CIMA Regulator Discusses Key Issues for Advisers That Manage Cayman Funds: AIFMD Marketing Passport, Whistleblowers and Administrative Fines Regime (Part Two of Two)
Rorie A. Norton
Hedge Fund Law Report
While members of the financial services industry anticipate that the administration of Donald J. Trump will remove what they see as the burdensome regulations adopted following the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. fund managers that operate on a global scale should not expect a similar reprieve outside U.S. borders. See “Pro-Business Environment of New Administration Continues to Have Challenges and Pitfalls for Private Funds” (Sep. 4, 2017). In a recent interview with Hedge Fund Law Report, Garth Ebanks, Deputy Head of the Investments and Securities Division at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (the Authority), discussed the approach that the Authority and the Cayman Islands Government are taking on an array of regulatory initiatives. In this second article in our two-part series, Ebanks discusses the steps being taken by the Authority to ensure that Cayman vehicles are well positioned to obtain a marketing passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive; three important regulatory initiatives being pursued by the Authority; the new Cayman Islands whistleblower law; and how the Cayman Islands has remained competitive as an offshore funds jurisdiction despite an onslaught of competition. The first article provided Ebanks’ thoughts into how managers are using the much-anticipated Cayman Islands limited liability company structure; how the Authority approaches the regulation of different types of private funds and other fund governance issues; and common deficiencies by private funds identified by the Authority concerning anti-money laundering and other applicable supervisory regulations. For additional commentary from Ebanks, see “U.S., U.K. and Cayman Regulators Address Upcoming Areas of Focus, Passporting Concerns and Intra-Agency Collaboration” (Nov. 17, 2016).