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Colin Mackay

‘Fiduciary creep’ could lead to independent governance

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:14

The debate around appropriate corporate governance continues with institutional investors, in particular, seeking greater insight into the role, responsibilities and skill sets of those appointed to the boards of corporate funds.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Increased fund governance and regulation keeps Cayman at the forefront

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:10

With more consolidation expected in 2016 within the hedge fund administration space, those that thrive and survive will likely be ones with a strong reputation, a robust operating model that is able to support managers of all shapes and sizes, and a clearly defined multifarious revenue stream.  »

Ralph Woodford

The impact of regulation on board meetings

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:06

ICG Management Limited ('ICG') is an independent director services provider. It was established in 2006 by Ralph Woodford (pictured) and Andrew Galloway. Along with Galloway and Woodford, the firm's two other directors, Brad Cowdroy and Greg Link, ICG provides director services to offshore funds.  »

Ashley Gunning, Walkers

The impact of consolidation

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 13:00

By Ashley Gunning (pictured) & Charlotte Beales-Hart – Commentators to the hedge fund industry agree that the fund administration landscape has been altered significantly by the mergers and acquisitions activity of the last few years. The consolidation of larger institutional services providers in this space, along with the exit of some smaller administration shops, has naturally flowed through to impact the industry in the Cayman Islands. »

Geoff Ruddick, IMS Fund Services

Independent directors and the Split Board saga

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:57

By Geoff Ruddick – There has been an extraordinary focus on and trend towards `split boards' in the last few years. For most people the accepted definition of a 'split board' is having independent directors from different fiduciary firms. It is considered by some to be the best way to construct a board. In reality this is an overly simplistic definition and assessment of how to recruit and construct an effective and diverse board. So how did this readily accepted definition come to be? In some respects there is merit and in other respects it is simply a sales pitch.  »

Chris Humphries, Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Cayman Islands funds

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:53

By Chris Humpries (pictured), Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries – The Cayman Islands is the principle offshore jurisdiction for hedge funds and mutual funds and seeks to retain its status by implementing an innovative legislative and regulatory regime and by continuing to have an absence of taxation. Hedgeweek Global Awards 2015 declared The Cayman Islands the best hedge fund services jurisdiction. Given the historic success of the Cayman Islands as a fund domicile, it also boasts the presence of sophisticated and professional service providers who are knowledgeable in the nuances of the fund industry. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Cayman LLC should offer a ‘cleaner’ vehicle for PE managers

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:46

It's safe to say that the Cayman Island Government's in-tray is probably rather full at the turn of the year. Two major developments are in train, both of which are set to further enhance the jurisdiction's reputation. The first of these developments is the impending introduction of a new legal vehicle – the Cayman Islands limited liability company ("LLC"), which is expected to be brought into force in early 2016 (likely March or April). »

Opus Bank to acquire PENSCO Trust Company

Opus Bank to acquire PENSCO Trust Company

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 10:06

Opus Bank is to acquire PENSCO Trust Company, (PENSCO) a wholly-owned subsidiary of PENSCO Services. »

Neonet joins AIM Italia

Neonet joins AIM Italia

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:53

Neonet, an independent agency broker and execution specialist, has joined AIM Italia, Borsa Italiana’s marketplace for SMEs, as a member firm.
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Northern Trust strengthens Foundation & Institutional Advisors Group

Northern Trust strengthens Foundation & Institutional Advisors Group

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 09:52

Northern Trust has added two new team members to the Foundation & Institutional Advisory Group in the Midwest. Gregory S Jordan (pictured) and Christine A Holm will enhance the firm’s ability to serve midsize foundations, endowments and nonprofit institutions in the development of comprehensive financial solutions to meet their financial goals. Jordan and Holm are both based in Chicago. »

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