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While remaining unpredictable, Jersey’s financing market improved slightly during 2012, in terms of the refinancing and restructuring of existing deals and new-money transactions.

Restructuring also remained a major theme, with new big-ticket M&A deals few and far between. Nonetheless, one of the M&A market’s key features has been the interest shown by certain private equity firms in financial services and other Jersey-based businesses.

Dispute resolution practices on the island remain as busy as ever. Insolvency-related work has increased, with a number of banks looking at their enforcement options; regulatory investigations by The Jersey Financial Services Commission against local financial institutions are on the rise; businesses are seeking to challenge interest rate swaps sold to them prior to the credit crunch; and trust litigation is particularly active. Litigators have also experienced increased levels of activity in relation to investment funds, directors’ duties, and employee and shareholder disputes. Many view the availability of third-party litigation funding as likely to increase the volume of litigation.

Key international developments, on the law firm front, included Carey Olsen launching a Cayman Islands office with a team of four partners specialising in corporate, finance and investment funds work. The firm also launched a BVI practice from its Guernsey office in 2012, and in January 2013 entered into an association with offshore law firm Hempel and Boyd, which provides BVI legal services from its offices in the BVI and South Africa. Having launched a Hong Kong outpost at the start of 2012, Mourant Ozannes opened a BVI office in September 2012, with Michael Williams relocating from Jersey to become managing partner. Bedell Cristin has also been expanding internationally, opening offices in the BVI and Singapore in 2012.

Locally, most movement took place among the island’s dispute resolution practices, with Appleby’s office managing partner David Benest, a litigation specialist, leaving to set up his own practice, David Benest Law; Beverley Lacey leaving Mourant Ozannes and establishing Lacey Advocates; and Matthew Thompson leaving Ogier to take up an appointment as Master of the Royal Court of Jersey. On the transactional side, Bedell Cristin welcomed commercial property expert Peter Bertram from Ogier.

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