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Home working - Information Security Risks

7th July 2020
The COVID 19 pandemic resulted in many licensees being unable to operate in their usual office environments. Entering Phase 5, a return to normal activity in the Bailiwick, has seen many licensees return to their offices but we are conscious that adoption of home working has accelerated. Information security risks can increase with home working and therefore we are highlighting a non-exhaustive...

LIBOR Transition

3rd July 2020
Over the last three months, various international supervisory bodies have reaffirmed the planned timelines for transition away from LIBOR to alternative reference rates, such as SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) or SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate). Firms should therefore continue to assume that they will be unable to rely on LIBOR being published beyond the end of 2021 and should...

Resumption of onsite inspections

8th June 2020
The Commission’s Financial Crime Division is recommencing its routine financial crime inspections to firms with immediate effect. Routine inspections were suspended on 19 March 2020 to enable firms to deal with the immediate operational impact of the coronavirus lockdown. Financial Crime inspections are resuming now as the finance industry has demonstrated its resilience and firms have generally...

Continent Worldwide Limited and Continent PCC Limited

1st June 2020
On 29 May 2020, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, acting to protect the interests of investors and pursuant to powers granted to it under the Protection of Investors (Administration and Intervention) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance of 2008, made an application to the Court to have administrators appointed to Continent Worldwide Limited, a company licensed under the Protection of...

Updated Commission deadlines for Key Financial Returns

28th May 2020
Following our announcement of 24 March 2020: https://www.gfsc.gg/news/article/commission-allows-more-time-firms-complete-key-financial-returns], the Commission has been pleased to note the resilience of the Bailiwick’s finance sector including the widespread ability to work from home effectively. This operational resilience, taken together with recent States of Guernsey announcements regarding...

Criteria Wealth Management Limited, Mark Peter Penney, Marc Adam Roxby

4th May 2020
The Financial Services Commission (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987 (the “Financial Services Commission Law”)The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987 (the “POI Law”) The Insurance Managers and Insurance Intermediaries (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2002 (the “IMII Law”) The Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2002 (the “Insurance Law”) The Regulation of Fiduciaries...

Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing

28th April 2020
In response to operational adaptation that firms are undergoing as a result of restrictions imposed to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the Commission has decided to ease some of the timeframes in the Handbook rules. Specifically, those timeframes relating to the approval of business risk assessments and policies and procedures and for reviews of existing customers have been put back.The changes...

Covid-19 Scams Advice

2nd April 2020
The Commission has published, on the consumer pages of its website, advice for consumers on coronavirus-related fraud attempts. This advice aims to provide easily accessible and clear information to help people living in the Bailiwick protect themselves from these latest types of fraud and explains what to do if they fall victim to a fraud or attempted fraud. The advice can be found on the...

Directors Duties

27th March 2020
Directors of Licensees will be mindful in these extraordinary times of their duties towards their own incorporated entity, regardless of whether it is a local business or forms part of a larger group of companies. Licensed entities are of course subject to the law, but holding a Licence from the Commission also adds various requirements laid down by the Commission in Rules, Conditions or other...

Commission allows more time for Firms to complete Key Financial Returns

24th March 2020
Amending the Timing of Financial Return filings with the CommissionThe Commission is conscious that almost all firms will be experiencing certain operational issues as they transition to an environment in which many of their staff will be working from home. Mindful of this and of some significant impending deadlines for financial returns, it is making the following changes to its expectations...