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Bedell Cristin is ‘responsive, proactive and knowledgeable on a wide variety of Jersey law matters’. Tim Pearce heads the team, which includes Martin Paul, the ‘collaborative and efficientSimon Hopwood, the ‘highly capable and efficient’ Bruce Scott and ‘smart and well-organised’ senior associate Tom Davies. The practice advised joint venture vehicle The Stage Shoreditch on the establishment of a property holding structure for a mixed-use development in London, and acted for UBS in the $240m sale of its alternative fund services business to Mitsubishi Fund Services.

Carey Olsen’s personnel are ‘very responsive, reliable and professional’. ‘Excellent’ practice head Mike Jeffrey led the firm’s advice to JTC Group on its acquisition of Kleinwort Benson’s fund business, and assisted Waterlogic with the £123m sale of the company to private equity firm Castik Capital. Highlights for the ‘charismatic and results-drivenGuy Coltman included acting for Sanne Group on its IPO and placing of shares on the main market of the LSE. Alex Ohlsson and the ‘approachable, hardworking and committedRobin Smith. Other clients include Bridgepoint Capital, Canary Wharf Group and States of Jersey.

Mourant Ozannes’ lawyers are ‘reliable, resourceful, and technically very strong’. James Hill heads the team and ‘blends legal expertise with thoughtful advice’. His highlights included advising private equity firm Cinven on its £2.3bn sale of Amdipharm Mercury to Concordia Healthcare Corporation. The ‘calm, collegiate and fiercely intelligent’ Paul Martin acted for Beazley when it moved its tax residency from Ireland to the United Kingdom through the introduction of a new holding company. Robert Hickling advised Shire on Jersey aspects of its $32bn takeover of biopharmaceutical company Baxalta. Also recommended are James Ruane and senior associate Jon Woolrich (both ‘very competent’), regulatory compliance expert Simon Gould and ‘accessible and commercial’ senior associate Victoria Cabot.

Ogier’s ‘excellent’ corporate and commercial group is led by Simon Dinning, who is noted for his ‘technically sound and commercially astute advice’, and includes the ‘very responsive and extremely knowledgeableRaulin Amy, and Sara Johns, who ‘combines technical expertise with commercial insight’. Dinning advised Sky on Jersey and Alderney aspects of its sale of an 80% stake in Sky Bet. Amy assisted Palamon Capital Partners with its joint acquisition with Corsair Capital of Currencies Direct for £200m. Johns led the firm’s advice to Bidvest Foodservice International on its acquisition of Cimandis, Sandpiper CI’s wholesale food business. Other clients include Waitrose, AbbVie and Arcelor Mittal.

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Applebycan be counted on to take a user-friendly and collaborative approach’. Practice head Wendy Benjamin acted for Euro Garages when TDR Capital acquired a minority stake in the business. Highlights for Andrew Weaver (‘a true heavyweight who is also a pleasure to deal with’) included advising Concordia Healthcare Corporation on its $3.5bn acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury. James Gaudin and ‘particularly helpful’ senior associate Danny Cole are also recommended. Other clients include Barclays, Lloyds Bank, HSBC and mining and exploration company Petropavlovsk.

Collas Crillprovides excellent support and prompt, appropriate advice’. ‘Proactive and driven’ practice head Paul Wilson (who is ‘always willing to help’) assisted Equiom with its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Lloyds Holdings, and advised Quintain Estates on its sale of Clifton Care Home. Nicholas Davies acted for KBH On-Train Media on its subscription offering and standard listing on the Main Market of the LSE. Senior associate Chantelle Foster is also recommended.

Walkers Jersey handled a number of major cross-border transactions for high-profile clients. Jonathan Heaney acted for Apache Capital Partners on the £61m sale of a student accommodation development on London’s South Bank and on the £109m acquisition of another development in Shoreditch. Adam Chester assisted Gama Aviation with the £5.5m acquisition of Jersey-based aircraft charter and handling business Aviation Beauport Holding. Nigel Weston’s highlights included advising CIMB Bank as mandated lead arranger on a major acquisition and development financing for a number of London developments. The practice is led jointly by Weston, Heaney and Chester.

Highlights for Hatstone Lawyers included advising Wynnefield Capital, a substantial shareholder in API Group, in relation to a $46m cash offer by Cedar 2015 to acquire the group; acting for bank kiosk solutions company Atam Holdings on the creation of a Jersey holding company and the relocation of its core business to Jersey from the UAE and the UK; and assisting Ravenscroft with its acquisition of a UK stockbroking business. Simon Vivian and senior associates Michael Shenkin and Carol-Ann Le Boutillier are recommended. Marcus Stone, Lucy Egerton-Vernon and Agnieszka Bielanska left the firm in November 2015 to form Lexstone Lawyers.

Viberts Jersey Lawyers’ commercial and fiduciary team is led by Christopher Scholefield, and includes Giles Baxter. The firm advises a broad range of Jersey, UK and French companies on matters such as governance, establishment, M&A and restructuring.

Ward Yates delivers ‘very proactive and responsive service with a high degree of commercial pragmatism’. Nick Ward is ‘an erudite individual with a pragmatic approach’, and Victoria Yatesimmediately puts clients at ease with her extensive knowledge and commercial approach’. The arrival of senior associate Elaine Kelly from Ogier in August 2015 adds an additional layer of experience to the team. Highlights included the establishment and operation of a Jersey LLP to act as an investment holding vehicle.

Lexstone Lawyers was founded in December 2015 by Marcus Stone and Lucy Egerton-Vernon, formerly of Hatstone Lawyers. Stone and Egerton-Vernon have ‘a commercial approach backed up by in-depth knowledge of corporate matters’.

Pinel Advocates provides advice on restructuring, insolvency, Channel Islands Stock Exchange listings, M&A, redomiciliations and the establishment and winding up of companies. Andrew Pinel and Agnieszka Blaszczyk are recommended.

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