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The Cook Islands Leads the Way

2019 March: An article titled "Cook Islands Leads the Way” by Alan Taylor, Cook Islands FSDA Acting CEO and Marketing Director, was published on 27 March 2019 in the Asia Business Law Journal.

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Cook Islands Review – Winter Edition

2018 November: The Financial Services Development Authority has produced its Winter 2018 issue of the Cook Islands Review. 

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World-Leading and Compliant

2018 November: The latest edition of CEO Insight magazine published this month features an article titled “World-Leading and Compliant” that captures an interview with Tamatoa Jonassen, the CEO for the Financial Services Development Authority.

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An Outstanding Achievement for the Cook Islands

October 2018: The Cook Islands Anti Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) regime is officially one of the best in the world, as evidenced by the Cook Islands Mutual Evaluation Report (“MER”) just published at (

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FATF Announcement on Virtual Asset Service Providers

2018 October: At its Plenary in Paris last week the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the independent inter-governmental body that develops and promotes policies to protect the global financial system from money laundering and terrorist financing, resolved to amend its policy recommendations to

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The Cook Islands Review: Autumn Edition

2018 August: The Financial Services Development Authority has produced its Autumn 2018 issue of the Cook Islands Review.

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Cook Islands on top of the world!

2018 July: The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (FATF styled regional body) recently held its AGM in Kathmandu, Nepal (21-27 July 2018). The Cook Islands Mutual Evaluation Report was tabled and adopted at the Meeting.

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British Overseas Territories required by UK government to have public registers of company beneficial ownership

2018 May: On 1 May 2018 the UK government agreed to force the British Overseas Territories (BoTs) to introduce publicly available registers of company beneficial ownership by 2020.

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US Asset Protection Trusts: Fit for purpose?

2018 April: A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Alaska has provided further evidence that asset protection is best served offshore.

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The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility at work

2018 March: The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (the “Facility”) recently demonstrated its value and importance to the region when it paid out US$3.5m to Tonga as rapid response funding to assist with the recovery from destruction caused by Cyclone Gita.

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The Cook Islands Review: Summer Edition

2018 March: The Financial Services Development Authority has produced its Summer 2018 issue of the Cook Islands Review.

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To Protect and To Preserve

2018 February: An article titled "To protect and to preserve" by Alan Taylor, FSDA Marketing Director, was published February 2018 in the STEP Journal, Vol 26, Issue 1. In the Article, Alan considers the importance of incorporating appropriate asset protection in wealth and succession planning.

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Cook Islands Takes Major Step Towards Automatic Exchange of Tax Information

2018 February: The Cook Islands government issued a media release announcing it has selected Digimap Ltd to provide a software solution and services to meet the country's Automatic Exchange of Information for tax purposes (AEOI) reporting comitments.

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Invest 2018 interviews FSDA CEO

2018 January: The latest edition of Invest 2018 magazine features an interview with Tamatoa Jonassen, the CEO for the Financial Services Development Authority. In the article Tamatoa discusses why the Cook Islands is an attractive bridge to financial security.

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Cook Islands: "Your Asia Pacific Partner"

2018 January: An article titled "Cook Islands: Your Asia Pacific Partner" by Nicky Burridge was published in the Invest 2018. Nicky covers reports on some highlights from a conference hosted by the FSDA in November 2017.

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Cook Islands Publishes CRS Guidance Notes

2018 January: The Cook Islands competent tax authority published guidance notes to assist Cook Islands financial institutions in their reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

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Capital Security Bank appoints Chief Executive Officer

2018 January: Capital Security Bank Limited announced that it has appointed Mr Gerard Field to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

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Now Available - Fact sheets on Cook Islands Foundations

2018 January: The Financial Services Development Authority has published a Fact Sheet on the features of using a Cook Islands Foundations.

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The Cook Islands Review: Spring Edition

2017 December: The Financial Services Development Authority has produced its Spring 2017 issue of the Cook Islands Review.

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The Cook Islands not on EU Blacklist

2017 December 5th: The much awaited announcement of the EU’s list of non-co-operative tax jurisdictions was made yesterday and the Cook Islands was not on the list.

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The Cook Islands Financial Services Conference

2017 November: The FSDA hosted the Cook Islands Financial Services Conference in Hong Kong on Friday 10 November 2017 at the Island Shangri La Hotel.

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The Cook Islands Financial Services Roadshow

2017 October: The Financial Services Development Authority will be in Asia from the end of October to the middle of November.

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The Cook Islands Financial Services Conference: Agenda Available!

2017 September: The Financial Services Development Authority is hosting the Cook Islands Financial Services Conference in Hong Kong on Friday 10 November 2017 at the Island Shangri-La hotel. The Conference will run from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

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The Cook Islands Review: Winter Edition

2017 September: The Financial Services Development Authority has produced its Winter 2017 issue of the Cook Islands Review.

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Barry Engel: The Passing of a Pioneer

2017 July: It is with heavy hearts that we are made aware of the passing of US attorney Barry Stuart Engel on Friday 21 July 2017. Barry pioneered asset protection and integrated estate planning with Cook Islands attorneys in the 1980s.

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