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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Voisin Law

Voisin Law caters mainly to corporate borrowers, with a particular strength in property and acquisition finance and significant experience in the Islamic financing space. The senior name to note is ‘very strong’ practice head Kate Anderson, who recently advised a private investor on the Jersey aspects of a high-value refinancing transaction to facilitate an existing debt fund. Senior associate Daniel Walker led the advice to a property regeneration company with regard to a facility with a global insurer designed to refinance existing borrowings and the acquisition of an additional property. In other highlights, the group was appointed to oversee significant cross-border real estate transactions. Clients also recommend ‘extremely responsive and effective’ associate Chris Le Quesne.

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Voisin Law

One client describes the service provided by Voisin Law as ‘thoroughly impressive’. The corporate and commercial lawyers ‘are willing to work to tight deadlines and able to work as an integral part of the wider transaction team effortlessly’. The group was instructed to act as counsel on the Jersey law aspects of a high-value group restructuring under the leadership of the ‘extremely responsiveJeffrey Giovannoni on behalf of a global financial services company, and Chris Le Quesne led the advice to a Jersey company with regard to its winding-up. Also notable is Kate Anderson, who oversaw the acquisition of a Jersey property holding structure and the subsequent restructuring within the purchaser group, and senior associate Daniel Walker, who handled a number of significant multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions. Ian Strang leads the practice, which counts VG, Randalls and LV Group among its clients.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Voisin Law

Voisin Law boasts a 'class outfit' in the field of dispute resolution which includes the 'very good' Dexter Flynn and team head Ashley Hoy. The team recently acted for VG and its directors in their response to compulsory notices issued as part of a regulatory fraud investigation. Also notable is the group's work for high-net-worth individuals such as Camilla de Bourbon de Deux Siciles, whom Hoy, Stephanie Habin and Frances Littler are assisting with an appeal against a court decision pertaining to breach of trust claims.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Voisin Law

At Voisin Law, the 'personable, knowledgeable and professional' Dexter Flynn is recommended for his 'calming influence' and 'ability to give clarity to awkward situations'. He is supported by English solicitor Stephanie Habin in his advice to employers, senior management teams and corporates with regard to employment disputes, contractual amendments and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. In addition to handling a number of unfair dismissal claims, the team recently acted for a trust company in a data protection issue arising from the theft of company information by a former employee following her termination.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Voisin Law

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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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 3

Voisin Law

Voisin Law ‘is a high-quality firm that punches above its weight’. The private client offering is led by ‘class act’ Nigel Pearmain, who ‘is extremely knowledgeable in many areas of Jersey law’, and consists of ‘good, thorough trust lawyers’ such as Jeffrey Giovanni, who ‘has a great tactical brain’. A high-profile Middle Eastern family appointed the group to advise on the reorganisation of its business arrangements in the context of succession planning and wealth protection, and Pearmain continues to represent a trustee in a significant UK dispute involving a Jersey trust and a Beddoe application to the Royal Court. ‘Very professional and prompt’ advocate Chris Le Quesne is also a key contact, alongside the ‘friendly and approachable’ Clare Nicholle, who is praised for her ‘speed and accuracy’.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Voisin Law

Voisin Law ‘has a very strong team comprised of partners and senior lawyers’ such as ‘very calm and assured’ associate Howard O'Toole, who ‘seeks to find solutions to any and all problems’. He supported practice head Kate Anderson to advise two Saranac funds as Jersey issuers of two collateralised loan obligation (CLO) refinancing notes, and continues to be part of the team advising General Funding Limited, an ‘orphan’ SPV based in Jersey which issues short-term debt instruments on the French domestic market. In other highlights, the group handled the sale of investments and the redemption of outstanding notes as well as providing ongoing advice to clients regarding their commercial paper programmes.

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