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Guernsey attracts many of private equity’s leading lights, who view it as a first-choice jurisdiction of domicile in Europe; in a first for the jurisdiction, 2017 saw the value of assets under management by Guernsey-based funds exceed the £100bn mark. Much of Guernsey’s litigation Bar has been kept busy by Carlyle Capital Corporation (in liquidation) v Conway, the largest case in Guernsey’s history, which concerns the failure of an investment fund during the 2008 crash as a result of a highly-leveraged purchase of residential mortgage-backed securities.

The majority of firms handling significant legal work in Guernsey are multi-jurisdictional firms with a presence in Jersey, and more often than not British-connected offshore jurisdictions in the Western Hemisphere. That said, despite AO Hall becoming Walkers (Guernsey) LLP in mid-2016, a number of home-grown firms such as Babbé LLP and AFR Advocates continue to provide strong competition – their ranks are joined by Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, which launched in November 2016.

In addition to the island of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey also includes the much smaller islands of Alderney and Sark. Admission to practice covers the entire Bailiwick, despite the two smaller islands having their own different legal systems (Sark notably having only transitioned away from feudalism in the past decade). These are typically serviced from Guernsey itself – the only notable economic activity elsewhere in the Bailiwick is Alderney’s online gambling industry.

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  • In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012)

    A trustee's duty of confidentiality has recently been discussed and to some extent clarified in the recent Guernsey Court of Appeal decision of In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012). This summary has been prepared to provide you with a summary of the case as well as the general issues raised, but is not intended to cover all matters or to provide commentary.   This summary does not constitute legal advice.
  • The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey

    Introduction 
  • Guernsey Image Rights Legislation

    The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 (the Ordinance) and The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2012
  • Guernsey Foundations

    The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (Law) is awaiting Royal assent, expected to be given by the end of the year or early next year. Whilst Guernsey is not the first jurisdiction to provide for foundations, the Law does provide a number of unique options for individuals wishing to take advantage of the benefits provided by foundations. The purpose of this note is to provide both a general summary of the features of a Guernsey foundation, as well as a summary of these unique options that will be available under the Law.
  • Competitive Guernsey

    Guernsey has been considering the introduction of local competition law since at least 2005 and by bringing into effect The Competition (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012 on 1 August 2012, has introduced an effective Competition Law regime, to regulate the same 3 core areas recognized in most competition regimes, namely the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

    • New Competition Law for Guernsey in force on 1 August 2012 • Jersey and Guernsey now both regulate the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions • Key differences between the islands' competition laws • Overall, a pan-Channel Island approach to regulation
  • Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) Rule Change Update

    Ogier Corporate Finance Limited (OCFL) is the market leader in providing listing agent services for the listing of securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX or the Exchange) having sponsored over 445 listings.
  • Channel Island Stock Exchange, LBG - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG (the Exchange or CISX) commenced operations on 27 October 1998 and is intended to provide recognised facilities for the listing and trading of securities issued by companies and investment funds.
  • Investment funds in Guernsey

    The investment funds industry in Guernsey has achieved significant growth in recent years. Statistics show that as at 30 June 2011 there was ÂŁ274.5 billion of assets under management in Guernsey.
  • Guernsey Companies Law - Office of the Registrar of Companies

    This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of our clients in connection with the provisions relevant to the Office of the Registrar of Companies under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the “Companies Law”).

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