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Carey Olsen is a market leading offshore law firm. We deliver exceptional services to our clients from the key offshore financial centres of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We also have an established presence in Cape Town and the City of London.


We're consistently the firm of choice for clients and advisers who refer work to our jurisdictions.


Our firm offers a partner-led service. We employ 300 people and our 42 partners head up a total complement of 185 fee earners. We provide legal services in relation to all areas of corporate and finance law, trusts and fiduciary law, investment funds and dispute resolution as well as to private clients.


We work with an extensive range of clients including directors, global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, corporations, trustees, governments and private individuals including entrepreneurs. We also routinely work with leading legal advisers elsewhere on international transactions and cases involving our jurisdictions.

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A guide to the fundamentals of starting a business in Jersey

Starting a business in Jersey (or relocating one there from another jurisdiction) is relatively straightforward, particularly compared to some other jurisdictions. However, there are some key issues of which you should be aware. This guide addresses the fundamentals of starting a business in Jersey.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 24 April 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

Cayman Islands FATCA reporting update: the next steps

On 19 March, the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (TIA) launched its online portal for the automatic exchange of tax information, which can be accessed from TIA’s website. Reporting Cayman Islands financial institutions must register with TIA by 30 April, as this briefing explains.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 14 April 2015 | Practice Area: Financial Reporting

Royal Court of Jersey confirms existence of trustee’s equitable lien

In this briefing, Carey Olsen reports on an interesting recent decision from the Royal Court of Jersey which confirms for the first time that Jersey law recognises the existence of a former trustee's equitable lien over trust assets.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 31 March 2015 | Practice Area: Succession Planning and Trusts

Guernsey investment funds - authorised or registered: which to choose?

In 2008, changes were made to the regulation of investment funds in Guernsey, creating two regulatory regimes for collective investment schemes. Further changes to the registered investment scheme regime were made as of 1 April 2015 - this briefing analyses the differences between the two regimes.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 26 March 2015 | Practice Area: Financial Reporting

Guernsey's draft Island Development Plan: a look at the new provisions

Guernsey's draft Island Development Plan (IDP) was published by the Environment Department on 16 February and is now going through the planning inquiry process, an independent review conducted by planning inspectors. There are numerous new provisions within the draft IDP, as this briefing explains.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 23 March 2015 | Practice Area: Planning and Development

Radical change: new planning appeal process in Jersey

Jersey's planning appeal process is changing radically, with the introduction of a new appeals process for decisions made or actions taken under the Planning and Building (Jersey) Law 2002. In this briefing, Carey Olsen looks at key features of the new appeals process.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 12 March 2015 | Practice Area: Planning and Development

FATCA reporting deadlines looming for listed Guernsey and Jersey funds - are you ready?

2015 is with us, and the 30 June deadline for the first reports of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) information is looming. While some listed Guernsey and Jersey funds delegate FATCA reporting to a third party, the obligations remain the fund's responsibility, as this briefing explains.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 04 March 2015 | Practice Area: Financial Reporting

Royal Court of Guernsey determines first Public Trustee v Cooper category 3 type application

A recent successful application before the Royal Court of Guernsey, commonly known as a Public Trustee v Cooper category 3 type, is believed to be the first of its kind to be determined in this jurisdiction. In this briefing, Carey Olsen sets out the facts, the judgment and its significance.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 18 February 2015 | Practice Area: Succession Planning and Trusts

Private client structuring: private trust companies and private trust foundations

One of the key trends in Guernsey in recent years has been the emergence of the private trust company. Its popularity has grown as ultra-high net worth families look to consolidate their various family interests in a bespoke private structure, as this Carey Olsen briefing explains.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 12 February 2015 | Practice Area: Succession Planning and Trusts

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Discharging an administration order - a first for Guernsey?

This briefing looks at an unusual Guernsey deal in which an order was secured for the discharge of an administration order made pursuant to the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008, on the basis that the company could survive as a "going concern".

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 09 February 2015 | Practice Area: Corporate

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