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Carey Olsen (Guernsey) is ‘very knowledgeable in the area – onshore firms enjoy working with it’. The firm handles a range of matters including onshore real estate acquisitions, private equity purchases and stock market listings of Guernsey companies. The ‘responsive and reliable’ Tony Lane gives ‘sound, practical advice’ – in the real estate space, he advised Clarion Housing Group on the sale of its German rental business to Heitman European Residential Investment Partners. Christopher Anderson and senior associate James Stockwell handle significant acquisitions for private equity firma, while Tom Carey (who has ‘a sharp mind with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of corporate law’) and senior associate Oliver Quarmby acts for Permira Advisers. Carey also advised Greybull Capital on its £165m investment into Monarch Airlines. Newly-promoted partner Annette Alexander and Morgan advised VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund on its migration from the Cayman Islands to Guernsey and transferring its listing from AIM to the London Stock Exchange’s main market. At a local level, Lane advised a consortium of buyers on the purchase of Sandpiper CI, which owns and operates a number of leading retailers in the Channel Islands. The ‘calmly pragmatic and commercialDavid Crosland and Andrew Boyce also lead nine-figure deals. The firm recruited four new senior associates in 2016, including Matthew Brehaut, previously of Royal Bank of Scotland’s in-house team, who is ‘creative and determined to get deals done’. Ben Morgan heads the practice after Graham Hall transitioned from the partnership to a consultancy role.

A first-class firm’, Mourant Ozannes is ‘responsive when needed and willing to put in the hours to get deals over the line’. Alongside a steady diet of buyout work, the firm also has expertise in equity capital markets and onshore real estate investments. Practice head John Lewis advised Oddo & Cie on its £232m sale of Kleinwort Benson Wealth to Société Générale. Darren Bacon advised Intertrust on its £435m purchase of Elian. John Rochester, who is ‘extremely helpful meeting deadlines and providing an on-the-ground liaison with Guernsey-based stakeholders’, advised Brockton Capital on various asset acquisitions. Caroline Chan’s ‘calm professionalism enables clients to reach agreement on commercially difficult points, and her strong negotiation skills enable clients to maintain perspective when things become difficult’ – she advised Ancala Partners on its purchase of International Energy Group, which owns Guernsey Gas. Helen Wyatt, who is ‘very efficient, detail-focused and conscious of the need to progress the deal and find commercial solutions’, is also a name of note in the practice. Frances Watson, a 2017 recruit from Ogier, is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’. Other clients include Growthpoint Properties, NewRiver REIT and LondonMetric Properties. Gavin Farrell left the firm to form Ferbrache & Farrell LLP.

At Collas Crill, ‘clients are pleased with the service and pragmatic answers – response times are good, with access to suitably-qualified people’. The firm handles a range of Guernsey counsel work in major cross-border deals and locally-significant transactions. Paul Wilkes, who is ‘commercially savvy as well as technically proficient’, and senior associate Tristan Ozanne advised Harrison Street Advisers on the purchase of units in a Guernsey unit trust which owns student housing in several British cities. Wayne Atkinson also handles significant mandates – he advised Avast on the Guernsey aspects of its sale to AVG Technologies, and The Liberation Group on its sale to Caledonia Investments. In the restructuring space – an area in which Sean Choeng also has expertise –Wilkes advised Vitec Group on such an exercise. Consultant Ian Kirk advised Ascendos Investments on the Guernsey aspects of its sale to Beacon Rail Leasing. Other clients include SigmaRoc, which Atkinson advised on its reverse takeover of the Ronez.

Noted for its ‘solid technical knowledge combined with a practical approach’, Ogier handles a range of cross-border sales, including the Guernsey aspects of some of the most visible international deals. Practice head Bryon Rees advised Société Générale on the offshore aspects its purchase of Kleinworth Benson in the Channel Islands, as well as an English bank, from Oddo & Cie. In the fund manager space, he also advised Burford Capital on its purchase of fellow litigation financier Gerchen Keller. In the private equity space, Rees also advised Mid Europa Partners on its role in a consortium of three funds purchasing the Allegro Group from Naspers for $3.25bn, and leading Romanian supermarket chain Profi from a Polish private equity fund. William Simpson has retired, while Frances Watson is now at Mourant Ozannes.

Appleby’s Kate Storey is ‘clear and responsive in her advice, and very commercial and pragmatic while staying on top of the detail’; she advised Perella Weinberg Partners on the Guernsey aspects of its purchase of Tudor Pickering Holt. She also advised Boralex Europe on its acquisition of 100MW of wind farms in France and Scotland. In the real estate space, Storey also advised BMO Real Estate Partners on the Guernsey aspects of the purchase of a £191m portfolio of properties including the Clifton Moor Shopping Centre in York. Jeremy Berchem, who heads the broader commercial practice, also handles financial services-sector deals and equity capital markets transactions. Other clients include Estera and PraxisIFM.

Bedell Cristin provides an ‘excellent overall level of service, with spot-on response times, strength in depth and a real knowledge of the local and international market’. Kate Ovenden, who is ‘particularly good – very approachable, good with clients and commercial’, advised a real estate fund on a bid, which was ultimately unsuccessful, for The Liberation Group’s portfolio of pubs in the Channel Islands and South West England. Mark Heylar, who is now an of counsel, advised TISE on a listing; newly-promoted partner Richard Sharp was also involved in that matter. Associate Marc Piano, a new recruit from Shoosmiths LLP’s Nottingham office, attracts praise for his ‘commercial understanding and expert legal knowledge’ – his work includes advising local start-ups.

AFR Advocates’ ‘excellent’ practice has ‘very good all-round knowledge of the issues around corporate governance’. Other areas of the ‘helpful and professional’ team’s expertise include equity capital markets, merger control, public procurement, partnership law and issues concerning family businesses. Peter Stahelin and Simon Geall ‘demonstrate deep subject matter knowledge and add considerable value’.

Babbé LLP, which ‘has a good reputation on the island’, is ‘very knowledgeable, very responsive and is always there for clients’. Stuart Tyler advised Teqbay on the £10m acquisition of the share capital of a financial services consultancy followed by the sale of part of the business. Acting alongside Katherine Hitchins, he also advised Quay Capital on the purchase of a minority stake in a UK packaging manufacturer, as well as advising Quay Vision on the acquisition of a minority interest in a healthcare company.

A source of ‘fast response times and thorough advice with good industry knowledge’, Walkers (Guernsey) LLP handles a strong portfolio of UK-related real estate deals. Matt Sanders and senior associate Kim Paiva advised a cell of The International Mutual Fund on the sale of over twenty student housing buildings to Temasek (a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund) for £417m. Sam Shires and senior associate Stephen Ozanne advised Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust on the sale of various commercial properties. Away from real estate, the firm has expertise in aircraft leasing – a space in which Sanders advises Nordic Aviation Capital. The firm also acts as outside general counsel to Hanseatic Asset Management.

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