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Guernsey remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for tax planning, asset protection and pension investments using local trust structures. The Trusts (Guernsey) Law, which recently celebrated its tenth birthday, underpins the jurisdiction’s favourable reputation as a flexible and innovative beacon of fiduciary and trust structures. Despite its South-Easterly neighbour having the bulk of the momentum in this space and proposals to change technicalities of UK Stamp Duty Land Tax, Guernsey continues to be popular for real estate structures, with the Guernsey Property Unit Trust providing an extremely similar offering to its Jersey cousin, the JPUT. Despite a positive Moneyval review of Guernsey’s anti-money laundering regime (which locals would consider stronger than in England & Wales), the Channel Islands have come under increased Westminster attention regarding their financial transparency. This has included a constitutionally striking proposal for the British government to impose a public register of beneficial ownership on the Crown Dependencies over the best part of a millennium of self-government. Guernsey is experiencing healthy growth in insurance-linked securities (ILS) activity and is leading the charge in innovation in this sector; ‘convergence’ is the key work on investors’ lips, as they seek to combine insurance and investment activity into one vehicle. Strong competition from Luxembourg notwithstanding, many leading names in private equity continue to domicile their funds in Guernsey, favouring its stable legal system with tried and tested corporate structures. Indeed, many would question if Luxembourg has the ability to handle something such as the Carlyle directors’ duty litigation concerning the collapse of CLO fund in the 2008 crash, which was regarded as well-run in Guernsey. On the topic of litigation, insolvency and trusts cases are key, on the latter a recent ruling in the Guernsey Court of Appeal clarified of the Hastings-Bass principle concerning the circumstances in which fiduciaries could set aside transactions with unforeseen tax liabilities. The Bailiwick of Guernsey also includes the significantly smaller jurisdictions of Alderney, which was spotlit by locally-registered and regulated Sky Bet’s purchase by The Stars Group, as well as Sark, which averted a black-out thanks to a last-minute nationalisation of its energy company. Differences in legal systems notwithstanding, these islands are serviced by the Guernsey Bar. With the exception of Maples and Calder, all of the major international Offshore firms in the Jersey market are also present in Guernsey, with Carey Olsen and Mourant some of the largest on the Island. Ferbrache & Farrell LLP  and Babbé LLP constitute the leading independent alternatives. Mourant managing partner Jessica Roland is scheduled to leave the firm in May 2020 to become new Deputy Bailiff, to replace Richard McMahon who is taking the role of Bailiff as Sir Richard Collas retires.

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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

  • 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 £274.5 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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