What are the key factors that make your jurisdiction attractive to investors?
Guernsey remains a key jurisdiction for structuring private funds due to its fiscal neutrality, specialism in private fund structures and servicing, and the island’s robust regulatory framework – all while being outside the EU. Guernsey continues to be proactive in its approach to worldwide regulatory changes ensuring that the jurisdiction continues to provide the important infrastructure to private funds and remains as the domicile GPs know and prefer to use.
Which sectors are currently the most active?
Infrastructure, renewable and traditional energy are extremely prevalent at present as well as debt funds which are looking to fill the gaps where banks are currently under pressure to reduce their lending exposure or simply don’t have the appetite. Private Equity and property continue to be significantly represented in Guernsey.
What types of funds are best suited to the current market conditions?
From our experience, investors are currently looking for a yield and regular returns as well as the usual absolute return funds. Cash is not providing yields and as such investors have to put that proportion of their portfolio to work elsewhere – debt funds, dividend yielding operating assets and infrastructure funds all tend to be structured to offer this yield.
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Article courtesy of Acquisition International.