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.
Due in large part to the financial crisis that has plagued the global banking system, letters of credit (LOCs) continue to be more expensive and harder to find. For those that are wondering “When are LOC fees going to go down?”
To answer this question, it is necessary to have a brief look first at the features of QIFs and SIFs to try to identify what, if any, advantages they offer over Cayman funds; and secondly to consider the expected treatment of QIFs, SIFs and Cayman funds under the AIFM Directive. This inevitably involves some crystal ball-gazing as, at the time of writing, the EU legislative sausage-making process in the trialogues has not concluded.
Over recent years, the Cayman Islands has proven itself an increasingly popular jurisdiction of choice for the incorporation of companies owned or operated by parties in Asia, with the following being some of the key reasons for such popularity.
By way of background, the IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation were endorsed by its member regulators of various securities and futures markets in 1998, and generally are viewed by securities regulators as the key international benchmark on sound principles and practices for securities regulation.
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.