Generally, the two most common structures for a hedge fund
are the limited liability company and the limited partnership.
The main factor in determining which of these vehicles is the
most appropriate is likely to be tax (although investor
preference might also be relevant).
Limited liability company
This is the most common vehicle for a hedge fund in Asia
(ex-Japan). Aside from the advantage of investor familiarity,
this type of vehicle is also of relatively low risk to the
hedge fund manager and easy to operate.
The company will typically be incorporated in a jurisdiction
that imposes minimal or no taxation, such as the Cayman Islands
or the British Virgin Islands. The company will generally be
regarded as an opaque structure for tax purposes, which enables
investors to roll up income and gains tax-free in the fund and
allows them to choose when to pay tax on the sale of...