Ogier in Guernsey focuses principally on finance, including investment funds, private equity and corporate, banking and finance, restructuring and corporate recovery, and all aspects of trust and private wealth matters and commercial and trust dispute resolution.

In 2015 Ogier Guernsey launched a specialist property, planning and construction service. Leading property Advocate Martyn Baudains joined the firm to establish this service.

A number of our partners and senior lawyers joined us from leading international law firms or other jurisdictions and have many years' experience in their fields of expertise. We act for a large number of leading global financial institutions, investment managers and corporate entities and are also instructed by many leading law firms and other intermediaries.

Our corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier's partner-led legal teams in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and Luxembourg to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles.

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Ogier in Guernsey

Our track record

Ogier Guernsey is a Tier 1 law firm in Legal 500, Chambers UK and IFLR for Corporate and Finance (including Investment Funds) and Banking work.

We are instructed on many of the noteworthy and complex transactions and cases that involve Guernsey, such as the £16 billion longevity risk transfer transaction for The Prudential Insurance Company of America; the US$2.5 billion launch of X2 Resources Partners LP, and the £5.6 billion acquisition of Friends Life by Aviva. We are also involved in some of the substantial dispute resolution cases in Guernsey, including the noteworthy insolvencies of Woolworths, Huelin Renouf and Zavvi online and the US$1 billion Carlyle Group investment fund dispute which is Guernsey's most substantial piece of litigation.

Local advice

We also provide pan-island legal services for local Channel Islands businesses and individuals. Read more in our Local Legal Services section.

Why Guernsey?

Guernsey has a well-established legal and regulatory system which has been enhanced over the years by the introduction of modern legislation covering all important aspects of the finance industry. This has resulted in Guernsey developing and maintaining a reputation as a robust, well-regulated, first-class finance centre in which to conduct business.

Guernsey's tax neutrality, its long history of financial and political stability, good banking and professional infrastructure, GMT time zone and proximity to the UK and Europe, have ensured that Guernsey remains a leading offshore financial centre. It was placed on the OECD G20 white list for offshore jurisdictions in 2009, which reflects its high standards of international compliance and transparency.

In August 2015, The EU Commission confirmed its continued endorsement of Guernsey as a cooperative jurisdiction following a meeting between officials in Brussels.  This follows on from The OECD also backing Guernsey as a cooperative jurisdiction in July 2015 , click here for more.

Guernsey has more entities listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than any other jurisdiction globally (excluding the UK), according to figures from the market authority.

LSE data shows that at the end of December 2014 there were 122 Guernsey incorporated entities listed on the Main Market, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and the Specialist Fund Market (SFM).