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  1. The Growing Importance of International Mobile Search

    An interesting anomaly that Google unearthed was that tablet searches outnumbered smartphone searches on several island nations such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. English is still the most commonly used language online but it still represents...

  2. Bermuda to emphasise regulatory strengths in bid to gain more hedge fund business

    That in itself has not been sufficient for it to challenge the dominance of the Cayman Islands as the offshore domicile of choice for hedge funds.The passage of the Investment Funds Act of 2006 (IFA) was expected to bolster Bermuda’s credentials...

  3. Ireland keen to dominate Ucits hedge fund sector

    The Irish fund industry was more focused on business from the Cayman Islands and felt Ucits retail funds were not something it particularly wanted or needed to concern itself with. Then under Ucits III hedge funds began to look at how a regulated...

  4. Limited opportunities for expansion

    “Law firms themselves are unlikely to diversify from the provision of legal advice and matters ancillary to that,” says Nicholas Butcher in the Cayman Islands office of Maples and Calder. A service provider affiliated to a law firm can benefit from...

  5. See you in court?

    Both Tania Dons and Richard Finlay in the Cayman Islands office of the firm do not expect any dramatic increase in the level of fund-related litigation in that jurisdiction over the coming year or longer term.

  6. Emerging markets offer promise

    They say hedge fund managers will continue to rely on local law firms with expertise in individual jurisdictions and will rely on ‘best of breed’ advice in each jurisdiction where they operate.In the Cayman Islands at Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden...

  7. Liquidity concerns drive demands

    There were any number of instances where underlying hedge fund liquidity for a fund of fund averaged far in excess of fund of fund redemption terms or where illiquid strategies carried quarterly redemption terms,” he notes.In the Cayman Islands...

  8. Devil is in the detail

    This is true even for funds that are considered to be highly liquid with no need for such measures,” he says.He adds there has been a much greater understanding of the relevant custody issues, in particular to identify the circumstances in which...

  9. Offshore future

    But for the Middle East and Asia there may continue to be a future in offshore funds work,” believes Firth.Michael Richardson at Maples and Calder in Cayman is convinced “the offshore hedge fund model may go through some structuring changes but it...

  10. Making a good match

    Undoubtedly, a lenient tax regime is also an important consideration in choosing a jurisdiction for a hedge fund.Time to market, regulatory framework, the country’s and regulator’s reputation, the tax regime, investor protection, the...

  11. Flexibility and tax dominate structure

    In the British Virgin Islands office Simon Schilder also believes the starting point for any structuring is the hedge fund’s potential investor base. Fowler has spotted trends for jurisdictional bias, such as partnerships for the US market...

  12. Disputes spotlight ways to deal with illiquid assets

    In the last year the Irish Financial Regulator gave guidance to the industry as to its thinking on measures being used to alleviate liquidity difficulties for Irish funds in current market conditions, explain Brian McDermott and Siobhán Moloney at...

  13. Staying afloat

    is the snappy answer from Gray Smith at Appleby in Cayman Islands.Liquidation happens when you can’t pay your debts when they fall due, so make sure wherever possible that you have the liquidity needed (easier said than done) and have documents...

  14. On or offshore? Pros and cons

    This, coupled with changes to UK laws that could encourage onshore funds, expands the choices for hedge funds for onshore products.Gray Smith at Appleby in the Cayman Islands believes there is room for both.

  15. Be prepared for anything

    Ingrid Pierce at Walkers in the Cayman Islands believes law firms need to be attuned to the latest market developments and “be able to promote creative solutions and adapt their work product to meet changing demands.She says law firms need to work...

  16. Waiting and watching the regulators

    “Given the current international political climate,” notes Henry Smith at Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands, “it is likely that there will be increased regulation of hedge fund managers. However, as long as the regulation is appropriate and...

  17. Investors show more diligence

    This has a great impact on the functioning of the fund,” he notes.The due diligence process, says Ingrid Pierce at Walkers in the Cayman Islands, has changed and become much more focused as a practical matter.

  18. Making the right choice

    Jon Fowler in the Cayman Islands office at Maples and Calder believes a number of factors need to be taken into account when selecting counsel. At Appleby in the Cayman Islands, partner Gray Smith believes there are a few firms in London and in the...