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How do I Register a Foundation ?

With effect from 9 January 2013,  a Guernsey licensed Fiduciary (a person who is licensed under the Regulation of Fiduciaries Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc. (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2000) can register a Foundation in Guernsey. A link to Fiduciary license holders can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

All foundation applications should be made using the online forms that are available here :http://www.guernseyregistry.com/onlineforms

N.B All foundation officials need to pre-register with the Guernsey Registry - click here for further information.

In order to complete an application, the  licensed fiduciary must complete the application form and file the following with the Registrar:

1. a copy of the Charter (see guidance note below on the requirements of the Charter);

2. a declaration signed by the founder or the resident agent that the details contained within the Charter are correct and an accurate reflection of the purposes of the Foundation;

3. a declaration as to whether there are, or are intended to be, any disenfranchised beneficiaries;

4. the names and addresses of the proposed Councillors together with their written consent to act;

5. the name and address of the proposed Guardian (if appropriate) together with their written consent to act;

6. the name and address of the Resident Agent (if any);

7. the address of the registered office in Guernsey;

8. the necessary fee (see the fee schedule below).

Please note: A person who is appointed as a Councillor CANNOT also be appointed as a Guardian and vice versa.

Registrations will take a maximum of 24 hours to register. However, 2 hour registrations are also available.

Foundation names should be chosen carefully to ensure that they comply with The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012.

For full details of the requirements to register a Foundation in Guernsey please refer to the legislation (available to download below) and, if applicable, seek professional advice.