The Jersey Funds Association (JFA) was delighted to welcome so many people to a networking event last month, as part of its support of the LEAP Jersey programme this year.
The innovative leadership and entrepreneurship programme, organised through the Jersey College Foundation, aims to foster female talent from across the globe by offering female students aged between 14 and 18 the opportunity to develop their business acumen before pitching for funding to finance a social enterprise project.
The event was held on 19 July at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel and involved more than 30 local companies as well as all the participants in this year's programme, who hailed from countries including Australia, China, Japan, Rwanda and the USA, as well as Jersey.
It formed part of the 10-day programme, during which participants received advice from a variety of mentors and experts before putting their ideas to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of judges.
The JFA was delighted to welcome so many people to a networking event recently, forming part of this year's LEAP Jersey leadership and entrepreneurship programme...
It’s ten years this month since the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)was implemented across the EU. But what has been the impact on the alternatives landscape from Jersey’s perspective of a regulatory framework that was borne out of the 2008 global financial crisis and has played a significant role in shaping today’s cross-border funds industry?
When the AIFMD was introduced across EU Member States in 2013, it formed part of a global trend amongst regulatory and political authorities to increase regulation with a view to shore up market stability and protect investors, against the backdrop of the global financial crisis.
In the years leading up to the introduction of the AIFMD, there was a huge amount of industry consultation and debate around what the regulation might mean for cross-border funds and non-EU jurisdictions – debate that to some degree continues today.
A decade ago, there were frequent discussions, for instance, around whether and how non-EU managers would be able to market to EU investors and what that might mean for structuring. For some years, there were whisperings of a ‘passport’ being extended to non-EU third countries based around criteria of equivalence – with Jersey, as a non-EU jurisdiction, being high on the list should that option ever become available.
Ten years on, that passport option has not materialised. What has materialised however, is a Jersey funds sector that is thriving and buoyant, not in spite of the AIFMD but in part because of it.
A large part of this success is due to just how well the National Private Placement Regime (NPPR) has worked in practice – a marketing mechanism whereby alternative funds can be marketed to EU investors based on specific agreements with individual EU Member State authorities.
While ‘onshore’ EU funds are subject to the full scope of the AIFMD, for example, Jersey funds are not. Having to subject a fund to the full scope of the AIFMD rules comes with significant cost, whereas flexibility and speed to market are all advantages enjoyed by utilising NPPRs.
“The private placement approach has been something of a lightning rod for the Jersey funds industry,” explains Michael Johnson, Chair of the JFA. “It’s proven to work extremely effectively, offering quick and easy access to EU capital without the regulatory burden of complying with the AIFMD in its entirety.”
In scenarios where managers are needing blanket access to EU Member States, private placement is not necessarily the right choice. But the fact is that this is rarely the case.
"The reality,” says Elliot Refson, Head of Funds, Jersey Finance, “is that 97% of managers market into only three Member States or less – that’s backed up by figures from the EU Commission. Where that’s the situation, opting to go onshore, therefore, merely adds to ongoing costs and increases the regulatory burden disproportionately.”
The private placement alternative through Jersey, in contrast, is far more flexible and cost effective. This is a message that has resonated well with managers not just with their eye on EU capital but also with a global outlook.
There are currently, for example, more than 200 non-EU managers marketing their funds into the EU through private placement via Jersey – a figure that has grown by around 60% in five years. Specifically, the number of US-originated fund structures serviced through Jersey has grown 61% while the value of fund assets under management has risen by 22%, according to Monterey. It’s an indication of the appeal of Jersey’s platform as a gateway to Europe.
Jersey has accelerated that growth not by sitting back but by introducing complementary structures; half a decade ago we introduced the Jersey Private Fund (JPF) which allows up to 50 investors to establish a fund in under 48hours. Working effectively under private placement rules, it has become a go-to structure so much so that there have been more than 635 formed.
More recently, the jurisdiction introduced its own Limited Liability Company (LLC) legislation modelled on regimes in Delaware and Cayman - which offers its own legal personality and the option of attaching body corporate status - providing familiarity and certainty for US and other global fund managers. Again, the LLC works well with private placement criteria for managers wanting to target EU capital.
“It is this willingness to innovate, to stare down challenges and grasp opportunities that has led to Jersey’s position today where we are seeing record inflows of assets under management, with a sizeable 142% increase in a decade,” adds Joel Hernandez, Deputy Chair of the JFA.
All this is good for the EU market too – it opens up multiple options for EU investors, enabling seamless and effective connectivity between the EU and global markets, keeping high quality EU and global capital moving, generating growth and opportunity.
Reflecting on the past ten years, it is perhaps the ‘high quality’ bit here that is most important. At the outset, AIFMD was intended to protect investors. Alongside the onshore EU fully AIFMD compliance option, which will be the solution for certain managers, Jersey’s private placement option has established itself over the past decade as a key part of the modern European alternative funds infrastructure, helping to achieve that aim of investor protection and market integrity while at the same time driving high quality capital to where it is needed most.
It’s ten years this month since the AIFMD was implemented across the EU. But what has been the impact on the alternatives landscape from Jersey’s perspective of a regulatory framework that was borne out of the 2008 global financial crisis?
Attendees at this year’s Jersey Funds Association Annual Dinner have helped raise a bumper total to support Kezia’s Fund, a fund which is managed by the Jersey Community Foundation.
More than 400 people from across the industry attended this year’s Dinner, held at the Trinity Showground on 14th July, who between them helped to raise £12,500 towards Kezia’s Fund, thanks to a raffle held during the evening.
Kezia’s Fund aims to support mental health among children and young people aged 5 to 25 and their families in Jersey; and provides grants and support to organisations that work to improve children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
Anna Terry, CEO of the Jersey Community Foundation said:
“This funding will continue the legacy of Kezia's Fund, ensuring that the substantial funds raised are used to address the prevalent issue of child and young people’s mental health in Jersey. We are extremely grateful to the Jersey Funds Association for supporting Kezia’s Fund at their dinner this year and we would like to thank everyone who generously donated on the evening”.
Michael Johnson, JFA Chair, commented:
“This year’s dinner provided us with an opportunity to consider our role in the local community and with that in mind I’m really pleased that, thanks to the generosity of those who came along to our Dinner this year, we managed to raise such a good sum to support the work undertaken through Kezia’s Fund.”
Donations to Kezia’s Fund can be made here.
Attendees at this year’s Jersey Funds Association Annual Dinner have helped raise a bumper total to support Kezia’s Fund, a fund which is managed by the Jersey Community Foundation.
Representatives from across Jersey’s funds industry came together this month to celebrate the ongoing growth of the sector and discuss key trends shaping the future alternative funds landscape.
More than 400 people from across the industry, including lawyers, service providers, managers and accountants as well as politicians and regulatory representatives, attended this year’s Jersey Funds Association (JFA) Annual Dinner, held at the Trinity Showground on 14th July.
Held each year, the event brings together Jersey’s funds community and serves to highlight key developments and trends in the market and point to the work undertaken by the JFA.
Speaking at the event, Michael Johnson, JFA Chair, told the audience that it had been another successful year for the funds industry, with the growth in fund managers in the jurisdiction in particular proving to be a critical element of Jersey’s funds infrastructure, against a backdrop of increasing regulation and a growing emphasis on substance.
With figures in early 2023 indicating that the total net asset value of funds under administration in Jersey stood at a record high of more than half a trillion pounds (£523bn), Michael said:
“We have a buoyant and active community, both in the funds and the fund manager space. In fact, we see an ever-increasing community of managers fully resident in the island across private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, debt and real estate. These managers are bringing a real depth and diversity to our industry, at a time when substance continues to be high on the agenda.”
