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Mourant Ozannes

22 GRENVILLE STREET, ST HELIER, JE4 8PX, JERSEY
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Work 01534 676 000
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Robert Hickling

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Work 01534 676361
Email:
Mourant Ozannes

Work Department

Banking and finance, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, insurance

Position

Robert works for leading corporates, financial institutions and intermediaries on a wide range of corporate, structured finance and banking transactions. Robert’s practice covers corporate (including IPOs, redomiciliations, M&A, joint venture work and re-structurings); capital markets (debt and equity); exchange-traded products; and banking/finance. He acted on a number of high profile transactions in 2011 and headed the team which advised Glencore on its IPO. That IPO was one of the largest ever and resulted in Glencore being listed on both the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges. He advised: Charter International plc in 2011/2012 in relation to its $2bn acquisition by Colfax; and INEOS in 2011 on its joint venture with PetroChina, involving a US$ 1.015 investment by PetroChina. Robert also acts for ETF Securities, a major company in the exchange-traded products sector. What the directories say: ‘Rob is constantly keeping clients up to date on regulation and legislation – we tend to get more partner time with Mourant Ozannes compared to the other firms’ (IFLR 1000, 2014). Robert is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer; ‘The ultimate professional, at the end of the phone any time of the day’ (Chambers UK, 2014); Robert Hickling is ‘a team player’ (Legal 500, 2013); Robert Hickling’s ‘knowledge of law and business is outstanding’ (Legal 500, 2013); He is widely regarded as a market-leading presence, with sources noting that ‘he is excellent, maintains good client relationships and works well with offshore directors’ (Chambers UK, 2013); Robert Hickling is ‘good to work with and good at responding’ (Legal 500, 2012); Robert Hickling is noted for his strength on structured finance work. Peers acknowledge that they ‘rate him highly and feel comfortable when he is on the other side’ (Chambers UK, 2012).

Career

Qualified as a Jersey solicitor 1998; partner 2000 to date.


Jersey

Corporate and commercial

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Hickling - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Corporate and commercial

Gareth Rigby heads Mourant Ozannes’ ‘responsive, commercial and sensible’ corporate offering, which ‘clearly comprises first-rate lawyers at all levels’ and provides a ‘pragmatic and prompt service’. A well-known UK betting company instructed the ‘practical, client-friendly and impressive’ Jon Woolrich and the ‘technically strong and responsive’ James Hill to advise on a large-scale reorganisation and distribution exercise following its refinancing. On the transactional front, counsel Iain Millar was part of the team which handled the $2.8bn purchase of Gazeley by Global Logistic Properties from Brookfield, and the highly recommended Paul Martin acted as sole Jersey counsel to an international investor in the acquisition of a personal care retail chain. Other key contacts include Robert Hickling, Mark Chambers and Neil McCarroll, who was recently promoted to counsel and handles a broad range of corporate transactions including cross-border private equity and debt restructurings.

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Structured finance and securitisation

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Hickling - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Structured finance and securitisation

Mourant Ozannes is ‘one of the market leaders in the European high-yield space’. Particularly strong in the handling of commodity securities issuances, note and bond listings, and programme restructurings, the team represents clients such as Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Macquarie. Counsel Amy Demetriou recently collaborated with Robert Hickling to advise SYNREX on the establishment of a secured note programme for the issuance of novel ‘bull/bear’ securities linked to a range of commercial and residential real estate indices. The pair also continues to advise Heathrow on its multi-currency programme for the issuance of bonds, and a number of capital markets transactions. James Hill and Jon Woolrich jointly acted for Polyus in the issue of international bonds and are also key contacts.

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