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Carey Olsen’s team consists of ‘very solid professionals who combine technical insight with good client management skills’. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Graham Hall advised Regional REIT on its launch and admission to trading on the Main Market of the LSE. Tom Carey acted for Bridgepoint in its primary management buyout of Appleby Fiduciary Business. Highlights for the ‘responsive and commercially mindedDavid Crosland included assisting Fidante Partners with its acquisition of alternative investment group Dexion Capital Holdings. Other key members of the team include Andrew Boyce, Ben Morgan, Christopher Anderson and Tony Lane.

Mourant Ozannes’ ‘responsive, organised and commercially driven’ team is headed by John Lewis, who ‘always provides excellent service, and gives practical, well-researched advice’. Lewis led the firm’s advice to Kleinwort Benson Channel Islands Holdings on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Kleinwort Benson (Channel Islands) Fund Services to JTC. St Helier based Mark Chambers advised Greystar Europe Holdings on its proposed acquisition of Alternative Developments. Gavin Farrell assisted Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust with the preparation and issue of a prospectus. The practice grew at senior level with the recruitment of the ‘proactive and engagedCaroline Chan, who joined the firm from Ogier in November 2015, and the ‘excellentHelen Wyatt’s promotion to the partnership in February 2016.

Highlights for Ogier included advising Zedra on its acquisition of Barclays Bank’s offshore trust and fiduciary businesses, and assisting Sky with the sale of an 80% stake in Sky Betting and Gaming to funds managed by CVC Capital Partners. The firm also acted for special purpose acquisition company Nomad Foods on its €2.6bn acquisition of Igloo Foods Holdings. Marcus Leese, William Simpson and the ‘responsive, commercial and practicalFrances Watson are recommended.

Appleby’s team is ‘commercial and well-informed about local issues’. ‘Excellent’ practice head Jeremy Berchem advised IFM Group on its merger with Praxis Holdings to form PraxisIFM, and acted for the new company on its acquisition of Confiance and Confiance Pension Services. Other highlights included assisting the Carlyle Group with its acquisition of Innovation Group. The ‘responsive and creative’ Kate Storey became a partner in April 2016.

Bedell Cristin is noted for its ‘pragmatic approach and excellent level of service’. The practice is led by the ‘very experiencedMark Helyar and the ‘personable, responsive and commercialKate Ovenden. Ovenden’s highlights included advising Unit Student Accommodation Fund on its £271m acquisition of a portfolio of properties.

Collas Crill’s team is led by Paul Wilkes, who advised Riverside Capital on its £35m acquisition of a portfolio of sites across England and Scotland. Wayne Atkinson acted for the vendor on the £61m sale of office building Trafalgar Court. Highlights for Sean Cheong included assisting SafeCharge Group with its migration to Guernsey from the British Virgin Islands, and its re-admission to AIM.

The ‘excellentAFR Advocates stands out for its ‘quick response times, personal service and professionalism’. The firm acts on a broad range of matters for banks, insurance firms, professional services companies and boards. Key figures include ‘reliable, smart and responsive’ practice head Peter Stahelin and the ‘knowledgeable and energetic’ Simon Geall.

Clients of Babbé LLP include Ravenscroft Investment Management, HSBC, Zedra Trust Company and Kleinwort Benson. Practice head Stuart Tyler advised Cherry Godfrey on a loan note issuance.

Highlights for Walkers (Guernsey) LLP included assisting Confiance with the sale of its fiduciary, pensions and insurance businesses; advising prime brokerage business ITinvest on the launch of the first online prime broker in Guernsey; and acting for Meadowcroft on its sale to OCS Group. Sam Shires, Matt Sanders and senior associate Stephen Ozanne are recommended.

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