(BVI Finance) -- Investment funds are set to benefit from one of the world’s most innovative limited partnership regimes following the passing of the Limited Partnership Act in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The Act will provide all the typical benefits of limiting liability, as well as a number of unique features, marking an evolution in limited partnership law.
Over recent years, limited partnerships have become a preferred structure for investment funds and are frequently used as a vehicle for private equity funds and joint ventures. This is because it enables investors who do not want to play an active role in managing the fund to limit their liability. Instead, the fund is controlled by a general partner who takes on unlimited liability.
New limited partnerships in the BVI contain several key innovations which represent a step change in this area of law. The Act contains a number of state-of-the-art provisions, including:
M&A provisions from the BVI Business Companies Act are applied in the new law, meaning limited partnerships can merge or consolidate with other limited partnerships.
Partner & Head of Corporate of BVI Finance member firm Conyers, Dill & Pearman Robert Briant, said: “Taken together, the provisions of the Act combine to create a state of the art innovative limited partnership product. It has been drafted in the same style as our flagship BVI Business Companies Act and will bring the benefits of being flexible, easy to set up and cost effective.”
Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance Lorna Smith, O.B.E., added: “The BVI is committed to ensuring that our business legislation is modern and fits market needs, reflecting the actual commercial landscape in which companies operate. That is why we have created new provisions for limited partnerships in the BVI that will be highly attractive to funds, particularly private equity funds.
“This Act is the product of excellent collaboration between lawyers from eight firms based in the BVI, who have worked tirelessly to create this innovative statute.”
“We are particularly proud of progressing this important piece of legislation despite being devastated by two Hurricanes last September. It shows that the BVI is very much open for business and continuing to innovate to help secure its place as a leading offshore financial centre.”