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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

Bedell Cristin is a leading offshore law firm with an international focus, operating from Jersey, Guernsey, London, BVI and Singapore. Acting for a wide range of clients, from financial institutions, multinationals, large corporates and high-net-worth individuals, to regulatory bodies, government agencies and private investors. The firm has been providing expert legal advice to the offshore banking and finance industry since the 1960s.

Bedell Cristin's size, international outlook and strategic positioning mean it is capable of handling legal advice for complex cross-jurisdictional transactions in key offshore finance centres. The firm specialises in banking, corporate finance, structured finance, international private client, investment funds and private equity, insurance, commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory advice and real estate investment transactions. It also provides local legal services, including property law and employment law.

The firm: The firm has an extensive blue-chip client base, including: Adveq Management, Aviva Investors, Axa Real Estate Investment Managers, Cromwell Property Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank, BlackRock Investment Management, Cerberus European Investments, Citigroup, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Asset Management, DZ Bank, Welltower, Inc., Ethos Partners, Family Offices, Goldman Sachs, Green Oak, Harrison Street, HSBC, IK Investment Partners, Legal and General, Lombard Odier, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Equity Partners, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, PGIM, Secure Income REIT, Sovereign Wealth Funds Trustees, Tishman Speyer, UBS, UHNW families, UNITE Group Plc and Westfield.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and corporate: advice is provided to many banks with a presence in the Channel Islands, and legal opinions are provided to banks, investment houses and multinationals globally. This group also advises on international M&A transactions, joint venture arrangement, shareholders' agreements/arrangements, and acquisitions/disposals of Channel Island companies.

Structured finance: this group has a strong reputation in asset-backed finance, having acted as Jersey counsel in some of the most innovative transactions in the market. It also has a busy specialist high-yield and debt listing practice.

Investment funds and private equity: this group focuses on the establishment and legal servicing of pooled investment structures qualifying as public collective investment funds or non-public collective investment schemes, private equity funds and pension schemes. Sponsorship and listing services in connection with the Channel Islands Securities Exchange are available through the International Stock Exchange Group Limited, which is a category 1 sponsorship member of the TISE.

International private client: this group is probably the largest of its kind in the Channel Islands, providing specialist trust and related corporate law advice to individual and institutional clients on wealth preservation and management, employee and executive share incentive schemes, foundations, bespoke trust drafting, the restructuring of assets held in trust, and advice to fiduciaries.

Regulatory and compliance: this group is focused on advising local and international clients on the regulatory and compliance issues arising from their operations in the Channel Islands.

Litigation: the firm's litigation practice is one of the largest in Jersey, with a full range of litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency services. Particular growth has taken place in contentious trust and regulatory work. Other key work areas include banking, insolvency and asset tracing.

Private client and local business: the group advises on a wide range of Jersey property and private client matters. The group has particular expertise in IT and telecoms.

Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, London, Singapore

  • Number of partners: 21
  • Number of other fee-earners: 72

Above material supplied by Bedell Cristin.

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