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Guide to relocation 2013

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 14:59

As 2013 begins, everything's up for grabs in the alternative fund world. With relocation a hot topic, which jurisdictions are luring fund managers and service providers?

The 'Guide to relocation 2013' special report comprises 5 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
Guide to relocation 2013

Adapting to a changing environment

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 15:06

By Simon Gray – The past few years of economic and financial crisis have brought significant change to both the traditional and alternative fund sectors, and nowhere more than in the domiciles chosen by or for fund managers, service providers and investment vehicles. A number of established fund jurisdictions are coming under pressure, whether economic, regulatory or legal, just as other financial centres position themselves to take advantages of new opportunities. »

Ryan Pinder, minister of financial services, Bahamas

Innovation drives Bahamas’ role in global wealth market

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 15:14

By Simon Gray – Over the past decade The Bahamas has continued to refine itself as a financial services centre, carving out new niches in wealth management and highly specialised investment vehicles to distinguish itself from other jurisdictions in the region, and to meet the evolving requirements of a global market amid far-reaching changes in international regulatory standards and transparency requirements. »

Ross Munro, global head of investment funds at law firm Harney, Westwood & Riegels

Approved manager regime opens up new opportunities for BVI

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 15:18

By Simon Gray – The British Virgin Islands may be most famous in the international financial services industry for its corporate business, but for more than a decade it has been the world’s second-ranking offshore fund domicile. Comprising law firms, accounting and audit practices, fund administrators, asset managers and banks, the sector has played its part in sparking a construction boom on reclaimed land around the picturesque bay setting of the BVI capital, Road Town. »

Gatis Eglitis, managing partner, EXANTE

Changing global environment highlights Malta’s appeal

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 15:25

By Simon Gray – One of the most striking developments in the European fund industry over the past five years has been the emergence of Malta as a credible and respected fund domicile and servicing centre. While the industry as a whole has been afflicted by liquidity issues, economic and market turbulence and investor skittishness, keeping both fund numbers and asset growth constrained, the Mediterranean island has steadily expanded its business volume along with its range of providers and skills. »

Franco Citterio, director of the Ticino Banking Association and president of Ticino For Finance

Business and lifestyle thrive in Ticino

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 15:33

By Simon Gray – Switzerland’s southernmost canton of Ticino has been a centre for international financial services for nearly two centuries, since the establishment of Lugano’s first bank in 1833. Closer to Milan than to Zurich, the Italian-speaking region is ideally placed geographically and culturally as a gateway to business from southern Europe. »

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