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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
London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s St Helier office advises on Jersey and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law and acts on both lender and borrower sides. In an illustration of its expertise in both jurisdictions, practice head Tim Pearce, Alasdair Hunter and senior associate Mark Nisbet advised Wandle Holdings – a shareholder of Polyus Gold – on the Jersey and BVI aspects of a $6.17bn facility arranged by Sberbank. Lender-side mandates for the ‘thorough, technical and easy to useMark Dunlop included advising Lloyds Bank and Commerzbank on multi-currency term and revolving facilities provided to Ancala Partners for its purchase of International Energy Group, the parent company of Jersey Gas. In real estate finance, Simon Hopwood advised Urbanest on a £350m refinancing of its property portfolio with several real estate investment funds. Senior associate Malcolm Ellis is also involved in significant mandates. Other clients include Santander, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo and several Asian banks.

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

Bedell Cristin advises on acquisitions and disposals, often involving retail space and office buildings. Guy Le Sueur and Tim Pearce advised Sabal Finance on the sale of two office buildings for £35m as part of a share deal. Le Sueur also assisted Jmart with the sale of the island’s 19 Costcutter stores to SandpiperCI, which involved advising on licensing and Sunday trading regulation matters. Other clients include Jersey Telecom, which the firm advised on the purchase of the office building it was a tenant in at the time, and St. Brelade’s Bay Hotel Properties.

Leading individuals

Peter Bertram - Bedell Cristin

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristinprovides timely and excellent advice, and is great to work with’. The firm handles a range of M&A deals, including a number of onshore real estate transactions. Bruce Scott (‘a sharp lawyer who provides clear and excellent advice’) advised Secure Income REIT on the purchase of 44 Travelodge hotels from a private equity consortium for £200m. Practice head Tim Pearce advised Shawbrook Bank on its creation of a Jersey subsidiary and the creation of an asset finance business. In the onshore real estate space, Alasdair Hunter and senior associate Antony Clerehugh advised Mount Street Mortgage Servicing on the £530m sale of CityPoint Tower in London to a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored fund. Martin Paul advised Cineworld on its purchase of six Empire cinemas in the UK. In another highlight, Simon Hopwood advised LGT on its purchase of a majority stake in Vestra Wealth, which is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Senior associate Guy Westmacott – a May 2016 hire from Mubadala’s in-house team – is ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive’.

Next generation lawyers

Guy Westmacott - Bedell Cristin

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bedell Cristin

Standout firmBedell Cristin handles a range of trust litigation, often concerning fraud allegations. Anthony Robinson, who ‘has a great strategic mind’, represents the plaintiffs in the Crociani multi-jurisdictional trust dispute with more than $100m of assets at stake. Robert Gardner (‘very easy to get along with and very quick to pick up complex issues’) is acting for a high-net-worth Emirati individual in a claim against his ex-wife regarding the ownership of a Jersey company owning London real estate worth £10m. In the asset recovery case, Edward Drummond is acting for a fund sponsored by Harbour Litigation Funding, which is seeking to recover assets from a party to litigation that allegedly did not repay invested money. He also acted for Tatneft in freezing orders against a Ukrainian businessman concerning an alleged fraud. David Cadin is advising UBS on winding down a trust it manages with a number of beneficiaries subject to criminal investigation in other jurisdictions. Mark Taylor is ‘a big hitter – he is fabulous on his feet, has the ear of the court and is unflappable’. He handles significant professional negligence cases. Lisa Springate is singled out for her track record in estate disputes.

Leading individuals

Anthony Robinson - Bedell Cristin

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin is ‘always efficient, with first-class knowledge’ of matters such as unfair dismissal claims, executive exits, transfers of business, redundancies and immigration. Guy Le Sueur handles the non-contentious side of the practice, while Edward Drummond handles tribunal and court work. At the associate level, Will Austin-Vautier is also recommended. The firm acts for a number of national and international financial services businesses.

Next generation lawyers

Will Austin-Vautier - Ogier

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s ‘excellent and pragmatic’ team is noted for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and particular strength in real estate funds. Bruce Scott advised GreenOak Real Estate Advisers on a secured lending private placement fund, which raised £200m, as well as advising it on a credit facility provided by Wells Fargo. Simon Hopwood advised 90 North Real Estate Partners on the creation of private funds for the purchase of American real estate, including the General Electric headquarters in Cincinnati; also involved in this deal was senior associate Richard Le Liard, who ‘provides timely responses and is available for clients’ concerns and questions, even on short notice’. Hopwood also advised GSA Group on the creation of a joint venture fund with GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) to purchase £700m of student accommodation. Other work relates to buy-out private equity funds. The firm also acts for Grosvenor Fund Management and Tishman Speyer. Emily Haithwaite is now at Ogier.

Leading individuals

Martin Paul - Bedell Cristin

Simon Hopwood - 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 Cristinalways provides a professional and joined-up approach to client services’. Nancy Chien, who also speaks Mandarin, is ‘approachable and helpful – her knowledge of FATCA and CRS as applied to trustees is a credit to the firm’. She handles a range of matters concerning wealth management and trusts for Asian clients. Edward Bennett also handles significant mandates concerning wealth management, with Zillah Howard, who has ‘a very reassuring, calm and considered approach’, advising a number of Russian clients. At the senior associate level, Henry Wickham has sanctions expertise. James Campbell is now at Ogier.

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 ‘very strong – a go-to firm for structured deals’. Alasdair Hunter is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable in relation to relevant Jersey law matters and securitisation generally’ – his work includes advising on nine-figure securitisations. In addition, he, along with the firm’s Guernsey office, advised The Channel Islands Securities Exchange Limited on an equity listing on TISE. Other clients include Morgan Stanley, which Hunter advised on its role as sole placement agent regarding Quotient’s issuance of $120m of senior secured loan notes. Mark Dunlop has prime brokerage expertise. Shane Hollywood is now a managing director in Ocorian, a trust company spun off by the firm.

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