Updated: Nov 29, 2021
The Cayman Islands is the leading domicile for investment funds, attracting 80% of all new offshore fund formations. Cayman is estimated to house more than 75% of the world’s offshore hedge funds and nearly half of the industry’s estimated US$1.1 trillion of assets under management.
Bell Rock works with fund managers around the world to set up, structure and register hedge funds (including many crypto funds), venture capital and private equity funds.
Advantages of Cayman Islands as a Jurisdiction
Cayman Islands is at the forefront of the investment funds sector largely because of the structural and operational advantages it offers, including:
Political and economic stability
No exchange controls restrictions
Reputable professional service providers
Abundance of expertise in the investment fund space
Cayman regulators is very approachable, flexible, innovative and efficient
Cayman’s investment fund fee structure is globally competitive, which benefits the manager and the investor with respect to the launch and ongoing operation/ maintenance of the fund.
Open-ended/Regulated Mutual Funds
Open-ended funds that meet certain criteria of the Mutual Funds Act and are thus subject to regulation under CIMA’s Investment and Securities Division may qualify to conduct business as a hedge fund, licensed mutual fund, an administered mutual fund, a registered fund or a master fund.
For a closed-ended fund, an investor’s investment is tied-in for the entire life of the fund with no ability for them to redeem. A closed-ended fund is therefore suitable for investments which require a longer timeline over which to mature, such as private equity, venture capital, real estate or infrastructure investments. Closed-ended funds are not regulated in the Cayman Islands. They are a popular choice among private equity and venture capital firms who operate internationally.
Stand-alone Cayman Fund
Segregated Portfolio Company (Umbrella Fund)
Service Providers to appoint
Company Manager to Incorporate the Fund Entity and Register the Fund with CIMA
AML Compliance Officers
Directors of the Board. Most Cayman funds will appoint independent directors.
Questions to Consider as a Fund Manager
What type of investors will the Fund target?
Any US investors?
LP structure with a GP or a limited company issuing shares to investors?
What is the planned launch date?
Will the Fund be open-ended or closed-ended?
What will the investment strategy be?
What assets will the fund invest in?
What will be the frequency of subscriptions and redemptions?
Any lock-up period for investors?
If a lock-up will it be a hard lock-up or a soft lock up with an early redemption penalty?
Will the initial investment amount per investor be US$100,000 (or equivalent in other currencies)?
We routinely advise on all aspects of setting up a Cayman fund including the appointment of suitable service providers. Feel free to contact us: email@example.com