Jersey’s Carey Olsen assists CoinShares on new ICO fund

Carey Olsen’s investment funds team in Jersey has announced it played a central role in advising CoinShares Group on the successful first close of CoinShares Fund II, the successor to the groundbreaking ICO fund.

The new investment vehicle follows the June 2017 launch of CoinShares Fund I, the first fund ever to be denominated in Ethereum. Like its predecessor, the closed-ended fund will invest in a range of opportunities in the blockchain space, among them – newly created digital assets, emerging from Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

The fund has been authorised under the Jersey Private Fund Regime, a regime which provides for a streamlined regulatory authorisation process as it is a selective offering – limited to 50 sophisticated investors.

Jean-Marie Mognetti, co-principal of CoinShares, said: “The CoinShares Group is delighted to announce the launch of CoinShares Fund II. The decision to launch an additional fund in Jersey, under the Jersey Private Fund regime, was based not only the success of CoinShares Fund I, which over a nine month period has delivered 92% net of fees outperformance against Ether, but also to demonstrate commitment to Jersey as a jurisdiction with a sound regulatory regime that supports innovative product offerings for investors.”

“The fund launch will provide access to new investment opportunities and allow flexibility to explore and trade alternative frontier markets.”

Crypto-friendly jurisdiction
The Carey Olsen team advising CoinShares was led by partners James Mulholland and Chris Griffin, assisted by senior associates Colin Masterton and Claire Le Quesne and associate Joseph Barker-Willis.

Mulholland said: “Following the success of CoinShares Fund I, we are delighted to be working once again with CoinShares on the establishment of their latest fund. It is a huge vote of confidence, not only in Carey Olsen’s ever-growing fintech and digital assets capabilities, but also in Jersey’s position as a crypto-friendly jurisdiction.”

Gary Robinson
Head of Video and Ezines at Open Door Media Publishing. Deputy Editor, International Investment. An experienced journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years' financial services experience, both as journalist and originally as a fully qualified IFA, Gary works across both International Investment and InvestmentEurope titles. Previous video production credits include projects on BBC, C4 and SKY.

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