Who your director is doesn’t matter. Until it does.

Reflecting on the recent global financial crisis one can’t help but wonder what lessons have been learned from the experiences of many of the world’s hedge fund participants.

Caribbean financial centers: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous War of 1812 report of the Battle of Lake Erie to General William Henry Harrison in which he wrote: “We have met the enemy and they are ours: two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.”    


Grey Matters

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The Directors’ Education and Accreditation Programme

The Directors’ Education and Accreditation Programme was focused on the following areas:

Shariah compliant investment funds:

There is growing demand from investors domiciled in the Gulf Co-operative Council (GCC) region for investment portfolios that include Shariah compliant instruments. Although many sovereign wealth funds may invest in other noncompliant products, a growing part of their diverse portfolios is Shariah compliant.

Quarterly Review

The Cayman Islands economy grew for the third consecutive year in 2013, but fell short of government’s expectation until the third quarter of last year.  The 1.2 percent gross domestic product growth at constant prices was less than the expected expansion of 1.5 percent for the year...


The Multilateral Instrument: Can the OECD improve international tax treaties?

Since the inception of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has sought a means of...

Volatility in the rare earth materials

  There are exciting nanotech approaches to many of the high-growth sectors that presently rely on rare earth materials.   

Relocating to Cayman

  Pressures from international regulatory bodies placed upon entities to show a physical presence in their offshore location has meant that the Cayman Islands are quickly becoming an attractive place for relocation.

Grey matters

Further assessment of the Iron Law of financial regulation: A postscript to Regulating in the DarkRoberta Romanoavailable at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2517853Abstract:In an earlier companion essay,...

Conference Reviews & Information

The Cayman Financial Review sponsors various Cayman related financial industry sector Conferences. The Cayman Financial Review will regularly review these and other conferences and provide in depth conference information on recent and pending conferences.

Private fund performance after the Dodd-Frank Act

The American private fund industry is a significant representative of Wall Street’s interests and regulating hedge funds was a politically sensitive undertaking since the inception of the industry 


Testamentary freedom, wills and succession

Testamentary freedom has been in the legal press again recently, this time as a consequence of the introduction of the EU Succession Regulation (No.650/2012)...

Agricultural commodities: the perfect storm

Paul Michael Jenkins, senior Investment Advisor with Bateman and Company Ltd continues his series of articles focusing on investment trends for the difficult year...

IFC Forum: Activities update

Our members come from the professional services and financial industries in small international financial centres.  In the Cayman Islands, our members include Appleby, Butterfield, Harneys, Intertrust, Maples and Calder, Mourant Ozannes, Rawlinson & Hunter and Walkers.


The various roles of the successful family office

As technological advances have eased international travel and communication, the homes, education, investments and business interests of high net worth families are no longer...

Making offshore account holders disclose

Main Article:Grey mattersSusan C. Morse, Making offshore account holders disclose, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1489026 AbstractThis article considers the compliance issues raised by individual tax payer...

The Internet of Payments and the future of banking: Crisis and opportunity

Imagine a world where your washing machine can recognize it needs more detergent and orders it for you. Now imagine a world where your...

AIFMD: Taking stock and next steps

On 11 November 2010, after nearly two years of lobbying and debate, the European Parliament adopted the final text of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.

Reading money

One starting point for thinking about the future of money is to consider its past. For those interested in the history of money, there is no better place to start than the works of economist Barry Eichengreen (University of California at Berkeley).