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James Millard, CIO, Skandia Investment Group

Comment: A 'great year turns into a 'good' year

Skandia Investment Group (SIG) CIO James Millard explains that, despite the earthquake in Japan and rising oil prices, the company remains bullish on global equites… »


Philip Millward, partner, Walkers

Opinion: Cautious optimism in Cayman for primary private equity fundraising

Statistics and anecdotal evidence from the first months of 2011 suggest that a significant upturn is underway in primary private equity fundraising, and offshore jurisdictions are set to benefit from the trend, according to Philip Millward (pictured) and Julian Ashworth, a partner and senior counsel respectively with Walkers’ private equity group in the Cayman Islands. »


Faris Abdulrazzaq, Senior portfolio manager for Menasa Capital Management

Comment: Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt impact across the Arab world; UAE could benefit from current wave of events in the Middle East

Faris Abdulrazzaq (pictured), Senior portfolio manager for Menasa Capital Management, examines the impact of regime change across the Arab world. »


Lawrence Galitz, ACF Consultants

Comment: A rise in interest rates will not cure Britain’s inflation woes

A rise in interest rates is not the answer to rising inflation warns Lawrence Galitz of ACF Consultants, after UK Chancellor George Osborne predicted in his ‘Budget for Growth’ that inflation will rise to 5% this year before dropping to 2% in two years time. »


Dermot Butler, Chairman, Custom House Group Fund Services

Comment: Looking at Dodd-Frank outside (the US)

Dermot Butler (pictured), Chairman, Custom House Group Fund Services, outlines some of the key exemptions for investment advisers under the Dodd-Frank rule. »


Bill O'Neill, CIO, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Comment: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management CIO Bill O'Neill assesses the potential financial aftershocks of Friday's devastating earthquake

The extensive damage caused by the enormous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan at 2.46pm (local time) on Friday afternoon has gradually taken form over the weekend. Our thoughts are first and foremost with those affected by this tragedy. The human impact is still difficult to fully comprehend – the loss looks to be grievous. The economic and financial consequences are still largely unformed with nuclear facilities in the locality still at some considerable risk. »


Carl Winkworth, partner, Kibbe & Orbe

Opinion: Hedge funds and the UK Bribery Act

The implementation of the keenly-awaited UK Bribery Act has been delayed to allow greater clarity in its provisions and definitions, but Carl Winkworth and William P. Barry of law firm Richards Kibbe & Orbe argue that there is no reason for hedge fund and private equity managers to wait until final publication of the legislation to begin implementing anti-corruption compliance programmes. »


Luke Stellini, European Product Director, Invesco Henley European Equity Team

Comment: Sustainable recovery in sentiment towards European equities

Luke Stellini (pictured), European Product Director, Invesco Henley European Equity Team, examines growing evidence of a recovery in the European stockmarkets. »


Peter Hayden, partner, Mourant Ozannes

Opinion: Is the liquidation of hedge funds an Achilles heel?

  Mourant Ozannes partner Peter Hayden (pictured) and associate Tim Richards say that divergent court decisions in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands on whether and under what circumstances liquidators should be appointed to funds that are in the process of being wound up by their managers highlight the need for express provisions on liquidation to be included in their constitutional documents, if necessary through amendment of existing provisions.   »


Jason Nolan, certified business continuity planner, Eze Castle

Comment: Wild winter weather spurs hedge funds’ business continuity plans

Jason Nolan, certified business continuity planner at Eze Castle Integration, outlines the benefits of business continuity plans as sudden bouts of extreme weather conditions continue to dominate the winter weather news. »


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