Mark has a particular specialisation in the use of protected cell companies (PCCs) for investment funds and insurance purposes and assisted in drafting the 2006 Guernsey law relating to incorporated cell companies. He has substantial expertise in corporate, commercial and investment fund practices.
Mark is regularly instructed by foreign regulatory authorities and governments on the implementation of segregated cell company legislation.
- Advocate - Guernsey
- Accredited commercial mediator
- 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2019, 2018 and 2017
- 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 2016
- 'Leading Lawyer' in banking, capital markets, investment funds, corporate and mergers & acquisitions - IFLR1000 2016
Is a very innovative thinker. He very much finds ways of doing things rather than reasons not to. He is very knowledgeable about the local regulatory environment.Chambers 2015
Very well known in the insurance world with a good practice in that area.Chambers 2016
Very experienced, consummate professional.Legal 500 2016
Guernsey Finance has summarised Mark Helyar's talk at the recent ILS conference in Zurich, which featured a panel session involving leading individuals from the ILS industry.
Bedell Cristin was delighted to sponsor the Guernsey Finance ILS Insights conference in Zurich last week. The event featured a panel session involving leading figures from the ILS industry, followed by a technical showcase.
Bedell Cristin's Mark Helyar will be speaking at the ILS Insight hosted by Guernsey Finance at the AURA Event Hall in Zurich during the afternoon of Thursday 5 July.
Bedell Cristin are once again exhibiting sponsors at the Guernsey Insurance Forum hosted by Guernsey Finance in London on 5 October 2017.
The Guernsey office of Bedell Cristin has advised Artex Risk Services (Guernsey) Limited in connection with its role as settlement and collateral trustee to what is believed to be the first ever issue of ILS notes on a private blockchain. The ‘ILSBlockchai...
Bedell Cristin is represented at the forthcoming ILS Insight forum hosted by Guernsey Finance in Zurich on 6th July.
Bedell Cristin are once again exhibiting sponsors at the Guernsey Funds Forum which takes place at etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London on Thursday 12 May 2016 from 12pm.
For the fourth year running Bedell Cristin Guernsey, in partnership with the Guernsey Sports Commission, committed to a week-long celebration of local sports volunteers.
A number of significant amendments to Guernsey's company legislation, the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), have come into force today, 3 September 2015, subject to certain transitional provisions.
On 29 July 2015 a number of significant changes to Guernsey's company legislation, the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), are expected to be approved by the States of Guernsey.
The Bedell Cristin Blades ladies four rowing team has agreed sponsorship with law firm Bedell Cristin in Guernsey for the third successive year.
In Guernsey, collective investment schemes (open- or closed-ended) can either be "authorised" or "registered".
Bedell Cristin has assisted Artex Risk Solutions and PwC in the creation of a new regulated insurance platform structured as an ICC (Iccaria Insurance ICC Limited).
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.
Bedell Cristin's Guernsey and Jersey offices have acted alongside each other as counsel to the French mutual Covéa in connection with its purchase of UK regulated life insurer Sterling Insurance Group.
Bedell Cristin in Guernsey have acted for Artex Risk Solutions in relation to the acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited, the specialist captive and insurance management arm of Guernsey headquartered Heritage Group.
ILS Insight is a free thought leadership event hosted by Guernsey, which takes place on Wednesday 2 July 2014 at the Park Hyatt Zurich and brings together experts from across the ILS space for dialogue and debate surrounding the top industry issues of 2014/15.
Bedell Cristin’s Guernsey Managing Partner, Mark Helyar, is the only contributor from the Crown Dependencies included in the third edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance 2014, a practical cross border insight into ...
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014.
Following our recent news releases concerning The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG ("CISX"), the restructure of the CISX by way of a scheme of arrangement was approved by the Royal Court of Guernsey on 20 December 2013.
An Islamic finance deal in which the firm’s Guernsey office acted, has won an award in the Islamic Finance Deals of the Year 2013 as chosen by the influential publication, Islamic Finance News.
Further to our previous update, the Channel Islands Stock Exchange ("CISX") has now confirmed that it is once again able to consider new listing applications in the usual course of business.
As you may already be aware from various recent press releases, the Channel Islands Stock Exchange ("CISX") announced on 14 October 2013 that it was not processing new listing applications for an estimated period of one month whilst a corporate restructurin...
At its next meeting on 30 October 2013, the States of Guernsey will be asked to approve further changes to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended.
On 30 May 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") approved cooperation agreements to be signed by the Guernsey regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC").
On 30 May 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") announced that it has approved cooperation agreements to be signed by the Guernsey regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC").
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the "Directive") must be implemented by EU Member States by 22 July 2013.
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2013.
Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has expanded with the appointment of Kerrie Le Tissier as a senior associate.
Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has been shortlisted in the UK Captive Services Awards for 2013 in the offshore law firm of the year category.
Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership has advised Barclays Bank, Barclays Corporate, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and National Westminster Bank plc on Guernsey law security relating to Photobox’s £120m purchase of online cards retailer Moonpig.com.
Guernsey is, for many, the jurisdiction of choice for the establishment and/or administration of all types of investment structure and collective investment vehicle, including private equity, hedge and property funds, across a wide range of asset classes.
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...
In finance transactions, legal opinions are often sought from local counsel as to the capacity of entities formed under the laws of Guernsey to enter into transactions and documents and as to the laws of Guernsey generally. This briefing summarises issues ...
This briefing summarises the key changes made by the Companies (Guernsey), Law, 2008 (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.
This briefing is intended to summarise the issues usually encountered when taking security in finance transactions involving Guernsey situs intangible assets.
In this briefing, we will provide a general summary of the key features of Guernsey foundations, including their creation and administration, and we will explore some of the issues which will be of interest to those considering setting up a Guernsey foundat...
A "trust" is a legal arrangement which exists in many jurisdictions when one person (a "trustee") owns assets not for his own use and benefit but for the benefit of others (the "beneficiaries"). It is normal, but not essential, for a trust to be constitute...
This briefing provides a summary of the main provisions of Guernsey law relating to protected and incorporated cell companies.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the "Directive") was published in July 2011. It seeks to regulate alternative investment fund managers ("AIFMs") managing or marketing alternative investment funds ("AIFs") in the European Union.
Part VII of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 as amended (the "Law") allows companies to migrate into and out of Guernsey (i.e. to or from the Guernsey Register of Companies (the "Register") to or from a jurisdiction with equivalent legislation).
Although Guernsey has a distinctive French-Norman legal heritage, its 20th century corporate and commercial laws have largely been based on equivalent UK legislation. Consequently, much of Guernsey's legislation in this area will be familiar to those used t...
The Limited Partnerships (Guernsey) Law, 1995 (as amended) (the "Partnerships Law") was enacted to provide the finance industry in Guernsey with an additional flexible vehicle. It provides a limited liability option for a person who wishes to participate fi...
Guernsey companies are utilised for significant structuring and offshore transactions including captive insurance, investment funds and special project vehicles owning property. Generally, contractual relations with banks, insurers, reinsurers and investme...
It is common for a Guernsey captive to reinsure a fronting insurer which in turn insures the captive's parent. Consequently, the issue of security is a common theme in Guernsey captive arrangements. Some of the security options available and some legal iss...
On 11 November 2010 the European Parliament approved the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the "Directive"), following months of negotiation.
This briefing covers the practical issues that are likely to be considered by UK advisers when structuring an AIM or LSE IPO using a Jersey or Guernsey based vehicle ("FloatCo").
On 1 July 2008, Guernsey's new companies law, the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 (the "Law") came into force. This briefing summarises the major changes to this area of law and outlines important administrative steps which need to be taken by company admini...
As of 1 July 2008, The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (the "2008 Law") introduced a number of significant changes to the provisions of the constitutional documents i.e. the memorandum of incorporation and the articles of incorporation (hereinafter collectiv...
The Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guensey) Law, 2002, as amended (the "Law") provides that certain transfers of long term insurance business require the sanction of the Royal Court in Guernsey (the "Royal Court") and sets out the procedure governing such...
Richard Sharp and Mark Helyar explain insurance-linked securities (ILS), explore their origins and reveal the Fund of One concept Mark devised. Published in BL Magazine - November/December 2018
Mark Helyar, Partner outlines the rationale for investing in real risk. Published in Captive Global - April 2016.
Bedell Cristin partner Mark Helyar and Clive James of insurance captive manager Kane discuss whether there is room for European domiciles to gain a stronger foothold in the ILS market. Published in Insurance Day, 16 March 2015.
Mark Helyar discusses Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015, published in ICLG 4th Edition. Please click here for full article.
Collateralised re is the fastest growing source of alternative capacity and the good news is that it looks like it’s here to stay. It is now the dominant source of alternative reinsurance capacity and investors and capacity providers are increasingly seekin...
Captive Review speaks to leading industry figures in Europe's biggest captive insurance domicile, Guernsey. Published in Captive Review Guernsey 2015. Please click here for full report.
Mark Helyar, Partner writes the Guernsey Chapter for Insurance & Reinsurance 2013. This article appeared in the 2nd edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk)
Mark Helyar, Partner, takes a look at the world of insurance law - published in Lawyer Monthly August 2012.
Mark Helyar, Partner discusses "What is ILS Investment?" - published in Global Business Magazine June 2012.
Mark Helyar, Partner writes the Guernsey Chapter for The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2012 - published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London March 2012.
Behind every successful business is a team of dedicated personnel but what we often overlook is the contribution busy professionals make to our island community - published in Guernsey Chamber of Commerce Contact Magazine June/July 2011.