Private equity funds in the Cayman Islands

This briefing explains the attractions for international managers, sponsors and investors of the Cayman Islands as the jurisdiction in which to domicile a private equity fund.

The terms “private equity” and “closed-ended” are often used interchangeably, principally to differentiate funds of this type from “hedge” or “alternative” funds which invest in liquid assets and give investors the option to redeem their investments on regular liquidity dates. The term “private equity fund” commonly denotes a non-retail fund investing in illiquid assets and, whilst used most frequently in the context of a typical buyout fund, covers a range of funds including real estate funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure funds, credit opportunity and other debt funds, secondary funds and funds of funds. Private equity/closed-ended funds established in the Cayman Islands normally take the form of limited partnerships (which will be the focus of this briefing) although sometimes are formed as companies. 

Mourant Ozannes’ Cayman funds advisory team advises managers, sponsors and investors globally on all aspects of law and regulation pertaining to the structuring and operation of investment funds in the Cayman Islands…

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