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The Bahamas prepares risk-based approach to regulatory oversight

The Bahamas prepares risk-based approach to regulatory oversight

Last July, the Securities Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission) embarked on a process to overhaul the Investment Funds Act. The Investment Funds Act 2003 was largely structured to be in line with the operations of fiduciary administrators and did not necessarily account for the appropriate regulation of the various roles within a fund structure. 

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Cayman on the International Stage

Cayman on the International Stage

By Matt Mulry (pictured), Dillon Eustace – We often hear the Cayman Islands are criticised in the press or in political debate over perceived financial secrecy. A flagging election campaign in the US or Europe can easily benefit from the rejuvenating spark provided by an airing of the offshore holdings of the candidates and their families.

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The Bahamas in process of enhancing its regulatory regime

The Bahamas in process of enhancing its regulatory regime

The past 12 months has seen The Bahamas review its existing legislative framework for investment funds, with a view to ensuring that it maintains its competitiveness. Under the existing framework, some of the innovations that The Bahamas has introduced, such as the ICON legal structure and the SMART Fund series, have raised the jurisdiction’s profile and helped attract new business.  However, it is time for a refresh of the 2003 Investment Funds Act which provided for these innovative instruments which support private wealth management.