Bermuda Hedge fund Guide

Bermuda Hedge Funds

Bermuda Hedge Fund Guide

Here is a short collection of articles on the hedge fund industry in Bermuda. I am always looking for more valuable online tools and resources to add to these geographical hedge fund guides to the hedge fund industry. If you have a white paper or PowerPoint that I can include here please send me an email and I will post it for everyone's benefit.

New regulations are being put into place in 2009 in Bermuda, read about these by clicking here.

Hedgeweek Special Report on Bermuda Hedge Funds Services 2008. This report features several articles touched on various aspects of Bermuda’s Hedge Fund industry. It also analyzes the trends of globalization and institutionalization of the hedge fund industry. Regulations regarding funds’ performance, such as the level of manager access and transparency and investor protection are emphasized.

Island Hedge Funds Hold US $107 Billion. Estimates from the Hedge Fund Research Inc (HFR) Industry Report — Year End 2006 show that Bermuda has $107 billion in hedge fund assets under management, representing 7.7 percent of the world total and 11 percent globally not including the US, which itself accounts for 30.1 percent of the world total. Read more inside…

This article describes the establishment and administration process of the offshore funds, and its advantages and structure. Numerous areas of the world that are considered primary offshore centers for forming hedge funds are also briefly introduced, include Bermuda, the Cayman Island, Guernsey, Hong Kong and Dublin, etc.

BiBA Welcomes Bermuda Hedge Fund Law (12/21/2006). The Bermuda International Business Association (BIBA) has soundly endorsed the passing in Bermuda’s House of Assembly of the eagerly anticipated Investment Funds Act 2006, which more clearly outlines how public funds are regulated and refines the framework for non-public, institutional funds. Read more inside…

This is another feature report on the hedge fund industry in Bermuda. In this report, numerous topics regarding hedge funds in Bermuda are discussed, such as the role of Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), fund licensing regulation and requirements, and its local laws, etc.

Bermuda Battles Caymans for Offshore Funds (12/11/2007). While Bermuda dominates the offshore insurance industry, the Cayman Islands is slowly catching up as another epicenter for hedge funds, with about 9,000 of loosely regulated funds alredy registered in this British territory. Read more inside…

Establishing a Hedge Fund in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. This report compares some of the key features of the laws and regulatory requirements between Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that are applicable to hedge fund.

The Hedge Fund Bermuda Triangle (May 2008). This article analyzed the reasons attribute to the failure of hedge funds, especially during the recent subprime crisis. Some of the addressed concerns are high leverage, illiquidity, and lack of investment diversity.

Hedge Funds and the Bermuda Reinsurance Market. Besides an epicenter for establishing offshore funds, Bermuda is also an insurance powerhouse that rivals New York and London. Bermuda is the center of international catastrophe reinsurance business, underwriting almost a third of global premiums, and is also the world’s leading captive domicile. Read more inside…

Bermuda’s Hedge Fund Industry. This small article provides a concise overview on Bermuda’s hedge fund industry, with description of its monetary authority, regulatory laws, and its advantages in comparison to other prime offshoring locations.

Offshore Explorations: Caribbean Hedge Funds. This article provides both qualitative and quantitative information on the funds located around the Caribbean, such as funds distribution, asset size, growth rate, and investor demographic, etc.

This website contains numerous information on offshore investing, investment funds, and taxation issues for hedge funds located in Bermuda.

This article, composed by KPMG, briefly described some of the regulatory issues for setting up hedge funds in Bermuda, such as authorization requirements and process, timescale, capital requirement, fund structure, and restrictions on type of investors.

A Time for Change: Bermuda’s Ability to Adapt Sets the Standard in an Uncertain Market. The changing demands of investors have forced changes in the way hedge funds operate, such as increased transparency and higher operational standards, are being implemented with more seriousness. Read more inside…

KPMG International Hedge Fund Survey. This comprehensive and broadly based research study focuses on the future of the hedge fund industry. The report presents the views of 550 top executives in 35 countries involved in hedge funds (including Bermuda), their administration, prime broking, mainstream fund management and pension funds, with combine assets worth U.S. $23 trillion.

New Fund Product Launched in Bermuda. The Bermuda International Business Association (BIBA) announced in May that it had brought to the Bermudian market a new product whereby funds can be simultaneously approved by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) and listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) in as short a time as two weeks. Read more inside…

Hedge Fund Jobs in Bermuda.

Institutional Investor’s Alpha Hedge 15th Annual Global Hedge Fund Summit. The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, October 26-28, 2008. This conference will foster an understanding of how current and ongoing developments are driving and influencing the funds in their home markets and the regions in which they invest and operate.

Annual Bermuda Financial Services Conference. 8am – 6pm, Tuesday, 9/30/2008. The Harvard Club, New York.

Citadel Solutions LLC has announced that the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) has approved its license to operate Citadel Solutions Bermuda Ltd, making it the first company licensed by the BMA to provide administration services to hedge funds. Citadel Solutions Bermuda Ltd. will provide middle office and fund administration services to hedge funds as part of the global Citadel Solutions team.

More than USD 8billion in hedge fund and private equity money has recently been poured into, at last count, 11 new Bermuda reinsurance ventures. And, in what seems to be a first for the industry, some of this capital will be arriving in the form of sidecars, financial vehicles that can help speed the journey to an IPO or company sale.

Bermuda is one of the world’s premier off-shore jurisdictions, and is perhaps best known as the world’s second largest (after London) domicile for insurance and reinsurance companies. Bermuda is also the jurisdiction of choice for over 1500 hedge fund and pooled fund vehicles, and as the hedge fund industry continues its remarkable growth the choice of Bermuda as a home for hedge funds has never been more compelling.

Great general, in depth, overview relating to hedge fund regulation in Bermuda.

2003 article about the threatened movement by many hedge funds to offshore areas if the SEC increased its regulation of them. ''The most portable asset in the world is cash,'' said Robert K. Steel, the vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, who said during a two-day meeting on the subject in Washington that many funds would not put up with excessive regulation in the United States.

The global growth of hedge fund assets has tripled since the end of the bull market. Fuelled by increased interest by the retail market in alternative investment strategies not correlated to market performance, the SEC has estimated that there are currently 6,000 to 8,000 hedge funds. So what does this mean for the hedge fund industry? We think it means a maturing industry that will inevitably lead to greater regulation. In the US, this is already under active discussion for fund advisors. We believe that the Bermuda model will be followed by other offshore domiciles for hedge funds.

More great detailed, informative discussion of regulations in the Bermuda hedge fund industry and the lessons to be learnt from them.

The essential point is that Bermuda’s tax regime remains one of the world’s most attractive. There are no withholding, capital gains, transfer, wealth, gift or income taxes for non-resident entities. The meatiest issue facing the PLP is Bermuda’s independence. In much the same way as Britain’s Labour Party is said to be pro-European, the PLP is thought to be in favour of severing its ties with the UK.

Great extremely detailed, in depth, sophisticated look at Bermuda’s hedge funds by the International Monetary Fund.

Another overview guide to Bermuda including some background information on the country itself and what exactly makes it so attractive to hedge funds.

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