GAIM Ops Cayman 2019

Walkers will once again be a headline sponsor of the 2019 GAIM Ops Cayman conference.

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Walkers Launches Compliance Services Offering

Walkers Compliance complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs.

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Brexit

Following the result in the United Kingdom's EU referendum, Walkers has created a Brexit page dedicated to providing our clients relevant information about the jurisdictions in which we practise.

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Admissions April2019

Walkers Announces Admissions of 50th and 51st Caymanian Attorneys-at-Law

We are pleased to announce that Articled Clerks Gemma Cowan and Sophie Dibb have completed their legal training, both being called to the Cayman Islands Bar. 

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Smashing Records – Venture Capital and PE in Asia

Records are made to be broken. In the private equity and venture capital spaces this seems to be a global theme in 2018. 2017 saw an unprecedented amount of capital raised in the private equity space (at US$453 billion) and projections indicate that venture deal and dollar volumes will surpass dot-com records1. However, in Asia, records aren’t simply being broken – they are being shattered. Global private equity and venture capital financing grew by 11.5% globally in 2017. But in Asia, at 37.6% that rate is more than tripled2. And that remarkable statistic is only the tip of the iceberg. 

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Sarah Maguire | Finance Dublin "A Day in the Life"

Sarah Maguire, Irish Investment Funds Partner, was featured in Finance Dublin's "A Day in the Life" article in their October 2018 edition.

Click on the link below to view the full article (reproduced with permission from the publishers).

 

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Ireland Cross-Border Fund Distribution - Update

Following on from our recent publication (click here) and in advance of the forthcoming EU elections, the European Parliament voted on 16 April 2019 to adopt the trilogue agreement on the Commission's initiatives to ease cross-border distribution of collective investment schemes.

The legislative texts will enter into force 20 days after their official publication in the Official Journal and in light of the 24 month transposition period the current expectation is that the new regime will go live in 2021.

ESMA has been mandated to develop implementing technical standards within 18 months of entry into force of the Regulation to determine standard forms, templates and procedures for the publications and notifications provided for therein.

EFAMA has also issued a statement welcoming the Parliament's decision to adopt the new harmonising regime and the recognition of the need to postpone the application of the PRIIPs disclosure regime for UCITS by two years.

Steps Cayman Funds Should Take Now to Comply With New Requirement to Appoint AML Officers

The September 30, 2018, deadline for funds formed in the Cayman Islands to comply with the new requirement to designate natural persons as anti-money laundering officers – i.e., Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer – is quickly approaching.

In a recent interview with The Hedge Fund Law Report, Walkers partner Lucy Frew discussed the new requirement arising from the Cayman Islands Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (2018 Revision) (2018 AML Regulations) to designate AML Officers, practical considerations for deciding whom to appoint to serve in these roles and steps that funds should take to ensure they comply with this requirement.

 

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This article first appeared in The Hedge Fund Law Report Vol. 11, No. 35.

Temporary Permissions Regime – Update

The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA")confirmed that given the delay of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, firms and funds wanting to avail of the Temporary Permissions Regime ("TPR") now have until 30 May 2019 (rather than 11 April 2019) to notify them of this. The FCA has also confirmed that updates to any submitted TPR notification will be possible to reflect any updates to fund ranges during the newly extended notification window.

Any fund managers that, as a result of this extension, wish to update their notification should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of 16 May 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact your usual Walkers contact if you have any questions relating to this update and/or the Temporary Permissions Regime more broadly.

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