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Expanded powers for Employment and Discrimination Tribunal
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 12 November 2020

The Employment and Tribunal (Guernsey) Order 2020 enhances the tribunal's powers to dismiss or strike out complaints without merit. This is fantastic news for both employers and employees with valid defences or claims facing unnecessarily difficult opponents. The tribunal's powers are now significantly increased to be able to dismiss unmeritorious claims at the outset and bring cases to an end at any stage of proceedings where the conduct of either side becomes unacceptable.

Data protection registration from January 2021
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 05 November 2020

From January 2021, the Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA) will introduce a new registration and levy regime which has been approved by the States of Guernsey. This new regime requires all entities which process personal data, including local organisations, businesses and sole-traders established in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, to register with the ODPA. The new fees regime will allow the ODPA to move towards self-funding status, giving it full financial independence from the States of Guernsey.

Guernsey ticks right boxes to attract increasing private equity investment from United States
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 29 October 2020

Guernsey ticks all the right boxes when it comes to private equity – both private and listed. Importantly, Guernsey's private equity regime is simple and established, with sensible proportionate regulation which recognises the sophistication of managers and their investors. Guernsey is the ideal gateway to the United Kingdom and the European Union for US managers who continue to make use of private placement regimes in all of the key markets.

Guernsey companies – an overview
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 22 October 2020

The benefits of using a Guernsey company are extremely wide but generally include separate legal identity, limited liability for shareholders and ease of transfer of ownership. These features, coupled with a tax-neutral environment in Guernsey for most companies, enable Guernsey companies to be structured to meet a wide variety of business purposes – from commercial trading and joint ventures to investment holding vehicles.

Snapshot: recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 15 October 2020

There are two routes for the enforcement of foreign judgments in Guernsey. The statutory method is available only for judgments from certain jurisdictions which can be registered in Guernsey following a specified statutory process. For all other countries, a judgment creditor must rely on common law principles to have a judgment recognised and thereafter enforced in Guernsey.

Guernsey works for hedge funds
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 08 October 2020

This article answers FAQs relating to Guernsey hedge funds. Topics covered include funds regulation, available structures, nexus requirements, the Guernsey Green Fund and registration and authorisation timeframes.

Funds regime – why Guernsey?
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 01 October 2020

Guernsey is a premier jurisdiction for investment funds and private equity business and its reputation, location, tax-neutral status and innovative approach continue to attract leading investment managers. Under the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, managers, advisers and administrators must be licensed in order to conduct certain investment business activities in or from within the Bailiwick of Guernsey in relation to most collective investment schemes and other investments.

Guernsey injunctions in aid of foreign proceedings
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 24 September 2020

Where a potential judgment debtor in onshore proceedings threatens to dissipate its assets, the plaintiff may face a pyrrhic victory with no assets against which to enforce its judgment. Where the defendant is a Guernsey company or has assets in Guernsey, the Royal Court has statutory jurisdiction to grant an injunction in aid of those foreign proceedings, including freezing injunctions to prevent defendants dealing with the relevant assets in Guernsey.

Resilience and sustainability in a changed environment
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 03 September 2020

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, every industry must take stock and evaluate the changes that are here to stay and the adaptations required to suit the new environment. This article examines the developments in and resilience of Guernsey's funds industry. Notably, it is clear that the government continues to support the funds industry and recognises the importance that private equity and sustainable finance play in the longevity of Guernsey as a financial centre.

Migration of foreign limited partnerships into Guernsey
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 20 August 2020

The States of Guernsey has adopted regulations permitting foreign limited partnerships to migrate or continue into Guernsey using the statutory migration process set out in the Limited Partnerships (Guernsey) (Migration) Regulations 2020. In conjunction with the fast-track process for the licensing of managers, Guernsey now provides an expedient and streamlined process for migrating fund structures into the jurisdiction.

Directors' duties and corporate governance
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 13 August 2020

Directors' duties are the duties owed by executive and non-executive directors to the companies to which they are appointed and are personal to each director. By comparison, corporate governance is the collection of principles and practices surrounding how a company is operated and is the collective responsibility of the board of directors as a whole rather than each individual personally.

Secured lending in Guernsey
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 06 August 2020

Guernsey entities continue to be popular in asset-holding structures and, accordingly, lenders are regularly asked to put in place financing arrangements involving Guernsey entities. This article provides an overview of the mechanism under Guernsey law for the creation and enforcement of security over certain Guernsey-situated assets, such as the shares in a Guernsey company, certain contract rights and monies in a Guernsey bank account.

Practical comparison between two of Guernsey's most flexible regulated fund products
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 30 July 2020

This article provides a practical comparison between two of Guernsey's most flexible regulated fund products: the registered collective investment scheme (registered schemes) and the private investment fund (PIFs). Both registered schemes and PIFs are used across all fund types and asset bases – from private equity funds investing in sustainable energy to hedge funds investing in smart technology.

ODPA announces extension of exemption registration in Guernsey
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 23 July 2020

Every controller and processor of data must comply with the Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2017. However, certain exemptions mean that there is currently no need for some data controllers or processors to register with the Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA). The ODPA has announced that any party which is currently exempt from the legal requirement to register will now continue to be exempt until January 2021.

New fast-track licensing regime for managers of overseas collective investment schemes
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 16 July 2020

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission recently announced the launch of a new fast-track application regime for managers of overseas collective investment schemes. The intention is to make the process as simple as possible for such managers looking to apply for a Guernsey licence. The regime is available for managers migrating to Guernsey, as well as managers looking to establish a new Guernsey entity.

National risk assessment: implications for businesses
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 09 July 2020

In January 2020 the Bailiwick published its national risk assessment (NRA), which identifies jurisdiction-wide and systemic risks to which its financial system is deemed particularly vulnerable. Individual specified businesses were initially given until the end of May 2020 to update their business risk assessments in light of the NRA, but some timeframes have been extended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article examines the contents of the NRA and the implications for specified businesses in the Bailiwick.

Potential causes of action in relation to funds in financial difficulty
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 02 July 2020

In these uncertain times, investors in investment funds are increasingly looking at options regarding their investment, including ways in which to redeem or recover it. However, if the fund in question is in financial difficulty, it may be harder for those investors to take action against the directors of the fund or recover their monies in full. This article looks at some of the ways in which investors in Guernsey funds which are in financial difficulty can assess the extent of that difficulty or recover their investment.

Company administration regime
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 18 June 2020

The Companies Law provides for companies, protected cell companies, incorporated cell companies and cells thereof to be placed into administration and for an administrator to be appointed to manage their affairs while the administration order remains in force. In January 2020 an ordinance was passed, introducing various changes to insolvency law in relation to both administrations and liquidations. This article sets out the changes which affect new administrations.

COVID-19: government financial support for businesses
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 11 June 2020

This article outlines the financial support available to businesses in Guernsey that have been adversely affected by measures introduced to manage the spread of COVID-19. Such support includes the payroll co-funding scheme, grants for small businesses and the self-employed, the Hardship Fund, deferrals of social security and tax on real property payments and government rent deferrals and renegotiations.

Executing wills during lockdown
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Guernsey
  • 28 May 2020

The legal formalities for executing a will in Guernsey aim to prevent fraud and undue influence. A will must be in writing and it must be signed, or the signature must be acknowledged, by the testator in the presence of two or more witnesses who are present at the same time. The witnesses must then sign the will in the testator's presence. These requirements do not normally cause much of a problem but can become quite challenging in the context of COVID-19.