Mark Helyar

Of Counsel

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.

Professional
  • Advocate - Guernsey
  • Accredited commercial mediator
Credentials
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 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
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin lawyers attend leading insurance seminar in Zurich
Funds & Investment Structures 30 Jun 2017 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin is represented at the forthcoming ILS Insight forum hosted by Guernsey Finance in Zurich on 6th July.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advise on award winning Life Transaction of the Year
Insurance & Re-Insurance 14 Jul 2016 Guernsey

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Bedell Cristin to attend Guernsey Funds Forum 12 May 2016

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.

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Sports volunteers recognised by Bedell Cristin for the fourth year running
21 Oct 2015 Guernsey

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.

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation are now in force
03 Sep 2015 Guernsey

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.

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation

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.

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Bedell Cristin Blades ladies four announce sponsorship for the season
14 Apr 2015 Guernsey

The Bedell Cristin Blades ladies four rowing team has agreed sponsorship with law firm Bedell Cristin in Guernsey for the third successive year.

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New Registered Collective Investment Schemes Rules 2015 (the "2015 Rules")

In Guernsey, collective investment schemes (open- or closed-ended) can either be "authorised" or "registered".

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Bedell Cristin acts in ground breaking longevity structure
Insurance & Re-Insurance 02 Mar 2015 Guernsey

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).

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey wins top captive award for third year
28 Jan 2015 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.

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Bedell Cristin provides pan Channel Island advice on Covéa's acquisition of Sterling Insurance Group

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.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advises on acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited by Artex Risk Solutions
Corporate & Commercial Insurance & Re-Insurance 22 May 2014 Guernsey London

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.

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Bedell Cristin's Mark Helyar to sit on panel at thought leadership event in Zurich
15 Apr 2014 Guernsey

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.

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Bedell Cristin contribution to insurance and reinsurance cross border guide
Insurance & Re-Insurance 28 Feb 2014 Guernsey

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 ...

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014
Insurance & Re-Insurance 25 Feb 2014 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014.

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CISX Restructure
13 Jan 2014 Jersey

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.

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Islamic Finance Deal of the Year Accolade
Insurance & Re-Insurance 13 Jan 2014 Guernsey

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.

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CISX re-opens for new listing applications
28 Oct 2013 Jersey Guernsey London

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.

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CISX releases further information to help clarify the position regarding the status of current listings and new applications
Listing Services 18 Oct 2013 Jersey Guernsey London

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...

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Proposed amendments to Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 – audit and annual validations
08 Oct 2013 Guernsey

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.

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Guernsey Update - Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD") update
15 Jul 2013 Guernsey

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").

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Guernsey Update - Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD")
Funds & Investment Structures 31 May 2013 Guernsey

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").

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AIFMD and the Channel Islands The Private Placement Regime - Obligations and Opportunities
Funds & Investment Structures 25 Feb 2013 Jersey

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the "Directive") must be implemented by EU Member States by 22 July 2013.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey awarded offshore law firm of the year at UK Captive Services Awards
18 Feb 2013 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2013.

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Senior associate appointment at Bedell Cristin Guernsey strengthens team further
23 Jan 2013 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has expanded with the appointment of Kerrie Le Tissier as a senior associate.

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for offshore law firm of the year in UK Captive Services Awards
16 Jan 2013 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has been shortlisted in the UK Captive Services Awards for 2013 in the offshore law firm of the year category.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advises on aspects of £120m Moonpig.com acquisition

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.

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Insights
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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Guernsey funds
Briefings | 02 May 2017

Guernsey is, for many, the jurisdiction of choice for the establishment and/or administration of all types of collective investment vehicle, including private equity, hedge and property funds, across a wide range of asset classes.

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Guernsey legal opinions
Briefings | 25 Oct 2016

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 ...

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation
Briefings | 03 Sep 2015

This briefing summarises the key changes made by the Companies (Guernsey), Law, 2008 (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

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Guernsey security
Briefings | 23 Jun 2014

This briefing is intended to summarise the issues usually encountered when taking security in finance transactions involving Guernsey situs intangible assets.

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Guernsey foundations
Briefings | 11 Jun 2013

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...

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Guernsey trusts
Briefings | 11 Jun 2013

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...

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Cell companies in Guernsey
Briefings | 10 Jun 2013

This briefing provides a summary of the main provisions of Guernsey law relating to protected and incorporated cell companies.

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AIFMD and Channel Island AIFMs: The private placement regime - obligations and opportunities
Briefings | 01 Mar 2013

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.

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Company migration to and from Guernsey
Briefings | 25 Feb 2013

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).

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Guernsey insurance overview
Briefings | 18 Feb 2013

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...

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Guernsey limited partnerships
Briefings | 18 Feb 2013

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...

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Overriding provisions of Guernsey law affecting third parties contracting with Guernsey companies
Briefings | 07 Feb 2013

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...

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Security options for insurance transactions
Briefings | 07 Feb 2013

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...

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The AIFM directive - the Channel Islands' perspective
Briefings | 04 Aug 2011

On 11 November 2010 the European Parliament approved the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the "Directive"), following months of negotiation.

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Structuring an AIM or LSE IPO using a Jersey or Guernsey vehicle
Briefings | 23 Nov 2010

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").

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The Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008
Briefings | 02 Jul 2010

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...

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Directors' liabilities and indemnities under The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008
Briefings | 14 May 2009

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...

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Transfers of long term insurance business in Guernsey
Briefings | 13 Feb 2007

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...

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Investing in Real Risk - Guernsey's Growing ILS Sector
Articles | 05 Apr 2016

Mark Helyar, Partner outlines the rationale for investing in real risk. Published in Captive Global - April 2016.

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Is Europe set for ILS growth?
Articles | 16 Mar 2015

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.

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Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015
Articles | 27 Feb 2015

Mark Helyar discusses Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015, published in ICLG 4th Edition. Please click here for full article.

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Collateralised reinsurance takes centre stage
Articles | 24 Feb 2015

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...

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Insight into Guernsey's Captive Offering
Articles | 13 Feb 2015

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.

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Insurance & Reinsurance 2013: Guernsey Chapter
Articles | 04 Mar 2013

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)

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Insurance: Insurance Law Guernsey
Articles | 01 Aug 2012

Mark Helyar, Partner, takes a look at the world of insurance law - published in Lawyer Monthly August 2012.

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Insurance: What is ILS Investment?
Articles | 30 Jun 2012

Mark Helyar, Partner discusses "What is ILS Investment?" - published in Global Business Magazine June 2012.

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Insurance & Reinsurance 2012: Guernsey Chapter
Articles | 05 Mar 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.

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CSR: Behind the scenes
Articles | 06 Jul 2011

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.

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Guernsey: The meaning of life
Articles | 07 Feb 2011

Mark Helyar discusses the different investment-wrapper option that the Guernsey captive jurisdiction is able to offer to investors interested in the jurisdiction - published in Captive Review Guernsey Report 2011.

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