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Carey Olsen is ‘an excellent firm: professional, capable and able to provide succinct advice’, with ‘a very sound grasp of the detail and black-letter law, which is what clients want from offshore counsel’. The firm’s transactional experience ranges from mergers and private equity acquisitions through to management buyouts. Guy Coltman advised Liberty Media Corporation on the Jersey aspects of its $8bn purchase of Formula One from sellers including CVC Capital Partners; senior associate Paul Burton also acted in this deal and ‘combines technical excellence with a pragmatic and commercial approach – his wide-ranging deal experience makes him able to find pragmatic solutions to the most complex issues’. In another highlight Coltman advised Sanne, a cornerstone client, on the acquisitions of various fiduciary and corporate services companies, including International Financial Services and IFS Trustees. New partner James Willmott ‘leads impeccably in terms of project management and negotiations’; he advised Argus Media on its $1.45bn sale to General Atlantic. Senior associate Katherine Tresca acted alongside Willmott for Quotient – a Jersey-registered company listed on NASDAQ – on a public offering of ordinary shares, which raised $16.3m for the company. Alex Ohlsson handles transactions involving significant onshore real estate portfolios. Mike Jeffrey has retired.

Mourant Ozannes is ‘excellent – responsive and able to work round the clock if needed’, ‘clients can rely on them to provide prompt, accurate and helpful advice’. James Hill and newly-promoted partner Jon Woolrich advised Delta Topco, the parent company of the Formula One Group, on the sale of Formula One to Liberty Media. Hill also advised a consortium of investors including Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and the Kuwait Investment Authority on the purchase of London City Airport. Gareth Rigby advised Argent on the sale of One St Peter’s Square in Manchester for £164m in a deal which involved complex Jersey property unit trust (JPUT) structuring. Robert Hickling handles local deals and cross-border private equity transactions, and local deals concerning investment managers are also handled by James Ruane. Paul Martin advised The Intertain Group on a restructuring involving a transition from the Toronto Stock Exchange to the London Stock Exchange. Other clients include Inflexion Private Equity Partners – which Martin advised on the purchase of Bedell Trust (now known as Ocorian) – as well as CVC, Glencore and Mimecast.

A go-to firm on the island’, Ogier has ‘a very strong all-round practice that can be trusted to give good advice in a professional manner’. Its wide-ranging expertise covers equity capital markets, international acquisitions and deals involving onshore real estate. Simon Dinning is ‘an outstanding partner who is able to bring to bear considerable onshore and offshore experience’; he advised Sierra Rutile, a company which mines titanium ore in Sierra Leone, on its £215m takeover by Iluka Resources Limited. Raulin Amy, who advised Ministry of Sound Group on the sale of its record label to Sony Music Entertainment, is ‘outstanding; responsive, commercial, technically strong and pragmatic – onshore firms unhesitatingly recommend him to their clients’. In the capital markets space, Richard Daggett – who attracts praise for his ‘excellent combination of responsiveness and reasonableness’ – advised Biffa on the Jersey aspects of its IPO and a related financing facility; not only was this the first significant IPO after the 2016 UK referendum on European Union membership, but a number of other partners from the firm acted for the lenders behind an ethics wall. In addition, Dinning advised Golden Rock Global on the Jersey aspects of its listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Also recommended are Matthew Shaxson who, along with Amy, advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the Jersey aspects of its sale of London City Airport, and Sara Johns, who is ‘good at assessing the relevant local aspects of large international deals’. Johns advised GIC on the purchase of P3 Logistics Parks. Clients also single out managing associate Alexander Curry, who is ‘right on the spot, really responsive and has good judgement’. New client wins include the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Appleby is ‘a strong firm: very responsive and commercial’ and ‘an absolute pleasure to work with, from the partners to the receptionists’. The firm handles a range of M&A deals. Wendy Benjamin advised Euro Garages on its merger with European Forecourt Retail Group. Andrew Weaver is ‘very responsive and a pleasure to work with’ – he advised Lone Star Funds on its purchase and take-private of Quercus Healthcare Property Unit Trust. PraxisIFM is also a client – Benjamin advised it on the purchase of Ampersand Management, while Weaver invested it on an inward investment from Ravenscroft. The firm also has expertise in real estate deals – James Gaudin advised Ashby Capital on the purchase of 50% stakes in two JPUTs, which own office spaces and healthcare units; he is also advising Janus Capital on its merger with Henderson Group, which will involve a Jersey entity listing on the New York Stock Exchange. In the insurance space, Michael Cushing advised Aviva on the transfer of long-term insurance business from Aviva Annuity UK to Aviva Life and Pensions UK. Associate Chris Smedley ‘takes the time to talk through the issues with the client, and is always willing to help’.

Bedell Cristinprovides timely and excellent advice, and is great to work with’. The firm handles a range of M&A deals, including a number of onshore real estate transactions. Bruce Scott (‘a sharp lawyer who provides clear and excellent advice’) advised Secure Income REIT on the purchase of 44 Travelodge hotels from a private equity consortium for £200m. Practice head Tim Pearce advised Shawbrook Bank on its creation of a Jersey subsidiary and the creation of an asset finance business. In the onshore real estate space, Alasdair Hunter and senior associate Antony Clerehugh advised Mount Street Mortgage Servicing on the £530m sale of CityPoint Tower in London to a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored fund. Martin Paul advised Cineworld on its purchase of six Empire cinemas in the UK. In another highlight, Simon Hopwood advised LGT on its purchase of a majority stake in Vestra Wealth, which is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Senior associate Guy Westmacott – a May 2016 hire from Mubadala’s in-house team – is ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive’.

