Investment Funds – how did we get here?

Typically an investor has to give prior notice of their intention to redeem their investment. The period of notice may vary depending on the nature of the funTypically an investor has to give prior notice of their intention to redeem their investment. The period of notice may vary depending on the nature of the fund and the assets that it has invested in.d and the assets that it has invested in. The redemption process is one of the major challenges currently facing...

The future of the Irish corporation tax regime

At a recent visit to the OECD headquarters, the Irish government delegation was all smiles and used photo-ops, speeches and statements to extol the virtues of Ireland’s economic recovery. Only one cloud obscured the otherwise sunny horizon of the trip... 

 

Movements in global tax climate a plus for offshore

Tax advantages make investing in Cayman Islands property extremely attractive.

Grey matters

The ABCs of hedge funds: alphas, betas & costs
Roger G. Ibbotson, Peng Chen, & Kevin X. Zhu

Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=158155


The Cayman Islands Directors Association Guiding the way

Sidebar Information: The Cayman Islands Directors Association During the period 2000 to 2008 the number of alternative investment funds registering in the Cayman Islands increased dramatically.This...

Be careful what you wish for…

The recent decision of the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in the matter of the Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Limited was met with a wall of noise from the industry in the Cayman Islands. Although that of itself was no surprise, the particular tone of that noise was surprising to me at least.

Government debt to be monetised?

Almost certainly the “unlegislated tax”1 of inflation will be the consequence of the debts that the governments of Europe, Japan and the US have accumulated. Inflation is a very regressive tax and it is dishonest and divisive, but it usually is more politically popular than the alternatives of cutting spending or raising explicit taxes.

International sanctions checking – by no means as simple as it seems

We are often asked how regulated businesses can reduce the cost of ensuring that their client portfolios are free from sanctioned individuals and entities. Checking...

Lesson learned…?

During the credit crisis, investment funds utilised a variety of techniques to prevent significant redemptions from causing crystallisation of losses on trades; 

Impact of the U.S. election on offshore

Last November Americans went to the polls and voted a new Congress into office. Capitalizing on President Obama’s unpopularity, Republicans dominated the mid-term contest at the federal, state and local levels.   

 

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Staying a step ahead: A new wealth structuring forum for Cayman

Demonstrating that the Cayman Islands is a well-regulated, innovative, and sophisticated international financial center is the responsibility of everyone who is engaged in the...

Grey matters

Lessons for international tax reform from the U.S. state experience under formulary apportionment by Kimberly A. Clausing(Oct. 2013) available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2359724 Abstract: This work undertakes a...

Challenges for the captive industry in 2016

There are three, at least, major threats/opportunities for captives as we enter a new year. These immediate three are 1) changing state regulations, 2)...

Into the spotlight: Independent fund directors

Independent directors and non executive directors have come into the spotlight in recent years following the well reported failings of firms such as Weavering Capital.  In earlier examples, Beacon Hill Asset Management and Bear Stearns High Grade Structured Credit’s offshore fund directors were singled out for criticism for failing in their duties. 

Quarterly review

Low interest rates and cash on balance sheets have helped drive big deals, while mergers and acquisitions proved a quick way to add revenue at a time when existing markets are mature or subdued...

 

Beneficial ownership reporting in the United States?

The 115th Congress is seriously considering imposing a beneficial ownership reporting regime on American businesses and other entities, including charities and religious congregations. Two...

The business of running a hedge fund:

2010 was a transformative year for the hedge fund industry and served as a strong reminder that managing money is not the same as running a business. 

Steady as she goes…

Although our year to date sales figures cannot possibly keep pace with previous years due to the decrease in foreign investment, we would describe...

Grey Matters: Kevin F. King, “Cutting internet gambling’s Gordian knot: geolocation and federalism...

Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1433634 Abstract:Over the last decade, internet gambling regulation has begun to seem like an impenetrable problem – a Gordian knot –...

Innovation in payment systems

The past decade has seen a veritable revolution in retail payment systems, with the development of online and mobile payments, and new peer-to-peer systems....
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