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A cut above the competition’ for many, Carey Olsen (Guernsey) is ‘technically strong, very responsive and proactive, and invariably a pleasure to work with’. The firm handles a range of private equity fund formations, covering asset classes including buyouts, direct lending, structured credit and real estate. Ben Morgan, who now leads the team, is ‘first rate – smart, practical and very experienced’; he and ‘very thorough’ new partner Annette Alexander advised AnaCap Financial Partners on the launch of its third fund, which raised €850m to invest in European financial services companies. Also in the buyout space, Tom Carey (who ‘stands out for his ability to identify the key elements of the most complex situation and to present practical solutions’) advised Permira Partners on the closing of its sixth buyout fund, which raised €7.25bn, and on a €275m structured credit fund. Andrew Boyce advised Park Square Capital Partners on the launch of a €1.2bn subordinated debt fund. Other key figures include Christopher Anderson, who has ‘great client-relationship skills and leads by example’, and David Crosland, who advised Macquarie on the launch of its €4bn European infrastructure fund, the fifth such fund launched by the client. In the listed funds space, Morgan and Alexander advised Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Also recommended is associate James Cooke, who is ‘super-reactive and will do his utmost to get the job done’. Graham Hall has become a consultant.

Mourant Ozannes is ‘excellent’, with ‘strong jurisdictional knowledge’. The firm, which is ‘responsive and gives commercially clear advice’, handles fund formations, as well as share placements, unit trust restructurings and fund terminations. Darren Baconprovides useful, pragmatic advice’ – he and Caroline Chan advised HgCapital on the launch of its eighth fund, which raised £2bn. Bacon also advised OpCapita on the formation of a fund which raised €350m. On the capital markets front, Bacon advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group on the listing of its shares on the London Stock Exchange, and SQN Asset Finance on a placing of C shares. Helen Wyatt has unit trusts expertise. Frances Watson is a new hire from Ogier, while Gavin Farrell left to form Ferbrache & Farrell LLP.

Appleby is ‘strong and flexible, with a team that knows how to get the most out of the jurisdiction’. Kate Storey is ‘responsive, knowledgeable and capable of crafting solutions – she is particularly impressive on the use of cell companies in commercial structures’. Her work includes manager M&A, regulation and fund launches; recent highlights include advising Perella Weinberg Partners on the Guernsey aspects, including a change in control application, of its merger with Tudor Pickering Holt, and advising Cubera Private Equity on the launch of its eighth buyout fund. Other clients include Longship, a Norwegian manager, which Storey advised on the first and second closings of its debut fund. Jeremy Berchem’s expertise includes fund finance.

Collas Crill has ‘a good team that gives prompt, practical and commercial advice’, and which ‘goes out of its way to provide clients with quick responses, very accurate advice and assistance that exceeds their expectations’. The firm handles mid-market fund formation (often involving technology and venture capital mandates) and fund migrations. The main fund formation partner in the practice, Paul Wilkes, is ‘unbelievable in his support – he has built up a strong team, but goes beyond what is required of him to help clients’. He advised White Star Capital on its second fund, which will invest £150m in early-stage technology companies. Wilkes also advised the Channel Islands Property Fund on a further fundraising exercise and a listing on TISE, and Freedom Asset Management on moving a regulated fund from Malta to Guernsey. The ‘responsive and innovativeWayne Atkinson advised Darwin Alternatives Investment Management on launching a unit trust, and ITI Funds on creating a £100m venture capital fund investing in Russian fintech companies.

Ogier, which handles various fund formation, co-investment structuring and collective investment scheme matters, is ‘responsive, technically strong and practical’. The ‘responsive and user-friendly’ Bryon Rees handles fund launches, including ones targeting infrastructure and real estate assets, as well as co-investment structures and open-ended funds. William Simpson retired, while Frances Watson is now at Mourant Ozannes.

According to clients, Babbé LLP’s ‘size enables it to be flexible and adaptable’, and rate the firm for its ‘personal approach – its knowledge and advice can be relied upon and its team has a wealth of experience and knowledge’. The firm regularly advises on the formation of smaller funds, as well as various fund management matters. New partner Robert Varley is ‘very approachable and experienced, able to offer the right direction and advice’ – he and senior associate Christopher Dye advised Financial Services Investment Opportunities Fund on the creation and listing of a £150m fund.

Bedell Cristin’s ‘thorough industry knowledge in private equity’ ensures that clients ‘always get solid and reliable answers’. Kate Ovendenreally knows the industry and has complete knowledge of the relevant legislation’ – she and Richard Sharp advised first-time manager Catalyst Investment Management Company on the launch of a fund aiming to invest in clean energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. The firm also acts for a number of limited partners.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, which handles a range of regulatory advice, day-to-day counsel work and fund restructuring, provides ‘excellent and responsive service, with practical solutions and clear guidance’. Matt Sanders, who ‘provides quality work in the funds field’, advised The International Mutual Fund PCC on winding down several of its funds, while Sam Shires, as general counsel, advises Hanseatic Asset Management on European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive regulatory matters. Other clients include Da Vinci Capital and Taurus Emerging Fund.

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