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Delphine Amzallag

Amsterdam Investor Forum 2016

Wed, 23/03/2016 - 16:30

There was a palpable air of excitement at the 5th Amsterdam Investor Forum, hosted by ABN AMRO AMRO Clearing at the bank's headquarters on 17 February 2016. This was the biggest event yet with approximately 280 attendees, of whom 42 per cent were institutional investors and FoHFs, 40 per cent were single hedge fund managers, and 18 per cent were service providers including hedge fund consultants.  »

Craig Cordle, Ogier

Guernsey funds sector set to benefit from pressure on legal fees, says Ogier

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 10:24

Guernsey's funds sector stands to benefit from pressure on legal fees from fund managers and investors because of lower overheads and costs in the jurisdiction, says Ogier group partner Craig Cordle. »

Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance

Guernsey launches ‘smart and simple’ Private Investment Fund

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 09:40

Guernsey has introduced a Private Investment Fund (PIF) regime designed to provide fund managers with greater flexibility and simplicity. »

Sara Johns, Ogier

Ogier welcome’s Jersey’s virtual currency regulation

Thu, 06/10/2016 - 10:10

The introduction of a “regulatory sandbox” to enable businesses that provide virtual currency exchange services to experiment and test new products and applications in Jersey under light-touch regulation have been welcomed by Ogier's intellectual property, tech and digital team. »

Ingrid Pierce, Walkers

Walkers - Best Offshore Law Firm

Mon, 03/10/2016 - 12:48

Walkers is one of the most recognised international law firms and works with some of the hedge fund industry's largest asset managers. In total, the Group has 580 personnel, of which 250 alone are based in the Cayman Islands. "Overall, we've hired 100 people globally this year to bolster our five core practices: investment funds, finance & corporate, insolvency & dispute resolution, wealth structuring, and tax and regulatory advice," says Ingrid Pierce (pictured), Global Managing Partner at Walkers.  »

GSX granted recognised stock exchange status by UK HMRC

GSX granted recognised stock exchange status by UK HMRC

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 13:24

The UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has designated the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) as a recognised stock exchange under the Income Tax Act 2007 (ITA). »

Dominic Wheatley

Substance continues to be a key focus for funds sector, says white paper

Fri, 19/08/2016 - 08:08

Substance in the fund management sector, particularly in the context of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative, is of increasing importance, according to a Guernsey Finance white paper. »

James Williams, GFM

The Bahamas cements its role as a leading IFC

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:08

Four words spring to mind when discussing the evolution of The Bahamas as a leading international financial jurisdiction: regulation, location, expertise and innovation.  »

Extending the AIF marketing passport to non-EU countries crucial for investor choice, says Invest Europe

Extending the AIF marketing passport to non-EU countries crucial for investor choice, says Invest Europe

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 09:04

This week’s recommendation on extending the alternative investment marketing ‘passport’ to fund managers in up to 12 non-EU countries is an important step towards improving choice for investors, says Invest Europe. »

ESMA recommends granting Jersey funds and managers an AIFMD passport

ESMA recommends granting Jersey funds and managers an AIFMD passport

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 08:48

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has welcomed the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) recommendation to the European Parliament, Council and Commission that Jersey should be among the ‘third countries’ granted an AIFMD passport. »

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The Bahamas is putting the tools in place to become a genuine funds domicile

Wed, 20/04/2016 - 09:00

The Bahamas has developed into a jurisdiction capable of responding to the needs of investors – be they wealth managers or single- or multi-family offices – and whilst there is still some way to go to build out its institutional investor base, the tools are in place to support a wide variety of investment requirements.  »

Jersey leads on the capture and sharing of beneficial ownership information

Jersey leads on the capture and sharing of beneficial ownership information

Wed, 06/04/2016 - 16:54

Jersey is recognised by international standard setters as one of the best regulated finance jurisdictions globally and its authorities have full knowledge of the beneficial owners of all Jersey companies, according to Geoff Cook, CEO (pictured), Jersey Finance. »

Guernsey ahead of the curve on beneficial ownership, says Trott

Guernsey ahead of the curve on beneficial ownership, says Trott

Wed, 06/04/2016 - 09:57

Guernsey would welcome moves to improve transparency across the global financial services industry, according to Guernsey Finance Chairman Lyndon Trott (pictured). »


Chapter 4 - The regulatory cycle

Mon, 21/03/2016 - 13:37

Regulation continues to weigh heavy on the shoulders of global fund managers. When asked the question, "What worries you most about your portfolio in 2016?" some 30 per cent of attendees said increased regulatory pressure, with 17 per cent citing higher jumps in volatility.  »

Philip Graham

BVI investment funds community getting to grips with CRS

Wed, 16/03/2016 - 10:15

By Philip Graham (pictured), Harneys, TEAM BVI Member – One of the hottest topics in the hedge fund industry for 2016 is the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). It is affecting everyone far and wide and given it was implemented in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on 1 January, 2016, the investment funds community in this jurisdiction are working very hard and diligently towards ensuring that every fund domiciled in the BVI is fully compliant before all of the requisite time periods. »

David Payne

Cost-efficiencies for start‑ups and family offices

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 21:48

For many start-up fund managers, the prospect of setting up a hedge fund in today's regulatory climate can feel like swimming upstream. That is why the turnkey solution offered by fund administrators, which allows managers to work with one service provider to get all aspects of their fund up and running, is still so appealing.  »

