September 19, 2014
Premier cancelled UK trip; FCA list no longer a threat

Published by Cayman 27 Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin says there is no need for him to make the trip to the UK to address why Cayman ended up on a list of high -risk countries. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) pulled its list last week, after an outcry from the Cayman Islands government. Lobby group Cayman Finance says it welcomes […]

September 17, 2014
Cayman Finance CEO: UK FCA Retreat on ‘High Risk’ List Points to Need for More Openness

The decision by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority to withdraw its list of 95 countries considered to be at “high risk” of financial crime points to the need for more open assessment of overseas jurisdictions by the British regulator, according to the chief executive officer of the main trade body for the Cayman financial services industry. “Of course, it’s good […]

September 17, 2014
UK Expert: FCA-Cayman Spat Points to Need for Global Regulatory Openness

Published by Best’s News Service The confrontation between the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and the government of the Cayman Islands over an unfavorable risk assessment suggests a global need for more accessible regulatory guidance, according to a London-based expert on financial crime. After complaints from the government and the financial services sector in the Cayman Islands, the FCA said this […]

September 12, 2014
FCA withdraws ‘high risk’ country list

Posted by Cayman Compass The Financial Conduct Authority, the U.K.’s financial regulator, has pulled a controversial list of countries that the organization considers high risk for money laundering and financial crime. The Cayman Islands government and financial services association Cayman Finance had criticized Cayman’s inclusion and the lack of transparency around the methodology used to draw up the list. The […]

September 12, 2014
Blacklisting brief but impact unknown

Published by CNS Business Praising Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton for his urgent response to the brief blacklisting of the Cayman Islands by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Cayman Finance CEO Gonzalo Jalles said the impact on the jurisdiction’s reputation may never be known. The list was published by the FCA on 18 July in response to a Freedom of […]


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100 Women in Hedge Funds -Dissecting Private Equity Trends and Opportunities

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Balancing the bottom line with the social objectives of impact investing; is it a passing trend or a modern objective here to stay? For those prepared to venture further afield, are the risks associated with emerging markets outweighed by the opportunities?

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Insurance Seminar with Fitch Ratings

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) will co-host a seminar with Fitch Ratings in the Cayman Islands next month. Fitch currently rates the securities of 92 different entities domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and considers it an important market.

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Caribbean Regional Compliance Association Conference

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September 30, 2014
Alibaba and liberty

A Chinese company wishes to raise capital in the US. The US investors wish to invest in the Chinese company. The Chinese regulators do not allow the company to sell shares directly into the US markets, so the company creates an entity that, while it does not hold the assets of the company, has a right to all future cash-flow […]

September 17, 2014
Small Wonder?

Delaware has more registered companies than people. Less than 0.3% of the US population and two-thirds of the 500 largest US companies call the State their home. Yes, it is a small wonder, but I can’t help think – what is the big wonder? A President that continues to attack other nations for more reasonable tax-management practices than those happening […]

September 2, 2014
Future of offshore financial centres: the tax question

FATCA and its progeny have spawned a raft of intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) promising transparency to tax authorities around the world. Not to be outdone, prime minster David Cameron is pushing for beneficial ownership registries for the UK, the Crown Dependencies and the Overseas Territories. New York University’s John Blank and [University of] Virginia’s Ruth Mason argue in a recent Tax […]



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