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Unit trusts are commonly used to operate investment funds in the Cayman Islands.  A unit trust is a form of an express trust whereby the interest in the underlying assets is unitised under the terms of the trust instrument.  Units issued to investors in a unit trust confer a proprietary interest in all the underlying investments, but does not entitle the unitholder to any particular asset comprised in the trust fund.  Ownership of a unit entitles an investor to a right to redeem or have its units redeemed in return for cash based on the net value of the trust assets.How do you e...
Exempted companies are the most common form of offshore company in the Cayman Islands and are incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (2021 Revision) (“Companies Act”). An exempted company is a body corporate which has separate legal personality capable of exercising all the functions of a natural person of full capacity irrespective of any question of corporate benefit and having perpetual succession.  The constitution of an exempted company is contained in the memorandum of association and the articles of association.  The registered office of the exempted ...
The Cayman Islands is the one of the premier financial centers in the world and is a key location for investment and residency for high-net-worth individuals. Cayman is easily accessible by airlines, boasts a safe environment, warm climate year-round, first class amenities and a strong judicial system. It is no wonder people are taking advantage of the various options for residency in the Cayman Islands.These options include the following. Residency Certificate for Persons of Independent MeansPersons over 18 years, who have the means to support themselves without working in Caym...
The Cayman Islands has become a global centre for trusts largely because it has expert attorneys and service providers, modern and effective legislation, a strong and independent judicial system and a stable political environment. The financial sector in Cayman has serviced international clients for decades with one of the most flexible vehicles for wealth structuring and estate planning and is continuously reviewing and updating legislation so that it remains current, viable and relevant. The Cayman Islands trust law is derived from an amalgamation of common law and equity, English statu...
Foundation companies (“Foundation Companies”) introduced by the Foundation Companies Act (2017 Revision) (the “Act”) is arguably one of the most innovative and flexible vehicles which has been introduced in the Cayman Islands in recent years. They are becoming increasingly popular with clients because of their flexibility, the ability to be tailor made to clients’ needs and to be utilized in a wide variety of circumstances ranging from commercial transaction to estate planning and the general ease of understanding how they work. Fundamentally, Foundation Companies are companies ...