Comment: Is Cayman under threat as a fund domicile?

Hedge – For most of the past decade, the Cayman Islands have been the world’s dominant offshore alternative fund domicile. At the last count, the jurisdiction had around 10,000 funds, the vast majority of which are hedge funds of one stripe or another.

But with offshore financial services under hostile scrutiny as never before, Cayman finds itself on a ‘grey list’ of jurisdictions assessed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as having signed up to the principles of tax transparency and exchange of information but failed, so far at least, to have adequately implemented them by signing tax information exchange agreements with OECD members.

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