Private Funds Act’s Role in Enhancing and Modernizing the Cayman Islands’ Private Funds Industry

Although the Cayman Islands is known as a major international finance center, few people appreciate the sheer size and complexity of its funds landscape. More than 24,000 investment funds were registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as of the end of 2020, including 12,695 private funds. According to Cayman Finance, 70% of non‑U.S. domiciled alternative investment funds managed by SEC‑registered investment advisers are domiciled in the Cayman Islands. To accommodate the growth in its private funds industry and improve its oversight thereof, the Cayman Islands government enacted the Private Funds Act (PFA). Since it has gone into effect, the PFA has both modernized the Cayman Islands’ funds framework and imposed additional burdens on fund managers – some of which are required to be completed in the coming weeks. In a guest article, Laura da Ascenção, commercial director at TMF Group, details measures taken by the Cayman Islands government to enhance its regulatory approach; the impact of the PFA; key PFA requirements to which managers must adhere; and a forecast of what lies ahead for the Cayman Islands’ regulatory efforts. See “Navigating the Expanded Scope of the Cayman Private Funds Act” (Mar. 4, 2021).

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