An industry in flux

There is no escape from the impact of the global financial crisis and, like the rest of the world, Cayman has started to feel its full force during the past year.

Vladimir Putin and ‘de-offshorization’:

In his 2012 address, Putin declared that the level of offshore investments and ownership was so high that nine out of ten transactions made by Russian companies were made under foreign, not Russian law.


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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...

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Are cryptocurrencies super tax havens?Omri Marian, 112 MICH. L. REV. FIRST IMPRESSIONS (forthcoming 2013)This short essay describes the mechanisms by which cryptocurrencies – a...

About IMAC

Back to Main Story: Growth with purpose Canada TIEA establishes a new era for Cayman captives  The Insurance Managers Association of CaymanThe Insurance Managers Association of Cayman...

Conflicts of interest between investment managers and their investors:

All investment management firms need to pay very careful attention to a recent paper issued by the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) concerning the management of conflicts of interest between asset management firms and their customers.  


Immigration and politics

Today, through the grace of God, and the right legislation at the right time, the Cayman Islands is now a land of opportunity and has placed us in a position to return the hospitality that was once provided to many of our ancestors who traveled overseas to make a better life. 


Crypto: The need to know

If the answer to the question “how does the Cayman Islands treat crypto-currency or digital tokens?” is still “we have not decided,” there may...

Naked shorting and market volatility

In the summer of 2010, amidst the European debt crisis, the German Finance Minister Schäuble, when commenting on the financial industries complaints about financial reform, said “if you want to drain a swamp, you don’t ask the frogs for an objective assessment of the situation”.

Real Estate Review: Time for a Caymanian overhaul

As the Baby Boomers age, finding ways to earn passive income has become more important. Many of them are ready to retire from their regular jobs and have been looking to supplement pensions, retirement accounts and Social Security to enable them to retain their usual lifestyle.

Grey matters: Marios Clerides and Constantinos Stephanou, “The financial crisis and the...

Cyprus Economic Policy Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: paper briefly reviews the causes and propagation mechanisms of the global...

How regulation led to disruptive innovation in retail banking

Since the outset of the global financial crisis, the banking industry has been subject to dramatic regulatory policy change designed to restore stability and...

Liquidity and Cayman funds

Prior to investing in a Cayman Islands-based investment fund, it is customary for a proposed investor to ask the Cayman fund’s directors or investment...

Fund governance: The trend toward split boards

This industry trend is being driven by investors who consider that the challenges of such a model are far outweighed by the benefits provided to them by a board that will be more effective in all situations. 


Regulate virtual currencies?

Should virtual currencies be regulated and if so, how? This question has been explored extensively even before Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies emerged. It has...

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... 


Cayman’s economy holds strong in the Caribbean

I am excited for Cayman’s future. Sensible financial management by government, developing infrastructure, coupled with an improving U.S. economy all point towards Cayman’s economy leading the region in the months and years to come.


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

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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...
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