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A Practical Guide to the Redomiciliation of Investment Funds to Ireland

Mark Browne, Partner
Mason Hayes & Curran
August 2011
 

Introduction

The drift of funds from offshore jurisdictions to Ireland is continuing, with further asset managers announcing they are to take advantage of Ireland’s streamlined redomiciliation regime to move existing funds to Dublin.

A recent example was the Sarasin Guernsey fund range, which has been active in Guernsey for 20 years but recently announced that it is redomiciling to Ireland in order to enable the funds to be registered as UCITS.

This article explores the precise mechanism through which existing funds can be redomiciled to Ireland and considers the advantages of pursuing this route.

Reasons for redomiciliation

The primary drivers for fund promoters to consider redomiciling funds are the increasing investor preference for regulated on-shore jurisdictions, the desire for tax certainty and the need to ensure that funds are structured and located such that they can maximise the opportunities to attract new investors.

There are a range of advantages to having a fund domiciled in Ireland which address all of these concerns and are based on the regulatory environment, tax efficiency, industry expertise and distribution opportunities available. The following points are some of the key considerations in this regard:

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