.

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The largest offshore law firm in BVI Harney Westwood & Riegels, announced the merger with C.S. Gill & Co, a firm based in the Cayman Islands. The office of the merged firm is expected to be opened on September 1 in George Town, Grand Cayman. Kieron O'Rourke, the head of investment funds sector of the BVI firm, and fellow partner Tim Clipstone will relocate to Cayman from Harney's BVI office.
24/06/2008
The CIFSA has responded to a recent report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the UK's House of Commons that was looking for corrections as regards a misrepresentation of the standards of regulation within the UK's Overseas Territories mentioned in the report.
15/06/2008
The Cayman government has announced that its legislature will shortly debate new legislation aimed to strengthen Cayman anti-money laundering defences.
06/06/2008
The EU has revised a list of countries with satisfactory anti-money-laundering controls and excluded the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands from the "white list".
26/05/2008
It has been recently revealed that CIMA was part of the CFATF team that evaluated the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime of the BVI.
15/05/2008
On May 12, 2008, the Cayman Islands Government and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government signed an agreement to develop Lands Registry in Turks and Caicos.
25/04/2008
Project managers are completing a bid aimed to establish a local professional chapter in Cayman that is to make the jurisdiction attractive for investors and businesses.
12/04/2008
Moody's Investors Service said that Cayman's maintenance of its favorable government foreign currency bond rating shows the economic resilience of this offshore jurisdiction in the face of uncertainty that surrounds the US economy.

12/04/2008 According to the announcement made by the Government of Belize on April 10, two important Memoranda of Understanding have been recently signed by the jurisdiction.

26/03/2008
CIMA has broadened its network of agreements with overseas regulatory bodies by concluding Information Exchange Agreement with Washington.
01/03/2008
Recently, CIFSA has made the following suggestion - although the Cayman Islands' service providers and the Regulatory Authority performs many activities to combat money laundering, certain international financial centres fail to recognise the Cayman anti-money laundering regime.
28/02/2008
On February 21, 2008, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) and the United Kingdom's national regulator of financial services and markets Financial Services Authority (FSA) signed a memorandum of understanding.
01/02/2008
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority released CIMA's Year in Review, 2006-2007 report to disclose its operations for the financial year ending on June 30, 2007 and indicators of financial sector's performance in the Cayman Islands.
15/01/2008
Deutsche Bank has been named as best private bank in the Cayman Islands in the Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey 2008 for the 2nd time.
01/12/2007
US journalist John Fund has recently been invited by CIFSA to comment on US Congressional criticisms of the Cayman Islands and other offshore financial centres.
20/11/2007
On November 16, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
10/11/2007
Two legal giants, Walkers of the Cayman Islands and Mourant du Feu & Jeune are engaged in merger talks, which could lead to the creation of the world's biggest offshore law firm.
17/10/2007
CIFSA has welcomed changes to the insolvency legislation in the Cayman Islands that will soon be introduced. The changes include the licensing of practitioners and measures to help with cross-border insolvencies.
28/09/2007
The Board of CIMA has approved the implementation of the new Basel II framework, which will be implemented in Cayman between 2010 and 2012.
09/09/2007
Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson has told lawmakers that Cayman economy strengthens as in 2006 the jurisdiction maintained its international ranking of 6th place for total banking assets held by it, and the growth of the Cayman economy outpaced the growth of the United States.
05/09/2007
On August 31, 2007, the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly passed the Freedom of Information Bill into law. This bill is to become law on January 1, 2009.
23/08/2007
CIMA has released the report entitled "Look Forward Report: 2007-08", which describes the Authority's mission, goals and objectives, as well as indicates its strategies, tactics and work projects that will be undertaken during this fiscal year.
15/06/2007
Two Cayman government agencies providing assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners - the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau (CIIB) and the Cayman Islands Development Bank (CIDB) - are planning to work more closely together.
30/05/2007
Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson said that in the next financial year (July 2007 - June 2008) strong growth of the Cayman economy is expected to continue. He predicted growth in GDP at 3.5%.
13/05/2007
Recently, the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association (CIFSA), launched 4 years ago, reflected on its achievements in the promotion of an international image of financial services industry in the Cayman Islands.
27/04/2007
In accordance with the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) provided by the City of London Corporation evaluating the competitiveness of 46 major financial centres located all over the world, the Cayman Islands is among the most competitive financial centres in the world. It has been ranked 16th in the list.
19/04/2007
The Universal Postal Union has ranked overnight courier service of the Cayman Islands Postal Service as the 5th best in the world. So, Cayman courier service is among the best in the world, which is very essential for every offshore jurisdiction.
02/04/2007
In March, the General Registry of the Cayman Islands Government enhanced Cayman Islands financial services offer by introducing an Arabic language facility. The facility is aimed to enable registration and other certificates to be issued with a company's name not only in English, but also in Arabic.
22/03/2007
Cayman Islands-based real estate investor plans to invest $10 billion into the infrastructure of India. The investment will be made by Trikona Capital over the next several years. The company aims to solve the problems of India by being socially conscious.
09/03/2007
The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange continues its growth, which was confirmed by Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson on March 5, 2007. He announced that the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange continues to be self-sufficient and profitable.
03/03/2007
According the Cayman government, the Cayman Islands is going on maintaining its leadership position in international financial services and national economic performance and is moving ahead of its competitors. Cayman's ratings have been raised by an international credit rating agency and an independent provider of economic information, Moody's.
16/02/2007
Butterfield Bank announced the record income for the Group for the full year 2006. Its net income reached $134.1 million. Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited made a great contribution to the performance of the Group as it has reached a record net income of $53.4 million, which is up 16.5% year on year ($7.6 million).
19/01/2007
One of the most important annual conferences, Cayman Business Outlook 2007, took place in Cayman. It offered a glimpse of the Cayman future as it discussed numerous topics including how the US has positioned itself as the world's government in the 21st century and regional immigration trends influencing business.
12/01/2007
Deutsche Bank has been awarded as the best private bank in the Cayman Islands in the Euromoney private banking survey 2007. Located in Cayman, Jersey and Guernsey, Deutsche Bank for the first time has been indicated in the top spot of the rating.
11/01/2007
Maples and Calder, the offshore law firm, has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to the issuer, ADIB Sukuk Company Ltd. in establishing its USD 5 billion sukuk issuance programme. This is the 1st Islamic-compliant bond to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
23/10/2006
Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited announced providing a Gold mortgage as a  Butterfield Lifestyle Mortgages product. A 10% down payment, up to 25 years repayment term, a low interest rate and low bank fee are the conditions set for both existing and new clients.
14/08/2006
Jersey has included Cayman Islands into the list of states and territories having an equivalent anti-money laundering legislation.
02/06/2006
Government of the Cayman Islands announced the changes in the board of directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Dr Christopher Rose and Professor Willian Gilmore were appointed, and Dr Warren Coats was re-appointed for a three-year term.