With some offshore jurisdictions having only moved recently to introduce registers of beneficial ownership, one could argue that having had its own register in place for over 70 years, Bermuda has been ahead of the curve. Now, as global regulatory oversight and transparency expectations rise, Bermuda is well placed to demonstrate that its house is very much in order.
Although the Cayman Islands tends to be the default option for most alternative fund managers, there is a good argument for saying that Bermuda is equally, if not more attractive; certainly from a cost perspective and a ‘substance’ perspective, with a well-established business district in Hamilton, the island’s capital.
Guernsey’s fund sector is expecting increased interest in its Private Investment Fund following a change in its rules and guidance.
By Matt Mulry (pictured), Dillon Eustace – In the shadow of an impending review by the Financial Acting Task Force the Cayman Islands has undertaken an overhaul of its laws, regulations and guidance notes which govern its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime.
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.
By Matt Mulry, Dillon Eustace – Whether you’re looking to launch a private equity fund focused on venture capital, real estate, infrastructure, technology, energy, health care or art or a hedge fund focused on global macro, long/short equity, special situations, fixed-income or commodities the Cayman Islands is a great place to start.
Mourant Ozannes' investment funds team has established the first five Jersey Private Funds (JPF) since the new regime came into effect last month.
The Horseshoe Group was established in 2005 and is a leading provider of insurance management services to insurers, reinsurers, as well as insurance linked securities (ILS) structures such as sidecars and catastrophe bonds.
For managers who may already be using an onshore Delaware LLC, they now have the opportunity to use a Bermuda LLC as an offshore vehicle. This follows the formal introduction of the Limited Liability Company Act 2016 (LLC Act), which was passed in the Senate in July 2016 and became operative on 1 October, 2016.
By Sally Penrose (pictured), Appleby – The Limited Liability Company Act 2016 (LLC Act) came into force on 1 October, 2016 and introduced into Bermuda its first new corporate structure in 100 years. Appleby is pleased to have been able to work closely with the legislature to ensure that Bermuda's existing funds law is simultaneously amended so that LLCs are available immediately for use in investment fund structures. Appleby are ideally placed to advice with respect to LLCs.