Michael pointed in particular to the ongoing success of the Jersey Private Fund structure (JPF), with more than 600 having now been established in total – meaning that the number of JPFs has now overtaken collective investment funds in Jersey for the first time. He added:
“In particular, alternative funds now represent 90% of our total funds business, with private equity and venture capital making up 44% of total funds business undertaken in Jersey. It has created a very stable platform of long-term capital, largely insulated from short term market sentiment.”
However, Michael also urged caution around the potential impact of the ongoing high inflation environment on Jersey’s funds sector, given its weighting towards alternatives, and the need for the industry to embrace innovation in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment:
“Recently two-year UK Gilts stood at 5.5% and are expected to surpass 6% in the next year. That’s the benchmark for the risk-free rate – the key hurdle for allocators when determining allocations to portfolios. Not only that but allocators are also contending with the denominator effect, further impeding their sentiment and ability to continue to allocate so freely to closed-ended alternatives. We cannot ignore some significant sectors are likely to be impacted – real estate, a key area of Jersey, being one.
“As we cross the rubicon to a higher interest rate environment, embracing innovation, being agile and looking at our product range to see how we can introduce a wider choice of products and services will be vital. It’s why this year the JFA has established an innovation sub-committee, as we look to gather critical momentum in affirming Jersey’s reputation as forward-thinking, truly innovative funds domicile.”
Gold sponsor for the evening was Mourant and silver sponsors were BNP Paribas, Hawksford, Ogier and PwC, whilst the champagne reception was sponsored by Carey Olsen and the NextGen table was hosted by KPMG. Entertainment at the event was provided by comedian and writer Simon Evans.
More than 400 people from across the industry, as well as politicians and regulatory representatives, attended this year’s Jersey Funds Association (JFA) Annual Dinner on 14th July.
A new white paper published by IFI Global and supported by Jersey Finance has highlighted how the rapid growth of asset tokenisation is set to transform the cross-border funds industry over the coming years.
The paper, ‘The Tokenisation of Real Assets', highlights that forecasts for the growth of asset tokenisation are universally bullish, with one report predicting that asset tokenisation will grow into a US$16.1 trillion business by 2030 (BCG and ADDX).
It goes on to explore why asset tokenisation is on the cusp of widespread global adoption and how real assets, including private equity and real estate, are likely to be substantially impacted by tokenisation in the coming years.
In particular, the paper points to some of the major benefits of tokenisation for managers of real assets, but also highlights that there are a number of challenges the industry will need to overcome before it can realise its full potential.
You can read the full white paper here.
A new white paper produced with the support of Jersey Finance has highlighted how the rapid growth of asset tokenisation is set to transform the cross-border funds industry over the coming years...
New regulation and industry wide adoption of ESG and sustainability metrics have created significant opportunities for service providers, while data management now occupies a central role in achieving ESG compliance, both in the eyes of regulators and investors.
Expert speakers at a recent Masterclass event, organised by the Jersey Funds Association, provided valuable insights into these dynamic developments and their implications for the local industry.
The event, held on 6th June at the Royal Yacht Hotel, attracted over 40 industry participants from Jersey's funds sector. The guest speakers explored various key topics, including the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, Jersey's potential to grow as a leading centre for ESG funds, the integration of ESG principles in private equity, and the growing importance of data management in the ESG sphere.
The event emphasised the intricate nature of global ESG and sustainable investment regulation, noting the considerable differences in disclosure frameworks between Europe, the US and Asia. The differences present clear opportunities for Jersey domiciled service providers, managers and funds, who may opt in or out of differing jurisdictional frameworks, while relying on the robustness of the JFSC as their home regulator.
As global standards continue to evolve, especially in relation to nature and climate disclosures, the significance of "financial grade" data management is poised to grow. This, according to visiting speaker Antonello Argenziano, creates potential avenues for fund administrators and managers aiming to drive progress and differentiate themselves.
The speakers highlighted Jersey’s strong position, underscoring the alignment of its flexible ESG disclosure framework with international standards and that Jersey implemented anti-greenwashing rules in 2021, with further enhancements in the pipeline.
Tom Powell, Chair of the JFA's ESG Sub-Committee and CEO of Amthe Capital, led the first session on regulation and disclosure. Powell remarked: "Our latest Masterclass offered industry participants a valuable opportunity to delve into crucial areas of regulatory progress in the ESG investment landscape. The rapidly evolving lexicon of acronyms can be overwhelming. There is a genuine sense that Jersey's expertise in administration, data management, risk, compliance, and governance is highly desirable as the industry continues its forward momentum."
He continued: “It’s really important that as a jurisdiction Jersey continues to tell its story in this area, because it has a fantastic story to tell.”
The JFA thanks all those who attended and facilitated the event. More about Jersey’s proposition in sustainable finance can be found here.
The speakers at the masterclass were: Tom Powell, CEO of Amthe Capital - Jersey; Alison Cambray, ESG, Sustainability & NetZero Director at PwC Channel Islands; David Postlethwaite, ESG Associate Director at KPMG in Jersey; Antonello Argenziano, Product Director at Intertrust Luxembourg; and Jane Burns, Sustainability and Climate Change Engagement Manager for the Government of Jersey.
Expert speakers at a recent Masterclass event, organised by the Jersey Funds Association, provided valuable insights into key ESG developments and their implications for the local industry...
The Jersey Funds Association (JFA) is supporting an innovative leadership and entrepreneurship programme, organised through the Jersey College Foundation, that aims to foster female talent from across the globe.
As the Platinum sponsor of a networking event this summer, the JFA is supporting this year’s LEAP Jersey programme which offers female students aged between 14 and 18 the opportunity to develop their business acumen before pitching for funding to finance a social enterprise project.
The event forms part of a 10-day programme, during which participants will receive advice from a variety of mentors and experts ahead of putting their ideas to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of judges where the winning idea will be awarded £2,000.
Held on 19 July at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel, the networking event will involve more than 30 local companies and celebrate the participants, who hail from countries including Australia, China, Japan, Rwanda and the USA. It will also give all interested parties an opportunity to learn more about the programme, the participants’ various project ideas, network and drive the cause of increased female leadership and entrepreneurship.
Commenting, Michael Johnson, Chair of the JFA, said: “Championing young female entrepreneurs is vital for our industry, for Jersey and for business more widely, to ensure we a have diverse and expert talent pool in the future. It is an honour to be able to support a programme aimed at nurturing the skills needed to be a female leader of tomorrow.”
Chair of the JFA’s ESG sub-committee, Tom Powell, added: “This programme offers a fantastic opportunity to develop business, entrepreneurial and leadership skills as well as to experience a real-life business pitch scenario. We are delighted to be able to support so many budding business leaders from home and further afield to develop such skills.”
More information, including on how to register to take part, can be found here.
The JFA has committed to supporting an innovative leadership and entrepreneurship programme, organised through the Jersey College Foundation, that aims to foster female talent from across the globe...
The value of regulated fund assets serviced in Jersey rose by close to £39bn over the course of 2022 while the corporate and banking sectors also posted positive figures, according to the latest industry statistics.
According to the most recent quarterly figures to be collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for the period ending 31 December 2022, the value of regulated funds under administration increased by £38.6bn (8.6%) compared to 31 December 2021 to stand at a new record level of £488.8bn.
Across the core alternative asset classes – which now make up 78% of total funds business in Jersey - the hedge fund sector in particular contributed to growth, increasing by some 24% over the twelve months.
In addition, a total of 638 Jersey Private Funds (JPFs) have now been registered in Jersey since the structure was launched in 2017, according to the JFSC – an increase of 107 (20%) over the past twelve months. The value of assets held in JPFs is now £61.7bn and is in addition to the headline funds figure.
Meanwhile, the total value of deposits in Jersey banks increased by £14.8bn (11%) over 2022 to stand at £148.3bn – the highest level since 2013 - with 58% held in foreign currencies.
Corporate activity also remained positive with a total of 35,028 companies on the register at the end of the year, increasing marginally (1.5%) year-on-year to an all-time high.
