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Mourant Ozannes

PO BOX 186, 1 LE MARCHANT STREET, ST PETER PORT, GY1 4HP, GUERNSEY
Tel:
Work 01481 723466
Fax:
Fax 01481 727935
Email:
Web:
mourantozannes.com/guernsey

John Rochester

Tel:
Work 01481 739359
Email:
Mourant Ozannes

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate.

Position

John trained as a solicitor at Linklaters' London and Hong Kong offices, which included a secondment to Merrill Lynch. He then worked in Maples and Calder's BVI office, before joining Mourant Ozannes.

Career

John obtained a degree in Law with French Law from Aberdeen University, a Post-graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Trent University and the Legal Practice Course at BPP in London. John was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (currently non-practising) in 2004 and as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands in 2005.


Guernsey

Banking and finance

Within: Next generation lawyers

John Rochester - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Banking and finance

Mourant Ozannes 'is a solid firm on whom clients can rely without fail'. The 'superb and extremely responsive' banking team services a wide variety of clients, including arrangers, lenders, borrowers, trustees and issuers, across the full range of mandates, and has 'a sound knowledge of the local legal and regulatory requirements'. In recent highlights, Caroline Chan oversaw a significant fund financing transaction on behalf of a major global bank as lender, and the 'calm and reliable' John Rochester guided a household name bank through the Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman law aspects of its ring-fencing transfer scheme. Along with 'superstar' senior associate Alana Gillies – who 'combines top-notch technical skills with amazing stamina and resilience' – he also acted for Santander in the amendment and restatement of a term loan facility to refinance a portfolio of industrial properties and the acquisition of further assets in the UK. Also notable are the 'calm and pragmatic' Helen Wyatt, senior associate Alex Porter, who has experience in dealing with Islamic financing matters, and 'clear and concise' practice head John Lewis.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

John Lewis spearheads Mourant Ozannes' 'professional, knowledgeable and reliable' corporate and commercial outfit, which recently acted for LabTech Investments in its contractual takeover of Market Tech, and was instructed by a global law firm to assist with the establishment of a strategic real estate investment group, a private venture capital vehicle and a private equity vehicle. Frances Watson worked alongside counsel Alex Davies to oversee the merger of two investment managers to create a new entity focused on specialist lending assets. Clients such as Mariana Resources and Endeavour Mining instructed Helen Wyatt and the 'thorough and engaging' Caroline Chan to handle significant takeover and M&A transactions via a scheme of arrangement. In other highlights, John Rochester collaborated with the firm's dispute resolution department to successfully block the sanction of a scheme of arrangement in the Royal Court on behalf of an investment manager as minority shareholder in the purchasing company. Other notable clients include Ancala Partners, Mitsui Power Ventures and the Prospect Japan Fund.

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