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Cayman Licensed Fund

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) regulates mutual funds under the Mutual Funds Law (Revised 2019). This Act sets out the guidelines pertaining to the application and licensing of mutual funds and other collective investment entities in Cayman.

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About Cayman Licensed Fund

Licensed mutual funds are the rarest form of mutual funds regulated under the Mutual Funds Law. Unless a mutual fund falls within one of the other categories described above, it must obtain a mutual fund license. All licensed mutual funds must have a registered office in the Cayman Islands or, in the case of a unit trust, have a locally licensed trustee. An exempt mutual fund, a registered mutual fund or an administered mutual fund can voluntarily choose to be licensed.

Cayman Licensed Fund Legal Requirements



  1. Applicable legislation

Mutual Funds Law (Revised 2019)

  1. Supervising Authority

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)

  1. Corporate vehicle permitted

Cayman Registered;

Exempted Company

Segregated Portfolio Company

Unit Trust

Exempted Limited Partnership

  1. Share capital or equivalent

  • Minimum subscription


  • Minimum investors


  1. Directors / Partners / Trustees

  • Minimum number


  • Corporate Directors / Partners / Trustees allowed


  • Local Directors / Partners / Trustees required


  1. Fund functionaries required

  1. Custodian

  • Custodian required


  • Local custodian required


  • Eligible custodian

Any licensed custodian in any jurisdiction by approved CIMA

  1. Fund manager / Investment manager

  • Fund manager required


  • Local fund manager required


  • Fund manager requires to be licensed


  • Eligible fund manager

Any licensed fund manager in any jurisdiction approved by CIMA.

  1. Fund administrator

  • Fund administrator required


  • Local fund administrator required


  • Eligible fund administrator

CIMA licensed mutual fund administrator providing its principal office that may be either;

A Company formed under the Companies Law (2018 Revision) (including an existing company as defined in that Law)

A foreign company registered pursuant to Part IX of the Companies Law (2018 Revision)

A limited partnership registered under the Partnership Law (2013 Revision); or

An exempted limited partnership registered under the Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2018 Revision)

  1. External auditor

  • External auditor required


  • Local external auditor required


  • Eligible external auditor

Qualified auditor approved by the Authority (CIMA)

  1. Asset Requirements

  • Restriction on type of asset class invested


  • Asset diversification requirements


  • Limitation on size of the fund or total assets under management


  1. Local physical office required


  1. Prospectus / Offering Memorandum required to be filed


  1. Eligible for listing


  1. License fees

  • License application fee

USD 4,268.29

  • Annual license fee

USD 4,268.29

  1. Estimated license processing duration

3 months

Ongoing Obligations

Requirements Description
Monthly obligations
Office Required
Quarterly obligations
Annual obligations
Submit annual audited financial statements to CIMA within six months of the end of the fund’s financial year.
Other obligations

All licensed funds, as long as there is a continuing offering of equity, must inform CIMA of any change that materially affects any information in the offering document and must file with CIMA an amended offering document and the relevant CIMA form incorporating such changes within 21 days.

Tax Obligations and Other Exemptions
Requirements Description
Business Tax
0% of Net Profit
Withholding Tax
No withholding tax is payable on dividends and/or interest payable.
Value Added Tax (VAT)
VAT is not applicable to mutual funds in its entirety.
Stamp duty Act
Trades Tax Act
Immovable Property Transfer Restriction Act
Immigration Decree
Exchange Control Act
Foreign Earnings Act

Benefits of a Cayman Licensed Fund:

  • Ease and speed of establishment
  • Flexible structuring of the entity
  • Favourable compliance restrictions
  • Friendly regulatory environment
  • No exchange controls restrictions
  • Cayman is on the OECD “White List” and has signed tax information exchange agreements (TIEA) with 19 countries