Guernsey Foundations

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The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (the Law) was approved by the States of Guernsey on 25 July 2012 and came into force with effect from 7 January 2013.

The basic structure of a Guernsey foundation may feel very familiar to those accustomed to dealing with private foundations in other jurisdictions. A Guernsey foundation has some of the characteristics of a company (such as separate legal personality) and some of the characteristics of a trust (such as the ability to hold assets for the benefit of others). It must, however, be considered as a separate type of entity in its own right which cannot be fully defined by reference to a traditional trust or company structure.

As with private foundations in other jurisdictions, a Guernsey foundation will have the following component parts:

  • a constitution made up of a charter and a set of rules;
  • a council to administer the foundation;a founder to provide the initial endowment; and
  • (depending on the terms of the foundation) a guardian…

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