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Jersey remains a popular jurisdiction for real estate funds work and family offices. Although the local trust company market is consolidating – giving a number of corporate and commercial practices a fair share of local M&A work – a substantial amount of foreign money is pouring into the island from the Middle East, Africa and especially Asia. Although some doomsday preachers predict the approach of Brexit may draw a vital portion of this work to Luxembourg, local firms seem optimistic this will not be the case.

Banking work revolves mainly around financing transactions in the real estate space and the restructuring of loan facilities, although a select number of practices will have been busy overseeing ring-fencing mandates on behalf of major UK banks. On the property side, the new, high-end financial centre on the St Helier promenade generates commercial work for the main players in the area. The airport and various retailers also provide firms with a steady stream of development, leasing and transactional mandates.

High-value disputes and applications to the Royal Court in the trust space remain the staple diet of leading dispute resolution teams. While the real market leaders will represent clients in regulatory cases, insolvency proceedings and commercial contracts disputes, the medium and small-sized firms will be instructed to tackle employment law litigation and personal injury cases – although these are far less common in the jurisdiction.

Big offshore firms of the likes of Carey Olsen , Mourant Ozannes  and Appleby  find themselves locking horns with smaller, younger spin-offs. Outfits such as Parslows and Ward Yates  continue to carve a space for themselves in the well-served jurisdiction. After their rebranding from a marketing perspective, Collas Crill  has significantly bolstered its corporate and commercial offering through the hire of three new partners who now head the team. Maples and Calder is the latest entrant into the jurisdiction, opening up a Jersey office in September 2018. The office is led by former Ogier  alumni Christopher Byrne and includes Simon Hopwood, who joined from Bedell Cristin , and Paul Burton, who joined from Carey Olsen .

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Legal Developments in Jersey

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  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
  • Jersey Opens the door to QROP’s

    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
  • Jersey Legislation Overview

    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • 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.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors:

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