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Guernsey office

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Equiom Guernsey

Equiom (Guernsey) Limited was established following the acquisition of Ardel Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited in 2015. This was followed soon after by the acquisition of Lloyds Trust Company (Channel Islands) Limited later that same year. In 2017, the acquisition of Virtus Trust Limited and the Virtus group companies considerably increased the size of Equiom's Guernsey operation and total value of assets under management in addition to introducing a North American presence. 

Why choose Guernsey?

  • Politically and economically stable enjoying fiscal and legal autonomy
  • Good communication, infrastructure and air services providing gateway to London and other parts of the UK and Continental Europe
  • Mature legal system based on English common law
  • Flexible tax regime
  • Leading and long-standing international fiduciary centre
  • Well supported by a mature system of licensed banks, advocates, investment, insurance and fund managers
  • A well-regulated jurisdiction with a good reputation and high standards of international compliance and transparency
  • Proportionate and responsive regulation
  • Highly resilient and stable telecoms and power infrastructure, including 6 fibre cables connecting Guernsey to the global network
  • 2-REG Guernsey aircraft registry
Equiom (Guernsey) Limited is licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission


  • ACQ5 Awards
    • Full Service Company Formation Services Provider of the Year Channel Islands - 2018
    • Trust Company of the Year - 2018
  • Acquisition International Awards
    • Best International Trust Company - Equiom Trust (Guernsey) Limited - 2018
  • Citywealth - International Financial Centre Awards
    • Runner up: Guernsey Trust Company of the Year - 2017 & 2016

Guernsey Services

Our Guernsey office administers a wide range of assets, including real estate, investment portfolios, yachts and fine art. The team hold a wealth of experience in the establishment of a full range of fiduciary services and related administration.

  • Additional Services

    We can support you every step of the way

    Our global footprint combined with local insight and industry knowledge enable us to provide support and advice for all your personal or corporate needs.

    Our services include:

    • A number of employee incentive schemes including: employee benefit trusts and employee ownership trusts
    • Investment portfolios
    • Special private funds
    • Image rights
  • Aviation

    High value investments demand a high level of service

    Equiom's aviation team has proven expertise in this highly specialised field, greatly valued by a wide range of corporate and private clients.

    Our clients’ assets are managed and cared for by highly-trained and experienced professionals. We have established a range of robust management structures that meet stringent technical requirements, for a diverse fleet of business jets and helicopters.

    Our structures are bespoke and can be provided in a number of jurisdictions. The choice of jurisdiction is driven by our clients’ needs and the specific business advantages that the chosen location offers.

    We offer the following aviation services:

    • Aircraft registration
    • Aircraft administration
  • Company Services

    Our corporate insight gives you valuable foresight

    Equiom simplifies the complex process of forming a company in Guernsey. Our expertise has grown out of years of providing market-leading services - so we understand more than most the way that the corporate world works. Over the years, we have helped to incorporate and administer companies on behalf of a wide range of private and corporate clients, providing insight and advice on the appropriate structures for individual circumstances.

    We assist with company formation, including fiduciary, tax and legal requirements, with full administration and accounting support. We can also provide key personnel, including company directors, nominee shareholders and secretarial services.

    We offer the following company services:

    • Tailored information on the appropriate company structures
    • Formation, registration and administration of a company
    • Multi-jurisdictional corporate solutions
    • Provision of fiduciary and legal requirements
    • Key personnel services
    • Company secretary, registered office and agent facilities
    • Investment holding
    • Trading companies
    • Protected cell companies
    • Managed trust companies
    • Private trust companies
    • Open and closed-end investment companies
    • AIM listings
    • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
    • Employee incentive schemes 
    • Special private funds
    • Image rights
    • Corporate strategy and objectives
    • Escrow services
    • Registered office facilities 
    • Redomiciliation 
  • Crewing

    A safe pair of hands at the helm

    Our team ensures the smooth running of your vessel by looking after your crew and tending to important matters concerning recruitment, tax and social security liabilities, employee background checks, crew payroll and verification of seafarer certifications. Our experts have an up to date understanding of maritime legislation and excellent working relationships with Flag States and the UK Chamber of Shipping Employment Committee.

