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Philip Graham, Of Harneys Talks To HFMweek About The Trends And Developments Of The Hedge Fund Sector On The British Virgin Islands -

HFMWEEK (HFM): WHAT ARE THE MAIN TRENDS SPECIFIC TO THE FUNDS INDUSTRY IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)?

PHILIP GRAHAM (PG): With more than 2,200 regulated funds and at least as many closed-end or private equity fund vehicles formed in the jurisdiction, the BVI funds market sees a huge variety of structures and investment managers from all over the world who seek a domicile that provides political stability, an ultra-reliable legal system and experienced industry practitioners. The general trend is that there isn’t a general trend; we speak to fund managers from New York and London with over $25bn under management and in the same day could be speaking to a brand new individual to the sector that wishes to set-up an incubator fund out of South Korea. This special blend is what keeps the BVI in such high regard.

HFM: WHAT ARE THE BVI’S STRENGTHS AS A FUNDS JURISDICTION AND HOW DO THEY COMPETE AGAINST ONSHORE STRUCTURES?

PG: Besides those already mentioned, the BVI funds legislation is based on fundamentally accepted principles, but allows for a great deal of flexibility to ensure that structures of all shapes and sizes are able to function at their optimum level. This is a distinct advantage over the more rigid onshore entities, which will ultimately impact upon the returns to investors. When you combine this with the low cost-base compared to most offshore jurisdictions, let alone the much higher costs of onshore funds, the benefits of setting up in the BVI become obvious.

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Topics:  Business Formation, Hedge Funds, Offshore Companies, Offshore Funds

Published In: Finance & Banking Updates, International Trade Updates, Securities Updates

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