Insights

As well as providing expert advice to financial institutions, corporations and private individuals, our lawyers are also active members on a number of working parties. Their thought leadership helps to shape future legislation and market developments, making a positive difference to our clients and industry as a whole.

UK REITs and The International Stock Exchange
Briefings | 13 Sep 2017

In this briefing we focus on the changes to the UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime introduced by the UK Finance Act 2012 and the way in which Jersey companies and The International Stock Exchange (TISE) (formerly known as The Channel Islands Secu...

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The hidden costs of DIY wills
Articles | 07 Sep 2017

It is often suggested that it is easy to write your own Will if your wishes are simple and your financial situation isn’t complicated - Donna Withers discusses. Published in Gallery Magazine - September 2017.

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An introduction to blockchains
Articles | 06 Sep 2017

Marc Piano, associate, explains the basic concept behind blockchains. Published in Contact Magazine - September/October 2017 issue.

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Private trust companies
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

A private trust company ("PTC") is a useful vehicle to consider in the planning and establishment of trust structures for high net worth and ultra high net worth families. Rather than transferring assets to a service provider's professional trustee company,...

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Foundations in Jersey
Articles | 20 Jul 2017

Will foundations in Jersey draw upon jurisprudence in civil law countries, or will they develop separately, drawing parallels with the law and practice relating to trusts and companies? Zillah Howard, Partner discusses. Published in Trust & Trustees, Vol. 2...

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EU General Data Protection Regulation
Briefings | 07 Jul 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the key changes introduced by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"), which will have extra-territorial effect in the Channel Islands in relation to the personal data of EU citizens, and the provisions...

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The International Stock Exchange - Listings
Briefings | 06 Jul 2017

The key advantages to listing on the Official List of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) as operated by The International Stock Exchange Authority Limited (TISEA) are: – TISE is licensed, regulated and supervised by the Guernsey Financial Services Com...

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Jersey investment funds: an overview
Briefings | 05 Jul 2017

Jersey is one of the premier offshore jurisdictions for the establishment of investment funds and other investment structures. Jersey is highly regarded for the quality of its regulatory regime and its legal and other service providers. Investment funds con...

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Brexit and Guernsey's captive insurance industry
Articles | 05 Jul 2017

The outcome of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU was both shocking and unprecedented but Guernsey is well positioned to meet any challenges. Richard Sharp, partner explains. Published in Contact Magazine - July/August 2017 issue.

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Insolvent trusts: the Z Trust cases
Briefings | 16 Jun 2017

For the first time the Royal Court of Jersey has given guidance on the issues facing trustees of trusts who find that they are unable to pay trust liabilities out of trust assets as they fall due, or where the trust liabilities exceed the trust assets. Whi...

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Jersey corporate insolvency - the two regimes
Briefings | 16 Jun 2017

There are two principal regimes for corporate insolvency in Jersey: désastre and winding-up. This Briefing seeks to highlight the major features of each and some of the differences between the two.

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Putting Jersey companies into English administration
Briefings | 16 Jun 2017

A Jersey company or one of its creditors may wish the company to be placed into administration in England under Schedule B1 of the UK's Insolvency Act 1986 (the "Act").

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Recognising and assisting foreign insolvency office-holders in Jersey
Briefings | 16 Jun 2017

Insolvency office-holders appointed under a law or by a court outside Jersey will have no authority, as a matter of Jersey law, to act in Jersey. It is normal therefore for an application to be made for recognition of their appointment and authority to exe...

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EU Market Abuse Regulation increases the attraction of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange for listing high yield bonds
Briefings | 15 Jun 2017

The International Stock Exchange (TISE) (formerly known as The Channel Islands Securites Exchange or CISE) has experienced an increased interest in listing specialist securities, particularly high yield bonds, since the introduction of a new European Union ...

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Peace of mind
Articles | 15 Jun 2017

Donna Withers explores Jersey's new mental capacity law. Published in STEP Journal - June 2017.

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A sturdy jurisdiction
Articles | 06 Jun 2017

Richard Sharp reflects on the potential advantages and position of Guernsey post-Brexit. Published in Captive Review - June 2017.

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Guernsey freezing injunctions
Briefings | 18 May 2017

The Royal Court of Guernsey has jurisdiction to grant freezing injunctions in support of domestic and international proceedings, both before and after judgment.

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Cross-border disputes and asset tracing - pre-action disclosure regimes in Guernsey
Briefings | 18 May 2017

In modern cross-border litigation it is often absolutely critical to be able to secure evidence and to identify assets in advance of commencing a legal claim. Sophisticated operators commonly deploy a complex and opaque web of international vehicles. Corpor...

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Good things always come in threes
Articles | 18 May 2017

Richard Le Liard, senior associate, presents a round- up of recent regulatory developments. Published in the JEP Funds Review - 18 May 2017.

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The new Arbitration (Guernsey) Law, 2016 - a guide to the key provisions
Briefings | 10 May 2017

Historically, parties in Guernsey have been reluctant to use arbitration as a means of resolving a dispute, largely due to perceived shortcomings in the previous 1982 legislation. The new Law seeks to address these concerns by introducing provisions akin to...

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