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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The ‘outstanding’ team at Carey Olsen ‘is always available and willing to discuss issues in a wider context to achieve the best solutions for all parties involved’. Representing a significant portion of the world’s leading banks, with a strong expertise in the listing of debt on The International Stock Exchange (TISE), the group is led by Ben Morgan and Andrew Boyce, whose ‘advice is at a very high standard’. In recent highlights, David Crosland acted for Canaccord Genuity in the acquisition financing for the purchase of Hargreave Hale, and the ‘extremely responsive and user-friendlyTom Carey advised Permira as borrower under a multi-currency revolving facility agreement on the granting of related security. On the junior level, senior associate Vaishali Gupta supported Boyce to guide a major bank through its lending to funds managed by leading European private equity firms. Also notable are the ‘technically excellent and very commercialAnnette Alexander and Anthony Lane.

Mourant Ozannes 'is a solid firm on whom clients can rely without fail'. The 'superb and extremely responsive' banking team services a wide variety of clients, including arrangers, lenders, borrowers, trustees and issuers, across the full range of mandates, and has 'a sound knowledge of the local legal and regulatory requirements'. In recent highlights, Caroline Chan oversaw a significant fund financing transaction on behalf of a major global bank as lender, and the 'calm and reliable' John Rochester guided a household name bank through the Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman law aspects of its ring-fencing transfer scheme. Along with 'superstar' senior associate Alana Gillies – who 'combines top-notch technical skills with amazing stamina and resilience' he also acted for Santander in the amendment and restatement of a term loan facility to refinance a portfolio of industrial properties and the acquisition of further assets in the UK. Also notable are the 'calm and pragmatic' Helen Wyatt, senior associate Alex Porter, who has experience in dealing with Islamic financing matters, and 'clear and concise' practice head John Lewis.

Clients find that Appleby ‘is outstanding, very responsive, very professional, very knowledgeable and commercial’ – ‘they just get on with it without drama’. ‘Smart and commercial’ counsel Camilla Hobbs recently collaborated with associate Nicole Sorbie – whose ‘calm demeanour makes deals happen far more easily’ – and practice head Jeremy Berchem to act as local counsel to Nomura as arranger to a syndicate of lenders with respect to facilities provided to GVC. Other notable clients include Barclays, Investec and the Blackstone Group.

The team at Bedell Cristin is comprised of ‘strong technical lawyers in the field of banking and finance’, known by clients as ‘proactive, efficient and commercially minded’. Practice head Kate Ovenden is acting for RBS as agent and lender with respect to a syndicated facilities real estate transaction where the borrower – the Channel Islands Property Fund – is acquiring a substantial Guernsey property from a liquidator. ‘Very helpful’ senior associate Ann Halliday ‘takes a commercial view’ and recently advised an incorporated holding company on the amendment of a revolving credit facility and the redemption of existing high-yield bonds; she is a notable contact alongside senior associate Sukhvinder Chana, who regularly assists clients with the review of transaction documents in the real estate space. Lee Osborne joined the firm from Walkers (Guernsey) LLP as a senior associate in 2017 and was recently promoted to managing associate.

Collas Crill's team handles significant financing transactions for infrastructure projects, real estate matters and developments, and funds under the leadership of Paul Wilkes. Goldman Sachs instructed a team led by Sean Cheong to oversee the refinancing of Eurotunnel Group, which operates the Channel Tunnel, and the group acted as sole Guernsey counsel for a major global financial services company in a series of fund financing transactions involving security law advice. On the borrower side, senior associate Alex Wickens collaborated with Cheong and Wayne Atkinson to assist Condor with its refinancing by RBS, ING and others under a £172m facility. Senior associates Simon Heggs and Tristan Ozannes are also key names to note. Other notable clients include Investec, Deutsche Bank and Ravenscroft.

Ogier’s ‘skilled, experienced and professional’ team is ‘a cut above the competition’, according to one client. The ‘extremely responsive and proactiveChristopher Jones ‘gives practical advice and support throughout transactions’ and recently assisted a group of major banks with the issue and sale of senior secured floating rate notes in connection with the acquisition by the issuer of a fund and its corporate guarantor. Also notable are managing associate Paul Chanter and head of banking Marcus Leese, who advised Barclays as agent on the debut issue of £500m in senior unsecured notes and the new £350m unsecured revolving credit facility of Tritax Big Box REIT's UK real estate portfolio, and represented a holding company in its negotiations with banks and high-yield bond creditors with regard to its potential debt restructuring. Senior associate Lhiam Croft recently joined the firm from Dentons’ Sydney office.

A major international investment bank recently appointed Babbé LLP to oversee the migration and complete restructuring of six multi-billion-dollar securitisation structures from the US to Guernsey, and the banking team acted as sole counsel to Polygon in the structuring of a tailored listed note issuance. Clients find that Katherine Hitchins’ team ‘always acts with integrity, with thorough knowledge of the subject’. Stuart Tyler ‘is brilliant in his understanding of alternative banking structures’ and recently advised a borrower on the Guernsey aspects of a murabaha financing transaction. Also notable is senior associate Keith Bell, who is currently assisting Wells Fargo as lead arranger with regard to the refinancing of a closed-ended fund scheme, and guided multiple property investment vehicles through their restructuring and inter-group loan arrangements.

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, ‘advice is knowledgeable and tailored to the transaction’ and clients value the ‘extremely good service provided’. Goldman Sachs instructed the team to oversee its €50m facility and associated security to MyLender, a Finnish online consumer lending company, and Bank of Nova Scotia appointed ‘very engaged and hands-on’ practice head Matthew Sanders to handle the refinancing of a Canadian mining company with the support of ‘responsive and capable’ senior counsel Kim Paiva. Sam Shires regularly assists clients with credit facilities and refinancing transactions in the real estate and aviation spaces with the support of senior counsel Stephen Ozanne, who is particularly strong with regard to fintech. A recent addition to the team is Kate Storey. Other noteworthy clients include J.P. Morgan, Barings Real Estate and Standard Chartered Bank.

AFR Advocates' banking and finance outfit is headed by Peter Stahelin, who recently advised a Jersey-based lender on peer-to-peer lending and entry into the Guernsey market. In other highlights, the team was appointed by a Guernsey-headquartered group to oversee the restructuring of its UK businesses, and Stahelin advised an international financial institution on local law with regard to its entry into the Guernsey and Jersey mortgage and lending market. On the financing side, the team acted for the lender in the equity and debt financing of an independent brewer and pub operator.

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Legal Developments in Guernsey

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  • Making a will in Guernsey May 2012

    On 2 April 2012 The Inheritance (Guernsey) law 2011 came into force which has replaced Guernsey’s forced heirship regime with a system of full testamentary freedom (accompanied by family and dependent provisions).
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    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange LBG ("CISX") began its operations in October 1998. It is based in St Peter Port, Guernsey and provides a listing facility and bespoke trading platform.
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