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Nick Ward

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Ward Yates

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Corporate and commercial, banking and finance and private client and trusts.

Position

Nick is a Jersey advocate and founder partner with over 15 years’ offshore experience. Nick is also BVI law qualified. His practice includes all aspects of corporate structuring and transactional work, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and restructuring, as well as banking and finance transactions and insolvency advice. When advising clients, Nick brings not only his legal expertise but also a practical and commercial viewpoint having acted as a director of several asset holding and financing vehicles. Significant deals include: advising Greybull Capital in connection with its acquisition of the Long Products steel business from Tata Steel UK; advising UOL Group Limited, a substantial listed Singapore company, on their £97m corporate acquisition of Heron Plaza, Bishopsgate in conjunction with Berwin Leighton Paisner; and advising a multinational investment bank in relation to lending and security on a commercial investment loan facility for a sovereign state.

Nick has been consistently ranked by Legal 500 for a number of years being described as "proactive and to the point"; "a well respect adviser, first rate"; and praised for his "excellent technical skills" and ability to "cut through the issues".

In 2016, Legal 500 named him as a leading individual for banking and finance and recommended him in the areas of corporate and private client describing him as "intellectually strong" and "an erudite individual with a pragmatic approach".

Career

Trained Baileys, Shaw & Gillet; qualified 1996; solicitor Baileys, Shaw & Gillet 1994-97; solicitor Sinclair Roche & Temperley 1997-99; solicitor Watson, Farley & Williams 1999-2002; advocate Ogier 2002-14; partner from 2007; partner Ward Yates 2014.

Education

Durham University (1991 First Class Russian, Italian and Philosophy); 1996 English Solicitor (non-practising); 2004 Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey; 2008 Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI)


Jersey

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Ward - Ward Yates

Within: Banking and finance

A key area of work for Ward Yates is real estate finance, in which the 'high-performing' Nick Ward, who is also qualified in the BVI, demonstrates Islamic finance expertise on a range of deals. The 'calm and unflappable' Elaine Kelly handles many key deals concerning London real estate.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Deals concerning the elite of London real estate sit at the core of Ward Yates' corporate practice. Victoria Yates, Elaine Kelly and practice head Nick Ward (who is also BVI qualified) are the key names in the team, which also handles technical restructuring matters, many of which are cross-border.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Boutique firm Ward Yates is routinely praised for its personable approach to wealth structuring mandates such as the establishment, administration, restructuring and termination of trusts, foundations and family offices. Owing to the firm’s expanded dispute resolution offering, highly sought-after trust law expert Victoria Yates is increasingly involved in the semi-contentious field, with recent matters involving the removal and replacement of incumbent trustees and set-aside applications arising from negative tax consequences. Commercial lawyer Nick Ward is well placed to advise on transactional work relating to investment holding and commercial wealth structures.

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