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Hitting the sweet spot

Hitting the sweet spot

By Andrew Harding - Ahead of the World Cup The Economist ran an article entitled “What makes a country good at football?” The journal explored the various components of a successful national side, taking account of GDP, population size and the popularity of the game in each country.

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Why Guernsey is the alternative choice

Why Guernsey is the alternative choice

By Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance – Guernsey’s funds sector has developed over the past 50 years, since the first funds were formed in the island in the 1960s, and is now recognised as a leading centre of excellence for a range of alternatives. This process has been accelerated in recent years as shrinking returns from traditional investment fund strategies are making the alternatives sector more attractive to investors. Guernsey has built up and is now recognised for its expertise in alternatives, particularly private equity but also in infrastructure, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and alternative finance.

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GDPR priorities

GDPR priorities

By Craig Cordle – Data protection and privacy laws have been reformed across Europe by Regulation (EU) 2016/679, commonly known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR builds on existing legislation and seeks to harmonise and enhance data protection and privacy laws across the EU. It also introduces significant fines in respect of breaches.

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Providing stability, security and substance

Providing stability, security and substance

By Paul Smith, Guernsey Investment Fund Association – In an era when uncertainty and the unexpected can be relied upon to spoil the best-laid plans, Guernsey is one jurisdiction able to provide a stable, secure base from which to operate, and has the infrastructure and resources to ensure the highest levels of service quality while also being able to provide businesses with true substance.

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Overcoming the myth of the passport

Overcoming the myth of the passport

By Martin Scott, International Administration Group (Guernsey) – Two years ago, almost to the day, Guernsey was set to receive the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to allow marketing of Guernsey funds across Europe. Then Brexit and politics took over, and the likelihood of the European Union extending the AIFMD passport to third countries now appears remote until the UK and EU have reached a trade agreement with respect to financial services. It therefore appears probable that National Private Placement Regimes (NPPRs) will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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Fund governance changes loom large

Fund governance changes loom large

By Keith Parker, Link Asset Services – The Irish funds industry had another bumper year with total assets for 2017 growing by EUR298 billion – a 16 per cent year-on-year increase – to a record high of EUR2.4 trillion1, a substantial figure and testament to the attractiveness of Ireland as a global funds domicile. Of this total just over 76 per cent represents UCITS funds’ assets, the balance representing alternative assets. More than 900 fund managers from 50-plus countries have assets serviced in Ireland.2