Guernsey Fund Services 2012

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Guernsey gears up for new opportunities in changing environment

By Simon Gray - In 2009, when leaders of the G20 nations meeting in London were putting a priority on bringing offshore centres to heel as part of their efforts to resolve the global financial crisis and economic downturn, it seemed that the days of jurisdictions like Guernsey in anything like their existing form were numbered. In Europe in particular, new legislation and tougher regulation appeared poised to drive a large proportion of offshore business onshore. »

Caroline Chan, Ogier

New initiatives strengthen legal infrastructure

By Caroline Chan – By all indications, Guernsey remains an attractive centre for the domicile and servicing of investment funds. According to the latest statistics from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, over the quarter ending March 31, the net asset value of total funds under management and administration in the jurisdiction increased by around 3.3 per cent, to approximately GBP270.1bn. »

Stuart Mauger, RBC Wealth Management

The outlook for Guernsey in uncertain times

By Stuart Mauger – The past five years have certainly been eventful for custodians, as they and the financial centres in which they are based have needed to evolve constantly or risk being left behind. Regulatory developments such as the European Union’s Ucits IV and the impending Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, as well as the changing geography and demographic of wealth, have had a significant impact on the market. Nevertheless, Guernsey has withstood all this and continues to thrive as the industry has transformed itself. »


Fund business bounces back as island targets new markets

By Simon Gray – After a blip at the end of 2011, Guernsey’s fund industry started the new year vigorously with growth in the total net asset value of funds under management and administration in the island of GDP8.7bn in the first quarter, according to the regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. This represented an increase of 3.3 per cent and took the sector’s total assets to GBP270.1bn at the end of March. »

Keith Parker, Pacific Fund Systems

Web reporting key to increased transparency

By Keith Parker – Guernsey is an important jurisdiction for Pacific Fund Systems in terms of both existing and potential clients. A key reason for our interest and commitment to the island, as well as nearby Jersey, is the integrity of the jurisdiction, including its emphasis on transparency within the financial services sector. »

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