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Bedell Cristin’s London office is led by Bruce Scott, who has extensive experience advising on investment funds matters, and has particular expertise advising on the listing of UK REITs on the Channel Islands Securities Exchange.

Mike Edwards leads Cains’ London office and also heads the firm’s Asian practice. He is recommended for corporate finance (both equity and debt), general corporate transactions and asset finance transactions involving ships, superyachts and commercial aircraft.

Carey Olsen’s ‘highly experienced and solid’ London practice specialises in corporate, finance and investment funds matters, as well as dispute resolution. Key figures include Emma Russell, who has continued to grow the specialist finance practice in London; commercial and trust litigation specialist Nicolas Journeaux, ‘an analytical and strategic thinker who is consistent, quick to identify problems and comes up with practical quality advice’; and counsel Claire McConway, who is recommended for her corporate and investment funds expertise.

Conyers Dill & Pearman recruited Anne Forbes-Harper as director from Walkers; she specialises in investment fund structures and has extensive experience in asset and structured finance deals, and corporate and capital markets transactions. Highlights included acting for the lead purchasers (represented by Citigroup) on a €250m ten-year bond issuance. ‘Knowledgeable and professional’ London office director Linda Martin is known for structured finance, capital markets, Islamic finance and banking transactions, and advises leading investment banks on their fund-linked products and derivatives and financing businesses. Counsel Sheba Raza (who is ‘always responsive, knowledgeable and very user friendly’) acts for financial institutions and public and private companies across the energy, insurance, real estate and financial services sectors.

Recent changes to Forbes Hare’s practice include the promotion of ‘extremely responsive and helpful’ corporate law specialist Karen Gilbert to partner and the relocation of litigator Sinead Harris to London from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in 2015. The team, which ‘has a good sense of the offshore landscape and how to manoeuvre within it’, acted as local counsel to Axiata Group on its acquisition of shares in Ncell’s holding company, Reynolds Holdings. Also recommended are corporate and investment funds expert Catherine Ross, insolvency and litigation specialist Alistair Abbott, and senior associate Richard Baird.

Harneys’ London office attracts praise for its ‘superb depth of experience, extremely cost-effective service and excellent turnaround times’. Highlights included acting as BVI counsel for Abbott on its $450m acquisition of Russian pharmaceutical manufacturer, Veropharm. Managing partner Peter Tarn and Simon Hudd are recommended, as are Sean Scott, who is ‘extremely well known and respected in the market for both his commercial and legal ability’, and Indira Birkwood, who is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’. Other key figures include global litigation and insolvency head Phillip Kite, Patrick Colegrave, who is ‘a real talent’, BVI litigation partner Jeremy Child, and corporate partner Rachel Graham, who recently relocated to London. William Peake was promoted to partner.

At LennoxPaton, Rob McIntyre (who heads the BVI corporate and commercial and investment funds groups) advises on the formation and regulation of BVI investment funds. He also assists global financial institutions with BVI securities regulatory issues and handles corporate restructuring mandates.

At Maitland, CEO Steven Georgala is recommended for international tax planning and the structuring of collective investment funds, while Greg Harris is well known for assisting ultra-high-net-worth private clients with investment advisory and wealth management services.

Maples and Calder’s London office provides ‘excellent service and always includes high levels of technical expertise’. Highlights included acting as BVI counsel to Rio Tinto’s consortium of lenders on the $4.4bn project financing for the expansion of the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia, one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world. Managing partner and London investment funds head Paul Govier, Matthew Gilbert and the ‘very responsive and thorough’ Jack Marriott are recommended alongside Jonathan Caulton, Nick Evans, Heidi de Vries, Tatziana Paraguacuto-Maheo, Harjit Kaur, and trusts associate Alex Way, who is ‘particularly strong on the technical side’. Former London trusts head Tony Pursall moved to Mourant Ozannes. Ray Davern joined in June 2016 from Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Mourant Ozannes recruited Tony Pursall, Maples and Calder’s former London trusts head, to lead the BVI and Cayman Islands international trusts and private client (ITPC) practice. He works alongside London-based ITPC global head Jim Edmondson, London office managing partner Robert Duggan (’an excellent lawyer who delivers great quality work products on time’), and counsel Chinyin Johnston, who leads the BVI and Cayman Islands finance practices in London.

A go-to firm’, Walkers’ clients rate the London office for its ‘client service, efficiency and solid legal knowledge’. The practice has been highly active in Russia-related deals; highlights included advising on a high-profile restructuring of a large private hospital group. London managing partner Jack Boldarin is ‘always very personable and efficient’, Jasmine Amaria is ‘very responsive’, Hughie Wong is ‘a great judge of how to get things done’, and Alexandra Corner is ‘very helpful and provides very fast response times’. Also recommended are newly promoted partner Neil McDonald, who is ‘very approachable, knowledgeable and extremely attentive’, and senior counsel John O’Driscoll, who is ‘always responsive and available to help’.

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