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Bedell Cristin

PO BOX 75, 26 NEW STREET, ST HELIER, JE2 3RA, JERSEY
Tel:
Work 01534 814814
Web:
www.bedellcristin.com
Grand Cayman, London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bedell Cristin

The ‘really strong’ banking and finance offering at Bedell Cristin combines ‘technical quality, turnaround and speed of delivery, and flexibility in the delivery of its services’. Mark Dunlop was part of a multi-jurisdictional team which oversaw the high-value refinancing of existing debt in a REIT group and worked alongside a global law firm on the termination of revolving facilities on behalf of a private equity fund. In other highlights, Alasdair Hunter provided Jersey law advice to a foreign financial services company in connection with senior facilities made available in the context of the acquisition of a Jersey company; Tim Pearce acted as Jersey counsel to both finance parties in connection with euro term loans pertaining to the acquisition of a German life insurer by a Cinven-sponsored structure. Other names to note are Tom Davies, who was recently promoted to partner, managing associate Guy Westmacott, whom clients ‘truly trust’, and senior associate Malcolm Ellis whose vast experience includes overseeing Islamic and shari'ah-compliant financing matters. Simon Hopwood joined Maples and Calder's newly opened Jersey office in September 2018.

Leading individuals

Mark Dunlop - Bedell Cristin

Tim Pearce - Bedell Cristin

Next generation lawyers

Malcolm Ellis - Bedell Cristin

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

The commercial property offering at Bedell Cristin recently experienced some personnel changes with the departure of Peter Bertram and the arrival of senior associate and new acting head of department Jeff O'Boyle from Collas Crill. Corporate expert Tim Pearce regularly supports the team with complex and high-value transactional matters; he is currently collaborating with O’Boyle to advise a vendor on his sale of shares in a private company which owns a flagship multi-tenanted retail development. Another transactional highlight was Guy Le Sueur’s work for the buyer of the newly constructed Next department store in St Helier. Clients also appoint the firm to handle leasing, loan enforcements and portfolio restructurings. Key clients include JMart, Shawbrook International and ZEDRA Trust.

Next generation lawyers

Jeff O'Boyle - Bedell Cristin

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin recently promoted the highly recommended Tom Davies to partner and Guy Westmacott to managing associate. The ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ team represents clients such as JT Group, Aviva, Danske and Macquarie in significant transactions, contract negotiations, and debt and property portfolio acquisitions and dispositions. Westmacott was part of the team which acted for WisdomTree in its acquisition of ETF Securities’ exchange-traded commodity, currency and leveraged businesses, while practice head Tim Pearce led the Jersey advice to private equity investment firm Leonard Green & Partners with regard to its acquisition of intellectual property management and technology company CPA Global. Also notable is the team’s work for Claranet with regard to the Jersey law aspects of a refinancing and private equity investment transaction led by Tikehau Capital. Martin Paul, Alasdair Hunter and Bruce Scott are also key contacts. Simon Hopwood joined Maples and Calder's newly opened Jersey office.

Next generation lawyers

Guy Westmacott - Bedell Cristin

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bedell Cristin

Robert Gardner leads Bedell Cristin’s dispute resolution outfit in Jersey, which boasts a particular strength in contentious trust and probate cases, regulatory disputes and commercial litigation. On the insolvency front, the ‘technically strong’ Edward Drummond represented Deloitte as the liquidator of the eight companies in Belgravia Financial Services Group, the liquidation of which involved complex issues such as intra-group reconciliation of debt. In other highlights, David Cadin assisted a trustee with the distribution of assets and termination of their trust as part of a Royal Court sanction following the implication of some of its beneficiaries in serious criminal investigations. Boubyan Petrochemical also appointed the team to oversee a complex multi-party corporate governance dispute pertaining to the reinstatement of the company’s former general partner in the context of claims arising from certain UK property purchases. Anthony Robinson retired in 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

At Bedell Cristin, litigation partner David Cadin acted for the non-executive directors of a Jersey-based company in their allegations that the head of the company bullied several members of management and staff. A major telecoms company also retains the practice to advise on a variety of employment issues, including sexual harassment, union interactions, data protection and corporate restructurings.

Next generation lawyers

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s Tom Davies is ‘an excellent hands-on practitioner’ and was recently promoted to partner within the ‘outstanding, very responsive and knowledgeable’ commercial practice, which is ‘great at coordinating other lawyers to get things done’. Longstanding client Evans Randall appointed a team led by Martin Paul to advise on a number of funds and structures investing into the UK’s real estate market, and related transactional issues. The group also acted for CVC in the installation of a scheme facilitating the conversion of treasury schemes from one currency to another, and Bruce Scott assisted Aviva with a number of projects, including the migration of its Jersey fund to a new service provider and the sale of a number of indirect assets, as well as providing ongoing regulatory advice. Senior associate Richard Le Liard is also a key contact. Simon Hopwood joined Maples and Calder's newly opened Jersey office.

Leading individuals

Martin Paul - Bedell Cristin

Next generation lawyers

Richard Le Liard - Bedell Cristin

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s private client offering operates as part of the wider corporate and finance department and can be ‘summed up as efficiency with a personal touch’. The ‘highly intelligent’ Nancy Chien ‘is at the top of her game’ and led the advice to the trustee of a Jersey structure with regard to a reorganisation for tax purposes in light of the recent changes in the UK’s non-domiciled tax regime. A group of trustees appointed a team led by practice head Edward Bennett to oversee the transfer of a managed trust company business, and Zillah Howard advised trustees on their retirement from a structure established to benefit an ultra-high-net-worth family with interests in the UK and US. Associates Lydia Carter and Kirsten Brass joined the firm from Collas Crill and Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s Glasgow office, respectively.

Leading individuals

Edward Bennett - Bedell Cristin

Next generation lawyers

Nancy Chien - Bedell Cristin

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin ‘is particularly strong' in structured finance and securitisation. Mark Nisbet, ‘an up and coming senior associate who punches well above his weight’, recently teamed up with ‘very experienced’ practice leader Alasdair Hunter to act for a well-known global technology company as listing agent in the listing of senior notes on TISE, and to assist a major mining company with a series of financing transactions. Mark Dunlop led the advice to a global bank on the Jersey aspects of additional and substantial term loans to a chemicals manufacturer under an existing credit agreement, and Simon Hopwood guided an investment manager through the public offer of its shares to raise capital in the context of its acquisition of a shopping centre in Eastern Europe.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Nisbet - Bedell Cristin

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