The latest addition to our Legal Frontiers series explores the British Virgin Islands, one of the great success stories among the collection of offshore investment destinations

Getting ready for the crypto spring

With flexible and commercially minded legislation, an innovative approach to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, political stability and an internationally recognised securities regulatory regime, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has established itself as the jurisdiction of choice for a number of initial coin offerings (ICOs).

The ongoing “crypto Winter” has seen a shift of investor focus away from crowd-funded platforms offering utility tokens towards security tokens that seek to provide greater value stability and more predictable investment returns. The BVI was well suited for the first wave of digital assets, and remains well placed to take advantage of the shift to securitising and digitalising common assets when the “Crypto Spring” arrives.

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Michael Gagie is a managing partner of Maples Group in Singapore. He can be contacted at


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