In addition, 79 Jersey company vehicles are now listed on global exchanges around the world, including the London Stock, New York and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, with a combined total market capitalisation of £167.4bn.
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance CEO, Joe Moynihan, said:
“These are strong year-end figures that paint a sustained positive picture of our finance sector, particularly against the backdrop of global economic flux. The consistent growth of our funds sector confirms the appeal of our offering, cementing our position as a leading alternative funds hub in Europe.
“Meanwhile, our banking sector remains resilient, providing sought-after stability in uncertain times, and our corporate sector continues to see steady growth, reflecting a healthy holistic platform supporting investors, families and businesses around the world. This equates to a strong message, and one that will be hugely positive as we maintain our expansion and growth in global markets, including the US and South-East Asia.”
Mike Johnson, Chair, Jersey Funds Association, added:
“Jersey’s funds sector is clearly continuing to appeal to both managers and investors, and that is thanks to the high standard of our offering, which combines a depth of expertise, flexibility, certainty and a stable outlook rarely found in other jurisdictions. Of particular note in these figures is the ongoing march of the JPF, with more than 100 established over the year. It has firmly established itself as a go-to vehicle for alternative fund structuring, adding considerably to our reputation as a premiere funds jurisdiction.”
The latest industry figures show that the value of regulated fund assets serviced in Jersey rose by close to £39bn over the course of 2022...
Jersey’s funds industry is maintaining its upward trajectory – but evolution in the market, regulatory change and competition means that the Jersey Funds Association (JFA) is busier than ever, according to committee members speaking at the JFA’s recent Chairman’s Update event.
Held at the Pomme d’Or recently (1 March), the event saw Chairman Michael Johnson and Vice Chairman Joel Hernandez assess the current landscape and set out some of the priorities for the JFA over the coming year, whilst sub-committee heads also took part in a Q&A session highlighting some of the trends, challenges and opportunities on the horizon.
Pointing to the fact that the value of assets serviced in Jersey rose to new record levels of more than £0.5trn in 2022,Michael also emphasised how important it was to be alive to the potential for change in the wider landscape:
“Our figures continue to illustrate an upward trend, but it’s really important we stay ahead of the curve and anticipate regulatory change and shifts in investor behaviour to maintain our attractive ecosystem for alternative funds.
“Speed to market, cost-effectiveness and service quality are absolutely crucial in our segment of the alternatives market and we are fully focused not only on safeguarding our position but on enhancing our proposition in those areas. On the ESG front, for example, the key is to establish a robust framework but without creating hurdles, whilst on the innovation front we see opportunities to build up a track record in blockchain, tokenisation and digital assets.”
“From a legal and technical perspective, it has never been busier in terms of the need to respond to consultations and international and domestic regulatory change – such as looking at our AML/CFT frameworks, enhancing our range of fund structures and regimes, and ensuring we keep the cost of doing business with Jersey competitive. We are fortunate in the JFA to have broad and diverse expertise through our membership to support our efforts in these areas.”
The JFA will be holding a series of further events for members over the coming months to explore key areas of note for the industry, including a Legal and Tax Masterclass (20 April) and two Town Hall events on ESG (15 May) and Digital (5 June). The JFA’s annual dinner has also been confirmed for 14 July. Further information can be found via the JFA website.
Jersey’s funds industry is maintaining its upward trajectory – but evolution in the market means that the JFA is busier than ever, according to committee members speaking at the JFA’s recent Chairman’s Update event...
Towards the end of 2022, Jersey Finance embarked on its first US roadshow, hosting events in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as New York, where it has had an office for three years.
A number of industry professionals from Jersey Funds Association member firms were involved in the roadshow, including Ian Horswell, Global Head of Business Development for Funds at Suntera Global. Here, Ian reflects on the roadshow and how Jersey is evolving its proposition for US managers…
Q: What sort of business is currently being undertaken between Jersey and US?
Ian Horswell (IH): We continue to believe that Jersey is a fantastic jurisdiction for US managers looking to access European assets or working with European investors – it is well respected, well-regulated and has tax neutrality, all of which is appreciated increasingly by managers we speak to.
In May last year, for instance, we acquired US-based fund services provider Socium Fund Services and since then we have seen rising levels of new business flows between both jurisdictions.
Q: Why is the US such an interesting market for Jersey?
IH: The US is the largest funds market in the world and we’ve seen some exciting growth in the US this year. It’s also a market that is experiencing a sharp movement towards the outsourced model – so it’s a space where Jersey can add real value.
Against that backdrop we hired a dedicated senior Business Development lead in the US to help tell our and Jersey’s story. The feedback is that US managers are increasingly used to the IFC model and see Jersey as an interesting gateway to Europe.
Q: How is Jersey’s reputation evolving in the US?
IH: I think Jersey’s reputation is growing all the time. Jersey Finance and JFA member firms are more and more active in the US, which is giving Jersey greater visibility, while a number of US law firms have a large presence in London, which means that Jersey is already familiar to them. US managers and lawyers are using Jersey and having a good experience in doing so – that quality of service is a really strong play in the US market.
Q: How useful was the Jersey Finance US Roadshow in getting Jersey’s message across?
IH: The roadshow was really useful, both from a jurisdictional and an industry perspective. Jersey Finance and Suntera are already well known in New York and its surrounding areas, and this series of roadshow events brought our story to a much wider audience and new groups of stakeholders.
Chicago, for example, was a new city for both Jersey Finance and Suntera, but actually Chicago has several managers who use Jersey and we had lots of legal contacts in the area too. The roadshow gave us an opportunity to reinforce our message face to face with a new audience, which was vital, and gave managers a chance to ask questions.
It also gave us an opportunity to really focus and ensure our clarity of message – that Jersey is well positioned to support the US market, with excellent experience in all major asset classes. One important point which we highlighted a lot during the week was our political stability, whilst we also pointed consistently to how, as a small jurisdiction, Jersey punches well above its weight with over 14,000 financial services employees.
Q: How well is Jersey perceived in the US market?
IH: Overall, the Roadshow has really helped move the dial in terms of Jersey’s proposition for the US. What was clear was that those managers and lawyers that use Jersey already are big fans.
However, we also need to continue to focus on other groups, those that are less familiar with what we do, and do some educational work to explain our USP over other IFCs – in particular in relation to our responsiveness, pragmatic regulator, and the impressive flexibility and experience we offer. That will be our focus for the US in 2023.
Ian Horswell, Global Head of Business Development for Funds at JFA Member Firm Suntera Global, reflects on Jersey Finance's recent US Roadshow and how Jersey is evolving its proposition for US managers…
Professionals from across Jersey’s funds sector including lawyers, administrators, NEDs and compliance specialists, heard from the JFA’s Legal and Technical Sub-Committee this week, at a briefing outlining some of the measures the industry is taking to maintain Jersey’s leading position as a centre for alternative funds.
A number of speakers from the sub-committee, including Chris Patton, Head of Private Equity, Intertrust Group, Simon Burgess, Fund Advisor and Non-Executive Director, and Matt McManus, Managing Associate, Ogier, discussed a range of areas of regulatory and legislative focus for the JFA, including the recent JFSC AML Exemptions Consultation Paper, a JFSC Outsourcing Paper and JFSC Consultation on Senior Management.
The session was hosted by Joel Hernandez, Head of Funds, Mourant, Vice Chair of JFA, and Chair of the JFA Legal and Technical Sub-Committee, who said:
“Our role as a sub-committee is to look at ways to defend and develop our industry from a legal and technical perspective, working with other stakeholders and organisations, to enhance Jersey’s proposition and add value to the funds sector. The fact that so many people joined us for this session reflects the appetite to support the evolution of Jersey’s funds industry, which is fantastic to see.
