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The recently merged organisation of DMS, MDO, MontLake says it is a leading global governance firm. Is the governance of funds better served by having employees from multinational firms on boards or by having people who have decided to become an independent director on a stand-alone basis, or perhaps in collaboration with a few colleagues?

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Difficulties in travelling, organising physical meetings and so forth are beginning to take their toll on director selection. Covid-19 has, of course, already radically changed how board meetings are conducted; the impact of pandemic is now beginning to be felt in other areas of fund governance too – including in the processes used to select people for board positions.

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The following is updated information on the the industry consultation that The NED is undertaking this summer on its plans for independent director certification. The consultation goes on until the end of August so there is still plenty of time to get involved. We welcome feedback from all our subscribers.

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There are fund governance implications of Cayman’s new Private Funds (Amendment) Law. It will, amongst other changes, subject its private equity funds to registration for the first time.

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Offshore private funds, especially Cayman hedge funds, may have been used widely by sophisticated US money launders, according to a report by Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters says FBI has opened an investigation.
 

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