Our History

Key Milestones

Privately owned since our formation in 1978, we have grown sustainably and organically by listening to our clients, and expanding our footprint and range of services in accordance with their requirements.

1978
Trident Trust is founded in London

From small beginnings, we have grown into a global business through a constant focus on our client service values of responsiveness, reliability, attention to detail, and personal service.

1983
Jersey office is established

Our Jersey office is established in the centre of St. Helier, opening doors to new clients and new horizons for our growing business.

1984
USA and USVI office openings

We establish our first presence in the USA, with a liaison office in Atlanta, and at the same time open our USVI office to provide formation and administration services for Foreign Sales Corporations, which were part of a US Government supported export tax incentive regime that terminated in 2003.  Today, our Atlanta office still serves as a multi-lingual support team for Latin American clients, and is also the hub of our US fund administration operations.

1986
Presence in the BVI

We were one of the first international trust companies to establish a presence in the British Virgin Islands. Today, we are one of the largest and oldest providers of corporate and fiduciary services in the BVI.

1988
Offices in Zurich and the Isle of Man

Our Zurich office opens as a liaison point for Swiss professional intermediaries, providing a gateway to Trident Trust’s wide range of global services. Our Zurich office still fulfils this role today, but is now also a provider of Swiss trustee services.

Our Isle of Man trust company is founded to extend our growing range of corporate and trust domiciles.

1989
Cayman Islands office opens

We took our first steps into the provision of fund services, with the opening of our Cayman office, which was our first business to hold a fund administration licence. Today the office is one of our global range of fund domiciles that support hundreds of alternative asset funds worldwide. 

1991
Bahamas landing

Our Bahamas office is an active member of the local financial services industry, and is one of the leading trust and corporate service providers in the jurisdiction.

1992
Entry into Asia

The Group made its entry into Asia with the establishment of an office in Hong Kong, which quickly became well-known in the local market as the “go to” provider of BVI services. Today, we still operate an offshore services liaison team in Hong Kong, but the main focus of the office is now professional trustee services and fund services, as well as corporate services for Hong Kong listed and private companies.

1994
New operations in Barbados

Trident Trust establishes its presence in Barbados, which is now one of the longest-established providers of corporate administration services on the island.  

1996
Guernsey, Nevis and Cyprus offices are established

Our Group extends its presence in the Channel Islands, with the opening of a Guernsey office that provides a full range of corporate and fiduciary services.

We are the oldest and largest company formation agent in Nevis, and also act as trustee of a significant number of Nevis trusts. 

Trident Trust opens an office in Cyprus, over time becoming one of the largest members of the local financial services industry, employing almost 100 staff. 

2000
Building a presence in Africa

We begin a long-standing commitment to the African market, with the opening of our Mauritius office, which becomes the hub of our African corporate and fund administration operations, serving clients operating in 45 of the 54 countries in Africa.

2001
Entry into the marine services space

The Group launches a comprehensive range of crew employment, and vessel registration and ownership services for both the luxury yacht and commercial shipping sectors.

2005
First office in Dubai

Our first Dubai office opens, offering professional intermediaries and financial institutions in the Gulf assistance with local corporate and accounting services, as well as access to all the services available from Trident Trust's offices worldwide.

2006
Panama office opens

The addition of our Panama office further extends the range of corporate domiciles we are able to offer to clients in the region.

2009
Luxembourg office opening

With the increasing importance of the EU market, the opening of our Luxembourg office enables us meet client demand for onshore EU fund and corporate services. 

2010
Expansion continues in Asia

The establishment of a Singapore trust company marks our second location serving the growing economies of Asia. Since its inception, our Singapore office has been named Best Independent Trust or Fiduciary Company in South-East Asia by WealthBriefingAsia a total of nine times. 

2011
Offices open in Geneva, Malta, Miami and New Zealand

Our Group widens its international reach with the opening of four new offices in Geneva, Malta, Miami and New Zealand.

 

2014
US trust company opens in South Dakota

With rising demand for US trust services, we establish a trust company in South Dakota, which is frequently ranked the number one trust jurisdiction in the United States.

Trident Trust is named Fund Administrator of the Year by Private Equity Africa magazine, an accolade the Group will go on to win on multiple occasions.

2016
Recognition by the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide

Numerous Trident offices are recognised as leading providers of corporate and fiduciary services in the inaugural Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide. 

2018
Second Dubai Office and a presence in Canada

The range of services we are able to offer clients in Dubai is expanded with the establishment of our DIFC office, which provides both fund administration and private client services.

Our Mandarin-speaking private client team in Vancouver is established to support clients and advisors in the US, Canada and Asia.

Trident Trust is named Hedge Fund Administrator of the Year by Global Custodian magazine. 

2020
Expanding to Mainland China

A Mainland China representative office opens in Shanghai, providing a gateway to Trident Trust’s wide range of global services. 

Trident Trust is named Global Custodian magazine’s Private Equity Fund Administrator of the Year.

Trident becomes the largest privately owned and independent global provider of corporate, trust and fund services.

2021
Marine services representative office in Monaco

A marine services office opens in Monaco, acting as a dedicated access point for vessel owners, yacht management companies and professional advisers seeking specialist outsourced support.

2022
Landing in Uruguay

We open a representative office in Montevideo to support private clients across Latin America's Southern Cone.

Our global headcount surpasses 1,000 employees.

2023
Opening in Houston, Madrid and Sao Paulo

The Group widens its reach in Europe and the Americas with the opening of three new offices in Madrid / Spain, Houston / Texas and Sao Paulo / Brazil.

Trident Trust is named Fund Administrator of the Decade by Private Equity Africa magazine.