“The most recent figures for our funds industry were extremely positive, with AUM and AUA reaching record levels yet again. It’s clear though, that there is a huge amount of work being undertaken by the JFA to maintain our position and appeal in a landscape that is extremely competitive and increasingly influenced by international regulatory and compliance pressures – and this is what the session really focused on.
“From looking at our AML/CFT frameworks and how we can keep the cost of doing business with Jersey competitive, to enhancing our Jersey Private Fund regime, as well as honing our ecosystem for virtual assets – there is a lot that the Committee has been working on. On balance, we feel that Jersey remains in a strong position, given the support of the JFA's members and its other partners.”
The JFA’s Legal and Technical Sub-Committee held a briefing this week, outlining some of the measures the industry is taking to maintain Jersey’s leading position as a centre for alternative funds...
The total net asset value of regulated funds administered in Jersey rose by almost £8bn over the first half of 2022 whilst the corporate and banking sectors also posted record mid-year figures, according to the latest industry statistics.
According to the most recent quarterly figures to be collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for the period ending 30 June 2022, the value of regulated funds under administration increased by £7.7bn (1.7%) compared to 31 December 2021 to stand at £458bn.
The alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate and hedge, continued to drive growth to now represent 89.5% of total funds business, with private equity and venture capital making up 44% of total funds business undertaken in Jersey. The value of hedge fund business booked in Jersey in particular grew over the past six months, increasing by 14%.
In addition, a total of 556 Jersey Private Funds (JPFs) have now been registered in Jersey since the structure was launched in 2017, according to the JFSC- an increase of 100 (22%) over the past twelve months. Total Assets Under Management (AUM) held in JPFs, which is reported separately to the quarterly figures for regulated funds, now stands at£61.7bn, spanning private equity, venture capital, real assets and other global equities.
Meanwhile, the total value of deposits held in Jersey banks increased by £10.8bn (8%) over the first six months of the year to stand at £144.4bn – the biggest half year increase since 2019. 57% of deposits in Jersey banks were held in foreign currencies.
Corporate activity also remained strong over the first half of the year. There were 35,447 registered companies on the register as at 30 June 2022 – the highest number in the past decade – whilst in the second quarter alone there were 974 corporate registrations, the highest quarterly figure on record.
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance CEO, Joe Moynihan, said:
“In a persistently challenging environment, these are really robust figures for our industry. We have seen consistently positive figures and a growth trajectory for our funds industry for some time now, and the past six months have consolidated our position as a leading specialist funds hub in Europe.
“Meanwhile, it’s pleasing to see the appeal of our IFC reflected in impressive figures for our banking and corporate sectors too. Record levels of company incorporations over the past six months and a resilient banking sector underline Jersey’s appeal as a stable, reliable centre, supporting international business and growth as the world looks to rebuild after a period of uncertainty.”
“Particularly as we look to build out our service lines and take our messaging to new markets in 2023, in particular across Asia and the US, these positive figures paint a very positive picture of the role Jersey is playing in supporting high quality cross-border capital flows.”
Mike Johnson, Chair, Jersey Funds Association, added:
“The fact that Jersey has maintained its upward trajectory in 2022 against a backdrop of instability in Europe and a complex post-pandemic fundraising landscape, is a reflection of the high regard in which Jersey is held by managers. The growth of the JPF, five years since it was introduced, is particularly noteworthy. Its success means that today, across its suite of fund regimes, Jersey is administering high quality global fund assets well in excess of £0.5trn, and that figure continues to grow.”
The total net asset value of regulated funds administered in Jersey rose by almost £8bn over the first half of 2022 , according to the latest industry statistics.
Following its recent Annual General Meeting (8 July), the Jersey Funds Association (JFA) has elected a new-look committee as it continues to champion Jersey's ecosystem for alternative funds.
With outgoing Chairman Tim Morgan completing his three-year tenure, Michael Johnson takes over the role, with Joel Hernandez taking on the position of Vice Chairman. Michael is Group Head of Institutional Services at Crestbridge, whilst Joel is a Partner at law firm Mourant.
The new committee features some continuity whilst also introducing a number of new faces, with Robin Wilson, Sophie Reguengo, Stephanie Hopkins, Clive Spears and John Riva all joining. Remaining on the committee this year are Richard Anthony, Mike Byrne, Steve Cartwright, Ben Dixon, Ben Honeywood, Dilmun Leach, Robert Milner, Tim Morgan, Simon Page, Martin Paul, Tom Powell, Peter Rioda, Ben Robins, Martin Rowley, Sarah Sandiford and Elliot Refson.
At the AGM, outgoing JFA Chair Tim Morgan, who is a Partner at law firm Maples, provided an assessment of achievements and highlights from the past year:
“Jersey's funds industry continues to operate in a fast-evolving market, with regulatory, economic and geopolitical uncertainty continuing to pose challenges – but the fact that Jersey’s funds industry succeeded in reaching new record highs of assets under administration in 2022 and in each of the past three years speaks volumes about the appeal of Jersey’s platform of stability. As ever we need to continue to work hard to underpin this.
“Reflecting on the past three years, there’s no doubt it has been a busy but exciting time to lead the JFA, through a complex period encompassing the implications for Jersey of the effects of Brexit, to the challenges of the global pandemic, to on going enhancements to Jersey’s international standing for tax and regulation. It is a credit to the committee and to the wider industry that Jersey’s funds offering has gone from strength to strength throughout this period. I’m really grateful for the efforts of all those who have given their time to the committee, including Caroline Harrington, who is retiring from her role as secretary of the JFA after many years. We have achieved a lot – from navigating tax and regulatory changes, to integrating ESG into our thinking and supporting cutting-edge training for our members.”
Meanwhile, newly appointed JFA Chairman Michael Johnson added:
“There’s no doubt that the landscape continues to pose challenges. Geopolitical developments have significantly worsened since the increased hostilities in Ukraine, and from a macro-economic perspective, inflation rates, interest rate changes and other economic indicators are pointing to a significantly more challenging economic environment. Jurisdictionally, the competitive environment remains intense and evolving too.
“But there is plenty for Jersey to be positive about. We have a compelling proposition, an industry that is growing at an impressive rate, and more and more managers of substance looking at Jersey to support their cross-border needs. Private equity, venture capital and real assets are at the heart of global economic rebuilding efforts, and we have precisely the experience and platform here to support that and make a positive impact.”
The JFA has named its new-look committee following its recent AGM...
With figures from the JFSC confirming that total regulated funds business grew by a fifth over 2021 and now stands at almost £460bn (March 2022) and with 200 managers and around 370 funds currently marketing into the EU through private placement in Jersey, the JFA has worked with industry to put together a new factsheet designed to illustrate why Jersey provides such as compelling proposition for alternative funds compared to other jurisdictions.
You can access that factsheet here.
Why Jersey provides such a compelling proposition for alternative funds compared to other jurisdictions...
Towards the end of last year, Jersey Finance published a ground-breaking report that highlighted the value Jersey’s finance industry adds to global markets and the positive impact the work done in Jersey has around the world.
The ‘Jersey’s Contribution to Global Value Chains’ report explores the redistribution of the value of work done in Jersey – and it makes some significant findings. In particular, Jersey firms intermediate £1.4 trillion (€1.7 trillion) of global capital each year and support £170.3 billion of global economic output.
That activity in turn supports millions of jobs of ordinary people, and accounts for 0.27% of total global economic activity each year. It’s an impressive contribution globally for a small jurisdiction.
Read the full article here.
With reference to Jersey Finance's ground-breaking 'Jersey's Contribution to Global Value Chains' report, JFA Chair Tim Morgan writes in Funds Europe magazine, looking at the importance of evidencing the positive global impact of Jersey's funds sector...
Stability, expertise and flexibility have been highlighted as key components of the international fund domicile of the future in a new report published this month by IFI Global and supported by Jersey Finance.
