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Doing Business in Jersey

Contributed by Jersey Finance

Jersey, Channel Islands, is a leading International Finance Centre (IFC) of substance with strong international connections and an expert workforce in wealth management, funds, capital markets and banking. With a progressive attitude towards regulation, innovation and digital trends, Jersey remains at the cutting edge of the finance industry for clients and connections the world-over.

Jersey, the jurisdiction

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Legal Market Overview

Jersey remains one of the most stable and sophisticated offshore jurisdictions for wealth structuring, and owing to this reputation the island is witnessing a considerable uptick in high-value clients from the Middle East and other volatile regions seeking to establish foundations and family offices. Naturally, Jersey has not been immune to Westminster scrutiny over its financial transparency – although Jersey mains an effective register of ultimate beneficial ownership accessible by regulators when needed, calls for the establishment of a public register such as in the UK have raised a number of eyebrows. A constitutionally unprecedented proposal to compel the States of Jersey to do so by the British parliament was withdrawn by its backers; Jersey, while linked to the UK for foreign policy and a few other areas, has been self-governing for the best part of a millennium. In investment funds, the private funds market in Jersey continues to be active, with the $100bn SoftBank Vision Fund acting as very much the standard bearer, even with other offshore jurisdictions, chiefly Luxembourg, gaining market share thanks to political pressures in some jurisdictions. The International Stock Exchange’s recognition by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States as a "Designated Offshore Securities Market" has been viewed as the pan-Crown Dependencies exchange winning its spurs, and with its access to the quoted Eurobond exemption under UK tax law it has a number of uses for issuers; TISE also sits outside of the European Union's Market Abuse Regulation. While international contentious trust and insolvency cases remain the bread and butter for Jersey’s leading litigation practices, the island is seeing a considerable uptick in regulatory work, including anti-money laundering and data protection.  Also, the abundance of high net worth individuals domiciled in the island, often with cross-border assets and lifestyles, has led to challenging family law work, some of which serviced by boutique firms. For these reasons there is now discrete coverage of family law and of regulatory and white-collar crime matters. The ongoing development and successful letting-out of the Jersey International Finance Centre in St Helier, coupled with Jersey’s record-high office occupancy rates, stand as a testament to the island's economy as a whole. Maples Group’ return in September 2018 means that of the so-called “Offshore Magic Circle”, only Conyers and Harneys are absent; Carey OlsenMourant and Ogier are among the key firms by size on the island. Jersey also has a thriving collection of smaller firms equally capable of handling complex work liberated from the challenges of being a cross-jurisdictional firm: these include Ward YatesDickinson Gleeson and litigation boutique Baker & PartnersVoisin Law is another established Jersey-only full-service firm.

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Legal Developments in Jersey

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  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • New Cayman Data Protection Law – A guide for Cayman funds

    The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 ( DP Law ) is currently scheduled to come into effect on 30 September 2019.  Once commenced, it will enact a framework of rights and duties to regulate the processing of individuals' personal data broadly based on the same internationally recognised privacy principles that form the basis for other data protection laws globally.  The DP Law will regulate the processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands and will affect any entity established in the Cayman Islands, including investment funds, that processes personal data regardless of whether such processing takes place within the Cayman Islands and regardless of whether the personal data relates to Cayman individuals.  For our full briefing see Cayman Islands Data Protection Law: An Ogier Client Guide .
  • Exempt bodies: Substance regulations may still apply

    The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation) Regulations, 2018 as amended (the Substance Regulations ) came into force on 1 January 2019 and have recently been further updated by The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation)(Amendment) Regulations, 2019 (the Amendment Regulations ), with effect from 1 August 2019.  The Amendment Regulations have extended the scope of the Substance Regulations to include all tax exempt bodies that have been granted an exemption under paragraphs (3) and (5) of Schedule 1 of the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1989 (as amended) (the Exempt Bodies Ordinance ).  In addition, the Amendment Regulations clarify the scope of the Substance Regulations in relation to IP Assets and High Risk IP Companies – the balance of this note focuses on the change in status of tax exempt bodies. 
  • Cayman Islands wills law heralds a more flexible approach

    The rules recognising the legal formality of wills in the Cayman Islands are prescriptive, requiring the will to be executed in writing, signed at the foot of the document by the testator and witnessed by two witnesses who formally attest the will in writing in the presence of the testator.
  • Luxembourg Government submits bill to Parliament implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2

    On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law ) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ( ATAD 2 or the Directive ) into Luxembourg domestic law.
  • Ogier fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from US time zone with return of Catharin

    Ogier's fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from a US time zone with the return of fund finance specialist Catharina von Finckenhagen to the Cayman Islands as a dual-qualified Luxembourg advocate and Cayman attorney.
  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • Register of beneficial owners deadline approaching – are you ready?

    As of 1 March 2019, the Luxembourg law of 13 January 2019 (the Law ) creating a register of beneficial owners ( Registre des bénéficiaires effectifs or " RBE ") is in force.
  • Jersey substance proposals – the Banking and Finance perspective

    EU finance ministers have formally approved Jersey's economic substance legislation by removing the jurisdiction from the "grey list" on 12 March 2019 and the Privy Council granted formal approval to the Taxation (Companies - Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019 (the Law) on 13 March 2019. The Law takes effect from 1 January 2019.
  • Ogier advises on $889 million acquisition of AIM traded payment services company by way of scheme of

    Ogier has advised Canadian payments technology company Nuvei Corporation on the US$889 million acquisition of AIM traded SafeCharge International Group Limited by means of a Court-sanctioned Guernsey scheme of arrangement.

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