Ogier's lawyers write around 200 briefings each year, and the publications that earn the most "clicks" always throw up a few surprises.
The top ten most popular publications of 2017 reflect not just the focus of our different teams and the major changes that took place over the year, but also at least one subject that we just didn't see coming.
The top publications were:
Released on 29 March – the day that formal notification of the UK's intention to leave the EU was delivered – this joint effort by partners from our Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg teams ran through how the jurisdictions could be central to UK fund managers through the transition and beyond.
Partners Nick Rogers, Giorgio Subiotto and Piers Dryden combined for a straight-forward, plain-English explanation of the Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime, which came into force on 1 July.
Jersey and Guernsey introduced new regulations complying with the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) agenda-inspired mover to Country-By-Country reporting, and partners Marcus Leese and Matthew Shaxson produced this briefing – although the regulations were introduced in 2016, this piece was easily one of the most-read in 2017.
Global Managing Partner Edward Mackereth successfully applied for an article 47 variation to Jersey's Royal Court in respect of two trusts – the judgment considered the definition of "benefit" and public policy questions.
Simon Felton was one of five lateral partner hires at Ogier in 2017 – this joint update with Raulin Amy on the implications of a recent English case on the tax residency of Jersey companies was published shortly after his arrival.
Nick Rogers again, on Cayman as a jurisdiction for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and how ICOs fit into the regulatory framework around money service businesses, AML, exchange of information and the Mutual Funds Law.
A Luxembourg law governing the exploration and use of near earth objects in space came into effect on 1 August – partner Laurent Thailly and associate Fiona Schneider published a briefing explaining the international legal context and the Grand Duchy's wider space exploration strategy.
The reform of the BVI's limited partnership legislation was the first in more than 20 years, and continued through the Hurricane Irma disruption and recovery efforts – partner Michael Killourhy explained the new structure and how it would strengthen BVI's offering as a funds jurisdiction.
Offshore jurisdictions are increasingly offering variations on the same themes, but the foundation company law in Cayman is unique – trusts partner Anthony Partridge published this much-read briefing on the potential uses of the new structure.
The seven-year Carlyle case gave rise to publications on anti-anti-suit injunctions and Guernsey as a funds dispute centre by Global Head of Dispute Resolution Simon Davies, who represented the Carlyle companies in the $1 billion claim – but it was this briefing on the judgments impact on directors' duties that drew the most clicks.