The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has issued a Statement of Guidance which provides the regulator's views on assessing whether certain arrangements will be considered to be "non-fund arrangements" and which will therefore be exempt from the requirement to register with CIMA pursuant to the Private Funds Act (the "Act").
The Act commenced on 7 February 2020 and provides for the registration of certain closed-ended entities (private funds) with CIMA. A "private fund" includes a company, unit trust or partnership that offers or issues or has issued investment interests, the purpose or effect of which is the pooling of investor funds with the aim of enabling investors to receive profits or gains from such entity's acquisition, holding, management or disposal or investment where:
- the holders of investment interests do not have day-to-day control over the acquisition, holding, management or disposal of the investments; and
- the investments are managed as a whole by or on behalf of the operator of the private fund, directly or indirectly.
A "private fund" does not include (i) a person licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Act or the Insurance Act; (ii) a person registered under the Building Societies Act or the Friendly Societies Act; or (iii) any non-fund arrangements.
The categories of non-fund arrangements (as further detailed in the Statement of Guidance) include, amongst other things, the following:
- Securitisation Special Purpose Vehicles
- Joint Ventures
- Proprietary Vehicles
- Holding Vehicles
- Debt Issues and Debt Issuing Vehicles
- Structured Finance Vehicles
- Preferred Equity Financing Vehicles
- A fund whose investment interests are listed on a stock exchange (including an over-the- counter-market) specified by the Authority by notice in the Gazette
- Sovereign Wealth Funds
- Single Family Offices
A determination as to whether any particular arrangement or entity within a structure will be required to be registered under the Act, or will fall within a non-fund arrangement exemption, will necessarily be fact specific. In addition, as a new regulatory regime, CIMA guidance and industry standard practice are still being developed. Should you require any assistance in making an assessment of the application of the Act and/or the exemptions from the requirement to register pursuant to the Act, please contact your usual Conyers contact or one of the contacts listed below.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.