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Doing Business in Jersey

Contributed by Jersey Finance

Jersey, Channel Islands, is a leading International Finance Centre (IFC) of substance with strong international connections and an expert workforce in wealth management, funds, capital markets and banking. With a progressive attitude towards regulation, innovation and digital trends, Jersey remains at the cutting edge of the finance industry for clients and connections the world-over.

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Legal Market Overview

Jersey remains a popular jurisdiction for real estate funds work and family offices. Although the local trust company market is consolidating – giving a number of corporate and commercial practices a fair share of local M&A work – a substantial amount of foreign money is pouring into the island from the Middle East, Africa and especially Asia. Although some doomsday preachers predict the approach of Brexit may draw a vital portion of this work to Luxembourg, local firms seem optimistic this will not be the case.

Banking work revolves mainly around financing transactions in the real estate space and the restructuring of loan facilities, although a select number of practices will have been busy overseeing ring-fencing mandates on behalf of major UK banks. On the property side, the new, high-end financial centre on the St Helier promenade generates commercial work for the main players in the area. The airport and various retailers also provide firms with a steady stream of development, leasing and transactional mandates.

High-value disputes and applications to the Royal Court in the trust space remain the staple diet of leading dispute resolution teams. While the real market leaders will represent clients in regulatory cases, insolvency proceedings and commercial contracts disputes, the medium and small-sized firms will be instructed to tackle employment law litigation and personal injury cases – although these are far less common in the jurisdiction.

Big offshore firms of the likes of Carey Olsen , Mourant Ozannes  and Appleby  find themselves locking horns with smaller, younger spin-offs. Outfits such as Parslows and Ward Yates  continue to carve a space for themselves in the well-served jurisdiction. After their rebranding from a marketing perspective, Collas Crill  has significantly bolstered its corporate and commercial offering through the hire of three new partners who now head the team. Maples and Calder is the latest entrant into the jurisdiction, opening up a Jersey office in September 2018. The office is led by former Ogier  alumni Christopher Byrne and includes Simon Hopwood, who joined from Bedell Cristin , and Paul Burton, who joined from Carey Olsen .

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