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Bedell Cristin

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

Kate Ovenden

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Bedell Cristin

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Corporate/commercial, financial services, investment funds, banking and finance.


Managing Partner; Guernsey advocate. Kate acts for local fiduciaries, licensees and banks, as well as multinational companies, intermediaries, private owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. She specialises in advising on banking and finance matters, the establishment and administration of all types of investment funds and related structures, financial services and regulatory issues, as well as having a significant corporate and commercial practice.


Trained Withers LLP; qualified as solicitor 1998; partner Bedell Cristin 2009; qualified as Guernsey advocate 2010. Trainee/assistant solicitor Withers LLP, London 1996-2006; senior lawyer/partner Bedell Cristin, Guernsey 2006 to date. Also holds various directorships.




Secretary to Guernsey Bar, 2011-13.


Ladies’ College, Guernsey; Trinity College, Cambridge (1988 MA Hons medical sciences); London Guildhall University (1994 CPE (Commendation); 1995 Legal Practice Diploma (Distinction)); University of Caen (2009 Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises et Normandes Mention: Bien).


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Kate Ovenden - Bedell Cristin

Within: Banking and finance

The team at Bedell Cristin is comprised of ‘strong technical lawyers in the field of banking and finance’, known by clients as ‘proactive, efficient and commercially minded’. Practice head Kate Ovenden is acting for RBS as agent and lender with respect to a syndicated facilities real estate transaction where the borrower – the Channel Islands Property Fund – is acquiring a substantial Guernsey property from a liquidator. ‘Very helpful’ senior associate Ann Halliday ‘takes a commercial view’ and recently advised an incorporated holding company on the amendment of a revolving credit facility and the redemption of existing high-yield bonds; she is a notable contact alongside senior associate Sukhvinder Chana, who regularly assists clients with the review of transaction documents in the real estate space. Lee Osborne joined the firm from Walkers (Guernsey) LLP as a senior associate in 2017 and was recently promoted to managing associate.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Servicing a client base featuring real estate investment funds, corporates and financial institutions, among others, Bedell Cristin’s corporate and commercial team recently acted for Regional REIT on its acquisition of a substantial portfolio of UK regional office, industrial and retail investment properties from Conygar. Senior associate Sukhvinder Chana was part of the team which advised a joint venture on the migration of four Guernsey companies to Luxembourg, and Richard Sharp represented various incorporated cells in the issue of bonds to investors, the return on which was subsequently used to acquire receivables from a German life reinsurance company. The team is led by Kate Ovenden, who was appointed as secondary counsel by a leading international law firm to provide regulatory advice to a trade association with respect to indirect clearing arrangements, and oversaw several capital market transactions.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Bedell Cristin’s Richard Sharp was recently appointed as sole counsel of a Guernsey fund to advise on two separate legal reviews with regard to the regulatory implications of the implementation of updates to its particulars. Kate Ovenden continues to act for a number of energy venture funds on the full gamut of mandates, including the admission of new investors, amendments to constitutional documentation and partnership agreements. Clients also instructed the group to handle the establishment of new structures and financing transactions.

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