September Industry News Round-Up

GIBA’s monthly news round-up keeps you abreast of the latest news affecting Guernsey’s finance sector and our member organisations.

Don’t forget to follow @GIBAGuernsey on Twitter for updates and news throughout the month.


10 Years Beyond the Financial Crisis

‘Ten years on from the global financial crisis Guernsey has a well-diversified finance sector of which we can be proud,’ says GIBA Chair, David Oxburgh.

Read his summary of the island’s primary economic contributor here.   

2018 Proving a Positive Year for M&A Deals

The value of global offshore M&A deals in the first half of 2018 nearly matched the total recorded for the entirety of 2017, according to a report released by offshore law firm Appleby.

The latest edition of Offshore-i, an Appleby insight report on merger and acquisition activity in major offshore financial centres, focuses on transactions announced over the first half of 2018.

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Bailiwick’s Interests are Being Considered During Brexit Negotiations

Lord Keen has provided assurance that Guernsey’s interests are being looked after in London during Brexit.

Lord Keen is the Ministry of Justice spokesman in the House of Lords, as well as the minister with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies. He was on the island during September and said: ‘The UK government respects the constitutional position of the Crown Dependencies.’


Meanwhile, Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee, has written to Prime Minister Theresa May to outline the island’s position regarding a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

‘We continue to plan for the prospect of a new partnership between the UK and the EU.  It is vitally important that our interests continue to be taken into account in the UK-EU negotiations and to ensure that our ancient and historic constitutional relationship with the Crown is upheld and respected.’

Read the full letter here



Guernsey Continues to Make Captive Developments in China

Guernsey’s progress in the Chinese market was reported at a We Are Guernsey update event in September.  Guernsey Finance gave an on-island update on China, with the audience of more than 100 hearing about developments in the Far East.

Local businessman Charles Scott, from Alternative Risk Management, also spoke at the event. He has made significant progress introducing captives to the region over the past couple of years.

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A second event focused on the China market, Guernsey Finance Masterclass in Hong Kong, examined the potential of accessing a selection of alternative asset classes through Guernsey investment structures.

Read more.



The summary of the August council meeting minutes and September technical status report are now online in the members’ area of our website.  If you don’t have a password, please get in touch with your member association or email:

Click here



Our Twitter feed this month has been swamped with events and activities being sponsored by firms in the finance sector and related professional services.  
Check them out using the hashtag #GsyFinance4Community, and you’ll see what incredible support the industry gives our community. Here are just a few examples:


Finance Community supports Herm Swim 2018

This year’s successful Herm Swim 2018 challenge was supported by a host of financial sponsors.  Around 45 swimmers made the crossing to Herm Island to raise money for the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief and This is Epic.

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Swimarathon Invites Corporate Teams to Make a Splash

The Skipton Swimarathon is encouraging more corporate teams to join its Corporate Sponsor Awards Scheme and raise funds for charity. The Awards will recognise three levels of fundraising, with Accreditation Rosettes being given to companies to acknowledge their support.

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Guernsey Photography Festival Supported by Raven Property Group

Raven Property Group has partnered with Guernsey Museums & Galleries and Guernsey Arts Commision to deliver the 2018 Guernsey Photography Festival.


Running from 20 September to 20 October, this year’s festival is themed ‘Political Landscape’. The popular event will bring together some of the world’s leading and emerging contemporary photographers alongside the usual mix of educational and community events.

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Thursday 4th October – Deadline to Register to Vote

Anyone wishing to vote in the referendum must register to vote by 4th October. The referendum to select the way Guernsey votes for its Deputies will take place on 10th October.  

More information about the referendum can be found here.


Friday 19 October- Sanctions Explained

Collas Crill is hosting an event to address a range of sanctions issues with leading barrister Maya Lester QC

Event details:

The Duke of Richmond
Friday 19 October from 8:30am to 10:30am.
Tickets are £40.00

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Thursday 11 October – Deloitte Breakfast Briefing

Deloitte is hosting a breakfast briefing to explore the expected framework of the new EU Code of Conduct Group (Code Group) economic substance legislation and examine the practical implications of the changes.

Event details:
8am – 9.45am (presentations starting at 8.30am)
Duke of Richmond Hotel, Somerset Suite.


RSVP: Mandy Sangan, email: or Tel: 01481 703285.