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Leon den Exter, DMS Governance

Board observer rights – Is it a good idea?

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 10:01

By Leon den Exter (pictured) & Vumi Dube, DMS Governance – A professional director for a hedge fund might take an instinctive view that board observer rights are not desirable given the traditional view of separation of capital ownership and those responsible for fund governance. Professional directors confident in their abilities would, however, welcome the opportunity to show how seriously they take their fiduciary responsibilities and demonstrate their skills and knowledge of good governance under the scrutiny of a board observer.  »

Chris Humphries, Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Cayman Islands compliance and transparency

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:54

By Chris Humphries, Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries – The Cayman Islands is a transparent International Financial Centre which complies with all global standards on tax transparency and information exchange and whose financial services industry seeks to achieve the highest levels of professional conduct in order to service its core markets in a manner which is at all times: consistent with the high expectations of the Cayman Islands regulators; in accordance with the Cayman Islands laws and established best practices; and, to the extent possible, beyond reproach by its counterparts (and their respective regulators, law makers and governing bodies) in the traditional major financial centres around the world. In furtherance of this objective, the Cayman Islands has implemented various legislation, entered into inter-governmental agreements and otherwise adheres to other global standards so that it is compliant in all aspects of tax transparency and information exchange. »

Maree Martin, Conyers Dill & Pearman

The growing importance of independent boards

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:42

Such is the level of scrutiny facing alternative fund managers that the general trend towards increased usage of independent directors has risen in recent times. Maree Martin (pictured), Counsel at Conyers Dill & Pearman, confirms that fund boards are not only becoming comprised of majority independent directors but that a more recent trend is the use of split independent boards.  »

Richard Spencer, Campbells

Using SPCs as emerging manager platforms

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:37

Flexibility, cost-effectiveness and speed to market are just a few of the advantages to electing to launch a fund on a pre-existing Segregated Portfolio Company (SPC) fund platform.  »

Jonathan Green, Maples & Calder

Cayman LLC is flexible and cost-effective

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:25

The Cayman Limited Liability Company structure has been up and running since mid-July 2016 and over that short period of time close to 200 LLCs have been registered in the jurisdiction.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Under the microscope: Cayman regulatory updates

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:16

With the introduction of the Cayman LLC, the EU Connected Fund in its final stages of approval and a general drive towards continued regulatory evolution, the Cayman Islands is putting itself just where it needs to be to support global fund managers in today’s regulatory environment.  »

Anne Coady, Castle Hall Alternatives

Castle Hall Alternatives expands to Abu Dhabi

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:14

Due diligence company Castle Hall Alternatives has opened an office within Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. »

James R Brown, Ropes & Gray

Tax practitioner James R Brown rejoins Ropes & Gray

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:03

James R Brown has rejoined law firm’ Ropes & Gray’s tax practice as a partner in New York. »

Michael Singer, Ramius

Ramius CEO quits to pursue new career opportunities

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 09:01

Ramius chief executive officer Michael Singer is leaving the alternative investment manager to pursue new career opportunities. »

Stefan Willebrand, Bricknode

Bricknode launches full brokerage system in the cloud

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 08:38

Bricknode has launched a Software as a Service solution for financial brokers and dealers called Bricknode Broker, which allows brokers to launch a complete online brokerage system with a click. »

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