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.

Exposure draft for IFRS investment entities

For the first time the International Accounting Standards Board has proposed industry specific guidance for investment entities.

Private equity investment into Africa: The Cayman and Mauritius route

The invitation in December 2010 by China to South Africa to join the BRIC group of major emerging economies, to create the ‘BRICS’ acronym, has heralded a new dawn, not only for the nation of South Africa, but arguably for the continent of Africa as a whole.

Alternative investments: Issues with valuing the invaluable

The enforcement division of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit has recently brought a number of complaints against various hedge funds and their investment managers.  

 

Gavel and block on a table with a name plate in front with 'Insolvency' written on it.

The need for an insolvency fail-safe in Cayman

Directors of Cayman companies owe fiduciary duties to the company to act in the interests of the company as a whole. When the company...

Transparency for fund directorships: It’s already here

The Cayman director class has not helped its cause as some (but by no means all) of its members resist exercising self-restraint, do not limit the number of directorships they take on, and become rather defensive and secretive when asked about the number of directorships they hold.

 

Regulators to decide over UCITS split

European regulators will decide early this year whether UCITS funds should be reclassified as “complex” and “non-complex” products in order to improve transparency of information about investment strategies.

 

Investing 101 – Setting the parameters

I recently participated in an investment panel as part of the 2011 Cayman Captive Forum. The intent was to give the owners of captive insurance companies an insight into the factors they ought to be considering in establishing and monitoring an investment programme for their company.

Does location matter?

The world has become global and this not only on business and private sides, but also family offices are seeking increasingly to get the most out of this international playing field at their hand.   

 

Know your score and get to the “sweet spot”: The importance of business...

This article discusses the importance of business process automation within an asset management firm at all stages of development and how these organisations can measure their current processes versus investor expectations.

Beware of unwanted side effects from side letters

In the current competitive hedge fund marketplace the use of side letters between investors and funds has become commonplace. Side letters are used by funds and fund managers to draw in investors who jockey for the most favourable terms possible.   

 

Green Climate Fund; evolution or revolution in climate finance ?

It is universally accepted that it is not possible for such large amounts of money to be mobilized by efforts of the public sector alone. A step change in the current state of climate finance with the inclusion of the private sector is essential to achieving this. A metaphorical revolution in climate finance is needed.

 

Current status of Islamic finance in the United States

Islamic finance is the fastest growing sector in the financial services industry, having grown by over 20 per cent annually in recent years, and estimates of current global Islamic banking assets under management range up to $1 trillion.

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

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 

 

Unit trusts: Forget-me-not

Read our article in the Cayman Financial Review Magazine, eversion The structuring of investment funds as unit trusts has been and continues to be the...

The Financial Services Legislative Committee

Over the years, in fact for the whole period leading up to Cayman achieving its position as a leading offshore jurisdiction for institutional clients, one of our strongest selling points was that our private and public sectors worked together to draft bespoke legislation to meet the ever-changing needs of the financial market.

Innovation and change in the director services industry

Legislative changes introduced director registration or licensing requirements and new regulations. In addition, law firms started to spin off their administration divisions and private equity and other buyers entered the market.

 

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.  

 

Where there’s smoke, is there fire? Some red flags in hedge fund fraud

We have identified certain red flags that we have seen in more than one situation and provide some practical guidance that investors may wish to consider to mitigate the risk of being victims of a fraud. 

 

 

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