Madoff: A Riot of Red Flags

Back to story > Madoff: Red Flags Greg N. Gregoriou & François-Serge Lhabitant, Madoff: A Riot of Red Flags (Jan. 2009)available via Greg Gregoriou and...

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.


Data protection update

In an article published in the Cayman Financial Review in the third quarter of 2016, I talked about the English case of Dawson-Damer &...

Grey matters

 Read our article in the Cayman Financial Review Magazine, eversion     Paul B Miller, The Future for Business Trusts: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian and American...

Creating the future together – how the Cayman Islands Investment Council is leading the...

The success of the Cayman Islands, both socially and economically, has historically been based on a unique partnership between the public and private sectors. In these challenging times these two groups are once again coming together to write the next chapter in the islands prosperity.

Hedge fund valuations: The importance of a robust process, applied with rigour

Politicians make much of sharing values with their constituents, though they struggle at times to elucidate precisely what those values are and what it is that is of value to both sides of the equation.


UK immigration policy and the economics of migration

During the 2010 U.K. general election, the campaign rhetoric promised to continue to “bring down net migration to levels observed in the 1990s, while ensuring that only economic migrants who bring the most value to the economy would be admitted.” 


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Substance over form: the sine qua non of international tax planning in the age...

In October 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued its report on its BEPS Project titled: OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit...

Which way, the stream of time? The 2010 economic and regulatory outlook for US...

If you are a hedge fund manager with ties to the United States, you have a full plate. Never mind the basic challenges of generating positive performance on your portfolios and profitably running your business.

Leading IFCs deserve credit

The British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are coping with increasing amounts of regulation and are working hard to obtain the credit many deserve for their response to the shifting regulatory agenda.    


Grey matters

The birth of the petroyuan, Sino-American currency contestation and the international monetary system: An institutional perspective on the political economy of currency choice in...

Conference Review – Cayman and compliance: light at the end of the tunnel?

Review of the Caribbean Regional Compliance Association Conference held 10-11 November 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain in Trinidad.While it’s in some views a true Caribbean success story, an offshore darling that’s skyrocketed to a prominent position in global banking, the Cayman Islands still bears a weighty albatross on its shoulders.

Drawing a line in the sand over the right to information

Concerns in the U.S. and Europe over security leaks and the debate about access to public versus private information runs in some ways parallel to the discussion regarding the information investors prefer and require to make informed decisions about their investments in Cayman Islands funds.


The growing popularity of Cayman Islands trusts in the Middle East

Individuals and companies based in the MENA region did not escape investment losses during the global financial crisis. As a result of recent turmoil, many families in the Middle East that have traditionally maintained proprietary wealth are turning to structures that include trusts to address succession planning and asset protection concerns.

OECD Watch

Declaring “game over for CRS avoidance,” the OECD announced adoption of model disclosure rules for lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, banks, and other service providers....

The future of offshore financial centres:

The only issue more prominent than the mounting challenges faced by offshore financial centres (increasingly referred to as ‘International Financial Centres/IFCs’), is the question of whether their demise is now imminent. This has led in some quarters to the conclusion that the end of the offshore financial world is here. 

Cayman – a solid force in a sea of change

These past few years have seen massive upheavals in the economies of many countries around the world, big and small, yet Cayman remains strong as a resilient jurisdiction that continues to offer a professionally skilled workforce second to none, opportunities for growth, innovation in development and a lifestyle that is still envied the world over. 


Private banking in Asia – a survey

Main Article:Grey mattersGunter Dufey, Private banking in Asia - a survey, available at survey focuses on some unique aspects of private banking and...
Kabul Bank

The Kabulbank Scandal: Part III

The Kabulbank scam may be the largest theft of depositor money per capita the world has ever experienced. Kabulbank was Afghanistan’s largest bank when...

Hedge fund due diligence: The last line of defence

Investors expend substantial time and resources on due diligence. However, much of their efforts are front loaded, focused on quantitative measures with a bias towards initial due diligence, ie spotting the “bad apples” before they are included in a portfolio
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