Nancy Chien

Partner

Nancy has extensive experience in a wide range of offshore matters in both the private client area as well as the corporate sphere. In the private client context, Nancy advises ultra-high net worth families, family offices and intermediaries on all aspects of private client structuring including the use of trusts and foundations, as well as related corporate law issues (including where such vehicles are used for philanthropic purposes). She has considerable experience with high value and complex structures which enable the clients to retain a degree of control over their family assets and achieve effective succession planning.

In the corporate area, Nancy is one of the only Jersey lawyers with specific experience in pensions and employee incentive arrangements (having previously worked for Ashurst in London). She is the chairperson of the Jersey Pensions Association and is working closely with the Jersey government to enhance Jersey's offering of end of service gratuity plans and international savings vehicles. 

Nancy also has considerable experience in regulatory matters affecting offshore vehicles and service providers, including FATCA, the common reporting standard (CRS) and data protection.

She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.

What her clients say:
"She's one of the best lawyers in Jersey."
"Nancy is outstanding, she is very, very good advising on Jersey and BVI law."

Professional
  • Advocate - Jersey
  • Solicitor* - England & Wales
  • Barrister - New Zealand
  • Solicitor - British Virgin Islands
  • STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Member

*non-practising

Industry focus
  • Member of the International pensions working group in Jersey.
  • Chairman of the Jersey Pensions Association.
Credentials
  • 'Up and Coming Lawyer' – Chambers 2018
  • 'Leading Lawyers' category and 'Powerwomen' category - 2018, 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Next generation lawyers' - Legal 500 2018 and 2017
  • 'Prominent Figure' in the 'Leading Lawyers' category - Citywealth Leaders List
  • Lawyer of the Year IFC - Partner -  Nancy Chien - Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 
  • Jersey Future Leaders List - Citywealth 
  • Highly intelligent and at the top of her game.
    Legal 500 2018
  • Calm, attentive and technically strong.
    Chambers 2018
  • Approachable and helpful – her knowledge of FATCA and CRS as applied to trustees is a credit to the firm.
    Legal 500 2017
News/Experience
Senior associate admitted as full STEP member
International Private Client 16 Nov 2018 Singapore

Bedell Cristin senior associate in Singapore, Craig Paynter, has qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner and been admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Bedell Cristin to attend STEP Arabia and STEP Asia Conferences 2018
08 Nov 2018 Jersey Singapore

Bedell Cristin partner, Nancy Chien, to speak at STEP Arabia and then to attend STEP Asia with colleagues Kristian Wilson and Craig Paynter.

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Consultation paper - proposals to affect Jersey trusts and foundations
International Private Client 25 Sep 2018 Jersey

The Jersey Financial Crime Strategy Group of the Government of Jersey has published a consultation paper entitled the "Implementation of the 2012 FATF Recommendations on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism - proposed revisions to...

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Bedell Cristin lawyers shortlisted for Citywealth Future Leaders Awards
International Private Client 26 Jun 2018 Jersey

Private client lawyers Nancy Chien and Henry Wickham have been shortlisted in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2018.

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AIJA to host Family Office Seminar in Jersey
International Private Client 14 Jun 2018 Jersey

AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, is hosting its 2018 Family Office conference in Jersey. AIJA is the only global association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsel aged 45 and under. However, you do not need to be under age 45 nor a me...

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Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7 is coming into force
International Private Client 04 Jun 2018 Jersey

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984. These are contained within the Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 2018 which will be brought into force on 8 June 2018.

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Planning for a flexible future
Pensions & Employee Incentives 21 May 2018 Jersey

UK legislative changes have caused a fundamental shift in the types of pension products that can be offered by International Finance Centres such as the Channel Islands. The Jersey Pensions Association has proposed an amendment to the Jersey law that will m...

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International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) to host family office seminar in Jersey - register now

AIJA will host a family office conference from 12-14 July 2018, open to AIJA members and non-members alike. The event is expected to attract attendees from across the UK and offshore jurisdictions; it is targeted at family offices, providers of family offi...

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Limitation of trustee liability under Jersey law - some clarity for trustees
25 Apr 2018 Jersey

A judgment, eagerly awaited by Jersey and Guernsey trustees, has been delivered by the Privy Council (on appeal from the Guernsey Court of Appeal) in a matter involving the Tchenguiz family trusts. Of most interest to trustees and their contractual counterp...

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Consultation Paper to expand Jersey's Investment Business regime to regulate advice given on the transfer out of defined benefit pension schemes
Pensions & Employee Incentives 17 Apr 2018 Jersey

On 5 April, the Jersey Financial Services Commission ("JFSC") and the States of Jersey released a joint consultation paper (the "Consultation Paper") to provide a regulatory framework for the advice given when benefits are transferred out from defined benef...

