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Commission consults on Fees for 2022

16th July 2021
The Commission today launches a consultation paper on proposals for increasing the licence fees paid by firms. The consultation period will close on Wednesday 8 September. The Commission’s consultation paper is available here. Feedback may be provided via the Consultation Hub section of the Commission’s website: https://consultationhub.gfsc.gg Taking into account the Commission’s current and...

Updated Guernsey Green Fund Rules

6th July 2021
The Commission has today amended the Guernsey Green Fund Rules making two liberalisations based on industry feedback gathered during our thematic review of the Guernsey Green Fund Regime published in March. These amendments were consulted on as part of the Commission’s Spring Green Consultation, issued on 11 March 2021. Responses to the Spring Green Consultation Paper were largely supportive and a...

Updates to the Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing and issuance of Instruction

5th July 2021
The Commission has today issued amendments to the country lists in Appendix C and Appendix I of the Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing reflecting the Financial Action Task Force’s updated list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring, which includes Malta, Haiti, the Philippines and South Sudan. The amendments include the removal of Malta from the list of equivalent...

Removal of restriction on the use of Incorporated Cell Companies by Non-Financial Services Businesses

5th July 2021
The Commission has implemented The Companies (Incorporated Cell Companies) (Prescribed Classes) Regulations, 2021. Previously, under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 a non-financial services business wishing to be incorporated as an Incorporated Cell Company (ICC), was required to be administered by a licensed person. The new regulations remove this requirement where the ICC is to be a non...

Commission confirms decision to increase Private Investment Fund (PIF) options

20th April 2021
In December of last year, the Commission published a Consultation Paper containing proposals to amend the PIF rules to allow more investor categories to take advantage of an appropriately regulated fund structure. All those responding to the Consultation Paper welcomed the proposals and in light this, the Commission has decided to amend the PIF rules with immediate effect. These are now available...

Commission allows more time for firms to complete regulatory returns

9th February 2021
The Commission is today stating that late filing fees will not be applied in respect of all regulatory returns that are due to be submitted between now and the end of June provided they are submitted within two months of the original deadline. Although the timelines on the Commission’s Online returns portal for returns will not be altered so the original dates will still show, the Commission will...

Private Investment Fund – Form PIF (December 2020)

14th December 2020
The Commission has today issued a revised application form for the Private Investment Fund – Form PIF (December 2020). Please ensure that this form is used for all future applications and that all applicable requirements are adhered to. The Form PIF (December 2020) can be found here. Emma Bailey Director Authorisations and Innovation

GFIN, Cross-Border Testing

29th October 2020
The GFSC is Participating in the GFIN’s Cross-Border Testing.The GFSC is pleased to be participating in the GFIN’s Cross-Border Testing which launches today, 29th October 2020. The Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) – a group of over 60 international organisations committed to supporting financial innovation in the interests of consumers – is inviting applications from firms to test...

Commission consults on Fees for 2021

4th August 2020
The Commission today launches a consultation paper on proposals for increasing the licence fees paid by firms (please click here for a copy of the consultation paper). The consultation period will close on Tuesday 15 September.The proposals are for an increase of 2.1% across all sectors, based upon Guernsey’s RPI, together with the introduction of a modest fee for fast track applications of £500...