HedgeCo News - The world’s largest domicile for hedge funds, healthcare insurance captives and catastrophe bond transactions, has been named the top specialised financial center by The Banker, a banking and finance magazine, in it’s 2010 IFC Rankings released this month.
Cayman, for the second year running, has been awarded first place by an increased margin over other jurisdictions such as Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey, Malta, Gibraltar, Monaco and Cyprus.
The Banker’s ranking of international financial centres is based not simply on the size of the financial services industry in each location, but focuses instead on the level of international business and the value offered to institutions seeking to expand their overseas operations.
“This is yet another objective finding that reinforces the fact that Cayman is regarded by institutions, if not by stubborn popular press, as a successful and transparent tax neutral jurisdiction from which to base international operations.” Anthony Travers, OBE, Chairman of Cayman Finance said.
“This result comes at a time when Cayman has just signed its twentieth tax information exchange agreement and statistics from the Islands’ regulating body CIMA show a continuingly robust performance by the financial services industry over the past year. Most importantly the financial crisis has been negotiated without the need to introduce corporate, income, capital gains, payroll or property taxes, the absence of which is likely to enhance Cayman’s attraction in the immediate future.” Travers said.
Statistics from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) note that Cayman still maintains US$1.795 trillion in deposits and interbank bookings.