With detailed technical analysis of the latest trends and developments, as well as insightful interviews with key industry bodies, our exclusive report demonstrates Cayman's position as a premier IFC.
Interview: The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority provides an overview of recent regulatory developments and initiatives in the jurisdiction; and considers what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for Cayman’s financial services industry.
Comment: Anthony Travers from Travers Thorp Alberga analyses the current state of play in Cayman's financial services sector as a whole.
Foundations: In 2017, Cayman introduced a legal entity known as the 'foundation company', which has since grown in popularity as an attractive alternative to trusts. Robert Lindley and Wesley O'Brien from Conyers consider the features and uses of this vehicle in more detail.
Family Offices: The pandemic has prompted changes in how wealth is managed and preserved, with human issues and philanthropic ventures increasingly being prioritised. Bernadette Carey and Chris Duncan from Carey Olsen consider why Cayman is a preferred jurisdiction for the establishment of family offices; and what trends are emerging as a result of the pandemic.
FinTech: Cayman’s presence in the digital space is growing rapidly, with legislation such as The Virtual Asset (Service Providers) Law, 2020 providing a regulatory framework for virtual assets business in and out of the jurisdiction. Paul Byles from FTS Cayman outlines the key features of the regime and what it means for the financial services industry.
Arbitration: Megan Paget-Brown, CEO of the Cayman International Arbitration Centre, explores the current trends and industries for ad hoc arbitration and discusses how the Arbitration Law in Cayman compares to jurisdictions such as the BVI.
Insurance/Reinsurance: With the commercial reinsurance market seeing recent interest and growth in the jurisdiction, Ghislain Ghyoot from AON Cayman looks at how Cayman is continuing to develop as an insurance/reinsurance domicile.
Global Regulation: With the EU adding Cayman to its AML blacklist, Julian Morris from the Reason Foundation argues that Cayman in practice has very high standards, a robust rule of law, and an absence of evidence of actual money laundering at any significant scale.
Technical Articles: Also featuring in depth technical articles examining recent developments and products offered within BVI’s financial arena including, but not limited to;
- STAR Trusts: Cayman is a leading jurisdiction for the establishment and management of Trusts. We throw a spotlight on one of Cayman’s key private wealth structures, the STAR Trust, which was introduced to overcome various difficulties associated with the use of more conventional trusts.
- Hedge Funds: Despite the ongoing pandemic, Cayman is seeing a growth in hedge fund registrations, signalling an increasing demand for these structures. We consider why Cayman continues to be a jurisdiction of choice for fund managers.
- ESG: The Cayman Islands government has recently announced that it is developing a legislative framework for the implementation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria for the jurisdiction’s financial services industry. We look at how Cayman is well-positioned to take advantage of the investment and business opportunities in the sustainability and green finance sector.
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