Japan’s asset management firms are under pressure from domestic policymakers and foreign investors to improve the sector’s gender diversity, as Tokyo attempts to reinvent itself as a hub for the global finance industry and stave off expectations of a shrinking labour population.
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As the hedge fund industry continues to grow and mature, managers are considering options beyond the traditional hedge fund structure. To this end, the managers and their service providers must be flexible and nimble to create custom solutions for the benefit of all parties involved.
Despite an unprecedented number of new regulations being introduced into the Cayman Islands over the past 18 months, the jurisdiction has shown itself to be remarkably resilient, with the Islands’ funds industry in particular rising to the challenge and demonstrating its adaptability and flexibility.
By Jude Scott, CEO, Cayman Finance – As the unprecedented year that has been 2020 draws to a close, we can look to the year ahead with some optimism. That’s in part due to the resilience of the Cayman Islands financial services industry, which continues to meet evolving global best practices.
By A Paris – In what has been a rollercoaster year from all perspectives, 2020 saw the Cayman Islands being first placed on the European Union blacklist in February, followed by its removal from said list in October, after it made improvements to its tax framework.
By Jude Scott, Cayman Finance – In August 1864, 900 miles almost due North of the Cayman Islands, US Navy Rear Admiral David Farragut faced a pivotal moment. Leading a squadron charged with attacking Confederate forces in Mobile Bay, Alabama, Farragut’s flotilla encountered tethered mines known then as “torpedoes” which ultimately threatened his mission and his men. Acting decisively to navigate around the threat and pursue his objective, Farragut uttered the phrase that has now passed into military lore: “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!”
The Crypto Finance Group's brokerage subsidiary, Crypto Broker AG, has been granted a licence as a securities house with a bilateral trading facility by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.
Luxembourg’s economic stability and the expertise available in its specialised eco-system continues to attract global financial firms, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, with 82 new entities being licensed to operate by the country’s two financial regulators during 2020.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has shared its recommendations to the European Commission on measures to be taken to improve the European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) regime.
Exchange Data International (EDI) has welcomed the SEC's approval of the New Issue Database for US Corporate Bonds, an initiative it believes will promote transparency in the US corporate bond market.