Despite an unprecedented number of new regulations being introduced into the Cayman Islands over the past 18 months, the jurisdiction has shown itself to be remarkably resilient, with the Islands’ funds industry in particular rising to the challenge and demonstrating its adaptability and flexibility.
By Jude Scott, CEO, Cayman Finance – As the unprecedented year that has been 2020 draws to a close, we can look to the year ahead with some optimism. That’s in part due to the resilience of the Cayman Islands financial services industry, which continues to meet evolving global best practices.
By A Paris – In what has been a rollercoaster year from all perspectives, 2020 saw the Cayman Islands being first placed on the European Union blacklist in February, followed by its removal from said list in October, after it made improvements to its tax framework.
By Jude Scott, Cayman Finance – In August 1864, 900 miles almost due North of the Cayman Islands, US Navy Rear Admiral David Farragut faced a pivotal moment. Leading a squadron charged with attacking Confederate forces in Mobile Bay, Alabama, Farragut’s flotilla encountered tethered mines known then as “torpedoes” which ultimately threatened his mission and his men. Acting decisively to navigate around the threat and pursue his objective, Farragut uttered the phrase that has now passed into military lore: “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!”
By Sam Sturrock (pictured) & Paul Monahan – As frequent advisers on Jersey fund start ups, Collas Crill are often involved in preliminary structuring discussions with new fund managers and sponsors.
By Chris Griffin (pictured) & Robert Milner – Recently, the unprecedented combination of Brexit and Covid-19 has generated a sharp rise in the number of fund managers contemplating a move to Jersey. In this article, Chris Griffin and Robert Milner, funds partners in the Jersey office of leading offshore firm Carey Olsen, explore the reasons behind the increase in interest.
By Jeffrey Kirk and Simon Gray – Ever innovative and commercially minded, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced a new regulatory regime for private equity, venture capital and other closed-ended funds – adding to its already well established, cost effective and popular stable of incubator funds and approved funds.
High set up costs could stymie the fortunes of emerging and start up managers before they even make their first step. Malta offers such organisations the opportunity to set up their business in a low-cost jurisdiction while taking advantage of the high touch service they would benefit from due to the size of the industry.
Jersey Finance has welcomed a new amendment to the island's legislation that will make it significantly easier for managers to migrate limited partnership fund structures to the jurisdiction.
Guernsey is proposing to adopt limited liability companies (LLC) in a move intended to enhance the island’s competitive position in the United States.