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Mourant Ozannes has ‘a deep bench of expert lawyers’ that ‘provides an excellent level of service’. Daniel Birtwistle (whose ‘deep knowledge of real estate and private equity funds is second to none’) heads the team and advised Savills on the creation of Greater Tokyo Office Fund. Highlights for Ben Robins included acting for Highland Capital Partners Europe on the formation of Highland Europe Technology Growth II Fund as a Jersey Expert Fund. The ‘excellentJoel Hernandez assisted a German Pension Fund with the £131m acquisition of the issued units of Tritax Brindleyplace Unit Trust. Also recommended are Mark Chambers, Jacqueline Richomme, Felicia de Laat and the ‘efficient and user-friendly’ Tim Morgan.

At Bedell Cristin, practice head Martin Paulhas an impressive knowledge of the regulatory environment’. Paul frequently advises Evans Randall Investment Management on transactions in the European real estate market. Bruce Scott advised the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund on Jersey aspects of its £271m acquisition of a student accommodation portfolio. Highlights for the ‘pragmatic, collaborative and efficientSimon Hopwood included advising HNA Group on the £235m acquisition of the European headquarters of Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf. Emily Haithwaite joined Ogier.

Lawyers at Carey Olsenthink creatively and offer sound advice’. ‘Excellent’ practice head James Mulholland advised Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate on the close of a £300m senior secured debt bond and the establishment of a £2bn euro medium term note programme. The ‘very impressiveRobert Milner acted for Gravis Capital Partners on its IPO of a new £100m Jersey fund. Milner acted for the seller in Bluecrest Capital Management’s sale of the majority of its stake in Systematica Investments to Affiliated Managers Group, while Daniel O’Connor acted for the buyer. Robin Smith and senior associate Christopher Griffin advised Ortus Secured Finance on the establishment of Ortus Fund I.

Appleby’s lawyers are ‘technically knowledgeable and always available’. The ‘excellentAndrew Weaveris something of an oracle when it comes to Jersey law’. His team includes James Gaudin and ‘extremely competent’ associates Chris Smedley and Christopher Spencer. Weaver advised Phoenix Spree Deutschland on its flotation on the main market of the LSE, and on its pre-float reorganisation. He also acted for Tritax Brindleyplace Trustee on the sale of the issued units of Tritax Brindleyplace Unit Trust.

Ogier’s ‘efficient and user-friendly’ team is led by ‘very strong technical lawyerNiamh Lalor, and was strengthened by the arrival of Matthew Shaxson from Mourant Ozannes in April 2015, the return of managing associate Marie-Claire Fudge from the same firm in January 2016 and the recruitment of Emily Haithwaite from Bedell Cristin. Richard Daggett became a partner in November 2015. Another key member of the practice is Simon Schilder. Highlights for Lalor included advising Index Ventures on the establishment of a Jersey expert fund with an initial size of $550m, and Knight Frank Investment Management on the launch of a fund that raised £307m in its first close. Other clients include Pramerica, Julius Baer and Intermediate Capital Group. Michael Lombardi retired in February 2016.

Walkers Jersey’ ‘extremely responsive and commercial team’ is led by Jonathan Heaney and includes Nigel Weston and ‘knowledgeable’ senior counsel Guy Morris. Heaney advised Apache Capital Partners on the establishment of Shari’ah-compliant investment structures to acquire and finance developments in Manchester and Shoreditch. Weston acted for Catalyst Capital on the establishment of a Jersey-domiciled private placement fund that raised €150m at first close.

The ‘excellentCollas Crillengages well with clients and maintains good relationships’. Together with colleagues in Guernsey, department head Mark Rawlins acted for London Central Portfolio Property Holdings on the merger of the client’s fund portfolio. Other highlights included advising Independent Offshore Platform (Jersey) on the formation of an innovative investment fund platform.

Hatstone Lawyers’ team ‘provides valuable advice’ and has experience of handling establishments and advising distressed funds. Highlights for Hannes Botha included acting for Sanne Trustee Services on the admission and listing of units for a Jersey expert fund on the official list of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange. The ‘deeply experienced’ Simon Vivian and the ‘highly responsive and capable’ Carol-Ann Le Boutillier are also recommended. Marcus Stone and Agnieszka Bielanska left the firm in November 2015 to form Lexstone Lawyers.

Lexstone Lawyers was founded in December 2015 by the ‘very commercial and highly knowledgeableMarcus Stone and by Lucy Egerton-Vernon, who both joined from Hatstone Lawyers. The firm advised one client on the launch and establishment of two private funds, and another on the establishment of a fund services business.

Pinel Advocates advises clients on the establishment of expert, listed and unregulated funds, the reorganisation of funds, listings, and migrations between jurisdictions. Andrew Pinel is recommended.

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