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Bedell Cristin’s St Helier office advises on Jersey and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law and acts on both lender and borrower sides. In an illustration of its expertise in both jurisdictions, practice head Tim Pearce, Alasdair Hunter and senior associate Mark Nisbet advised Wandle Holdings – a shareholder of Polyus Gold – on the Jersey and BVI aspects of a $6.17bn facility arranged by Sberbank. Lender-side mandates for the ‘thorough, technical and easy to useMark Dunlop included advising Lloyds Bank and Commerzbank on multi-currency term and revolving facilities provided to Ancala Partners for its purchase of International Energy Group, the parent company of Jersey Gas. In real estate finance, Simon Hopwood advised Urbanest on a £350m refinancing of its property portfolio with several real estate investment funds. Senior associate Malcolm Ellis is also involved in significant mandates. Other clients include Santander, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo and several Asian banks.

One of the leading firms in the field in Jersey’, Carey Olsen is ‘super-responsive, ready to collaborate, and lives the one-firm approach’. The ‘proactive and accommodating’ team handles a range of deals for both borrowers and lenders, often concerning investment funds, real estate and acquisition finance. Practice head Robin Smith is ‘technically excellent, extremely commercial and a great guy to deal with’ – acting alongside senior associates Kate McCaffrey (‘a pleasure to work with’) and Rose Clements, he handles significant investment fund finance work on the borrower and lender sides. As part of ‘an excellent real estate finance offering willing to engage with the whole deal’, Alex Ohlsson has handled facilities concerning iconic London buildings. Kate Andrews (‘an excellent pair of hands with good commercial judgement’) advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Credit Investments on a £240m mezzanine facility made available to Quintain Finance, a Jersey-incorporated real estate developer. Peter German is ‘responsive and helpful – onshore firms trust him when deals stray into untested territory’.

Mourant Ozanneshas a reputation for quality of delivery and service’ and is ‘a strong source of Jersey support in UK transactions, and just as strong leading them itself’. The firm advises borrowers and lenders on matters such as real estate finance and fund financing, with a number of mandates involving non-bank lenders. In fund financing, Gareth Rigby and senior associate James Daniel advised Canada Life on a £72m loan to subsidiaries of Tritax Big Box REIT; he also advised Standard Life Investments on a £31m acquisition finance facility for a building in Edinburgh provided by Greenridge Investment Management. Paul Martin (‘great fun to work with – commercial, practical and creative’) handles significant on-island financing deals, while the ‘very knowledgeableMark Chambers advised Alcentra on a loan facility made available to First Names Group, partially for a purchase of Nautilius Trust Company. Simon Gould handles financial services regulatory advice for well-known banks and leading local trust companies. Also recommended are Jon Le Rossignol, who is ‘excellent – he epitomises all the positive characteristics of the firm’; James Hill, who advised Battersea Project Holding Company on the refinancing of a £168m senior facility for the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station site in London; and newly promoted partner Jon Woolrich.

Very efficient and easy to deal with’, Ogier is ‘pragmatic and reliable – a firm one can turn to and count on delivering the service one would expect, without fail’. Bruce MacNeildisplays an air of calmness in all situations and is incredibly reliable, pragmatic and efficient – he delivers tested, sound advice on every occasion’. His recent highlights include advising Caledonia Investments on the financing of its acquisition of The Liberation Group, and Goldman Sachs on a €1bn revolving facility provided to a consortium including Bain Capital for the purpose of acquiring Setefi Services and Intesa Sanpaolo Card. Raulin Amy and Richard Daggett advised Intu Properties on the acquisition financing of its buyout of co-owners of the Merry Hill shopping centre in Dudley. Practice head Katrina Edge is ‘particularly good on big borrower matters’, but also advises bank and non-bank lenders. Other clients include Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays. Christopher Byrne has left the firm. Daniel Richards relocated to Jersey from the firm’s office in Luxembourg. Simon Felton joined from Mourant Ozannes.

