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Maven invests GBP4.25 million in the MBO of diving control specialist Fathom Systems

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:00

Private equity firm Maven Capital Partners (Maven) has led the Management Buy-Out (MBO) of Fathom Systems Limited (Fathom). »

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Salvepar acquires a stake in DRT's capital

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:30

Salvepar has acquired a 5% interest in DRT, a developer of rosin and turpentine extracted from pine resin. DRT and its subsidiaries supply more than twenty industries with value-added products. »

Chris Humphries, Stuarts Walker Hersant

Cayman Islands funds

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:23

By Chris Humphries, Managing Director, Stuarts Walker Hersant, Attorneys-at-Law – The Cayman Islands continues to be the leading offshore jurisdiction for mutual funds and hedge funds. Its position as the premier jurisdiction is as a result of innovative legislation and the absence of taxation together with the presence of sophisticated and professional service providers and a favourable regulatory environment.  »

Derek Delaney, DMS Offshore Investment Services

Cayman structures compliment AIFMD funds

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:17

In 2011, ahead of the introduction of the AIFMD in Europe, an article entitled “A foot in both camps”, was written by Derek Delaney, Managing Director of DMS Offshore Investment Services (Europe) Limited. In it, Delaney (pictured) wrote: “There is an enduring perception that the established European domiciles such as Ireland and Luxembourg are in direct competition with the leading offshore domiciles such as Cayman. This perception has transcended reality to the extent that leading participants in both camps deem it necessary to fight their corner.” »

Monete Windsor, UBS Fund Services

Cayman begins to see a rise in hybrid funds

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:05

UBS Fund Services has had one of its strongest years in terms of winning new clients according to Monette Windsor (pictured), who heads up the Cayman Islands business.  »

Derek Adler, Ifina

Championing the emerging manager

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:02

Derek Adler (pictured) ACSI is a director and founder member of International Financial Administration Group (‘Ifina’), which has now been around for 17 years providing fund administration services to small and emerging fund managers as well as large institutional clients. Over the last three years, Ifina has been successfully running a turnkey fund solution in Cayman for managers keen to avoid the cost and time to market to launch a standalone fund.  »

Neil Lomax, Mourant Ozannes

Cayman fund managers prepare for FATCA

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:57

After signing Model 1 inter-governmental agreements (IGA) with both the US and the UK in November 2013, in July 2014 the Cayman Islands government passed the necessary regulations to provide legal obligations with respect to US and UK FATCA as a matter of Cayman Islands law. Also in July 2014, the Cayman Islands Tax Information Reporting Authority (‘TIA’) issued the first official version of the Cayman Islands FATCA guidance notes.  »

Giorgio Subiotto, Ogier

Recent trends in corporate governance

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:54

By Giorgio Subiotto (pictured) & Shameer Jasani, Ogier – We have witnessed a clear evolution in how the composition of boards of directors on Cayman investment funds has been structured.  »

Nicholas Butcher, Maples & Calder

Perfect partnerships – Singing the praises of Cayman Islands ELPs

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:49

By Nicholas Butcher, Maples & Calder – Cayman Islands exempted limited partnerships (“ELPs”) are currently riding the crest of a wave. Consistently a popular form of investment vehicle for hedge and especially private equity funds, 2013 saw a record 2,368 ELPs formed and registered in the Cayman Islands, and with the tally of new registrations in the calendar year to November 2014 already standing at 2,580, that record is set to be eclipsed this year.  »

James Willaims, Hedgeweek

Split boards favoured as fund governance intensifies

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:40

On 6 December 2013, after a period of consultation with industry practitioners, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) – the Islands’ financial regulator – released its Statement of Guidance for Regulated Mutual Funds (‘SoG-MF’).  In essence, the SoG-MF codifies and sets guidance on the minimum corporate governance standards required by operators of regulated mutual funds (directors, general partners) and gives the operators a clear understanding of their primary duties.   »

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Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2014

Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2014

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:24

With service providers reporting growth in hybrid funds, funds for single investors and bespoke managed accounts, this report examines the regulations and new services being developed in Cayman to tackle the fast-changing offshore funds market... »

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Neil Williams, Hermes

Hermes Chief Economist Neil Williams comments on the latest UK inflation statistics… ... »

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Guide to relocation 2014

Guide to Relocation 2014

Mon, 24/11/2014 - 10:53

The GFM Guide to Relocation 2014 draws together in one volume the key points covering the relocation of investment funds and managers to the following major jurisdictions – The Bahamas, BVI, Guernsey, Malta and Ticino... »

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Stack of US dollar bills

Global assets under management* of the private real estate industry have reached USD742bn, an all-time high for the industry, and up from USD697bn as of the end of 2013. Preqin’s Andrew Moylan takes a look at the latest stats on the industry. ... »

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John Vail, Nikko Asset Management

Following the strong win by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Japanese General Election, John Vail (pictured), Chief Global Strategist, Nikko Asset Management, sees further boosts for Japan from corporate profits moving through to wage rises… ... »

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