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CRS and FATCA: the second edition of the CRS Implementation Handbook
International Private Client 10 Apr 2018 Jersey Guernsey

On 5 April 2018, the OECD released the Second Edition of the CRS Implementation Handbook. This helpfully contains an extensive section on the treatment of trusts in Chapter 6, which will hopefully provide some much needed guidance for practitioners where an...

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Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7
International Private Client 22 Mar 2018 Jersey

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984. These are contained within the draft Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 201- and are expected to be brought into force during 2018, subject to Privy Co...

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Two Bedell Cristin partners recognised on IFC 2017 Powerwomen Top 200 List
International Private Client 20 Nov 2017 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partners Zillah Howard and Nancy Chien are recognised on this list.

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STEP Asia Conference 2017
International Private Client 10 Oct 2017 Jersey Singapore

Bedell Cristin partners Nancy Chien and Kristian Wilson are attending STEP Asia Conference in Singapore, 7 - 8 November 2017.

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Call for pension regulation in Jersey
Pensions & Employee Incentives 03 Nov 2016 Jersey

Speaking at the recent Jersey Pensions Association conference, Bedell Cristin's Nancy Chien highlighted the need for pension regulation in Jersey.

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A chance to vote for our lawyers
International Private Client 12 Oct 2016 Jersey

Two of our leading private client lawyers have been shortlisted in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2017.

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Two Bedell lawyers included on Citywealth’s Future Leaders List
International Private Client 23 Sep 2016 Jersey

Nancy Chien, a Partner in the firm’s Private Wealth and Fiduciary group and Henry Wickham, a Senior Associate in the same group, have been named on a list of young professionals under the age of 40 identified as among the most talented working in the privat...

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Inaugural Jersey Pensions Association Conference
Pensions & Employee Incentives 13 Sep 2016 Jersey

The Jersey Pensions Association is staging its inaugural conference next month to address some of the key developments affecting providers of local and international pensions.

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Bedell Cristin acts in €990 million trust application
Litigation 29 Apr 2016 Jersey

Bedell Cristin acts for incumbent trustee in complex application dealing with issues of trust law, criminal law, money laundering and international cooperation.

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The Common Reporting Standard: Jersey Guidance Notes update

Further to our briefing note "The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released" dated November 2015, the Chief Minister's Department has published draft guidance notes dated February 2016 ("Guidance Notes") which provide guidance on the impl...

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The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released

The draft Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 201- (the "Regulations") were lodged au Greffe on 13 October 2015.

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The Royal Court's jurisdiction to declare invalid the exercise of fiduciary powers

In a recent decision of 23 September 2015, in the matter of the Piedmont Trust and in the matter of the Riviera Trust [2015] JRC 196, the Royal Court in Jersey examined the extent of the duties of a person exercising a power to appoint trustees and protecto...

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New Partner for International Private Client Team
International Private Client 01 Sep 2015 Jersey

Nancy Chien has been appointed a partner of Bedell Cristin in Jersey.

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UK QROPS changes will affect Jersey Pension Plans
Pensions & Employee Incentives 28 Jan 2015 Jersey

The draft regulations on Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") (The Overseas Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2015) (the "Draft Regulations")) published by HMRC on 19 December 2014 will have an impact on all Jersey pension sche...

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New pensions law in Jersey
Pensions & Employee Incentives 24 Sep 2014 Jersey

The draft Income Tax (Amendment No. 44) (Jersey) Law 201- (the "New Law") was passed by the States Assembly (Jersey's government) today. The introduction of this legislation is designed to simplify and modernise the taxation of pensions and to increase the ...

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Bedell Cristin has two lawyers featured in industry rising stars list
International Private Client 11 Sep 2014 Jersey

Bedell Cristin is the only offshore law firm to have two practitioners included in the lists of the ‘Top 35 Under 35’ published this week by the leading private wealth magazine, eprivateclient.com (Private Client Practitioner).

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") - Bedell Cristin FATCA services

The latest version of the Crown Dependency Guidance Notes to FATCA, which was released on 28 July 2014, has provided further changes to, and clarifications of, the obligations of Jersey Financial Institutions in respect of FATCA.

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Pensions changes finalised and coming into effect on 1 January 2015

The Minister for Treasury and Resources announced major changes to Jersey's pensions regime as part of the 2015 Budget on 17 July 2014; draft legislation on those changes was lodged au Greffe on 18 July 2014 ("Draft Law").

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The art of decision making by pension trustees: clarity provided by the Element Six Pension case
Pensions & Employee Incentives 01 May 2014 Jersey

On 4 February 2014 the Commercial Court in Ireland (the "Court") gave its judgment in Greene and Others v Coady & Others [2014] IEHC 38, otherwise known as the "Element Six" case.

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Bedell Cristin's BVI team strengthened following further growth
10 Feb 2014 BVI

Erica Mandryko, an experienced corporate and commercial specialist in BVI law, has been appointed to strengthen the BVI team.

