VG is a leading independent provider of fiduciary and administration solutions based in Jersey. Our independence allows us to act quickly and decisively to create and administer the right solutions for you.
We work with clients globally and administer over 1100 structures with over £15bn of assets across a range of asset classes. When clients work with VG, they know they have a dedicated
and experienced team committed to fostering a long-term relationship; in fact, on average our clients have partnered with us for over 10 years.
Since 1982 we have leveraged the abundance of available Jersey structures to translate and meet the needs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families globally. We enact bespoke solutions for family business succession strategies, estate planning, intergenerational wealth transfer and tax efficiency optimisation.
Since 1982 we have built upon Jersey’s reputation as a funds domicile of choice to provide our clients with administration and fiduciary solutions. Our experienced team take care of operating your fund, enabling our clients to focus on the fund’s portfolio of investments and generating returns for investors.
Since 1982 we have built on Jersey’s reputation of efficiency and suitability for corporate transactions to provide our clients with a broad range of bespoke, expert-led corporate administration and fiduciary solutions. Our experienced team take care of the complete transaction cycle from establishment through completion, ongoing administration and ancillary services, termination and dissolution.
When you partner with VG, you are assured of great service from our professional, friendly people. Protecting and enhancing your wealth are our key responsibilities and we cherish our relationships with you by respecting your needs and values.
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Home > Our people > Maria O'Neill
Maria joined VG in 2019 with responsibility for the preparation of trust and company financial statements for a portfolio of clients. With over 20 years experience in the finance industry, she has gained experience in private practice, financial control and as an accounts preparer for a number of trust companies. Maria enjoys taking responsibility for her portfolio, liasing with her team members and providing assistance to her team members as required.
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14 June 2022
We're delighted to welcome Wendy Inns as Director, subject to regulatory approval, and Katherine Heddercott to VG as we further bolster our private wealth team.
30 May 2022
We're thrilled to announce that Sarah-Louise Mason and Tommy Ling have been named in the 2022 ‘Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35’ list published by eprivateclient.
3 May 2022
We are delighted to unveil the evolution of our brand identity which signals an important milestone for us.
21 March 2022
The tax landscape for non-resident property investors has changed dramatically in recent years, particularly in respect of non-resident capital gains tax (NRCGT) and the reduction of tax benefits derived from having non-resident status. It has been suggested...
15 March 2022
We’re extremely proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the Jersey Dragon Boat Festival and looking forward to supporting the Jersey Hospice team in delivering a fantastic event!
4 March 2022
We're proud to share that Private Client Director, Debbie Lumsden, has been recognised at the 2022 Citywealth Powerwomen Awards and awarded Bronze for Woman of the Year - Leadership - Financial Organisation (Director).
15 February 2022
Research reveals that 55% of UK employers offer career development tools, however less than half of employees make use of them (Business Leader, 2022). Surprisingly, 81% of UK employees have no written career plan in place with their employer. As an employer...
Head of Human Resources
13 January 2022
We're proud to share that Private Client Director, Paul Roper, has been recognised at the 2022 Citywealth IFC Awards and awarded Silver for Trustee of the Year (Channel Islands & Isle of Man).
3 January 2022
According to a survey, jobseeker numbers are especially high in the UK, with 46% of workers looking for new jobs with more flexibility, better benefits, and more supportive company cultures. If the last 18 months has made you re-evaluate what you want...
20 December 2021
For those looking to get 2022 started with some extra financial peace of mind, there is one action that should be considered a priority as the new year begins – exploring the potential benefits of trust planning for individuals and families alike.
Private Client Director
23 November 2021
We have appointed Kevin Cooper as Director of Operations as we pave the way for the next stage of our development.
12 November 2021
VG has been recognised at the 2021 Citywealth Future Leaders Awards, with senior trust officer Chelsea Ford winning the Gold award for Trust Officer of the Year.
15 October 2021
The events of the last 18 months have had a hugely divergent impact on people’s wealth. For many, it has been a period of perilous financial hardship and job losses. But, research indicates more than five million people became millionaires in 2020. Debbie...
1 September 2021
Within the next 10 years, 25,000 high-net-worth individuals are expected to transfer $15 trillion to a younger generation. Trevor Norman looks at how trusts, foundations and similar legal structures can help to ensure an orderly transition of wealth between...
28 May 2021
VG has once again been recognised for the third consecutive year, notably as a Tier 1 Provider, in the annual eprivateclient Top Trust Companies rankings one of the industry’s most prestigious directories of private-client solutions providers...
7 May 2021
We are delighted to share that FY20/21 saw a 225% increase in new business versus prior year, despite the uncertainty of the last 12 months, and we kicked-off the new financial year (May 1 2021) with two promotions and a raft of new joiners to support our...
12 April 2021
The South African Revenue Service has bolstered its tax collection capabilities and created a dedicated SARS unit responsible for improving the tax compliance of wealthy individuals and organisations employing complex, and often offshore, financial arrangements....
31 March 2021
James Amos and Chris Hamon have been promoted to Assistant Managers as we continue to recognise key talent and strengthen our management team.
5 March 2021
The pandemic has prompted unprecedented UK government policy responses and has involved enormous and sustained public spending that has left the UK with public debt levels unseen for decades. Against the backdrop of a fragile economic the Chancellor...
