Section 5 (1) of the Mutual Funds Law in the Cayman Islands sets out guidelines for the registration of Administered Funds in the Cayman Islands.

Key Features

The distinctive difference between an administered fund and a registered fund is that there is a statutory obligation upon the administrator to conduct due diligence on the promoter and investment manager so that they can give an undertaking to CIMA.

An administered fund must therefore appoint a fully licensed Cayman Islands fund administrator (as principal office), who must confirm to CIMA that the promoter has a sound reputation, relevant experience and that the fund will be operated in a proper manner.

Legal Requirements

Requirements

Description

General

  • Corporate  vehicle permitted

Company, Unit Trust or Partnership

  • Application fee

USD 370

  • Annual license fee

USD 4,700

  • Local physical office required

No

Share capital or equivalent

  • Minimum subscription

None

  • Minimum investors

More than 15 investors

Directors

  • Minimum number

2

  • Corporate directorship allowed

Yes

  • Local director required

No

Service Providers Required

  • Custodian

No

  • Fund manager/Investment manager

Yes (from anywhere)

  • Fund administrator

Yes (CIMA-licensed)

  • Auditors

Yes

  • Legal Advisers

No

Tax Treatment

Tax neutrality: no capital gains, income, profits, corporation or withholding taxes

Duration to Set Up

About 3 months

Distinctive Benefits of Licence

  • No Minimum subscription
  • No preapproval required, the registration form (MF2/MF2A) is simply submitted to CIMA together with the offering document, auditors consent letter, the administrators consent letter – there is no waiting period as the fund can offer its shares for sale on the day it files with CIMA.
  • The auditor must be a Cayman Islands approved auditor although the audit work does not require to be conducted in the Cayman Islands. It is normal for a foreign audit firm to do the actual audit and for the Cayman Islands office to do a signoff. However a Cayman Islands auditor’s consent letter is required for the CIMA registration.
  • There is no requirement to have a custodian, prime broker or Cayman Islands resident director.
  • The investment manager can be located anywhere and is not required to be licensed or registered.
  • Tax neutrality: no capital gains, income, profits, corporation or withholding taxes

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