It featured the world’s first robot to be granted citizenship and actor Will Smith, but the big theme of the 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit was the potential of technology, especially blockchain and cryptocurrencies, with delegates told to embrace the opportunities this can offer the sector. Cayman Funds reports.
The Cayman Islands remains the heart of the offshore hedge funds world, and it is well positioned to remain there even in a future driven by technology including artificial intelligence, Ingrid Pierce, global managing partner at Walkers, tells Cayman Funds.
The Cayman Islands Directors Association, a rising force on the Cayman Islands for several years, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. Cassandra Powell, its president, tells Cayman Funds about its achievements in 2017 and its plans for the year ahead.
The regulatory environment and the operational and security risks are vitally important considerations when investing in cryptocurrencies. Alex Bodden, Jay Schulman and Todd Briggs of RSM explain the key things that investors and others involved in this sector must look out for.
2017 was a memorable year for 100WF Cayman as a new brand and new identity led to a surge in membership and record levels of charity fundraising. 2018 is set to be even better, says Michelle Morgan, chair of the Communications Committee of the 100WF Cayman Location.
Hedge fund managers have been focusing on differentiation in order to be competitive, attract the right investor base and stay in the game. Managers are having to adapt to the increasing demands and expectations of investors, as Georgia Prinsloo of Global Funds Management explains.
In the same way that the Cayman Islands has innovated to stay ahead of the curve in other areas, it must ensure that it leverages new technologies such as blockchain, writes Daniella Skotnicki from Harneys.
There have been a number of changes to Cayman Islands legislation in recent months and some have had an impact on Cayman-based private equity funds. Jennifer Reilly of Campbells navigates the situation from a private equity perspective.
Cayman’s anti-money laundering regime has been updated to take into account the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force. Sailaja Alla at Appleby explains the implications of the changes.
In this fast-changing world of technological advancements and regulatory developments, the role of the fund administrator is ever-evolving—but client service is still the key, as Susan Levy-Elliott from Cayman National Fund Services explores.