Vanessa Gilman - Independent Director at Waystone in Cayman Islands

      Vanessa Gilman

      Independent Director

      Cayman Islands
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      Vanessa Gilman is an Independent Director with the Waystone Governance team and is based in the Cayman Islands. A Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Vanessa has over 20 years of experience in the funds industry and provides governance services to a wide range of investment vehicles and structures.

      Vanessa has extensive regulatory experience, having served as Senior Analyst with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) in the Investment and Securities Division. In this role she was responsible for the regulation of hedge funds, fund administrators and securities investment business. Vanessa also led and contributed to working groups enhancing industry legislation and regulatory policies, rules, and guidance.

      Starting her career as a Fund Accountant with Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands, Vanessa later gained broad fund governance experience before joining Waystone. She managed a funds team at Royal Bank of Canada, Wealth Management providing fiduciary services to leading asset managers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Vanessa was also employed at Maples FS where she was independent director to various hedge funds and a relationship manager for a portfolio of investment vehicles.

      Skills and experience

      Representative MattersAtoms / Icons / plusExpand
      • Representing master-feeder hedge funds employing a global and opportunistic long/short strategy primarily through investments in distressed debt, value equities and event equities, sponsored by US investment manager with US$4.3Bn of AUM.
      • Representing master-feeder hedge funds applying a concentrated long/short equity strategy investing primarily in North America and developed markets, sponsored by a US investment manager with US$3.3Bn of AUM.
      • Representing master-feeder structures available to non-US and US tax exempt investors, employing a multi-strategy approach, sponsored by a US investment manager with US$2.4Bn of AUM.
      • Representing fund-of-fund structure investing through various sub-managers across Europe, Asia, and the US with various investment approaches and styles, sponsored by a UK-based asset manager with US$14.4Bn of AUM.
      • Representing Special Purpose Vehicles invested in a portfolio of asset-backed securitization credit investments including residential mortgage-backed securities, sponsored by a leading US renewable energy and energy efficiency financing provider of US$6.3Bn of financing.
      • Representing private equity fund structure investing in Japanese middle capital private companies, sponsored by a Singapore-based asset manager with ¥78Bn of AUM.
      • Representing various hedge funds employing an activist investment strategy by investing in public and private securities of US public companies, sponsored by a US investment advisor with over US$5Bn of AUM.
      • Representing various funds employing global macro, fixed income arbitrage, statistical arbitrage, and short bias investment strategies.
      • Representing funds investing in real estate, health care, energy, and mining sectors across the globe.
      • Advisory committee representation to hedge funds in connection with affiliated transactions of funds sponsored by investment managers with over US$1Bn of AUM.
      Practice AreasAtoms / Icons / plusExpand
      • Hedge funds
      • Private equity funds
      • Fund of funds
      • Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)
      • Regulatory compliance
      Prior ExperienceAtoms / Icons / plusExpand
      • Royal Bank of Canada, Wealth Management, Senior Corporate Officer, 2013 – 2018
      • Maples FS, Assistant Vice President (Fiduciary), 2011 – 2013
      • Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), Senior Analyst (Investments and Securities), 2007 – 2010
      • Walkers SPV Limited, Mutual Fund Administrator, 2004 – 2005
      • Goldman Sachs (Cayman) Trust Limited, Fund Accountant, 1998 – 2004
      Memberships and AffiliationsAtoms / Icons / plusExpand
      • Cayman Islands Directors Association (CIDA)
      • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIAA)
      • INSOL, International
      • Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association
      • 100 Women in Finance
      Education and QualificationsAtoms / Icons / plusExpand
      • Bachelor of Science degree, W.P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University
      • Master of Arts degree, School of Behavioral Sciences – Liberty University
      • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
      • Accredited Director, Chartered Secretaries of Canada (Acc. Dir.)
      • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
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