Depositary & Trustee

Expert global trustee and depositary servicing  

Meeting the highest fiduciary standards

The trustee and depositary regulatory landscape has evolved significantly in recent years, highlighting the need for an experienced, effective, and disciplined trustee and depositary team.


BBH provides trustee and depositary services to investment funds domiciled in Luxembourg, Ireland, Cayman, and Hong Kong.  Leveraging our global expertise and local resources, our teams meet the highest fiduciary standards in the performance of our obligations.


With decades of experience and active engagement in industry forums, we have a deep understanding of multi-jurisdictional regulatory requirements. We are uniquely positioned to help you navigate, and stay ahead of, global best practices and regulatory developments.

Setting the industry standard

Our core offering includes:

  • Asset safe keeping and supervision (record keeping and ownership verification)
  • Cash monitoring
  • Oversight of funds operations:
    • Detailed due diligence and ongoing monitoring of the fund delegates
    • Investment restriction oversight
    • Asset valuation/NAV oversight
    • Income distribution oversight
    • Transfer agency oversight (subscription/redemption)
    • Timely settlement of transactions oversight

Our Cayman Trust Company serves as trustee to a number of open and closed-ended unit trusts established in the Cayman Islands. We have a robust fund governance program and are continuously evolving with regulatory and environmental changes impacting the risk profile of our business and clients.

The trustee and depositary teams are functionally separately from our custody, fund accounting, and transfer agency teams in order to ensure independence in meeting the trustee and depositary oversight responsibilities.

We have been looking after our clients’ assets for more than 200 years; a focus that permeates the culture of the firm.

Our people are recognized experts in depositary and trustee servicing, sitting on, or chairing, many industry associations and working groups globally. We are known for our ability to perform our duties across multiple jurisdictions to a consistent set of processes and controls, and are held in high regard by regulators globally.

Our team of experts and our deep engagement with industry groups and regulators in each of our jurisdictions allow us to provide the highest level of fiduciary oversight for our clients.

Matthew Heffernan

Boston, MA | USA

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