‘The Evolution of the International Fund Jurisdictions’ report forms the latest in a series undertaken by IFI Global with Jersey Finance, with previous reports published over the past two years having focused on fund domiciliation, structuring, and fund governance.
This new report explores the origins of the fund domiciliation industry and how a number of locations around the world with no previous connection to funds, have ended up playing fundamental roles at the heart of the global funds landscape, servicing more than US$16 trillion of fund assets.
The report also explores how those centres, including Jersey, BVI, Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey, Ireland and Luxembourg, have since evolved and what their past experiences tell us about their future direction. Among the report’s key areas of focus are:
· Key dates, from the establishment of the first expatriate banking operation in Jersey in the 1960s to EU alternative fund regulation in 2018
· The origins of the international funds industry in the 1980s, including the first investment funds offered to expats and the largely Anglo-Saxon asset management industry of the 1990s
· The dawn of alternatives, including the introduction of regulatory measures, the shift towards institutional investors, the heightened focus on governance and substance in the wake of the global financial crisis, and the impact of Brexit
· The future, including the growth of sustainable finance and crypto funds and the importance of first mover advantage when it comes to new investment categories
Commenting on the findings, Elliot Refson, Head of Funds at Jersey Finance, said:
“Given the trends over the last decade or more highlighted in this paper, there’s no doubt that the fund jurisdictions that will be most successful in the future will be those that are stable with strong expertise and infrastructure, and robust but flexible regulatory frameworks. This has really been Jersey’s mantra for the past twenty years, and we’ve seen the fruits of that in the growth of Jersey in recent years as a trusted funds domicile.
“There will undoubtedly be more changes over the coming decades and our focus will remain on staying true to our values and on retaining our position as an integral part of the global fund landscape.”
Simon Osborn, CEO of IFI Global and author of the report, added:
“Fund domiciliation patterns have always been subject to change and there is no reason to believe this will not continue to be the case in future. To understand how the asset management business might develop in the future, it is a good idea to know something about how the international fund jurisdictions, on which this industry depends, are evolving.
“This White Paper touches upon how a few unlikely locations, dotted around the world, got into this business, focuses on what is happening in international fund domiciliation today and explores what may well happen to international fund jurisdictions over the next few years.”
The new research can be viewed and downloaded here.
Jersey Finance launches latest white paper in a series undertaken by IFI Global
The total net asset value of regulated funds administered in Jersey rose by almost a fifth over the course of 2021 to reach a new record level whilst corporate activity and bank deposits also showed year-on-year growth, according to the latest industry statistics.
According to the most recent quarterly figures to be collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for the period ending 31 December 2021, the value of regulated funds under administration increased by £72.1bn year-on-year (19%) to stand at £450.2bn.
The growth is driven by the alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, hedge, credit and infrastructure, which now represent 89% of total funds business, with private equity and venture capital in particular increasing by 27% over the year.
Meanwhile, the total value of deposits held in Jersey banking institutions increased marginally, by £1.9bn (1%) to £133.5bnover 2021, with 56% held in foreign currencies.
Corporate activity also remained strong over2021, with levels of company incorporations over the twelve months meaning the highest ever year-end number of live companies on the register was recorded this period (34,523).
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance CEO, Joe Moynihan, said:
“Overall, these are positive figures for our industry in what continues to be a challenging global environment for cross-border financial services. The message is clear – investors and institutions value the certainty, stability and expertise Jersey offers in an uncertain landscape.
“The funds industry in particular maintained its strong upward trajectory, with total fund assets in Jersey now topping £450bn. Meanwhile our banking sector has remained stable despite ongoing currency fluctuations, and our corporate sector has been particularly active, reflecting a buoyant picture across the industry. These figures should give us optimism for the year ahead as we continue to innovate and deliver high quality services to global investors.”
Tim Morgan, Chair, Jersey Funds Association, added:
“Our focus as a funds industry is on creating the very best ecosystem for investors and managers, to facilitate the global distribution of capital securely and efficiently. That these figures show a near 75% increase in funds business over the past five years is testament to the fact that investors right across the alternatives spectrum recognise Jersey as a top-tier jurisdiction, offering expertise, innovative structuring options and a no-nonsense regulatory environment that is entirely geared up to supporting their endeavours.”
The total net asset value of regulated funds administered in Jersey rose by almost a fifth over the course of 2021 to reach a new record level, according to the latest industry statistics.
By Alistair Horn, Mourant LP Partner and JFA committee member, John MacFeeters, Counsel and Rachel Fowler, Senior Associate at Mourant
With reports suggesting that global investors have set aside up to £46bn to deploy in the London office market alone this year (the highest since 2012), it’s an opportune time to take a look at some of the trends we are seeing in Jersey for UK real estate investments.
For years, Jersey has been an attractive option for asset managers looking to establish real estate holding structures, and for investors wishing to invest in real estate assets and recently we have seen a noticeable increase in the use of Jersey REIT structures, whilst the traditional Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT) remains just as popular as ever.
In fact, there has been an uptick in establishing new JPUTs despite the continued impact of COVID-19.
We've seen a particular recent trend in the increased use of JPUTs to acquire healthcare and logistical assets, with the importance of the latter increasing due to the online activity of consumers during the past 12 months and beyond. Notably, many of the JPUT investors have come from South East Asia and North America, emphasising how far-reaching the JPUT has become.
Meanwhile, Jersey continues to grow its market share in private REITs and this trend is expected to continue. The UK REIT regime is already attractive to many sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, major global financial institutions and specialist property investors.
However, it is expected that this market will grow following the UK Budget 2021 announcement of the rise in the corporation tax rate from 19% to 25% starting in 2023. This change will make the REIT regime more attractive to a broader range of UK real estate investors.
In addition, we are seeing a trend that 'responsible' capital and sustainability are no longer 'fringe' concepts. They do (and will increasingly need to) underpin strategic decision-making and investment allocations by fund managers in the coming decades, as the global economy grapples with the impact of climate change, other potential environmental damage, rising inequality and political and economic crises.
Funds focusing on social housing, urban regeneration, supported living as well as more bespoke projects such as water related regeneration are becoming more common.
With these trends in mind, it’s worth noting that there are a number of reasons underpinning Jersey's continuing appeal in this space that should give managers and investors confidence, including the following benefits.
As an independent jurisdiction conveniently located near the UK and mainland Europe, Jersey appeals to managers who want to access global investors whilst remaining outside the AIFMD environment.
Removing the additional costs associated with AIFMD compliance, whether that is achieved by marketing into the EEA via national private placement routes or by targeting the US and Asian markets, can result in lower running costs and higher investor returns.
Managers and investors alike are familiar and comfortable with Jersey as a jurisdiction, and this appeal is enhanced by Jersey's global reputation as a market leader in promoting anti-money laundering measures and combating financial crime.
Speed to market and cost efficiencies
As detailed below, it is possible to establish and manage real estate holding structures efficiently and effectively due to the flexibility and expertise that the Jersey real estate services industry can provide.
Holding vehicles can be established on a same day basis, whilst a Jersey 'private fund' can be established and authorised in as little as 3 business days (with a slightly longer lead time where there is EEA/UK investor marketing).
The expertise available across legal, accounting and administrative functions can also lead to lower launch costs and on-going maintenance costs, which ensures that Jersey remains a cost-effective choice.
Jersey's company, partnership and unit trust laws are broadly based on the UK equivalents and will therefore be familiar to lawyers and asset managers in the UK and other common law countries.
The Jersey legislation is, broadly speaking, more flexible and more permissive which means it can easily accommodate the commercial terms of a deal.
JPUTs, for instance, are popular for single investor/single asset structures, but they are equally suited for multi-asset joint ventures or as investment fund structures. JPUTs often hold UK real estate directly, however, a JPUT does not need to, nor is a JPUT required, to hold the UK real estate directly. In addition, we are also seeing a revival in the use of JPUTs as hybrid or evergreen investment fund structures.
