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Tax in a Virtual World: Taxing Virtual Currencies

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Aug 08, 2016

A growing number of companies, large and small, are now accepting bitcoins as payment for their goods and services.

Despite being almost completely unregulated, virtual currencies, of which bitcoin is the most prominent example, are being accepted as a legitimate monetary medium by an increasing number of countries.

Tax authorities however are struggling to fit virtual currencies into tax systems still largely built on the physical economy of the 20th century.

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Tags: Tax, Economy, Banking

Launch Of New UK Banking Standards Review Council

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Jun 16, 2014

The Bank of England has provided its backing for the formation of a new professional body called the Banking Standards Review Council (“BSRC”) which will monitor banking standards in the UK banking sector.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, United Kingdom, Banking

Working Capital – The Lifeblood Of Business

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013

Working capital is the life blood of the organisation, but what is it? A business’s working capital is the amount in liquid assets a company has available to build its business. The number can be positive or negative, depending on how much debt the company is carrying. In general, companies that have a lot of working capital will be more successful since they can expand and improve their operations. Companies with negative working capital may lack the funds necessary for growth. Net working capital is usually calculated by subtracting current liabilities from current assets.

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Tags: Finance, Banking

The Single Euro Payments Area – What You Need To Know

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013

The Single Euro Payments Area (“SEPA”) is an EU initiative which will change electronic payment processing across Europe from 1 February 2014. SEPA will cover payments between 28 EU member countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.

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Tags: EU, Banking

Central Bank Of Ireland Launches AIFMD Regime

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013

May Announcement

On 15 May 2013, the Central Bank of Ireland announced that it would be accepting applications for the authorisation of alternative investment fund managers (“AIFMs”). Ireland is the first European regulator to do this and it will enable Irish-authorised AIFMs to avail of the AIFMD passport from 22 July 2013. The Central Bank has issued formal applications, an “AIF Rulebook” and an AIFMD questions and answers document that will serve to clarify the policies.

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Tags: Ireland, Banking, Investment

FSA Introduces New LIBOR Rates Regulations

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has introduced new regulations in respect of application of LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) rates.

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Tags: Legal, Banking

Appointment Of Receivers In England & Wales – The Essential Facts

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

When Is A Receiver Appointed? 

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Tags: Legal, United Kingdom, Banking


Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012

Revisiting FATCA 

In our recent blog post Does FATCA affect your business?, we provided an overview of the US FATCA legislation and the resulting obligations, when it comes into force on 1 January 2013.

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Tags: United Kingdom, Banking, USA

Vital Information On Certificates Of Good Standing

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Sep 24, 2012

A Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) is a document which indicates that a Company is in continuous existence since its date of incorporation and that all Annual Return filings for the Company are up to date.

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Tags: Legal, Directors, Corporate Governance, Banking

Ireland’s Improvement Of Client Asset Protection

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Jul 09, 2012

In March last, the Central Bank of Ireland published its Review of the Regulatory Regime for the Safeguarding of Client Assets, declaring its plans to strengthen the protection of client assets held by investment firms.

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Tags: Ireland, Banking