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Rejuvenation of Jersey's pensions regime
International Private Client 08 Nov 2013 Jersey

On 8 October 2013, the tax policy unit of the States of Jersey issued a consultation paper entitled 'Tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes' ("Consultation Paper").

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Bedell Cristin has two of the best

Bedell has two people from its legal teams recognised in the Citywealth Jersey’s future leaders list for 2013, more than any other Jersey firm.

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Bedell Cristin has two rising stars in private wealth list
12 Sep 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin is the only firm in the Channel Islands to have two practitioners included in a list of the ‘Top 35 under 35’ published this week by the leading private wealth magazine, Private Client Practitioner.

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Is your pension scheme compliant with the requirements for QROPS?
Pensions & Employee Incentives 15 Apr 2013 Jersey

It is important that Jersey pension schemes which receive transfers from UK pension schemes or other Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") comply with the requirements in the UK.

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New lawyer joins Bedell Cristin's Private Wealth and Fiduciary group
International Private Client 08 Feb 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Jersey has recently recruited a new lawyer into its Private Wealth and Fiduciary group.

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Insights
Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7
Briefings | 04 Jun 2018

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the "Trusts Law"). The amendments are contained within the Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 2018 ("Amendment No.7") which will be brought into force o...

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The Common Reporting Standard: Jersey Guidance Notes update
Briefings | 07 Mar 2016

Further to our briefing note "The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released" dated November 2015 ("November Briefing Note"), the Chief Minister's Department has published draft guidance notes dated February 2016 ("Guidance Notes") which p...

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The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released
Briefings | 04 Nov 2015

The draft Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 201- (the "Regulations") were lodged au Greffe on 13 October 2015. The purpose of the Regulations is to give effect to Jersey's obligations ...

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UK QROPS changes will affect Jersey pension plans
Briefings | 28 Jan 2015

The draft regulations on Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") (The Overseas Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2015) (the "Draft Regulations")) published by HMRC on 19 December 2014 will have an impact on all Jersey pension sche...

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Pensions changes finalised and coming into effect on 1 January 2015
Briefings | 13 Aug 2014

Our pensions briefing of November 2013 summarised the consultation paper entitled "Tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes" ("Consultation"). A summary of the responses to the Consultation was subsequently presented to the States by the Minister ...

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BVI FATCA update
Briefings | 06 Jun 2014

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") was introduced by the United States in 2010 as part of the US Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (known as the HIRE Act). The purpose of FATCA is to reduce tax evasion by US citizens. FATCA requires ...

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The art of decision making by pension trustees: clarity provided by the Element Six Pension case
Briefings | 01 May 2014

On 4 February 2014 the Commercial Court in Ireland (the "Court") gave its judgment in Greene and Others v Coady & Others [2014] IEHC 38, otherwise known as the "Element Six" case. The judgment provides insight into the duties of pension trustees and fundame...

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Rejuvenation of Jersey's pensions regime
Briefings | 08 Nov 2013

On 8 October 2013, the tax policy unit of the States of Jersey issued a consultation paper entitled "tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes" ("Consultation Paper"). The Consultation Paper seeks to modernise and simplify the current arcane rules...

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Is your pension scheme compliant with the requirements for QROPS?
Briefings | 08 Apr 2013

This briefing is relevant for trustees, employers, members and administrators of Jersey pension schemes that receive transfers from UK pension schemes or other Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") for Jersey residents. In practice this i...

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International savings plans key to Jersey’s flexible future
Articles | 27 Jun 2018

The JPA has proposed an amendment to Jersey law that will make locally-managed international savings plans an attractive proposition to providers around the world.

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The impact of the Common Reporting Standard on trusts
Articles | 06 Nov 2017

When the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was first introduced by the USA, there was a degree of reluctance among some in the finance industry to engage with it - Nancy Chien discusses. Published in the Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corp...

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Pensions: Flexible approach
Articles | 12 Feb 2014

Senior Associate, Nancy Chien says that significant changes are on the horizon for pensions in the Island. Published in JEP Law and Accountancy Review 2014.

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On course for success
Articles | 12 Feb 2014

Two Islanders who are currently pursuing law courses with the Institute of Law reveal their very different reasons for choosing to resume their studies. Published in JEP Law and Accountancy Review 2014.

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Making an impact in the Far East
Articles | 31 Dec 2013

Nancy Chien, examines the reason behind a growing number of Channel Islands firms' decision to establish themselves in the Far East. Published in Business Brief - December 2013.

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Pensions: Protecting your QROPS
Articles | 15 Mar 2013

Nancy Chien, senior associate in the Private Wealth and Fiduciary, examines the importance of not falling foul of HMRC when moving benefits in a UK pension scheme in Jersey - published in the JEP Business Review - 14 March 2013.

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