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The ‘consistently reliableBedell Cristin acts for some of the world’s leading banks, including Santander, RBS, Aviva, Barclays and Deutsche Bank. Areas of expertise include real estate finance, Islamic finance, and advice on exit strategies in relation to defaulting loan structures. ‘Excellent adviser’ and team head Tim Pearce acted for Wandle Holdings subsidiary Sacturino in the £5bn financing by VTB Bank of its takeover offer for shares in the largest Russian gold producer. Mark Dunlop is ‘hugely experienced and thorough in his work’. Other key members of the team include Alasdair Hunter, Bruce Scott, Martin Paul and ‘excellent’ senior associate Malcolm Ellis.

Carey Olsen’s sizeable team provides ‘a very high level of service, with fast response times and astute advice’. The numerous international banks for which the firm acts include Goldman Sachs, which ‘excellent lawyerPeter German advised on a major UK real estate refinancing transaction. Practice head Robin Smith acts for borrowers and lenders in high-value financings and refinancings. ‘Commercial, responsive and technically excellent’ senior associate Kate Andrews is recommended.

Mourant Ozannes’ lawyers ‘are fully committed to their clients, and do what it takes to meet tight City deadlines’. The large team acts for borrowers and for many of the world’s leading banks. ‘Outstanding’ practice head James Hill advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the acquisition and financing of properties worth a total of £960m. James Ruane acted for Credit Suisse as the lenders on the $1.4bn financing of the acquisition by Lonestar of the tile manufacturing business of Heidelberg Cement. Gareth Rigby’s highlights included assisting GWM Group with its £110m indirect finance and acquisition of 16-17 Connaught Place. Also recommended are Simon Gould, who handles regulatory matters, and Simon Felton.

The ‘proactive and attentiveChristopher Byrne leads Ogier’s ‘truly excellent’ global banking and finance practice, with the ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercialKatrina Edge heading the department locally. Also recommended are the ‘top-drawerBruce MacNeil, and Peter Longstaffe and Matthew Gilley, both of whom became managing associates in August 2015. Byrne acted for Barclays in the £500m financing of Tritax Big Box REIT’s UK real estate portfolio. MacNeil advised Barclays, Bank of Montreal and Deutsche Bank as lenders in relation to senior facilities provided to NetInvest to refinance existing indebtedness and finance the €1.1bn acquisition of Skrill Group. Matthew Swan has retired from the practice.

Appleby’s team is ‘responsive and well versed in the intricacies of international finance transactions’. Practice head Wendy Benjamin advised Santander on the reorganisation of its Jersey private banking division. James Gaudin, who is ‘easy to deal with and quick at turning things around’, acted for a real estate fund on its £2.3bn acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans. Highlights for Andrew Weaver included assisting Tritax Big Box REIT with its group restructuring and with the subsequent £500m refinancing of its existing debt. Other clients include Barclays, Santander, Wells Fargo Bank and HSBC.

Walkers Jersey’s team, led by Jonathan Heaney and Nigel Weston, consists of ‘very competent legal advisers who provide pragmatic, commercial advice in a timely manner’. Weston advised CIMB Bank as the lead arrangers on phase II of the £1.2bn acquisition and development financing for Eco World Development to develop residential properties in London. Other clients include Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. Alex Carus left the firm in March 2016.

Collas Crill’s team is ‘fast, immensely practical and extremely commercial’. Practice head Nicholas Daviesprovides excellent advice and is easy to work with’. He acted for Market Tech Holdings on its entry into a £900m secured debt facility. ‘Understanding’ associate Chantelle Foster is also recommended. Lender clients include HSBC, Wells Fargo Bank, RBS and Coutts & Co.

Ward Yatesalways goes the extra mile’ and ‘provides good-quality advice quickly and efficiently’. The practice acts for pension funds, international property developers and an increasing number of private banks and funds, primarily in relation to real estate transactions. The ‘intellectually strongNick Ward is ‘pragmatic and sensible’ and Victoria Yates is ‘always fantastic’. Both are ‘an absolute pleasure to deal with’. Senior associate Elaine Kelly joined from Ogier in August 2015.

At Hatstone Lawyers, personnel who regularly handle banking transactions include Simon Vivian, Hannes Botha and senior associates Michael Shenkin and Carol-Ann Le Boutillier. The firm primarily acts for borrowers, and its recent highlights include real estate and aviation financing matters. The firm also acts for a number of major financial institutions. Marcus Stone and Lucy Egerton-Vernon left the firm in November 2015 to form Lexstone Lawyers.

Lexstone Lawyers was founded in December 2015 by the ‘commercial and responsiveMarcus Stone, the former managing partner at Hatstone Lawyers. Stone has experience of advising a broad range of clients on banking transactions that often relate to major UK real estate acquisitions. Senior associate Agnieszka Bielanska is recommended.

Pinel Advocates’ banking practice focuses on handling UK property transactions, and advising on Jersey trusts. Clients have included Nationwide, Barclays, Santander, Lloyds Bank and Metro Bank. Andrew Pinel and senior associate Oliver Hughes are recommended.

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