News & Events

Hedge Funds in Guernsey

March 2019 | Andrew Boyce, Annette Alexander and Christopher Anderson - Carey Olsen


The flexible and pragmatic approach adopted by the GFSC in relation to investment funds aimed at the institutional or high net worth investor market has helped the significant growth of this sector in Guernsey. Nowadays, most funds formed in Guernsey tend to be for the institutional or high net worth individual markets, with hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, private equity and property funds being especially popular. Guernsey is particularly keen to attract high quality hedge fund business. Following consultation with the industry, the GFSC released a guidance note in November 2003 setting out a more relaxed framework for the operation of hedge funds, which included waivers of the various fund rules in four key areas.

ILS Funds in Guernsey

August 2018 | Christopher Anderson, Carey Olsen


Guernsey has a thriving insurance linked securities (ILS) sector. As described in Carey Olsen's ILS briefing , Guernsey is home to an abundance of ILS structures

The AIFMD Third Country Passport – An Update

September 2016 | Monica Gogna, Michelle Moran, Anand Damodaran, Matthew Judd and John Young, Ropes & Gray


The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published on 19 July 2016 its final advice to the European Commission (the Commission) on the extension of the marketing passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) to 12 non-EEA countries, including the United States. This note is intended to highlight ESMA’s advice to the Commission and set out the steps firms would need to consider when applying for a third country passport.

Guernsey: an IFC at home with the family office

December 2015 | Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance


Dominic Wheatley explains the island’s popularity as a destination for family offices. There is growing appreciation of the products and services that international finance centres such as Guernsey can provide to high-net-worth individuals, particularly as regards family office solutions.

The Changing Roles of Family Office Offshore

February 2014 | Lisa Vizia, Saffery Champness


It seems that change is the new norm in many areas of the financial services world, largely as a result of the current challenging economy in which legislation, regulation and risk management are all shaping the way in which we work and advise our clients. The offshore world is no exception to this and there are a number of developments that are exercising family offices and their offshore providers or partners.

Guernsey: An Island of Opportunity

May 2013 | John Richardson, Offshore


While not the first location that springs to mind when thinking of Islamic finance, Guernsey has developed its legal, tax and regulatory frameworks to a point where many Islamic players are now attracted to the island’s well-developed financial industry. John Richardson discusses the steps Guernsey is taking to encourage this trend.

A Practical Guide to the Redomiciliation of Investment Funds to Ireland

August 2011 | Mark Browne, Mason Hayes & Curran


The drift of funds from offshore jurisdictions to Ireland is continuing, with further asset managers announcing they are to take advantage of Ireland’s streamlined redomiciliation regime to move existing funds to Dublin. A recent example was the Sarasin Guernsey fund range, which has been active in Guernsey for 20 years but recently announced that it is redomiciling to Ireland in order to enable the funds to be registered as UCITS.

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