Voluntary liquidations generally

As the conclusion of 2019 approaches, clients should give some thought to whether or not they have Cayman entities which they are no longer using and wish to liquidate prior to the end of 2019 in order to, among other things, avoid annual government registration fees due in January 2020. A voluntary liquidator of a Cayman company or exempted limited partnership (ELP) is required to hold the final general meeting for that company or file the final dissolution notice for that ELP on or before 31 January 2020.

Voluntary liquidations – Funds registered with CIMA

Investment Funds which are registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) should commence voluntary liquidation and submit documents to CIMA in order to have those Funds’ status change from “active” to “license under liquidation” by Tuesday, 31 December 2019 if they are to avoid their annual fees payable to CIMA for 2020. It is also important for investment funds registered with CIMA to give some thought to CIMA’s requirement for a final “stub” audit for the period of 2019 in respect of which the Fund operated before going into liquidation. CIMA may be reluctant to grant a partial year audit waiver for a liquidating Fund.

As an alternative to voluntary liquidation, some investment fund managers might be considering a wind down of one or more CIMA registered funds prior to the end 2019 and wish to de-register from CIMA or at least go into the status of “licence under termination” with CIMA in order to avoid or reduce annual registration fees payable to CIMA for 2020. If not already started, we recommend that action be taken now to begin this process.