Bermuda Hedge Fund Services 2012

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Articles

Alex Erskine, partner, Appleby

New global environment throws Bermuda’s qualities into relief

By Simon Gray – It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and if anything positive has come out of the global financial crisis for Bermuda’s fund industry, it is that the jurisdiction’s longstanding focus on effective regulatory oversight is now seen more as a positive signal of concern about compliance with global standards and protection of fund investors than a tiresome impediment in the way of getting to market or a cost drag hampering performance. »


Cheryl Packwood, chief executive, Business Bermuda

A well-regulated jurisdiction with global appeal

By Cheryl Packwood – The past few years have been a difficult period for the global alternative fund industry. In most jurisdictions – China is an exception – the number of new funds established has been in decline. Everywhere fund managers are facing new regulatory requirements as well as increased demands from clients for greater transparency over their investments. »


Jason McAlpine, partner, financial services office, Ernst & Young Ltd, Bermuda

Synergies with insurance drive convergence market

Interview with Jason McAlpine - Two specialist areas of expertise within Bermuda’s financial services industry, asset management and insurance/reinsurance, are coming together in what has become known as the convergence or insurance-linked assets market, where hedge funds, other asset managers and institutions such as pension funds are becoming primary providers of capital to an insurance or reinsurance platform. »


Peter Hughes, Apex Fund Services

Specialist skills keeps island on the fund services map

By Simon Gray – Much of the alternative fund administration industry has been located in offshore financial centres since the 1990s, when the so-called ‘10 commandments’ obliged funds to carry out various functions outside the United States to avoid tax complications. While the position has since changed, and a number of onshore centres in the United States and Canada are now significant fund service hubs, jurisdictions such as Bermuda that have provided administration as well as domicile to hedge funds for several decades remain centres of excellence within the sector. »


Craig Bridgewater, partner, KPMG Bermuda

Bermuda capitalises on new competitiveness

By Craig Bridgewater – In a global environment in which clients are placing increased emphasis on greater quality and transparency among providers of alternative investments and put a premium on trust in their relationships, Bermuda is well positioned to capitalise on its established reputation for expertise and effective regulation to expand its position as a fund domicile with appeal in markets around the world. »


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