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Lawson Conner launches ‘Discovery’, a unique offshore Investment Management Platform for Cayman Islands

May 6, 2015 - Firm News

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London, 6 May 2015 - Lawson Conner, Europe’s leading provider of investment management and compliance solutions to the alternative investment fund industry, has launched ‘Discovery’, the first AIFM integrated offshore Investment Management Platform.

‘Discovery' will be structured as a Cayman Islands Segregated Portfolio Company (‘SPC’), offering both EU and non-EU domiciled investment managers the opportunity to utilise a quick and cost-effective 'plug-and-play' solution for multiple jurisdictions, while still offering fund managers the safety they would expect from operating their own dedicated fund structure. Funds can be launched within four-weeks under Cayman Islands law and in line with AIFMD regulations. Each ‘Discovery’ sub-fund has segregated liability and is therefore protected from the inherent risks of other managers’ portfolios.

“'Discovery' is simply unparalleled in the market. There is nothing comparable out there in terms of launch speed, flexibility and protection. The Cayman Islands structure gives managers access to a global investors base in a cost efficient way.”, says Gerhard Grueter, Managing Director at Lawson Conner.

Key features and benefits:

  • Speed to market – set up of investment structure in less than four weeks
  • Access to best in class counterparties at minimal ongoing costs
  • Segregated liability – no risk of contagion between portfolios
  • A team of experienced risk management and compliance professionals for ongoing support
  • Includes the additional capital requirement introduced by the AIFM Directive
  • Integrated experienced capital introduction team
  • Offers the possibility to appoint a third party manager
  • Efficient processes and reliable governance solution
  • Flexibility to choose prime brokers and custodians 

Lawson Conner is one of the largest independent investment management platforms in the UK with close to 100 regulated entities launched over the past three years. More recently, Lawson Conner was awarded the prestigious HFMWeek “Best AIFMD Solution 2015” Award. The company was also shortlisted for “Best Overall Advisory Firm 2015” recognising the group's continued excellence across multiple practice areas.


About Lawson Conner

Lawson Conner (LC) is a multi-awarding-winning investment management and compliance services firm, offering turn-key solutions for both emerging and established fund managers in the areas of fund structuring, regulatory infrastructure, fund distribution, accounting, tax and ongoing compliance support services. LC has an established international footprint with its global headquarters in London and representations in New York, Boston and Hong Kong, supporting client demand throughout these regions. LC has established close to 100 regulated entities over the past three years.

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Andrew Frost
Director, Investment Management Services


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Director, Investment Management Services