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Commercial and banking
AO HALL acted on general corporate matters, financing transactions and M&A. The practice advised Gower Financial Services on its acquisition of books of business from various competing financial services and pensions businesses. Team leader Sam Shires and Matt Sanders are ‘strong individuals’, and senior associates Kim Paiva and Stephen Ozanne are also recommended.
AO HALL’s lawyers are ‘very responsive and proactive’. Founding partner Alison Ozanne is ‘very commercial and provides sound advice’, and the ‘creative and extremely persuasive’ Sarah Brehaut, who became a partner in January 2015, is ‘a formidable advocate and an expert in her field’. The practice is best known for its work in fund and trust litigation.
Alison Ozanne - AO HALL
AO HALL has major clients in the financial and public sectors, advising both employers and employees. The practice handles work such as restructurings, stress claims, team moves and restrictive covenants, pensions matters, and senior executive terminations. Louise Hall is ‘technically very strong, thorough, assured, calm, and sensitive’, and senior associate Rachael Beresford is also recommended.
Louise Hall - AO HALL
AO HALL’s team is ‘responsive, proactive and supportive’. Sam Shires, Matt Sanders, and senior associate Stephen Ozanne are ‘very knowledgeable on the Guernsey funds industry, and very approachable’. Shires advised Vestigo on the establishment of a Guernsey closed-ended private equity fund.
Private client, trusts and tax
AO HALL’s practice was augmented by the May 2014 arrivals of senior associate Katharine Dean, who came from an in-house role in Dubai, and of associate Ewan Mackay, who joined in April 2014 after completing a consultancy position with Albany Trustee. Paul Buckle is the head of the team, which advises trustees, beneficiaries and others on regulatory and money laundering issues.
Paul Buckle - AO HALL
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