24 February 2021
We are delighted to announce that VG has been recognised at the 2021 Citywealth IFC Awards where we won Gold in the Independent Trust Company of the Year category.
12 February 2021
VG has appointed Sheena Huggett as Senior Manager to further support the expansion of VG’s private client team.
Financial matters will be far from a couple’s minds when they get married but very likely to be at the forefront when they get divorced, especially when dealing with high-net-worth individuals. Mark Healey explores how a trust can help avoid...
5 February 2021
Following a raft of promotions in January 2021, VG has further strengthened its management team with an appointment and promotions of a VG veteran and rising star.
13 January 2021
As the 5th April deadline approaches Debbie Lumsden, Private Client Director at VG, explores the top three considerations for clients and their advisors when contemplating settling an offshore trust as part of deemed domicile planning.
6 January 2021
We are delighted to have kicked-off the new year across our funds, private client, family office, corporate and compliance teams with 8 promotions, effective 1 January 2021, as we continue to strengthen our talent base.
18 December 2020
We close off the year by celebrating the appointment of a raft of new employees throughout 2020 as part of our focus on growth and a commitment to attracting the best local talent.
1 December 2020
As a whirl wind 2020 draws to a close, it sets the scene for UK-resident non-domiciliaries to begin considering their plans for 2021, particularly for those who will become deemed-domiciled. Whilst the tax protections afforded by “protected settlements”...
26 November 2020
Shariah-compliant finance was taking an ethical view of investing long before the rise of sustainable investment strategies in western financial markets. Now, as both Shariah-compliant and sustainable investments expand, investors and issuers are finding increasing...
26 October 2020
South Africans venturing offshore (whether investing directly or setting up structures), have been accused of disloyalty to the country. There are several reasons why this is simply not true and why offshore should feature in the investment landscape of all...
21 October 2020
There are occasions when clients and their representatives tell us that a structure is not tax driven and sometimes we are told that there are ‘no tax issues’. So, why else should clients and their advisers consider taking tax advice?
1 October 2020
Paul’s appointment further strengthens our leadership team which, alongside Paul’s extensive knowledge of the African market, will extend our offering and reach into our core growth markets.
29 July 2020
The ability to create a ‘protected settlement’, prior to becoming deemed domiciled in the UK for all tax purposes, can be a “golden opportunity”. But what if it is also a curse?
VG has once again been recognised in the annual eprivateclient Top Trust Companies rankings, one of the industry’s most prestigious directories of private-client solutions providers across the globe.
21 April 2020
We are delighted to announce that Ian Murphy, previously Head of Compliance and Risk at VG, has been promoted to the position of Director of VG and its underlying companies.
1 April 2020
Whilst Brexit undoubtedly has implications for many aspects of Jersey’s relationship with the EU, its effect differs from that in the UK. Iain Mason explores why Jersey is well placed to play a key role between the UK and international markets.
19 March 2020
As seems to be the case every year, as we lead up to the 6 April UK tax year-end, the more enquiries we get from clients and advisors looking to undertake planning and implement structuring before the client becomes ‘deemed domiciled’ in the UK...
16 March 2020
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Debbie Lumsden as Private Client Director of VG. Debbie is tasked with growing the private wealth structuring business as part of the company’s next phase of growth.
1 July 2019
There is no doubt that ‘substance’ is flavour of the month in the offshore jurisdictions. But what is it and how will it impact your offshore company?
3 May 2019
If you wait for the ‘giant leap for mankind’ you are very unlikely to recognise the ‘small step for man’ with which the journey of transformation begins....
Mark Hucker, Executive - Strategy and Projects
12 October 2018
VG has created a dedicated Mental Health First Aid team as part of its investment into employee wellbeing.
1 October 2018
VG was recognised at the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) on 29th September 2018, when the company was named Best Islamic Trust Formation Services Provider for the third year running.
VG has made several personnel hires and promotions to support the development of its funds offering into new regions and asset classes.
12 June 2018
VG is thrilled to announce that Senior Trust Officer Ben Schofield has been named in the inaugural ‘Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35’ list published by eprivateclient.
17 April 2018
An insight into the latest developments in Shariah-compliant alternative investments from Trevor Norman and Dominic Coyne of VG’s Islamic finance team in this month’s STEP Journal, Volume 19, Issue 7. www.step.org/journal/step-journal-april-2018-full-issue/faith-value.
19 March 2018
Once upon a time, a business could try to solve its legacy system problems by studying gaps and opportunities, looking at a range of alternative products, issuing a Request for Proposal, evaluating the responses, making a decision and negotiating a contract…...
9 February 2018
We have been named as a Top Tier Independent Trust Company in the annual eprivateclient Top Trust Company rankings, one of the industry’s most prestigious directories of private-client solutions providers across the globe.
11 August 2017
The concept of trust is tried and tested over centuries.
But the reasons for setting up trusts have subtly shifted over time with a greater emphasis on tax and fiscal planning or, to put it another way, as a means of removing certain obligations from the...
When I first visited Dubai on business in early 1996, the only completed tower block on Sheikh Zayed Road was the World Trade Centre Tower and the road itself was little more than a dual carriageway!
VG brand reflects heritage and journey forward.
VG retains GIFA Best Islamic Trust Formation Services Award.
Launched in Jersey on 1 January 2019, the international savings plan (ISP) is a new way for employers to establish a savings plan product in a highly reputable and very well-regulated jurisdiction.