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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.  »

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). »

Neonet joins AIM Italia

Neonet joins AIM Italia

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:53

Neonet, an independent agency broker and execution specialist, has joined AIM Italia, Borsa Italiana’s marketplace for SMEs, as a member firm.
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Mirabaud Securities expands electronic trading capabilities

Mirabaud Securities expands electronic trading capabilities

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:47

Mirabaud Securities is developing its electronic trading capabilities with the appointment of Jason Rand to the newly created role of head of global electronic trading. »

GLAS enters the US market with New York office

GLAS enters the US market with New York office

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:39

GLAS, an independent provider of finance administration services, has launched in the US, with Daniel R Fisher appointed to the helm of its New York-based office. »

Institutional investors to embrace illiquid assets and active management in 2016, says BlackRock survey

Institutional investors to embrace illiquid assets and active management in 2016, says BlackRock survey

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:30

Large institutional investors expect to embrace active management in 2016 to combat macro-economic trends, anticipated market volatility and divergent monetary policy, a new BlackRock survey has found. »

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