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Euronext launches sugar contract

Euronext launches sugar contract

Wed, 27/01/2016 - 09:05

Euronext is to launch a new Sugar commodities futures contract in the autumn of 2016 allowing the industry to hedge its positions against price fluctuations and anticipate future price movements, just as the Sugar quotas expire in the European market.  »

Institutional investors wary of increasing correlations, turning to alts, says Natixis survey

Institutional investors wary of increasing correlations, turning to alts, says Natixis survey

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 16:23

Institutional investors worldwide say it is challenging to find diversification among traditional asset classes, with more than half (54 per cent) saying stocks and bonds are too highly correlated to provide distinctive sources of return. »

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. »

Susan Lock

Increased use of ‘funds-of-one’ among hedge funds

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:26

Susan Lock (pictured) is a partner in the investment funds team at Campbells, a leading Cayman Islands law firm which has been established for over 45 years, advising on both Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. »

Colin Mackay

‘Fiduciary creep’ could lead to independent governance

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:14

The debate around appropriate corporate governance continues with institutional investors, in particular, seeking greater insight into the role, responsibilities and skill sets of those appointed to the boards of corporate funds.  »

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. »

Ashley Gunning, Walkers

The impact of consolidation

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:00

By Ashley Gunning (pictured) & Charlotte Beales-Hart – Commentators to the hedge fund industry agree that the fund administration landscape has been altered significantly by the mergers and acquisitions activity of the last few years. The consolidation of larger institutional services providers in this space, along with the exit of some smaller administration shops, has naturally flowed through to impact the industry in the Cayman Islands. »

Geoff Ruddick, IMS Fund Services

Independent directors and the Split Board saga

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:57

By Geoff Ruddick – There has been an extraordinary focus on and trend towards `split boards' in the last few years. For most people the accepted definition of a 'split board' is having independent directors from different fiduciary firms. It is considered by some to be the best way to construct a board. In reality this is an overly simplistic definition and assessment of how to recruit and construct an effective and diverse board. So how did this readily accepted definition come to be? In some respects there is merit and in other respects it is simply a sales pitch.  »

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