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Legislation

Legislative and Regulatory Regime

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Industry Legislation

NOTE: Several of the Acts outlined in this site are available for download in PDF format from the Bahamas Compliance Commission. To visit their website click here. The link will be open a new browser window. To return to the BFSB site, simply close the new window.

Banking & Trusts
   The Banks Act, 1909
   The Banks & Trust Companies Regulations Act, 1965
   The Banks & Trust Companies Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1989
   The Banks & Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000
   The Central Bank of The Bahamas Act, 2000
   The Trusts (Choice of Governing Law) Act, 1989
   The Fraudulent Disposition Act, 1991 (Asset Protection Trust)
   The Perpetuities Act, 1995
   The Trustee Act, 1998

Companies
   The Companies Act, 1992
   The Companies (Amendment) Act, 1994
   The Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999 (Feb)
   The Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999 ( June)
   The Exempted Limited Partnership Act, 1995
   The Exempted Limited Partnership (Amendment) Act, 1999
   The International Business Companies Act, 1990
   The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 1992
   The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 1994
   The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 1998
   The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999
   The International Business Companies Act, 2000
   The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act 2001

Immigration
   The Bahamas Nationality Act, 1973

Insurance
   The External Insurance Act, 1983
   The External Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1996
   The External Insurance (Amendment) Act 2001
   The Insurance (Amendment) Act 2001

International Co-operation
   The Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act, 2000
   The Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Regulations, 2000
   The Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act, 2000
   The Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) (Amendment) Act, 2000

Miscellaneous
   The Business License Act, 1980
   The Business Licence (Amendment) Act, 1999
   The Business Names Act 1989 (Registration of)
   The Exchange Control Regulations Act, 1952
   The Exchange Control Regulations, 1956
   The Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000
   The Financial Intelligence Unit (Amendment) Act 2001
   The Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2000
   The Financial Transactions Reporting Regulations, 2000
   The Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Act 2001
   The Financial and Corporate Service Providers Act, 2000
   The Financial and Corporate Service Providers (General) Regulations 2001
   The Financial and Corporate Service Providers (Amendment) Act 2001
   The Tracing and Forfeiture of Proceeds of Drug Trafficking Act, 1987

Anti-Money Laundering
 
The Money Laundering (Proceeds of Crime) Act 1996
  The Money Laundering (Proceeds of Crime) Regulations 1996
  The Money Laundering (Proceeds of Crime) Amendment Act 1999
  The Proceeds of Crime Act 2000

Securities Industry
   The Investment Funds Act 2003
   The Investment Funds Regulations 2003
   The Investment Funds (SMART Fund) Rules 2003
   The Securities Industry Act, 1999
   The Securities Industry Regulations, 2000
   The Securities Industry (Amendment) Act 2001

Shipping
   The Bahamas Maritime Authority Act, 1995
   The Merchant Shipping Act, 1976
   The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1979
   The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1982
   The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1995

Real Estate
   The International Persons Landholding Act, 1993
   The International Persons Landholding (Amendment) Act, 1995 (May)
   The International Persons Landholding (Amendment) Act, 1995 (Nov)

Several of the Acts outlined in this site are available for download in PDF format from the Bahamas Compliance Commission. To visit their website click here. The link will be open a new browser window. To return to the BFSB site, simply close the new window.

Financial industry legislation areas

Use the links below to jump to specific industry legislation:

Banking & Trusts

Companies

Immigration

Insurance

International Co-operation

Miscellaneous

Anti-Money Laundering

Securities Industry

Shipping

Real Estate