Last week, the thirty-fourth volume of the BVI FSC Quarterly Statistical Bulletin was issued by the Commission, providing statistics and analysis about financial services industry in the BVI jurisdiction for the first quarter of 2014. According to the Registry of Corporate Affairs, the number of companies incorporated in this period increased to 14,062, from 11, 376 in the fourth quarter of 2013, the number of Private Trusts was 54 in the first quarter of 2014 (48 in Q4 2013 and 30 in Q1 2013), and there were 28 Limited Partnerships registered (24 in Q4 2013 and 15 in Q1 2013). At March 31, 2014, cumulative number of incorporations was 482,087, including all active companies.
According to the statistics provided by Investment Business industry, in this period 3 new Investment Business licences and 9 Approved Investment Managers licences were granted. In the Mutual Funds sector, 21 professional and 4 private licences were granted in the first quarter of 2014 (33 and 5 licences, respectively, in the previous quarter).
In Insurance industry, 3 new licences were granted to captive insurers in the first quarter; cumulatively there were 143 captive insurers and 37 domestic insurers as at 31 March 2014.
By Legal and Enforcement and International Co-operation statistics, in the reported period there were 24 International Co-operation Matters requiring the disclosure of non-public information, 10 International Co-operation Matters requiring the disclosure of public information, and 32 Enforcement Matters. Among the ongoing Supervision Matters Referred to Licensing and Supervisory Committee in Q1 2014, there were 96 Banking and Fiduciary Services matters, 191 Investment Business matters, 99 related to Insurance, and 3 to Insolvency Services industry.