There is no doubt that Cayman Islands remain the favourite domicile for alternative investment funds globally. Cayman is a full service jurisdiction complying with all international standards, but it's also business-friendly, with a lot of demand to have all relevant industry services located there: 184 banks, 149 trust companies, 108 mutual fund administrators, and 739 insurance companies operate from Cayman. And, of course, over 10,000 funds are registered with CIMA, the Cayman regulator.

At the end of 2015, Opalesque arrived in George Town, Grand Cayman to discuss the state of the Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Market. Partner Jason Allison was one of the experts asked to take part.
The roundtable panel discussed (amongst other items):
  • What is driving the growth of alternative investments? Which regions are growing the strongest?
  • Why Cayman domiciled hedge funds have a market share of almost 100% in Hong Kong?
  • What benefits is Cayman Enterprise City offering investment managers and service / technology providers? 
  • Why and how are institutions getting more "hands on" in seeding and forming new funds?
  • Why advisory boards on master funds set up as Cayman limited partnership are becoming more common?
  • Will the new Cayman LLC law increase or decrease the number of governance committees?
  • What support are Cayman based service providers offering start up funds?
  • The pros and cons to institutionalization of alternative investments.
  • Why Cayman's strong public-private partnership is a massive strength of the jurisdiction?
  • How are blockchain and virtual currencies entering the world of alternatives?
  • How large US managers deal with cyber security threats. 
  • Will Cayman's new EU Connected Funds be a game changer for the industry?
To read the full roundtable report, please use the link below.

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