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Mourant Ozannes

22 GRENVILLE STREET, ST HELIER, JE4 8PX, JERSEY
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Ben Robins

Tel:
Work 01534 676475
Email:
Mourant Ozannes

Work Department

Funds, banking and finance, corporate, insolvency and restructuring.

Position

Ben is a partner with extensive experience in investment funds, offshore capital markets and structured finance. Funds work: Ben has advised fund promoters including Accent Equity, Actera, Alpha Associes Conseil, Bancroft Private Equity, Investors in Private Equity, Kingsbridge Capital, Mercapital, Natixis, Northzone Ventures, Priveq Advisory, Scope Growth, W.L. Ross and Zurmont Madison (all private equity/VC) and Schroder, Legal & General, Grosvenor, Hermes, Goodman Group, UNITE Group plc, Catalyst and White Peak (all real estate). Finance work: Ben has advised on many large securitisation, repackaging and tier-1 capital transactions, including MTN and commercial paper programmes, for financial institutions such as HSBC, Credit Suisse International, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, HypoVereinsbank, West LB, Erste Bank, Helaba and Deutsche Postbank AG. Ben’s finance practice also includes work on high-value structured finance and real estate finance transactions. What the directories say: Ben is recommended in the International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, 2014; Ben Robins provides ‘remarkable service’ (Legal 500, 2013); clients commend the advocate for being ‘sensible, pragmatic and commercial’ (Chambers UK, 2013).

Career

Trained Speechly Bircham, London, qualified as an English solicitor (currently non-practising); qualified as a Jersey solicitor 2000; joined Mourant Ozannes 1997, partner 2002, head of global funds 2008.

Member

Chairman of the Jersey Funds Association; Jersey Law Society; active participant in a number of finance industry working groups focusing on technical and market development projects.


Jersey

Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Ben Robins - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Investment funds

At Mourant Ozannes, the investment fund lawyers ‘are exceptional and a real pleasure to work with’, and the ‘commercial and responsive’ team has ‘a deep bench that is unparalleled in Jersey’, according to one client. In recent highlights, team head Felicia de Laat advised CVC on the launch of its seventh flagship fund for private equity investment in Europe and North America, and Ben Robins oversaw Henderson Park’s establishment of its new European real estate investment platform and a number of subsequent acquisitions. Alistair Horn ‘is entirely focused on the client’s needs and getting the project done’; he recently led the advice to Google with regard to its high-value investment in Medicxi’s new fund dedicated to investment in European biotechnology companies. Tim Morgan acts for promoters, investors, regulators and service providers across a wide range of class assets. The team recently bolstered its junior ranks with the arrival of three associates from onshore firms and one from Ogier. Also notable are Daniel Birtwistle, who is ‘an excellent funds lawyer who provides sensible commercial advice in an easily digestible manner’, Mark Chambers and senior associate Matthew Satchell.

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