Saturday, December 15, 2018

Electric future: CUC plans radical shake-up of energy sources

Cayman’s energy market will need to see a radical transformation over the next two decades to meet the ambitious goals outlined in the first National Energy Policy passed last year.

Ironshore: Cayman’s nascent pharma giant

Cayman is globally renowned for its tourism and financial services, but is not known for having a pharmaceutical industry.

Offshore M&A deals drop; Cayman remains top center

The Cayman Islands saw more mergers and acquisition transactions than any other offshore jurisdiction in the first half of 2018, as the total value of Cayman deals increased by nearly 50 percent over the second half of 2017.

Immigration: Fewer ‘ghost Caymanians’ in the future?

The Immigration (Amendment) Law, 2018 came into effect on Aug. 13, 2018, and with it, new opportunities potentially present themselves for various categories of people in the Cayman Islands to obtain the Right to be Caymanian. This article explores two such changes.

Interest Rates: The yield curve conundrum

The treasury yield curve has garnered much interest in the news recently. The past few weeks have witnessed a narrowing of the gap between short- and long-term rates dangerously approaching a proverbial inversion. So what is a treasury yield curve? As an investor, why should it matter?

No ‘jumping the gun’ in regulating cryptocurrencies

Peter McKiernan, the cofounder of RiskPass AML+Compliance Ltd., stood at his laptop last week at a seminar on anti-money laundering practices for cryptocurrencies, demonstrating to the audience how to transfer cryptocurrencies across borders.

Crown Dependencies consult industry on substance legislation

The governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are asking businesses for their views on proposed new legislation that will require certain tax-resident companies to demonstrate they have sufficient substance.

BVI companies allegedly targeted by Russian oligarch

Proponents of offshore finance often argue that jurisdictions like Cayman and the British Virgin Islands help people from corrupt countries protect their wealth against theft and other forms of unlawful confiscation.

Regulatory: OfReg battles 18 months of challenges

When the Utility Competition and Regulation Office, known as OfReg, was formed in early 2017, it was touted as a “one-stop shop” regulator for telecommunications, electricity, petroleum and water.

Economist: Moderate US growth to impact Cayman

Moderate growth in the U.S. in the context of a wider global slowdown led by reduced consumer demand is going to impact Cayman, especially in the tourism sector, according to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel Fixed Income.

Offshore insolvency petitions on the rise

The number of insolvency petition filings in offshore jurisdictions increased significantly in 2017. The jump in petition filings was based on more activity in the British Virgin Islands and Mauritius, which offset falls in the Cayman Islands and Isle of Man, according to a report from offshore law firm Appleby.

Post-Irma, BVI financial sector propping up struggling territory

Traveling to the British Virgin Islands for the first time since the territory was devasted by Hurricane Irma last September is an eye-opening experience for those familiar with what was once a flourishing, high-end tourism destination.

Brexit, Silk Road and de-risking – the future of offshore centers

It is difficult to see a bright future for offshore financial centers amid media attacks, international tax information exchange, initiatives to curb cross-border profit shifting by multinational companies, anti-tax avoidance measures, transparency efforts that erode financial privacy and more extensive compliance rules.

Not for love or money

The next time you meet your Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLRO), spend a moment to chat with them and to fully understand the demands of their role, the conditions under which they work, and try to assess how enviable or not, their job is. Some would say their role is thankless but essential.

UK pressure causing water companies to leave Cayman

The “tax haven” stigma has come back to bite Cayman again, this time in the form of recent announcements by a handful of United Kingdom water companies that they will be shutting down their Cayman-based subsidiaries.

The changing landscape of telecommunications

Just several years ago, companies like Digicel were largely known as mobile phone providers. But with the exploding popularity of WhatsApp and other applications that allow people to text and make voice calls over the internet, telecommunications companies can no longer rely on selling prepaid and postpaid bundles of minutes to make the bulk of their revenue.

Getting inflation right in 2018

Had the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit taken place in early January instead of February, all the talk about investment risks and threats to the economy would have been about geopolitics.

Cayman aims to capitalize on blockchain boom

Though the price of Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly since its inception – with some economists expecting it and other cryptocurrencies to be speculative bubbles – that uncertainty has not dampened the momentum of the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies: blockchain.

Experts mull future at Cayman Economic Outlook 2018

A list of speakers that included some of the world’s most prominent futurists and technology consultants discussed a variety of topics last month at the 15th annual Cayman Economic Outlook conference.

Residential real estate growing by double digits; commercial ready to soar

The complaints nibble at the edges of their optimism, but the upbeat mood among real estate brokers remains firm, though things could be even better – and South Sound is still booming.
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