Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Offshore finance centers bracing for substance legislation impact

Cayman’s government and financial services industry professionals have had mixed reactions to the territory’s recently passed economic substance legislation, with some expressing cautious optimism that the new laws will increase investment in the islands, while others are bracing for an exodus of companies.

What’s brewing in housing?

Financial markets were hit with an onslaught of weak economic news across the housing sector recently.

Cayman National has event-filled months since sale announcement

The Cayman Islands is home to billions of dollars’ worth of mergers and acquisitions in a given year, but few have the potential to impact the local community as much as the impending sale of Cayman National Corporation Ltd. to the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd.

Funds speaker touts blockchain’s potential for positive social impact

Much of the Campbells Fund Focus 2018 conference featured panelists discussing how changing regulations, technology, and political issues could impact the bottom line of the fund industry.

Better metrics than GDP would have enabled a stronger response to crisis

Better measurement of the economy and of people’s well-being could have led governments to respond more strongly to mitigate the damage caused by the 2008 financial crisis and reduce people’s continuing loss of trust in public institutions, according to a new report released by the OECD.

Investment: Average clauses in insurance

Recently, a local insurance company has been advertising on the radio in Cayman warning of the implications of average clauses. Contrary to the rather ordinary nature that the name suggests, an average clause is one of the most important clauses that you can find in an insurance policy.

Banking: Is it time for central banks to pause?

It is hard to believe that the 9 percent return on the S&P 500 Index as at the end of September has now completely vanished. U.S. equity markets are now in negative territory for the year to date.

Taking the pledge for gender equality

A group of professionals in the Cayman Islands is campaigning for gender equality in the workplace.

Charity caters for busy women looking to contribute

On Oct. 15, 2015, women gathered for the inaugural Cayman Islands’ chapter meeting of 100 Women Who Care, which culminated in more than $42,500 being raised for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, a domestic violence organization – an astonishing amount and a fitting cause, given the group’s female attendees.

Club advocates for local women in business

For more than 40 years, the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman has been working to create a better environment for local women and future members of the workforce.

Changes give new opportunities for the spouse of a Caymanian

According to documentation recently received from the Department of Immigration, there are approximately 350 expatriates holding Residency and Employment Rights Certificates (RERCs) as the spouse of a Caymanian. We expect this number will increase.

Cayman-based Real Vision looks to conquer financial media world

Real Vision founder Raoul Pal, who owns a house on Little Cayman, has ambitious plans for his firm, aiming for it to “disrupt” the media industry and replace outlets like CNBC as the financial journalism outlet of record.

Legally Speaking: Where justice requires confidentiality

The principle of open justice requires that justice must literally be seen to be done. But there are occasions when openness of court proceedings will be at odds with the requirements of justice.

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.

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.

New rules shake up anti-money laundering services

Cayman’s fund industry is facing significant changes under new regulations to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The changing landscape of litigation funding in Cayman

Businesses that litigate in the Cayman Islands courts have historically had few alternatives to the traditional funding model, i.e., paying a law firm a fixed hourly rate.
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