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Ireland has become an international financial services hub with 1000 fund managers from over 50 countries holding assets that are administered in Ireland. Ireland offers managers access to the EU-wide marketing passport for UCITS and AIFs. Ireland is a committed member of the European Union and will remain so, providing full market access to the EU. As an English-speaking member of the EU and Eurozone, Ireland is well-known for its clear and practical regulatory framework and support for the funds industry.
In 2008, Waystone successfully launched its Dublin operation, with an initial aim to provide governance services to fund managers.
In 2012, after four years of steady growth, Waystone became an authorized Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) and UCITS management company, approved by the Central Bank of Ireland and the CSSF in Luxembourg. Waystone Europe is headquartered in Ireland, with additional operations in London and Luxembourg to support its clients for European regulated products.
Each European domiciled fund requires an authorized AIFM or UCITS Management Company. Waystone can partner with investment managers to provide this service as part of an overall structure selected and customized for each fund. Waystone is appointed by the Fund as the AIFM or UCITS Management Company with the required regulatory responsibilities while the Investment Managers are appointed solely for investment management activities, allowing them to focus on their core competency.
In 2018, Waystone opened its Centre of Excellence in Cashel, Co. Tipperary with global operations and support functions with services including KYC & MLRO, Regulatory Reporting, Tax Reporting, Fund Registration, Corporate Secretarial, People & Development, Finance, Operational Risk, Compliance Services, Fund Administration, Relationship Management, Project Management, Client Onboarding and Corporate Solutions. In 2023, Maynooth became Waystone’s third operation in Ireland.
The Cayman Islands are recognised as a major international financial centre and are home to approximately 11,000 regulated funds, with 12,000 private funds registered during 2020.
The Cayman Islands are considered the fifth largest financial centre in the world, with an increasing number of offshore funds incorporations being developed annually.
Almost 80% of offshore hedge funds are regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA). This can be accredited to the Cayman Islands’ safe and flexible business environment for investors and a legal and financial framework that promotes growth for offshore funds. Waystone’s headquarters are located in the Cayman Islands, making it the ideal choice for organizations seeking informed governance solutions and guidance in successfully launching a Cayman Fund.
Waystone leads the way in specialist services for the asset management industry.
Partnering institutional investors, investment funds and asset managers Waystone builds, supports and protects investment structures and strategies worldwide. With over 20 years’ experience and a comprehensive range of specialist services to its name, Waystone is now serving assets under management in excess of $350Bn.
Waystone provides its clients with the guidance and tools to allow them to focus on managing their investment goals with confidence.
Luxembourg is firmly established as a key financial centre and fund domicile with Luxembourg funds now holding over €4.2Bn of assets under management.
Luxembourg benefits from a strong and stable economy and provides clear advantages for managers looking to establish funds in the jurisdiction. Waystone, with its significant experience in servicing private equity, real estate and debt funds, is well positioned to take advantage of this growth. Waystone is also experiencing an increased demand from UK managers looking to Luxembourg as a base from which to continue to market their funds into Europe.
Our Luxembourg team works closely with the Dublin and London operations, assisting clients with dedicated AIFMD and UCITS Management Company solutions to Luxembourg domiciled UCITS, SIFs and RAIFs. In addition, Waystone provides solutions to assist managers requiring Company Secretary, Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Compliance and Distribution Services across Europe, Asia and North America. Waystone continues to build a strong team in Luxembourg to match the demand for its services, having recently secured additional mandates from key institutional managers.
Waystone is the independent Third-Party Management Company of choice for leading institutional Investment Managers in Europe and the fund governance name that institutional investment managers know and trust when establishing their European product.
The United Kingdom is one of the world’s leading financial centres. Waystone’s UK operation was launched in London in 2013, with Nottingham and Belfast following in 2023.
Waystone’s UK operations bring global fund governance and allied services to the UK market, including FATCA, AIFMD, UCITS, corporate and outsourcing solutions. The addition of Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) services to assist asset managers operating UK regulated investment funds, allowed Waystone to provide clients with tailored solutions to assist with any Brexit concerns, from both a London and Nottingham location.
Waystone’s UK operation comprises the ACD team, the Distribution Services team and Waystone Compliance Solutions. Our seamless blend of systems, processes, people and expertise in all areas of client service differentiate us from our competitors. With expertise in the equities, investments trading and hedge fund markets in Europe and the Middle East, Waystone’s UK business continues to expand its presence and its service offerings in this leading financial services centre.
A leading financial market, Hong Kong is the preferred choice for asset managers in the Greater China Region offering a favourable low-tax environment for hedge funds and their managers.
Our highly-skilled and experienced team of hedge fund, private equity and venture capital specialists support our Asia-based funds and their managers.
The Waystone Hong Kong operation strengthens our ability to service not only hedge fund clients but also those involved in private equity and venture capital. Our clients include some of the largest asset managers in the Asia-Pacific region as well as start-up and emerging funds.
We are able to provide service offerings including AIFMD/UCITS and International Tax Compliance (FATCA/CRS) services which have seen continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region. We continue to see an increased demand for our professional directorship services along with our other services in the region and our recently expanded team is well placed to provide a full-service governance offering to its clients.
