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Guernsey approves foundations law

Guernsey’s new foundations law has moved a step towards full implementation after the island’s parliament yesterday (25 July 2012) approved the legislation.

26 July 2012

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The law, which is expected to be introduced by the end of this year or the early part of 2013, had already been agreed in principle and will now be sent for final ratification by the UK’s privy council. The law will provide Guernsey’s fiduciary sector and its clients with “additional choice and flexibility when setting up wealth management structures in the island”, said a release from Guernsey Finance, the promotional agency for the island’s finance industry.

Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance, said: “The foundation is a product our finance industry has been keen to offer clients so we are pleased that the states of Guernsey has passed the law. We will now wait for the UK’s privy council to consider the legislation.

“We were one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce trust law and the states of Guernsey has recognised, along with our finance industry, that to further develop the expertise and experience built up over many years in the fiduciary sector the island needed to be able to offer new products.

“Introducing the law will allow our fiduciary professionals to consider the use of a foundation as well as a trust when adopting wealth structures for their clients, particularly those based in civil law jurisdictions in Europe and further afield in the emerging markets of China, Russia and Latin America where the trust concept is less familiar than in common law countries such as the UK.”

Guernsey Finance is hosting a seminar to discuss the new foundations law in London on 18 September (for more information see

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