Guernsey: leading jurisdiction in investment fund business

Third largest domicile globally for private equity funds

Why Guernsey?

Guernsey’s fund industry has developed over the past 50 years and become the third largest domicile globally for private equity funds. Located in the English channel, Guernsey is conveniently placed in a time zone between the US and Asia allowing business to be carried out with many different countries. As a member of the Common Customs Area and Common External Tariff Guernsey has a unique relationship with the EU while not being subject to the full requirements of being an EU member. The independence of Guernsey’s legislative and fiscal policy means the island is able to adapt quickly to emerging legislation and global events in order to remain competitive in an ever changing landscape.

As an international finance centre, Guernsey works extensively to ensure that it meets international requirements such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations and has put in place a number of international cooperation agreements and tax information exchange agreements in order to enhance international relations and ensure transparency of activity on the island. All licensed firms are overseen by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) in their role as the island’s financial services regulator. Additionally, the island has been scrutinised and endorsed by the International Monetary Fund,  the Financial Action Task Force and Moneyval.

Our core areas of expertise

TMF Group in Guernsey has a dedicated and experienced team of industry specialists for the administration of regulated and unregulated funds and family structures as well as offering depositary services. We further provide a full range of corporate services to help you to reduce risks, stay compliant, better control your costs, and simplify your operations - leaving you free to focus on core activities.

International businesses operating in multiple jurisdictions have to comply with many different and often complex local governance and regulatory requirements. At TMF Group in Guernsey we combine our extensive global resources with our unrivalled knowledge of local regulations to help you achieve your business goals. Our flexible solutions are customised to fit our clients’ exact needs.

Our independence, wide-ranging experience and focus on providing outstanding customer service allows us to provide your business with a comprehensive range of services at the best possible value. Colleagues in our local offices have extensive experience working with industries, including; real estate, oil and gas and renewable energy.  We pride ourselves on providing a service tailored to your requirements.

Our full range of services include:

  • Accounting and Tax services: We take care of local statutory bookkeeping, full consolidated accounts and management reporting to relevant local and international standards. We also help you manage your tax and reporting obligations.
  • Consultancy solutions: A flexible service allowing companies to deal with complexities created by expansion into new countries or growth in existing overseas locations.
  • Fund services: We work with structures across the full investment spectrum, from private equity and real estate funds, to trade financing, debt and fund of fund structures
  • Global Entity Management services: We provide support at every stage of your business lifecycle. Our multi-disciplinary expertise - in corporate secretarial, regulatory compliance, fiduciary services and more - is your outsourced answer to managing and maintaining entities across borders.

In addition to our global portfolio of services* our Guernsey office provides extra support for specific local requirements. This includes support for:

  • Local fund options: Guernsey offers a number of legal structures and regulatory regimes under which to launch a fund; we provide support for setting up a Limited Partnership, Limited Company, Protected Cell Company, Incorporated Cell Company and Guernsey Unit Trust.
  • Fast Track Regulatory Applications: we can help with fast track license applications for new fund launches for parties seeking to provide management services to Qualifying Investor Funds or Registered Collective Investment Schemes.
  • Investor relationship management: we can maintain investor registers, contact lists and static data in order to despatch investor mailings and communications. Additionally we can assist with call and distribution processing and payment reconciliation.

The TMF Group team in Guernsey has the local knowledge and experience to provide you with tailor-made solutions to meet all your business requirements. Understanding local law, regulations, processes and requirements is at the heart of what we do. No matter where you are in the world, our team of experts will help reduce risk, simplify operations and contribute to your business success.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your business succeed, please contact us.

*Availability of our global portfolio is country dependent.

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