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Mourant Ozannes

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Jon Woolrich

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Mourant Ozannes

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Banking and Finance


Jon has particular experience advising on equity capital markets transactions including IPOs, bond issues and cash boxes. He advises numerous FTSE-100, FTSE-250 and NASDAQ Jersey incorporated companies, including Glencore plc, Shire plc and Mimecast Limited. Some of his recent work highlights include advising Mimecast Limited on its NASDAQ IPO, advising Heritage Oil plc on its takeover by way of scheme of arrangement and advising Glencore plc on its IPO and subsequent merger with Xstrata. Legal 500 UK, 2016 recommends Jon in Corporate and Commercial.


Jon qualified as a Scottish Solicitor and Notary Public in 2005 and joined Mourant Ozannes in 2007.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Mourant Ozannes maintains a healthy mix of lender and borrower-side work pertaining to new loan arrangements and refinancing transactions on behalf of an enviable blue-chip client base including names like Greystar, Goldman Sachs and CVC. Mark Chambers recently advised the Bank of China, HSBC and ING on the financing of the acquisition of London’s iconic ‘Cheesegrater’ Leadenhall Building by Hong Kong-based property firm CC Land; Gareth Rigby and James Hill handled a £500m facility for a syndicate of banks including Wells Fargo relating to the refinancing of the Merry Hill portfolio following its acquisition by Intu. Also notable is Paul Martin’s work for Eircom with regard to high-yield bond issues and an amendment and extension of its facilities agreement, and Jon Woolrich’s advice to O3b Networks on the refinancing of its $1.4bn facilities. Counsel Iain Millar plays a crucial role in the team and is also a key name to note.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jon Woolrich - 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: 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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