Jersey's regulatory environment provides significant flexibility in choosing a regulatory regime for a real estate structure, its investors and asset managers. Whilst some small structures can benefit from special dispensations afforded to joint ventures, the 'private fund' regime in Jersey is a popular option where there are a small number of sophisticated institutional investors who would benefit from a light-touch and effective regulatory approach.
For those asset managers who are seeking to attract a larger number of investors, or less sophisticated investors, then there are several public fund regimes which offer increased investor protection.
Jersey's tax regime is designed to avoid double taxation on real estate holding structures, so that these remain tax neutral where appropriate for non-resident investors and asset managers who are dealing with foreign real estate assets.
Jersey is well known for its real estate-based service provider expertise, with service providers able to confidently support managers and investors throughout the entire property life-cycle from acquisition to development, financing, leasing, planning work and joint ventures, and eventual disposal.
Against the backdrop of its longstanding appeal and given the current trends in the market, as a jurisdiction, Jersey has the right infrastructure and ecosystem to assist first time and established asset managers with setting up and administering real estate fund structures, whilst at the same time providing certainty of tax treatment - which is not necessarily fully mirrored in other jurisdictions.
In our latest blog, JFA Committee Member and Mourant LP Partner Alistair Horn, together with Mourant colleagues John MacFeeters (Counsel) and Rachel Fowler (Senior Associate) explain why now is an opportune time to look at how Jersey can support trends in the UK real estate investment space...
An ability to remain agile in a changing landscape, deliver innovative solutions and offer a platform of stability are key differentiators for Jersey’s funds industry that are resonating clearly with managers and investors, according to the chairman of the Jersey Funds Association (JFA).
JFA Chair Tim Morgan gave his update at the JFA Annual Dinner recently (23 September), attended by more than 350 funds and wider industry professionals, including an overview of the current funds landscape, the ongoing work of the JFA with its key stakeholders in Jersey, and future opportunities for Jersey’s funds sector. It was the first physical return to events for the JFA since 2019, since when all updates had been provided on a digital basis.
Pointing to the fact that Jersey’s funds industry recorded another new record high of fund assets being administered at the half-way point in 2021 (£436bn), with private equity and venture capital increasing by 21% year-on-year and the number of Jersey Private Funds (JPFs) rising to 456, Tim commented:
“The latest figures show that Jersey’s focus on alternative investment funds continues to provide a stable platform of long-term capital. From the start it was clear that the pandemic was affecting participants differently. Large, well-known sponsors with strong platforms continued to fundraise. Conditions were more challenging for new and smaller investment groups. However, many have in any case proceeded with the raising of successful, small, first funds and club deals, and that correlates with the continued growth in the number of JPFs we have seen. It’s a real endorsement of Jersey’s appeal and expertise.”
In addition, Tim, who is also a partner at the Jersey legal practice of the Maples Group, highlighted the importance of Jersey’s funds industry maintaining momentum in delivering innovative solutions to global investors:
“Jersey has continued to test innovations in digital assets, as well as increased amounts of structures aimed at sustainable technologies and related assets, which is very positive. In addition, significant changes have also occurred in the administration space – increasingly tech is a key component of how services are being provided, which is enhancing how governance, risk management and compliance are managed in practice. Jersey service providers have been impressive in adopting a digital first approach over the past year and this is undoubtedly a key part of our success.”
Meanwhile, Tim also highlighted that shifts in global geopolitics, regulation and competition were providing challenges, with Jersey’s focus on maintaining a perfect ecosystem for alternative funds putting it in a strong position:
“The political environment is volatile – the change in US administration; increased pressures from the EU and OECD in relation to tax; numerous policy initiatives from UK in the post Brexit and post pandemic environment; upcoming elections in Germany and France. All this means that there is a need for continual engagement in relation to Jersey’s position internationally. At the same time, jurisdictionally, the competitive environment is intense.
“However, Jersey’s ability to pivot in an agile manner, in particular between JPFs and more narrowly-held joint venture and co-investment vehicles, is valuable and provides popular, efficient solutions. At the same time, Jersey has an incredibly strong culture of partnerships with the JFSC, government, and other industry elements all working together on areas of opportunity or concern for our funds and wider finance industry. This is a real differentiator for us, as we continue to focus on our core message - that Jersey offers a unique ecosystem to provide a platform of stability in a rapidly changing market.”
Entertainment at the event, which was held at the Trinity Showground, was provided by comedian and writer Jo Caulfield and London-based singer-songwriter and former Jersey Young Musician of the Year Sam Walwyn.
The main sponsor of the dinner was Mourant, whilst silver sponsors were BNP Paribas Securities Services, IQ-EQ, Ogier and PwC, and the champagne sponsor was Carey Olsen.
Speaking at the recent JFA Dinner, Chair Tim Morgan provided an update on Jersey's funds industry...
Sustained buoyant private equity activity continued to drive growth in Jersey’s investment funds sector as the total value of fund assets administered in the jurisdiction grew by £26.3bn to stand at a new record level of £436.3bn at the mid-year point, according to new industry data.
The latest quarterly figures for Jersey’s finance industry, collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and published by Jersey Finance for the period ending 30 June 2021, show that the value of total funds business booked in Jersey grew by 15% over the first half of 2021.
In particular, the figures show that funds sector performance has been driven by private equity, which has grown by 24% over the half year to stand at £203.6bn. Combined, the alternative asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, hedge, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds, now account for 89% of all funds business in Jersey.
In addition, the number of registered Jersey Private Funds (JPF), a structure designed for small groups of sophisticated and professional investors, grew by more than 50 over the six-month period to reach 456 (up 13%). JPFs hold total Assets Under Management of £78bn – these are not included in the headline quarterly data.
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance Deputy CEO, Amy Bryant, said:
“These latest quarterly figures reinforce some important points. First, the fact that corporate activity has remained strong and our banking sector has been resilient despite significant currency movements in an uncertain environment, underlines the robust nature of our industry.
“In addition, the fact that our investment funds sector has shown such impressive and sustained growth – in particular in the private equity and alternatives space – highlights our strengths as a centre focused on putting significant and high quality institutional and private capital to work around the world. Investors and managers clearly recognise Jersey as an IFC that offers specialist alternative fund expertise. That is important not just for Jersey but for global economies as we all look to rebuild in a sustainable way.”
Tim Morgan, Chair of the Jersey Funds Association, added
“These are once again really positive figures underlining Jersey’s reputation as a specialist funds centre. We work tirelessly to maintain the perfect ecosystem for alternative funds - an ecosystem that is straightforward, well-regulated, effective, flexible and driven by genuine expertise - and those efforts are reflected in the ongoing growth we are seeing in the alternative asset classes, particularly private equity. That the JPF continues to grow its appeal across the range of investors from institutional investors through to family offices is also very welcome and demonstrates our ability to innovate to meet the range of needs across the market.”
The full set of quarterly statistics is available here.
The latest quarterly figures for Jersey's finance industry show that the total NAV of funds administered in Jersey grew to a new record level of £436.3bn at the mid-year point...
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Over the past 40 years, the private markets (or alternatives) sector has grown to become a bedrock of high value employment and prosperity in Jersey – the sector now accounts for nearly 90% of funds under administration in the jurisdiction.
As assets under management (AuM) in the private markets sector continue their rapid expansion worldwide, they’re set to play a key role in driving recovery and creating more sustainable and socially inclusive economies both here and across the globe.
The private markets designation brings together private capital (private equity and credit) and real assets (infrastructure and real estate), and this has real relevance for Jersey which has a formidable reputation in private equity and real estate in particular.
As investors go in search of returns that other asset classes may struggle to deliver, private markets are one of the fastest growing areas of asset management globally. It’s a sector that is now by no means niche – it’s fast becoming mainstream.
