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Carey Olsen’s seven-partner corporate and finance group is ‘responsive, client-focused and easy to work with’. It is led by the ‘technically great and commercially astuteGraham Hall, and includes the ‘user-friendlyTom Carey, who advised Nomura International on a high yield bond issuance to fund the acquisition of the University of Law from Montagu Private Equity; and Ben Morgan, who advised the subsidiaries of Amedeo Air Four Plus Limited on its entry into various debt finance facilities to acquire four Airbus A380s. Also recommended are Tony Lane, David Crosland and the ‘pragmatic and commercialAndrew Boyce. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Lloyds Bank.

The ‘commercial and practicalJohn Lewis heads the seven-partner team at Mourant Ozannes, which is ‘very responsive and good at working to tight deadlines’. Gavin Farrell led the firm’s advice to Brockton Capital Fund III on the refinancing and restructuring of a portfolio of UK commercial properties. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas and HSBC. Mark Chambers, based in St Helier, is ‘very approachable and always ready to sort out problems when they arise’. Caroline Chan joined the firm from Ogier in November 2015. The ‘responsive, pragmatic and solution-orientedHelen Wyatt and the ‘pragmatic and efficientJohn Rochester became partners in February 2016, while Barney Lee retired in December 2015.

Key figures in Ogier’s ‘excellent’ team include the ‘very experiencedWilliam Simpson, the ‘responsive, user-friendly and technically strong’ Bryon Rees, and Marcus Leese and Christopher Jones. As well as acting for borrowers and lenders on major cross-border financing transactions, the firm served as Guernsey counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the International Capital Market Association and the International Securities Lending Association. Caroline Chan joined Mourant Ozannes in November 2015.

The ‘experienced, efficient and sophisticated’ team at Appleby is led by Jeremy Berchem, who is ‘responsive and pleasant to deal with’, and includes ‘very proactive and responsive’ counsel Camilla Hobbs, who ‘provides clear, concise advice and offers practical solutions’. The firm regularly handles multi-jurisdictional transactions, and acted for Barclays Bank in the provision of a senior term loan facility to various joint venture entities. Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered are also clients.

Bedell Cristin’s ‘commercial and responsive’ team is led by Mark Helyar and ‘clear communicatorKate Ovenden, and includes ‘thorough and efficient’ senior associate Vanessa Lawlor. The firm acts for some of the world’s leading banks, often in relation to the financing of significant UK real estate portfolios.

The ‘excellentCollas Crill delivers ‘good service backed by strong industry knowledge’. The practice is led by Paul Wilkes, who acted for Intertrust Group on a €600m syndicated secured debt facility, and Channel Islands Property Fund on the refinancing of its portfolio via a term facility provided by RBS. Highlights for Sean Cheong included advising Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on the €91m refinancing of a Guernsey property fund. Senior associate Wayne Atkinson is ‘very helpful and responsive’.

AFR Advocates advises banks and regulators on a broad range of matters, including real estate financing transactions, restructuring and litigation. Peter Stahelin is the firm’s head of banking and finance.

AO HALL merged with Walkers in June 2016 and now operates as Walkers (Guernsey) LLP. The firm advises a broad range of clients on restructurings, shareholder disputes and regulatory matters, among other matters. The firm has particular expertise in FinTech law. Sam Shires and Matt Sanders are recommended.

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