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Mirabaud hires institutional credit team

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 20:00

Mirabaud Asset Management has recruited André Broijl, Bert Hospers, Sai Kit Lam and George Luijkx from Syntrus Achmea Asset Management to join its fixed income team, led by Andrew Lake, in London. »

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Maples Fund Services hires NYC-based Senior VP for Client Solutions

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 18:00

Maples Fund Services has hired Greg Wildes, Senior Vice President – Client Solutions and Relationship Management, to focus on delivering innovative client solutions to new and existing clients. »

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SS&C to support Albert & Fried prime brokerage business

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 17:00

Albert Fried & Company has selected SS&C’s Global Wealth Platform (GWP) to support its growing boutique prime brokerage business. »

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Jersey maintains leading position for high value corporate listing

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 14:30

Jersey has affirmed its position as a leading centre for companies looking to list, with the volume and value of Jersey companies listed on exchanges around the world rising significantly in the past 12 months, according to figures collated by Jersey Finance. »

Nicolaas Faure, Drake Fund Advisers

Seeing the fruits of the Approved Manager regime

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:19

According to the Q3 statistical bulletin published by the BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC), the islands’ financial regulator, a total of 27 limited partnerships were recorded in Q2 2014 compared to 16 in Q2 2013. That figure rose in Q3 to 36.  »

Marie-Claire Fudge, Mourant Ozannes

Interest in BVI segregated portfolio companies rises

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:15

There appears to have been a real pick-up in interest in BVI segregated portfolio company (SPC) formations over the last 12 months. Many recent conversations with start-up managers seem to be about forming such structures according to Marie-Claire Fudge (pictured), head of Mourant Ozannes’ BVI funds practice.  »

Grant Green, KPMG

BVI fund structuring and corporate governance developments

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:09

By James Williams – There’s a general air of optimism among the BVI’s fund practitioners. Although the average hedge fund recorded sub-four per cent, the lowest average return since 2011, there was nevertheless a clear uptick in trading activity, principally among some of the islands’ larger managers.  »

Mara Spencer, ACE Fund Services

Steady growth in fund subscriptions

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:04

In many respects 2014 was a year of consolidation and possibly a sign of better things to come in the BVI in the view of Mara Spencer (pictured), Managing Director of ACE Fund Services. It was, she says, a period of stability during which certain strategy funds, in particular those with an FX slant, performed well. »

Simon Schilder, Ogier

New fund products being proposed to the FSC

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:01

The BVI has seen some good traction in the Approved Manager regime since it was introduced at the end of 2012. Whilst this has proved popular with start-up and small- to mid-sized managers looking for a lighter touch regulatory oversight from the local regulator, the feeling amongst the islands’ leading law firms was that a new fund product was needed to cater more specifically to this market sector. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

BVI funds sector calls for introduction of new products

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 11:55

By James Williams (pictured) – It seems the decision by the BVI’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), last year to extend the Approved Manager regime to managers running non-BVI funds, as well as those running managed accounts, was prudent. During the course of 2014, several of the islands’ leading law firms saw increased activity in managers applying for Approved Manager status.  »

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