Reflecting that, earlier this year, PwC published Prime time for private markets: The new value creation playbook, an in-depth exploration of how the sector is evolving and how to capitalise on the potential. According to that report, it is anticipated that private markets AuM will increase by $4.9 trillion to reach $14.4 trillion by 2025 - around 10% of overall AuM worldwide.
Further, in the JFA’s own survey of its members at the end of last year, respondents painted a clear picture of an industry that is looking to grow and diversify, driven by the private markets. In an industry with alternatives at its core, 69% of respondents said they were confident that their business would grow over the next five years, whilst both short and medium term strategic priorities for Jersey’s funds industry remained focused on private equity, real estate, venture capital and debt funds, according to respondents.
As the PwC report highlights, however, this is an increasingly challenging market in which the prizes will be hard won.
· In search of return: with entry multiples so high and economies still fragile, traditional value levers such as financial engineering and cost reduction may no longer be enough to deliver target returns. Forward-looking private markets managers are therefore broadening their value creation lens in areas ranging from strategic repositioning and top-line growth to longer hold and ‘permanent capital’ models.
· Competing in a concentrated market: Institutional investors’ growing demand for multi-asset mandates is making it difficult for smaller, single-asset-focused managers to compete with big, diversified rivals. There’s still room for specialised players with the right capabilities. The firms that are most vulnerable are those that have neither scale nor specialisation. They risk being squeezed out of the picture.
· Keeping pace with changing stakeholder expectations: the other, and in many ways most far-reaching, challenge is the shift in stakeholder attitudes. As environmental, social and governance(ESG) priorities in areas such as health, sustainability and social inclusion come to the fore, ESG performance has become as important as financial returns.
This isn’t just altruism. As pension and sovereign wealth funds’ private markets allocations increase, reflecting the ‘people’s priorities’ will be ever more important in securing large mandates and sustaining scale and growth. Embracing ESG would help private markets managers to reframe public perceptions, cultivate closer affinity with investors and generate new forms of value. Investment opportunities include helping portfolio companies to move towards net zero production. Private markets managers could also help to bridge the funding gap for small and innovative growth businesses and boost infrastructure investment in areas ranging from healthcare to digital communications.
With government coffers drained by the COVID-19 pandemic, the record levels of dry powder at private markets managers’ disposal could make them a vital contributor to recovery and regeneration – a Marshall Plan for the 21st Century. This would need to be weighed against the increased public scrutiny that would come from a more prominent role in socially-critical areas such as small business finance and infrastructure development.
Jersey’s specialist expertise, record of innovation and supportive regulatory environment puts it in a strong position to take advantage of private markets expansion. But just as the sector as a whole must adjust to a changing world, firms in Jersey are working hard on sustaining relevance and where they can take the lead:
· Picking their spot: the most crucial decision is whether to be a scale or niche specialist player. Firms in Jersey are carefully considering what it is exactly that might make business want to come here, and how they can build on their standout capabilities.
· Challenging assumptions: Further questions centre on how to address changing investor demands. The ever-increasing risk of being called out for ‘greenwashing’ is a clear case in point. As a result, governance – the G in ESG – is rightly at the centre of the agenda. Firms in Jersey are deeply aware of the principal areas needing to be addressed, including gauging what investors really want and how to stay ahead of the game – the goalposts are moving all the time.
· Nurturing talent: Firms are committed to addressing the need to deepen skills and talent, including creating more diverse boards and stepping up the recruitment and upskilling of women.
The evolution and expansion of private markets offer the win-win of high value economic growth locally, and an opportunity to help address pressing social and environmental priorities globally.
With so much at stake, Jersey’s funds sector is focused on tracking how investor demands are changing, ensuring it can keep pace, and articulating what it can offer that other financial centres can’t.
In our latest blog, JFA Committee Member and PwC’s Asset Management Leader, Mike Byrne, looks at how Jersey’s alternatives sector can be an engine of growth and a force for good in a rapidly changing world…
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Accelerated digital adoption, upskilling and product innovation will be key themes for a “confident and ambitious” funds industry in Jersey over the coming years, according to the findings of the third annual survey of Jersey Funds Association (JFA) members.
Presented by JFA Chair and Maples Partner Tim Morgan at a recent virtual event, the findings of the survey, which explored key opportunities and issues for Jersey’s funds industry and the sentiment of practitioners, will be instrumental in informing the JFA’s strategy over the coming years.
Tim was joined at the event by a panel of experts including Mike Byrne, Partner at PwC, Amy Bryant, Deputy CEO at Jersey Finance, Martin Moloney, Director General at the Jersey Financial Services Commission, and Alex di Santo, Group Head of Private Equity at Crestbridge.
Amongst its key findings were that digital transformation will continue to be pivotal to the core operation of funds businesses in Jersey, shaping approaches to regulation, tax and governance over the coming years. Highlighting the impact of Covid-19in particular, 92% of respondents said that the pandemic had changed the way their business uses technology to some degree, with 63% saying it had significantly accelerated digital adoption within their business.
Further, while the vast majority (62%) considered that current skills training was sufficient, around 37% suggested that greater support was needed to support upskilling for a more digitised future.
Meanwhile, on the regulatory front, the survey indicated that Jersey’s response to economic substance rules had been broadly welcomed by the industry, with 42% of respondents claiming that substance rules had had a positive impact on Jersey’s competitiveness, while 70% suggested that Jersey is striking the right balance between ease of doing business and regulation.
It also highlighted that Brexit is still seen as, on balance, a neutral or positive factor for Jersey’s funds industry, with almost a third (31%) of respondents anticipating an increase in business as a result of Brexit.
The survey also painted a picture of an industry that is looking to grow and diversify, with 69% of respondents saying they were confident that their business would grow over the next five years, driven largely by organic growth (69%).
In terms of strategic priorities, both in the short and medium terms, the focus remains on private equity, real estate, venture capital and debt funds, whilst geographically, Jersey’s funds industry is increasingly global in nature, with the US West and East coasts and Middle East markets seen as increasingly important, complementing the existing strong focus on the UK.
Commenting on the findings, Tim said: “Despite the challenges of the last year, Jersey’s funds industry has continued to see hugely impressive growth, with the latest figures for funds business registered in Jersey rising to a new record level of some £378 billion in 2020. The ecosystem Jersey provides for alternatives – its stable platform, quality regulatory framework, expertise and service quality – is clearly resonating with investors, and the outlook for the coming years remains very positive.
“Nevertheless, what this survey shows is that Jersey’s funds industry is both confident and ambitious, and continues to look to push boundaries, innovate and improve. The focus on digital adoption and upskilling comes across clearly this year, with the industry keen to position itself as an authority in the alternatives space, while there are also real ambitions to diversify and grow, including in the ESG space.
“These findings will be vital in informing how we continue to enhance our funds ecosystem, and I’d like to thank our membership for their time and support in putting their views forward.”
The findings of the third annual survey of Jersey Funds Association (JFA) members have highlighted digital adoption, upskilling and product innovation as key drivers for Jersey's funds industry over the coming years...
The rise of sustainable finance, the impact of Brexit, EU regulation and the fallout of the pandemic all have the potential to shape considerations around alternative fund domicile selection, according to new research published recently by IFI Global and supported by Jersey Finance.
Based on the views of alternative managers, law firms and advisors from across North America, Europe and Australasia, including some of the world’s largest investors in alternatives, the research for this new report – entitled ‘The Future of International Fund Domiciliation 2021’ – was carried out between October 2020 and February 2021.
More information and the full report can be found here.
A new report by IFI Global, supported by Jersey Finance, has been published, exploring post-pandemic fund domiciliation trends...
The upward trajectory of Jersey’s funds industry continued in 2020 with the value of regulated funds business serviced in the jurisdiction growing by 9% over the year to reach a new record level, according to the latest quarterly statistics.
