The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has published new and updated rules and statements of guidance that will be effective from 14th October 2023 onwards.
The rules apply to Cayman Islands investments funds including mutual funds and private funds:
Rule on Corporate Governance
Statement of Guidance on Corporate Governance
Rule and Statement of Guidance on Internal Controls for Regulated Entities
Statement of Guidance on the Nature, Accessibility and Retention of Records
The Rules enable CIMA to impose administrative penalties for breaches.
A fund's board of directors or managers or general partner, as applicable must ensure that they are aware of the requirements, as follows:
Board Compositions and Meetings
Have an appropriate number of individuals on the board
Have an appropriate diversity of skills and experience
Hold an appropriate number of board meetings per year (at least one per year)
Keep proper written records of meetings/decisions
Establish and maintain an effective internal controls system
Retain ultimate oversight of outsourced functions
Monitor service providers, fund legal and compliance
Oversight of fund risks/management, monitoring of risks
Act honestly and in good faith with reasonable care, skill and diligence
Adopt a written conflicts of interest policy and disclose, monitor and manage conflicts
Exercise independent judgement in the best interests of the fund and investors as a whole
Communicate material changes to investors
Communicate in a transparent, clear and timely manner with CIMA.
Directors of regulated Cayman funds should ensure that they review their current corporate governance framework to ensure that they meet the requirements of the new rules and statements of guidance.
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