U.S., U.K. and Offshore Regulators Discuss Best Ways for Hedge Fund Managers to Approach Regulation (Part One of Two)

Hedge fund managers are subject to scrutiny by regulators in numerous jurisdictions – where the manager is based, where the fund is based and where the fund is marketed. In an increasingly global economy, cross-border regulators are cooperating more frequently, sharing information and coordinating efforts to govern the growing hedge fund industry. This month, the Hedge Fund Association presented a Global Regulatory Briefing that featured Emma Bailey, Director of the Investment Supervision and Policy Division of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Jennifer A. Duggins, Co-Head of the Private Funds Unit in the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations; Garth Ebanks, Deputy Head of the Investments and Securities Division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; Ifor Hughes, Assistant Director of Policy in the Policy, Legal and Enforcement department of the Bermuda Monetary Authority; and Robert Taylor, Head of the Investment Management Department at the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. This first article in a two-part series summarizes the speakers’ commentary on fund regulation in their respective jurisdictions, cooperation among regulators and whether hedge fund regulation is sufficient to address fraud. The second article will highlight the panelists’ insights with respect to cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, advertising and liquidity. For more on cooperation among regulators, see “SEC Chair Emphasizes Enforcement Focus on Strong Remedies and Individual Liability” (Nov. 12, 2015); and “E.U. Action Plan to Unify Capital Markets May Affect Hedge Fund Managers” (Oct. 8, 2015).

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