Singapore is a well-established international asset management and fund centre and over the last five years, the industry’s AUM has expanded at a 14% compound annual growth rate.
The value of the Waystone offering in Asia was strengthened by the opening of the Singapore operation in 2018, supporting Asia-based funds and their managers.
We offer professional, independent directors in the Asia time zone (SGT) and with fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese language skills that are key to the region. Waystone Singapore has further strengthened its ability to service not only hedge fund clients but also those involved in private equity and venture capital. Our clients include some of the largest asset managers in the Asia-Pacific region as well as start-up and emerging funds. UCITS are a familiar and well accepted product from both an investor and regulatory perspective in Singapore and we are able to provide service offerings including AIFMD/UCITS and International Tax Compliance (FATCA/CRS) which have seen continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
The opening of Waystone’s Singapore operation was another exciting milestone, demonstrating our commitment to the asset-management industry in Asia. We continue to see an increased demand for our professional directorship services along with our other services in the region.
The United States is the world’s largest national economy and leading global trader. Led by a highly-productive services sector, advanced manufacturing, and world-class research and development.
Waystone’s locations within the United States include; New York, New Jersey, Chicago and San Francisco, meaning Waystone is well-placed to strengthen its existing relationships with US stakeholders. Our presence across the US allows us to facilitate our face-to-face interactions, making our governance work more accessible and transparent to the funds we serve and their investors.
Waystone serves a wide variety of clients from hedge funds to those involved in private equity and venture capital. Our expertise and service offering enhances our ability to serve clients in other areas such as AIFMD/UCITS, International Tax Compliance (FATCA/CRS), SEC, CFTC, FINRA and exchange regulatory compliance programmes.
A politically stable and neutral country, Switzerland is the world leader in off-shore private banking.
With over 60% of Swiss adults holding assets in excess of USD 100,000, 11% of the Swiss are USD millionaires. Approximately 2,650 are ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) with over USD 50 million and 980 have a net worth in excess of USD 100 million. Switzerland also holds substantial seed capital from insurance companies, banks and foundations.
The Swiss fund market is the fourth largest in Europe, with a total volume of CHF 1,240 Bn (as of December 2019), and the fifth largest market in terms of institutions that use ETFs and ETPs. This makes it particularly attractive for the sale of foreign investment funds. The number of funds approved by FINMA for public offering has grown constantly, with most following the UCITS directive. There are also a significant number of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). Foreign funds outnumber Swiss funds by five to one, with Luxembourg and Ireland the most prevalent domiciles for foreign funds, having over 7,700 funds in total, followed by France, Germany and the UK. In 2018 alone, almost 800 new foreign funds were registered in Switzerland, a number that is second only to the UK. This represents a 10% growth for the year.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). Established in 2004, DIFC is a Financial Free Zone that facilitates trade and investment flows across the MEASA region with its own internationally recognised and independent regulator, the DFSA. With a proven judicial system and an English common law framework, DIFC is home to 24,000 professionals working across over 2,200 active registered companies.
Today, DIFC offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes and funding for growth-stage start-ups. With a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, Dubai continues to be a sought-after business and lifestyle destination.
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is an award-winning international financial centre located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. ADGM’s independent authorities ensure that a business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practices and is recognised by major global financial centres.
ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) was established to support a developing financial services environment and uphold the integrity of the international financial centre with policies, rules and regulations that have been modelled on internationally recognised standards, ensuring that financial entities operate with certainty while safeguarding the best interests of investors. Offering the highest level of regulatory transparency and engagement, the FSRA practices an open and progressive approach to regulatory operations.
ADGM’s business-friendly environment attracts international business and investors, and companies who set up in or relocate to Abu Dhabi are able to take advantage of a strategic location, world-class infrastructure, relatively low operating costs, significant tax benefits, a highly-skilled workforce and a high quality of life for employees and their families. Its unrivalled connectivity to Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and a favourable time zone mean Abu Dhabi offers extensive advantages as a global business hub.
Bermuda is one of the leading international finance centres in the Caribbean and Latin America region. It is a global business hub comprising numerous markets supported by strong legal, finance and accounting sectors.
Its international finance sectors include investment funds, (re)insurance, HNWI offices, asset finance and financial services, FinTech, shipping and aircraft and it offers a deep talent pool of highly-qualified professionals working across multiple industries.
Thanks to a stable business environment, Canada’s largest cities make up some of the world’s most competitive financial centres, with Canada now holding four of the top ten financial spots in North America. Canada has a highly-developed, mixed-market economy with the world’s eighth-largest economy as of 2022, and a nominal GDP of approximately US$2.221 trillion. It is one of the world’s largest trading nations, with a highly-globalized economy.
Canada is consistently ranked among the top places in the world where it is easiest to do business, especially when it comes to the initial stages of starting up a business.
The second most populous country in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, the Philippines is one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia Pacific region. With increasing urbanization, a growing middle class, and a large and young population, the Philippines’ economic dynamism is rooted in strong consumer demand, supported by a vibrant labour market and robust remittances. Business activities are buoyant with notable performance in the services sector including business process outsourcing, real estate, tourism, and finance and insurance industries.