Guernsey is a jurisdiction with a proven track record in private equity funds.

With typical private equity fund life cycles of between 10-12 years, the fact that Guernsey has experience dating back to the early 1980s when private equity funds were in their infancy is both reassuring and a strong credential for fund promoters looking for a jurisdiction where private equity works.

Promoters of Guernsey funds include:

  • Alchemy
  • BC Partners
  • Terra Firma
  • Permira
  • Apax
  • Coller Capital
  • EQT
  • KKR
  • Apollo
  • CVC

Growth in Private Equity

The net asset value of private equity funds in Guernsey has grown dramatically over the past 5 years, increasing 57% during 2006.


Pragmatic regulation - The Guernsey Financial Services Commission promotes a pragmatic regulatory environment for private equity funds.

Fast track capability - Self-certification Qualifying Investor Funds (QIFs) enable very short authorisation times and a parallel registered fund regime is being introduced. The streamlined consent process for registered closed-ended funds came into effect on 1 February 2007.

Competitive tax environment - Private equity funds are structured so that no liability to tax will arise in Guernsey. No VAT is payable in Guernsey.

IT solutions - Many administrators have software systems developed specifically for private equity funds, providing effective solutions for both complex and simple private equity fund structures.

Legislation - Guernsey has a modern limited partnership law and company law. A Guernsey limited partnership can elect to have a legal personality.

Expertise - With more than 20 years of experience in private equity funds Guernsey has a pool of dedicated specialists.

Experienced administrators - As well as fund managers and custodians, Guernsey has more than 45 administrators (many of them international operations), with a significant number dedicated to the provision of private equity administration services.

Accounting services - The big four all have large offices on the Island, in addition to other accounting practices.

Legal expertise - All of the principal local law firms have specialists with private equity expertise.

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