    Whether we are working with individual seafarers, captains, vessel managers, representative offices or owners, we will ensure that our services are tailored to each client’s requirements.

    Our crewing services include:

    • Bespoke crew management solutions
    • Management of employer tax and social security liabilities
    • Automated payroll
    • Administration, reporting and controls
    • MLC compliant advice
    • Crew certification
    • Vacation monitoring
  • Operational Yacht Support Services

    We meet the unique needs of yacht owners and captains around the world by helping to guide them through an ever changing financial and regulatory system.

    Our dedicated team of more than 30 highly experienced yachting professionals delivers a wide range of services, from assistance with the smallest of tasks through to full service packages, tailoring our offering to the unique needs of each captain and/or owner and giving them the freedom of choice.

    Our priority is to ensure that both the yacht and its crew are fully protected so owners can relax and enjoy their valuable asset. We deliver comprehensive onshore back-office support, providing captains with peace of mind and enabling them to focus on the job at hand.

    Our operational yacht support services include: 

    Operational services

    • Day-to-day administration support
    • Liaison with flag states
    • Representative Person services
    • Corporate ownership structuring and provision of directors
    • Liaison with industry contacts and suppliers
    • Ensuring appropriate insurance cover

    Financial services

    • Budgeting and monthly management of accounts
    • Cash book management and support
    • Financial statements
    • Financial planning for new builds and refits
    • Issue and management of pre-paid credit/debit cards for crew

    Tax & VAT services

    • EU VAT and customs planning
    • VAT registrations
    • European fiscal representation
    • VAT compliance
    • Technical and transactional advice

    Crewing services

    • Bespoke crew management solutions
    • Management of employer tax and social security liabilities
    • Automated payroll
    • Administration, reporting and controls
    • Crew certification
    • Vacation monitoring
  • Real Estate

    To build a real estate portfolio you need solid foundations

    Equiom Guernsey provide professional advisory, ownership structuring and associated administration of real estate portfolios across multiple market sectors including residential, commercial, retail, leisure and mixed use.

    We bring to the table a deep and sector-relevant understanding of effective corporate governance for real estate investment. We do this in a direct way by providing our clients with a team of professional and highly experienced directors and trustees who have worked with industry-leading partners for many years.

    Our experts help deliver the key knowledge and insights only gained from decades serving the real estate industry.

    Our real estate services include:

    • Professional administration and bespoke structuring of real estate portfolios across all market sectors
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Retail real estate
    • Leisure real estate
    • Mixed use developments
    • Buy-to-let
    • Funding solutions
    • Planning consent
  • Trusts & Foundations

    Trust is something that is earned

    We are proud to have an enviable reputation as leading professional trustees in Guernsey formed from years of experience in the industry and are dedicated to maintaining the prosperity of our clients.

    We understand the importance of protecting and enhancing the wealth of the individuals and companies we work with.

    We specialise in the establishment of trusts and foundations which we carefully administer in addition to overseeing the structure's legal and tax status by providing regular accounting and financial reporting.

    We also offer bespoke planning solutions, including estate planning, to ensure that our private clients prepare as best they can for their future generations. 

    Our trust services include:

    • Establishment and administration of trusts and foundations
    • Estate planning
    • Dedicated accounting and financial reporting
    • Bespoke planning solutions
    • Family office services

    We can also assist with:

    • Property unit trusts
    • Purpose trusts
    • Will trusts
    • Pilot trusts
    • Executor services
    • Foundations
    • Employee benefit trusts
  • Yachting

    The world's elite superyachts deserve the best protection

    Equiom's Guernsey-based specialist yachting team is proud to manage a portfolio of ownership structures for some of the world’s most prestigious and valuable superyachts.

    We work closely with our clients to create bespoke structures with a focus on achieving the best possible tax and VAT efficiencies while ensuring full compliance. We work across multiple jurisdictions, with the choice of jurisdiction being driven by our clients’ needs and the specific business advantages that the chosen location offers. We can also manage formal and temporary EU importation of yachts along with appropriate tax and VAT advice.

    We offer the following yachting services:

    • Yacht registration
    • Yacht administration
    • Management and financial reporting

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