Rachael McDonald

BVI’s M&A environment still as buoyant as ever

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 21:45

Despite being a relatively new entrant to the BVI, global law firm Mourant Ozannes is fielding its fair share of enquiries in relation to fund formation. The firm established its BVI office with Corporate, Finance and Litigation practices in 2012, followed 18 months later by its investment funds practice.  »

Callum McKenzie

Untangling the Gordian Knot

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 21:31

Regulatory and investor pressure have drastically altered the hedge fund industry in recent years. With managers increasingly looking for fund administrators to provide more middle-office and value-added services, whilst at the same time squeezing them on fees, the situation has become a Gordian Knot. Administrators must find ways to remain relevant, attract new clients, and continue to build revenues at a time when everyone is adjusting to FATCA, AIFMD, and shortly Common Reporting Standards. »

Philip Graham, Harneys

Enhancing support of start-ups with new fund products

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 21:28

When the British Virgin Islands introduced the Approved Manager regime at the end of 2012 it was heralded as a significant step forward. With start-up managers facing dual pressures of investor preference for regulatory oversight, and higher barriers to entry (from a cost perspective), there was no satisfactory option. The new regime changed that. Managers suddenly had the ability to enjoy lighter touch regulatory oversight that was more in line with their needs, and had an alternative to becoming SIBA-licensed on day one.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Popularity of Approved Fund surpasses initial expectations

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 21:23

The challenge for any aspiring hedge fund start-up has been well documented in recent times. Year after year, the barriers to entry rise. Five years ago, the onset of global regulation prompted industry commentators to suggest that the break-even point of a hedge fund was USD100 million. One could argue that on an annualised basis, that break-even figure has risen by USD100 million. Not all will agree, but there is a growing consensus that to cope with the sheer breadth of regulation, today's start-up manager needs to be targeting Day 1 AUM of around USD500 million.  »

Matt Mulry, Dillon Eustace

Cayman LLC proof that Cayman is listening to US managers

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:28

The Cayman Islands Government published The Limited Liability Companies Bill, 2015 on 18 December 2015 which, when enacted, will provide for the introduction of a new Cayman legal vehicle, the Cayman Limited Liability Company (LLC). The draft legislation closely aligns the Cayman LLC to the United States' Delaware LLC model which will mean that the new structure will be instantly recognisable to the US market. This is a significant development for Cayman. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Increased fund governance and regulation keeps Cayman at the forefront

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:10

With more consolidation expected in 2016 within the hedge fund administration space, those that thrive and survive will likely be ones with a strong reputation, a robust operating model that is able to support managers of all shapes and sizes, and a clearly defined multifarious revenue stream.  »

Ralph Woodford

The impact of regulation on board meetings

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:06

ICG Management Limited ('ICG') is an independent director services provider. It was established in 2006 by Ralph Woodford (pictured) and Andrew Galloway. Along with Galloway and Woodford, the firm's two other directors, Brad Cowdroy and Greg Link, ICG provides director services to offshore funds.  »

Hayden Isbister

Cayman Islands prepares to unveil new vehicle

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:03

The Cayman Islands is preparing to introduce a new vehicle, the Cayman LLC, in response to growing demand among U.S. fund managers and attorneys. The Cayman Islands published a bill for a new stand-alone LLC law on 18 December 2015 and according to Hayden Isbister (pictured), Partner at Mourant Ozannes (Cayman Islands), the expectation is that it will be approved by the Cayman Government and enacted in early 2016. »

Chris Humphries, Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Cayman Islands funds

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:53

By Chris Humpries (pictured), Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries – The Cayman Islands is the principle offshore jurisdiction for hedge funds and mutual funds and seeks to retain its status by implementing an innovative legislative and regulatory regime and by continuing to have an absence of taxation. Hedgeweek Global Awards 2015 declared The Cayman Islands the best hedge fund services jurisdiction. Given the historic success of the Cayman Islands as a fund domicile, it also boasts the presence of sophisticated and professional service providers who are knowledgeable in the nuances of the fund industry. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Cayman LLC should offer a ‘cleaner’ vehicle for PE managers

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:46

It's safe to say that the Cayman Island Government's in-tray is probably rather full at the turn of the year. Two major developments are in train, both of which are set to further enhance the jurisdiction's reputation. The first of these developments is the impending introduction of a new legal vehicle – the Cayman Islands limited liability company ("LLC"), which is expected to be brought into force in early 2016 (likely March or April). »

Grand Court of the Cayman Islands orders re-payment of redemption payments to failed Weavering hedge fund

Grand Court of the Cayman Islands orders re-payment of redemption payments to failed Weavering hedge fund

Wed, 23/12/2015 - 09:44

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has ordered that redemption payments made to an investor of the failed Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund prior to the commencement of its liquidation are to be repaid. »

Philip Graham, Harneys

British Virgin Islands - Approved Manager regime drives demand

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 21:19

Since the BVI introduced the Approved Manager regime at the end of 2012 demand has been strong. Currently, there are 101 Approved Managers licensed in the BVI.  »

Cayman Trust Licence enables Hawksford to expand presence and global capabilities

Cayman Trust Licence enables Hawksford to expand presence and global capabilities

Mon, 30/11/2015 - 14:54

Hawksford is now able to provide a full range of trust services to both private and corporate clients in the Cayman Islands, having secured a Trust Licence from The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

The Bahamas reaches pre-2008 fund numbers as it prepares to reach new high-water mark

Mon, 30/11/2015 - 09:26

For a fund jurisdiction that refers to itself as an ‘Innovation Nation’, the Bahamas continues to build its profile and popularity among global fund managers, and, it is hoped that the next stage of its evolution will be to attract more institutional money. »

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