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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The investment fund lawyers at Carey Olsen ‘are fantastic – very commercial, practical, helpful and approachable’; clients feel they ‘can always pick up the phone and know the team will give high-quality, pragmatic advice’. Jointly led by the ‘excellentJames Mulholland and Robert Milner, with ‘the perfect balance of client-handling skills, legal acumen and commercial nous’, the practice represents clients such as SoftBank and Quinbrook Infrastructure. Christopher Griffin ‘worked diligently and swiftly’ to obtain JFSC approval for a Jersey eligible investor fund, and oversaw the launch of a self-managed, crypto-denominated fund as well as ARC Fiduciary’s initial coin offering. The group also handled a number of conversions of private fund structures to expert funds in accordance with the guidance set out by the regulator. Daniel O’Connor specialises in real estate financing and fund structuring mandates. Also notable are ‘proactive and solution-focused’ senior associate Nienke Malan, associate Joseph Barker-Willis and ‘smart and super responsive’ senior associate Claire Le Quesne, who one client describes as a ‘rising star’.

At Mourant Ozannes, the investment fund lawyers ‘are exceptional and a real pleasure to work with’, and the ‘commercial and responsive’ team has ‘a deep bench that is unparalleled in Jersey’, according to one client. In recent highlights, team head Felicia de Laat advised CVC on the launch of its seventh flagship fund for private equity investment in Europe and North America, and Ben Robins oversaw Henderson Park’s establishment of its new European real estate investment platform and a number of subsequent acquisitions. Alistair Horn ‘is entirely focused on the client’s needs and getting the project done’; he recently led the advice to Google with regard to its high-value investment in Medicxi’s new fund dedicated to investment in European biotechnology companies. Tim Morgan acts for promoters, investors, regulators and service providers across a wide range of class assets. The team recently bolstered its junior ranks with the arrival of three associates from onshore firms and one from Ogier. Also notable are Daniel Birtwistle, who is ‘an excellent funds lawyer who provides sensible commercial advice in an easily digestible manner’, Mark Chambers and senior associate Matthew Satchell.

Appleby’s investment funds practice head Andrew Weaver ‘provides a commercial and practical approach to service with focus, efficiency and cost-effectiveness’; ‘combined with his vast experience of the Jersey regulatory environment, the team is a very successful group of attorneys’. Acting for both established clients and new market entrants, the group handles European private equity, fund finance transactions, management reorganisations and the setting up of new real estate and private investment structures. Weaver recently acted for Stirling Square in obtaining regulatory approval for the establishment of a new LLP structure, and oversaw the complex capital return and clawback provisions of a late-stage private equity fund on behalf of a private equity adviser to allow it to continue making distributions with an unresolved contingent liability.  Other key contacts include James Gaudin, senior associate Christopher Spencer and associate Daniel Healy, who joined from a major international firm in 2017.

Bedell Cristin’s Tom Davies is ‘an excellent hands-on practitioner’ and was recently promoted to partner within the ‘outstanding, very responsive and knowledgeable’ commercial practice, which is ‘great at coordinating other lawyers to get things done’. Longstanding client Evans Randall appointed a team led by Martin Paul to advise on a number of funds and structures investing into the UK’s real estate market, and related transactional issues. The group also acted for CVC in the installation of a scheme facilitating the conversion of treasury schemes from one currency to another, and Bruce Scott assisted Aviva with a number of projects, including the migration of its Jersey fund to a new service provider and the sale of a number of indirect assets, as well as providing ongoing regulatory advice. Senior associate Richard Le Liard is also a key contact. Simon Hopwood joined Maples and Calder's newly opened Jersey office.

Ogier is ‘a leading firm in the field of investment funds’ and clients find ‘the team has proven it is the most responsive legal outfit, which provides clients with a valuable edge’. Clients such as Medicxi and Pemberton appointed the group to oversee the establishment of an expert fund and a Jersey private fund, respectively, and the ‘calm-headed and courteousEmily Haithwaite acted for an infrastructure fund in the restructuring of its open-ended investment structure, including the appointment of new service providers and the expansion of its investment horizon. The team is led by Niamh Lalor, who is known as a ‘great communicator and pragmatic attorney’ and guided a number of clients through the launching of their various funds with the support of senior associate Alexandra O'Grady. Counsel Sophie Reguengo recently joined the firm from WALKERS and is also a key contact. Richard Daggett also ‘deserves particular recognition for his availability, precise advice and his understanding of the interactions between Jersey and British law’.

WALKERS ‘always delivers on time and the work commissioned is always completed to exceptionally high standards’; managing partner Jonathan Heaney and senior counsel Guy Morris ‘stand out as exceptional individuals within their field’. The pair ‘has a proven track record in corporate, refinancing and real estate transactions and trust matters’ and acted for Lighthouse Canton as lead Jersey counsel in the establishment of a new Jersey closed-ended fund structured as an incorporated cell and regulated under the private funds guide. ‘Clear and confident’ senior counsel Mark Crichton ‘leads a very disciplined team’ and advised a longstanding client on the launch of several shari'ah-compliant private investment structures aimed at acquiring and developing UK real estate assets. The team also welcomed senior counsel Christopher Reed from Mourant Ozannes; he is a key contact alongside Nigel Weston.

The ‘knowledge, competence and professionalism’ at Voisin Law amounts to ‘an extremely satisfactory level of service’. The main names to note are Kate Anderson – whose ‘main strength is her in-depth understanding of Jersey’s regulatory requirements’ – and advocate Chris Le Quesne, who is ‘very effective’ when implementing new structures. In recent highlights, the pair acted for longstanding client Emirates NBD in the relocation of its real estate fund to Dubai, which involved regulatory issues and several applications to the JFSC, and on the conversion of its MENA high-income fund into a Saudi Arabian equity structure. The group continues to represent a global asset management company in the winding-up of a collective investment fund and a Jersey real estate holding company, and a separate asset manager appointed Anderson to oversee the redomiciliation of one of its collective investment funds from Jersey to the Cayman Islands.

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