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Bedell Cristin

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Grand Cayman, London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Nancy Chien

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Bedell Cristin

Work Department

International Private Client


Nancy has extensive experience in a wide range of trust-related structures, ranging from private client discretionary settlements to pensions, and employee benefit trusts.

She advises on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and related corporate law issues, and has considerable experience in advising on complex restructurings, the establishment and ongoing operations of private trust companies, use of settlor reserved powers and the role of protectors.

In a corporate trust context Nancy advises trustees and employers on issues arising from pension schemes (including QROPS) and employee benefit trusts. Nancy also advises on Jersey FATCA and the common reporting standard.

Nancy's clients include professional trustees as well as families from the Channel Islands, UK, Switzerland, the Far East and the Middle East.


Fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.


Advocate - Jersey, Solicitor - England & Wales, Barrister - New Zealand, Solicitor - BVI, Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Member of the International pensions working group in Jersey, Chairman of the Jersey Pensions Association.


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Nancy Chien - Bedell Cristin

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Bedell Cristin’s private client offering operates as part of the wider corporate and finance department and can be ‘summed up as efficiency with a personal touch’. The ‘highly intelligentNancy Chien ‘is at the top of her game’ and led the advice to the trustee of a Jersey structure with regard to a reorganisation for tax purposes in light of the recent changes in the UK’s non-domiciled tax regime. A group of trustees appointed a team led by practice head Edward Bennett to oversee the transfer of a managed trust company business, and Zillah Howard advised trustees on their retirement from a structure established to benefit an ultra-high-net-worth family with interests in the UK and US. Associates Lydia Carter and Kirsten Brass joined the firm from Collas Crill and Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s Glasgow office, respectively.

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  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
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