Voisin is ‘very good – it offers down-to-earth and sensible advice aimed at making clients’ lives easier’. Senior associate Daniel Walker and Kate Anderson ‘take a sensible approach, rather than being obstructive’: both lead nine-figure real estate transactions, some of which utilise JPUT structures. Chris Le Quesne and Jeffrey Giovannoni regularly act on mergers of local businesses, as well as corporate restructurings, often concerning financial services businesses. Nigel Pearmain also handles restructuring matters.

As part of its broad corporate and commercial remit, Walkers Jersey’s ‘very capable’ team regularly handles property transactions involving Jersey companies owning London real estate, as well as complex restructurings. Alexandra Corner, who moved to St Helier from the firm’s London office, advised art materials supplier FILA on the purchase of Daler-Rowney. Jonathan Heaney, who handles significant real estate portfolio acquisition and sales, advised Derek Hook on the sale of a classic car business to Charme Capital Partners. In the trust company space, Nigel Westoncombines industry knowledge with a strong sense of commerciality – clients are impressed with his strong negotiation skills and ability to seek practical solutions to complex issues in high value, demanding transactions’. He acted for the shareholders of Nautilus Trust on their exit from the business, and is also active in equity capital markets matters. Senior counsel Mark Crichton, who provides ‘timely, practical and on-point advice’, is also recommended.

Ward Yatesprovides technical expertise which more than matches larger firms, coupled with the level of personal service that being a boutique firm allows for’. The firm, which is ‘smaller than most in the market but capable of delivering when quality advice is needed in a commercially sensitive time frame’, handles significant cross-border M&A and onshore real estate deals for business, investment funds and high-net-worth individuals. Victoria Yates has ‘extensive knowledge of her practice area and is able to provide efficient, pragmatic advice which takes into account the commercial needs of her clients’; she advised AustralianSuper on its purchase of a majority interest in the King’s Cross development project in London, which was owned through a JPUT. Nick Ward and Elaine Kelly, a newly-promoted partner, advised Greybull Capital on its £400m purchase of Tata Steel’s long products business, which now trades as British Steel. In another highlight Ward, who has ‘second-to-none technical knowledge’, advised a furniture company on a court-approved scheme of arrangement, including handling the court work. Senior associate Corinne Barnes is a new hire from Ogier.

Collas Crill is ‘extremely helpful and proactive, but without feeling the need to dominate, which makes it a group of great team players’. The firm handles a significant number of transactions concerning trusts businesses: Paul Wilson, who is ‘personable and provides an excellent level of service and advice’, advised the management of Coutts & Co Trustees on a management buyout from RBS International, and Equiom on both an internal restructuring and its acquisition of Vivat. Away from the financial sector, Wilson also advised Masstock Arable on its purchase of David Muosch, a local supplier of agricultural products, from Blue Diamond, and SigmaRoc on its purchase of Ronez Group from Aggregate Industries.

Boutique firm Lexstone Lawyers handles a range of matters, including equity capital markets transactions, M&A deals and corporate structuring. Marcus Stone and associate Claudia Martans, who is Panamanian-qualified, advised Royal Road Minerals on capital raisings, as well as on the purchase of Caza Gold, a gold exploration company focused on Nicaragua. Continuing the Panamanian theme, Lucy Egerton-Vernon acted alongside Martans for a Panamanian company on a share transfer involving assets over $40m.

BCR Law’s Wendy Lambert handles a range of corporate matters with significance in the local economy, as well as a range of work for owner-managed businesses. Mark Renouf handles merger control matters. Infrastructure, retail, not-for-profit and technology are all sectors the firm has expertise in.

Dickinson Gleeson’s Edward Scott – who joined in July 2016 from Ogier – handles real estate investments and divestments in London and beyond, some of which are financed through Islamic finance mechanisms, as well as group restructuring and equity capital markets matters. In 2016, he advised Millstream Property on a murabaha-financed £56m purchase of an office building in Windsor, and Wilton Property on a similarly-financed purchase of a £71.5m office building in London. In the business M&A space, he advised the Financial Services Opportunities Investment fund on its purchase of 20% of Enhance Group, which required approval from the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Hatstone Lawyers advises on a range of cross-border transactions, including trust company acquisitions and group reorganisations. Group partner Simon Vivian and senior associate Bennie Burger handle a range of real estate transactions in the UK involving Jersey companies, as well as group reorganisations. With senior associate Michael Shenkin, Vivian also advised cloud computing company Calligo Limited on its receipt of a $20m investment from Investcorp.

Boutique firm Pinel Advocates handles a range of corporate work, including M&A, equity capital markets and company reinstatements. It has a particular following among local start-ups, including those in the technology and fintech sectors, and works with its own venture capital wing, Pinel Advocates Venture Capital. Andrew Pinel and associate David Yetman advise Kodak on its printing operation, and handled a group restructuring for PBS Group. The firm also provides transactional advice to local technology leader C5 Alliance.

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