Jersey, Ogier updates

Aviation

Contributed by Ogier
Aircraft registry established
  • Jersey
  • 17 February 2016

The Jersey Aircraft Registry was launched on November 6 2015. The registry provides a platform for the registration of aircraft, as well as the creation, registration and enforcement of aircraft mortgages and aircraft engine mortgages. Further, the registry provides lenders with the opportunity to finance the lease or purchase of aircraft and aircraft engines which are registered in Jersey.


Banking & Financial Services

Contributed by Ogier
Enforcement under Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012
  • Jersey
  • 01 December 2020

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law (SIJL) 2012 came into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created, perfected and enforced over Jersey intangible movable property. This article deals with the enforcement of security interests under the SIJL 2012.

Jersey listed funds
  • Jersey
  • 08 September 2020

The Jersey listed fund regime was introduced for listed closed-ended companies further to the Listed Fund Guide issued by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. The structure, which is modelled on the Jersey expert fund, provides for a fast-track process for the establishment of corporate closed-ended funds that are listed on recognised stock exchanges or markets and regulated pursuant to the Collective Investment Funds (Jersey) Law 1988.

Jersey public investment funds – regulatory options
  • Jersey
  • 24 March 2020

Jersey is long established as a primary centre for the establishment of offshore funds and has been at the forefront of international developments, which have attracted international sponsors, promoters, fund managers, advisers and investors. One of the key features of Jersey's fund industry is the flexibility and range of structures and corresponding regulatory and commercial approaches that can be used for funds.

Enforcement of Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012
  • Jersey
  • 17 January 2020

Under the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983, the powers of a secured party on enforcement were limited to a power of sale. The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 changed the way in which security is created over intangible movables and introduced a wider range of enforcement powers. This article examines the enforcement of security interests in the event of default.

Virtual currency regulation takes effect
  • Jersey
  • 28 October 2016

The value and volume of virtual currency trading is skyrocketing globally, but regulating virtual currencies and virtual currency exchangers is challenging. Under the new Proceeds of Crime (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Jersey) Regulations 2016, exchangers must comply with the island's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws, regulations, policies and procedures.


Competition & Antitrust

Contributed by Ogier
Exclusive supply contracts: when are they anti-competitive?
  • Jersey
  • 20 January 2011

Generally, pursuant to Article 8 of the Competition (Jersey) Law 2005, undertakings are prohibited from making arrangements with other undertakings that have the object or effect of hindering to an appreciable extent competition of the supply of goods or services within Jersey. This update deals with the key concepts and obligations that arise in relation to exclusive supply contracts.

Jersey competition law - a brief guide to mergers and acquisitions
  • Jersey
  • 13 January 2011

The Competition (Jersey) Law 2005 generally prohibits any agreements, business practices and conduct which substantially lessen competition in Jersey. The Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority is responsible for enforcing the law. This update focuses on Part 4 of the law which regulates certain mergers and acquisitions in Jersey.


Corporate & Commercial

Contributed by Ogier
Duties of directors of Jersey companies
  • Jersey
  • 07 December 2020

In the current economic environment, directors will be fully focused on avoiding any breach of their fiduciary duties, particularly if they are directors of companies experiencing or at risk of financial distress. This article provides a general overview of the duties of directors of Jersey companies in these circumstances.

Migration of foreign limited partnerships into Jersey
  • Jersey
  • 03 August 2020

New regulations permit foreign limited partnerships to migrate (ie, continue) into Jersey using the statutory migration process set out in the Limited Partnerships (Continuance) (Jersey) Regulations. The application process for continuance is straightforward and includes the submission of a declaration signed by the general partner of the foreign limited partnership that the partnership meets the eligibility criteria and an application for a consent in respect of the partnership under the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order.

Incorporating a private company
  • Jersey
  • 13 July 2020

This article provides useful guidance on incorporating a private company under Jersey law by summarising the main legal requirements and general principles which apply in this regard (eg, company formation, share capital and continuing requirements), as well as the benefits of using a Jersey company.

Migration of companies into and out of Jersey
  • Jersey
  • 11 May 2020

The Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 allows a company registered in a foreign jurisdiction to migrate from its home jurisdiction to Jersey provided that the laws of the foreign jurisdiction allow it to do so. In addition, a Jersey company may migrate to a foreign jurisdiction and continue as a foreign incorporated company in that jurisdiction. The procedure to migrate out of Jersey can be more lengthy than that to migrate to Jersey as notice to creditors may be required.

COVID-19 and public company AGMs
  • Jersey
  • 20 April 2020

COVID-19 is putting pressure on boards to make quick decisions about upcoming annual general meetings (AGMs) and to communicate with their investors about how best to proceed in such uncertain times. This article discusses how best to manage the upcoming AGM season in light of the government's new restrictive measures and the developing COVID-19 pandemic.


Corporate Finance/M&A

Contributed by Ogier
Jersey – a home for private equity fund managers
  • Jersey
  • 06 January 2021

Jersey is witnessing a spike in the inflow of private equity fund managers establishing a physical presence on the island. A number of household name fund managers across all asset classes now call Jersey home, with others in advanced stages of planning to follow them into Jersey. What are the principal drivers of this trend?

Private equity – acquisition structures
  • Jersey
  • 11 November 2020

Complex tax, accounting and employment matters are among those which drive the choice of acquisition structure for private equity-funded transactions. Two common types of private equity acquisition transaction are the leveraged buy-out (LBO) and the management buy-out (MBO). Where an LBO or MBO transaction involves a domestic or international business with a UK-domiciled management team, Jersey acquisition structures have gained traction with UK private equity advisers for numerous reasons.

Healthy interest in Jersey private equity
  • Jersey
  • 26 August 2020

In a news cycle that can seem relentlessly gloomy, there are some positive stories to be told and the increased activity in private equity is one of them. This article looks beyond the financial services industry at the wider social and economic benefits of this growth. For instance, private equity is becoming increasingly active in the medical and healthcare sector, which, in turn, has led to a large number of private equity investments in areas such as technology, software and data.

Jersey private investment funds – regulatory options
  • Jersey
  • 25 March 2020

Jersey is long established as a primary centre for the establishment of offshore funds and has been at the forefront of international developments, which have attracted international sponsors, promoters, fund managers, advisers and investors. One of the key features of Jersey's fund industry is the flexibility and range of structures and corresponding regulatory and commercial approaches that can be used for funds.

Company demergers: a guide to the new regime
  • Jersey
  • 31 October 2018

The recently enacted Companies (Demerger) (Jersey) Regulations introduce a new demerger regime for Jersey companies. The new regime will be of particular interest to those who use, or are considering using, Jersey companies in their structures. It makes the use of a Jersey company more flexible and has a range of potential uses, including implementing a pre-sale reorganisation.