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Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2012
Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2012

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:06

Despite difficult times in terms of hedge fund performance and capital-raising, concern about governance and competition from onshore domiciles, the Cayman Islands' dominance as an alternative fund jurisdiction has barely been dented.

The 'Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2012' special report comprises 8 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

Bryan Hunter, head of the corporate and commercial practice group, Appleby

Fund numbers demonstrate continued faith in Cayman model

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:16

By Simon Gray – The past four years have brought upheaval throughout the global alternative investment fund industry, at times calling into question the role of the Cayman Islands as the world’s leading offshore hedge fund domicile. However, despite renewed difficulties in 2011 as hedge funds suffered their second worst year ever in terms of performance, in addition to continuing competition for business from onshore jurisdictions, there is little or no sign that Cayman’s industry dominance will slip any time soon. »

Phil Griffiths, director of JP Fund Administration (Cayman) and chairman of the JP Funds Group

Low-cost solutions for emerging managers

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:21

By Phil Griffiths – JP Fund Services was launched in 2007 as the first company in the JP Fund Group and is focused on assisting investment managers to create their own funds. We identified a niche in a market where smaller players were not well catered for, if at all – larger, higher profile service providers weren’t interested in funds of less than USD40m to USD50m. »

Chris DeNigris, manager, global marketing and sales, Koger

Technology’s role in service relationships

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:38

  By Chris DeNigris – The Cayman Islands are the second largest market globally in terms of client assets under administration or management for Koger, as a provider of fund administration and transfer agency software to many of the world’s largest alternative administration firms as well as, increasingly, to alternative managers themselves. The jurisdiction continues to see significant growth and remains the domicile of choice for master-feeder structures, which remain the most common structure for the alternative fund industry.   »

Henry Smith, global managing partner, Maples and Calder

Weavering case concentrates minds on fund governance

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:42

By Simon Gray – Corporate governance has been at the centre of discussions worldwide about the future of alternative fund management and regulation, and nowhere more than in the Cayman Islands. »

Rohan Small, partner in the financial services office of Ernst & Young in the Cayman Islands and a member of the firm’s hedge funds practice management committee

The future of fund governance in Cayman

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:47

By Rohan Small – Recent developments are likely to be seen in retrospect as a turning point for fund governance in the Cayman Islands, because they dramatically demonstrate the risks involved where directors fail to carry out their duties properly and fail to provide true governance to a fund. »

Paul Harris, president of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and chairman of International Management Services

CIMA considers role of fund directors

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:54

By Paul Harris –A new regulatory regime to address corporate governance and the way directors fulfil their fiduciary duties in the Cayman Islands is reported to be under consideration by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. This follows recent discussions in the press and at international conferences on the number of directorships held by individuals and investor demands for transparency, both issues that CIMA is expected to address in the near future. »

Simon Boor, head of research and development, Admiral Administration

Technology at the service of the fund industry

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 17:00

By Simon Boor – Throughout the alternative fund industry, and especially in the Cayman Islands as the world’s largest hedge fund domicile, the focus today is more than ever on transparency, which means not just the availability of information but ease of access to it. That has been one of the drivers behind Admiral Administration’s development of Avatar, its state of the art proprietary transfer agency, CRM, workflow and reporting system, and Avatar FM, which allows seamless delivery of investor and portfolio information to the firm’s fund manager clients. »

Larry Leonard, chief technology officer, Admiral Administration

Service providers see enduring benefits in on-island operations

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 17:04

By Simon Gray – The Cayman Islands are best known in the global financial industry as the world’s dominant offshore hedge fund domicile. Less familiar outside industry specialists is that the Caribbean jurisdiction is also home to a substantial fund services industry that continues to thrive, despite the combined pressures on costs and skilled manpower at home and competition from rival locations, especially in North America. »


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