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The BVI continues to innovate with its new Private Investment Fund (PIF) regime

The BVI continues to innovate with its new Private Investment Fund (PIF) regime

By Jeffrey Kirk and Simon Gray – Ever innovative and commercially minded, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced a new regulatory regime for private equity, venture capital and other closed-ended funds – adding to its already well established, cost effective and popular stable of incubator funds and approved funds.  

CRYPTOCURRENCY

FCA crypto ban is a setback for the UK in race to lead growing digital assets marketplace, says GDF

FCA crypto ban is a setback for the UK in race to lead growing digital assets marketplace, says GDF

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) recent decision to ban the sale of derivatives and exchange traded notes (ETNs) linked to cryptoassets to retail customers is a huge setback for the UK in maintaining its dominant position as a global fintech hub. The FCA’s decision has left many in the cryptoasset sector questioning the regulator’s willingness to collaborate with them and listen to the views of key market participants.  

SINGAPORE

Tenacity in the face of adversity

Tenacity in the face of adversity

The outlook for the penetration of the Variable Capital Company legislation as a fund structure is upbeat as it soldiers on against the unfortunate timing of its launch, amid a global pandemic. More importantly, in practice the legislation works well and the fund launches have been successful.

SINGAPORE

Turning potential into reality

Turning potential into reality

The ASEAN region has demonstrated itself as a major area for investment and potential growth. However, much of this growth is still on the horizon and yet to be materialised. For the prospects of the ASEAN region to reach their true potential, the current environment requires cost efficiency, scalability and talent. These are critical factors to creating a supportive ecosystem.

SINGAPORE

Digital innovation breaking ground in Singapore

Digital innovation breaking ground in Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has been proactive and transparent with licensing requirements, compared to other jurisdictions. The Digital Acceleration Grant (DAG) programme incentivises firms to modernise operations, equipping smaller managers with the necessary technology and helping new funds get off the ground. This programme, coupled with geopolitical influences, contributes to Singapore accelerating as a safe-haven for money and financial institutions.