Figures for the fourth quarter of 2020 (ending 31 December 2020), collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC), show that the net asset value of regulated funds under administration in Jersey grew by £32.4bn annually to stand at £378.1bn. The increase reflects a period of sustained growth for Jersey’s funds industry, with the figure at the end of 2020 rising by more than two thirds (67%) over the last five years.
In particular, the alternative asset classes, which now represent 89% of total funds business in Jersey, continued to prove the engine room of growth, with private equity and venture capital up by 21% year-on-year to £164.6bn. In addition, the number of registered Jersey Private Funds, which are not included in the headline figures, grew by almost 100 over the year to reach a total of 403.
Meanwhile, the figures also show that deposits held in Jersey banking institutions at the end of 2020 stood at £131.7 billion, down 8% year-on-year, a reduction that was heavily influenced by currency movements and global market volatility, with 56% of deposits in Jersey held in foreign currencies.
Corporate activity, meanwhile, was also very strong in 2020, with a record level of company incorporations in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the total number of live companies on the register standing at the second highest level in ten years at the end of the year (33,626).
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance CEO, Joe Moynihan, said:
“Against the backdrop of a really challenging year for global markets, this is a positive picture for our industry, and for our funds sector in particular which has again achieved stellar growth to reach new record levels. The resilience and stability Jersey has shown has clearly resonated amongst investors and managers, as they have continued to put their faith in Jersey as a specialist high quality centre for alternative funds. Despite currency movements impacting overall bank deposits, material deposit levels have stayed largely stable and consistent over recent years, while the positive corporate activity we saw in 2020 is a reflection of the health of the industry and our role in supporting cross-border activity.
“Overall, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Jersey’s industry, government and regulator, we are in a strong place at the start of 2021 and stand ready to deliver on our duty as a responsible IFC and support global economic recovery in the months ahead.”
Tim Morgan, Chair of the Jersey Funds Association, added:
“Jersey continues to work tirelessly to create the ideal ecosystem for alternative funds, and these latest figures provide welcome evidence of the appeal Jersey continues to have, in particular in the private equity, venture capital and alternative space, with a number of big-ticket funds coming to market through Jersey over the past twelve months. The fact that almost 100 new Jersey Private Funds have been registered over the year is also hugely positive, underlining both the appeal of the JPF as the go-to vehicle for professional investors but also Jersey’s ability more widely to innovate in the right areas.”
Latest quarterly figures for period ending 31 December 2020 show stellar performance for Jersey's funds industry, driven by private equity...
Following continued COVID-19 related restrictions for holding large-scale events, the JFA committee has, with regret, once again resolved that it is unlikely that we will be able to hold the 2020 dinner scheduled for 7 May.
Although we are disappointed to have had to make this decision, we trust you'll understand our position and that supporting Jersey's Framework for managing COVID-19 and ensuring Members' health and wellbeing is our priority at this time.
We are looking at alternative dates for later in the Year and we will notify the membership once further information is available.
In the meantime, we are continuing to proceed with other events on a virtual basis and we'd actively encourage you to participate in these if you can.
Postponement of JFA Annual Dinner - 7 May 2021
Figures in the recently published, and 26th iteration of, the annual Monterey Jersey Fund Report paint a picture of a vibrant and growing funds sector in Jersey, driven in particular by private equity and venture capital.
The report finds that fund assets serviced in Jersey rose to US$493 billion in June 2020, up 2.5% from 2019, whilst the number of serviced schemes increased to 1,495, up 11.9%.
The private equity and venture capital asset classes accounted for US$325.9 billion of assets for domiciled and non-domiciled funds with just over 950 funds and sub-funds.
Latest Monterey Insight figures reflect strong growth in Jersey alternatives...
Oakbridge FundServices (Jersey) Limited (“Oakbridge Funds”), a specialist independent fund administrator based in Jersey has launched to service the alternative funds sector.
Expert in the main alternative asset classes with a focus on Private Equity and Venture Capital, Oakbridge Funds will provide administration services to offshore closed and open-ended funds and corporate structures.
The Oakbridge team previously worked together at a pan European multi-jurisdictional fund administration business and have more than 40 years’ experience of working in the fund services sector.
Experienced private equity professionals Robin de Gruchy-Wilson, Alex Smyth and Jonathan Crawford will lead Oakbridge Funds’ operations and service led approach. Jamie Crawford joins the Oakbridge Funds Board as a Director. Jamie brings a wealth of financial services and investment knowledge and is a Director of ED Group.
Oakbridge Funds benefits from the resources and experience of its majority owner, ED Group. ED Group is an investment business with activities in the UK, Europe, North America and theChannel Islands. In Jersey, ED Group also owns a regulated Investment Business, Oakbridge Limited, and a regulated Trust Company Business, ED Capital Limited.
Oakbridge Funds Managing Director, Robin de Gruchy-Wilson, said: ‘We have founded Oakbridge Funds with a clear vision. We are a dynamic and ambitious team. We have a clear strategy for growth and our independent ownership structure means we are navigators of our own journey.’
‘Oakbridge Funds’ launch comes at a time when there is demand in the market for a truly independent specialist provider. We are based in Jersey with a focus on carrying out fund administration for multi-jurisdictional funds using industry leading technology and have no intention to outsource any of this work. We believe in excellence and attention to detail and our experienced Jersey based team is very well placed to achieve this.’
ED Group Director, Jamie Crawford, said: ‘Our venture with Oakbridge Funds echoes ED Group’s ethos of investing in and helping innovative companies grow. We already have substantial experience and resource in the local financial services sector between our existing trust company and investment businesses. We look forward to working with Robin, Alex and Jonathan to grow Oakbridge Funds into a leading specialist administrator in the funds sector. ED Group is delighted to provide a solid foundation for the launch and growth of Oakbridge Funds.’
Oakbridge Funds is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission for the conduct of Fund Services Business and Trust Company Business.
Oakbridge FundServices (Jersey) Limited (“Oakbridge Funds”), a specialist independent fund administrator based in Jersey has launched to service the alternative funds sector.
The total number of registered Jersey Private Funds (JPFs) has grown by almost two-fifths year-on-year, according to the latest figures, as the structure continues to assert its appeal for cross-border alternative fund structuring.
According to the latest quarterly statistics collated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission and published by Jersey Finance, there were 365 JPFs at the end of September 2020, a number that has risen by 37% compared to the same time the previous year.
Launched in 2017, the JPF structure is tailored to the needs of small numbers of sophisticated investors and offers high levels of flexibility, fast-track authorization and lighter touch ongoing regulatory requirements.
Meanwhile, the latest quarterly figures also show that the total value of regulated fund assets serviced in Jersey grew to a new record level of £365.6bn in the third quarter of 2020, up 7% year on year. This was driven by growth in the alternative asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate, which saw growth of 12% over the year.
Commenting on the figures, Jersey Finance CEO, Joe Moynihan, said:
“In the context of the challenging environment for fundraising in 2020, these latest statistics reinforce the appeal of Jersey as a safe location for institutional capital, as investors have sought resilient, stable, robust, transparent and straightforward fund structuring options to continue to generate returns.
“The Jersey Private Fund in particular has become areal success story and, thanks to its speed to market, flexibility and cost-effectiveness, is now perceived as the go-to vehicle for private capital co-investment and cross-border institutional alternative fund structuring.”
Tim Morgan, Chair, Jersey Funds Association, added:
“Whilst other centres have struggled to keep up to speed as the environment has changed so quickly over the past 12 months, the sophisticated eco-system Jersey provides has proven to be hugely attractive amongst investors. The JPF is a key element of that appeal, complementing Jersey’s pragmatic regulatory environment, access to expertise, and global distribution capabilities. These figures reflect the strong position Jersey is in as we move into 2021 and continue to help investors navigate a challenging landscape.”
Latest figures show ongoing appeal of JPF for cross-border alternative funds...