Appleby covers the gamut of finance work, often including significant mandates for blue-chip banks. Wendy Benjamin, working alongside the firm’s other offices, advised Barclays on the consolidation of its activities in the three crown dependencies into Barclays Bank plc from Barclays Private Clients International, which necessitated court approval for the Jersey restructuring aspects. As far as facility work is concerned, Benjamin and Andrew Weaver advised JPMorgan Chase on, among others, facilities totalling $3bn (comprising a term loan and a revolving credit facility) to Adient Global Holdings, a car parts company spun off from Johnson Controls. Weaver also advised Wells Fargo as agent for the senior lenders in a £800m refinancing related to the Wembley Park development in London. In the fund financing space, Weaver and senior associate Kevin McQuillan advised Tritax Big Box REIT on a refinancing and on the acquisition financing of several distribution centres in England. James Gaudin advised Aareal Bank on a £114m facility for the acquisition of a majority stake in Bromley Shopping Centre by Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Other clients of Gaudin’s include Standard Chartered, which he on a €200m facility made available to a CVC-managed fund, and CQS Investment Management, which he advised on a £23m loan to a litigation funder.

Walkers Jersey is praised for being ‘friendly and approachable’, ‘very responsive’, and having ‘excellent technical knowledge’. The firm has particular strength in work relating to the Middle East and Asia; Jonathan Heaney has experience of Islamic finance facilities while Weston also advised Abu Dhabi Financial Group, as a borrower, on the financing of its purchase and development of the New Scotland Yard site in London. Alexandra Corner – who relocated to Jersey from the firm’s London office in 2016 – is ‘clearly an expert in her field; she provides advice of the highest quality, and is sophisticated, commercial, and communicated in a user-friendly way’. Her work includes advising on transactions with sponsors from the Pacific region. Elsewhere, Nigel Weston and associate Hayden Reyngoud advised ING Bank on a $5.15bn refinancing of UC Rusal’s pre-export finance facilities. Senior counsel Mark Crichton is ‘a very able lawyer’.

A boutique firm which primarily but not exclusively acts for borrowers, Ward Yateseasily competes with the big boys in the market – it is able to service any size of transaction’. Name partners Nick Ward, who is ‘charming and approachable – sensible rather than a box-ticker’, and Victoria Yates, who is ‘commercial, pragmatic and technically strong’ with ‘some very strong relationships in the property industry’, handle a range of work, with a strong focus on the London real estate market, as well as mandates for banks, property developers and investment funds. Kelly and Yates advised an ultra-high net worth client on a £36m term facility for the purchase of a unit trust owning London property and refinancing the trust’s existing debt. Ward and Kelly, working with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, advised a developer on £78m senior and mezzanine facilities for the acquisition of a London property.

Clients of the ‘excellent’ practice at Lexstone Lawyersare pleased with its responsiveness and service’. Lucy Egerton-Vernon is ‘outstanding – not only is she knowledgeable, but she is a joy to work with, she thinks outside the box when required, stays positive and truly understands a client’s requirements’. She acted alongside associate Claudia Martans for APH Limited on a £90m facility provided by Santander. Marcus Stone and senior associate Agnieszka Bielanska advised the Bank of Ireland on a £49m transaction involving taking security interests over a Jersey property unit trust.

Voisin has particular strength in complex borrower-side mandates significant, with an emphasis on the real estate sector. Kate Anderson heads the practice, with senior associate Daniel Walker also handling key mandates. Other types of work relate to modifications of security arrangements and nine-figure ship finance deals.

Collas Crillprovides clients with exceptional service, demonstrating brilliant knowledge of the processes and procedures required’. Clients in 2016 include HSBC, which the firm advised on its refinancing of The Liberation Group, and EFG Fund Administration, which it advised in its role as sponsor of a £7m loan note programme. Nicholas Davies departed in early 2017 for Appleby’s Hong Kong office, and Mark Rawlins has also left the firm. Paul Wilson heads the corporate and commercial practice, while associate Chantelle Foster has experience of advising clients on murabaha deals.

Hatstone Lawyers handles a range of finance facility work, typically acting for borrowers on London real estate deals. Simon Vivian advised a bank on a transfer of debt between Jersey companies, which involved resolving regulatory issues. The team recently recruited Alex Carus from Walkers Jersey, offsetting the departure of senior associate Carol-Ann Le Boutillier, who left for an in-house role.

Alongside advising real estate investment funds on borrower mandates, Pinel Advocates handles work for well-known banks. Andrew Pinel heads the practice, with senior associates David Yetman and Oliver Hughes also taking key roles in significant mandates. Pinel and Hughes advised Santander on two facilities to a real estate investment group, while Pinel and Yetman advised HSBC on a £52m revolving facility with security over a number of Jersey companies. Counsel James Mews joined the team in 2017 from an in-house government role; before advising the Chief Minister’s Department, he was senior counsel in the enforcement division of the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Fintech is also an area of note for the practice.

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