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Ogier

44 THE ESPLANADE, ST HELIER, JE4 9WG, JERSEY
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Work 01534 514000
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www.ogier.com
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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Very efficient and easy to deal with’, Ogier is ‘pragmatic and reliable – a firm one can turn to and count on delivering the service one would expect, without fail’. Bruce MacNeildisplays an air of calmness in all situations and is incredibly reliable, pragmatic and efficient – he delivers tested, sound advice on every occasion’. His recent highlights include advising Caledonia Investments on the financing of its acquisition of The Liberation Group, and Goldman Sachs on a €1bn revolving facility provided to a consortium including Bain Capital for the purpose of acquiring Setefi Services and Intesa Sanpaolo Card. Raulin Amy and Richard Daggett advised Intu Properties on the acquisition financing of its buyout of co-owners of the Merry Hill shopping centre in Dudley. Practice head Katrina Edge is ‘particularly good on big borrower matters’, but also advises bank and non-bank lenders. Other clients include Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays. Christopher Byrne has left the firm. Daniel Richards relocated to Jersey from the firm’s office in Luxembourg. Simon Felton joined from Mourant Ozannes.

Leading individuals

Katrina Edge - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Richard Daggett - Ogier

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier provides ‘an excellent level of service; there is always someone available with the appropriate level of knowledge and experience to deal with any issues’. Jonathan Hughes advised Castle Properties on a planned residential and commercial development; following refusal of planning permission by the Planning Applications Panel, senior associate Claire Smith successfully appealed the refusal, securing permission. Hughes and Julie Melia, who ‘makes clients feel confident they will achieve the right outcome’, advised Caledonia Investments on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of pub company and brewery The Liberation Group. Hughes also advised Aggregate Industries on its sale of Ronez, which operates quarries in both Channel Islands, to SigmaRoc. On the financing front, Hughes, finance specialist Katrina Edge, and managing associate Katharine Marshall advised HSBC on a security package concerning a £25m development loan to Dandara for four apartment blocks. Other mandates include high-value residential property deals.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Hughes - Ogier

Julie Melia - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Claire Smith - Ogier

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

A go-to firm on the island’, Ogier has ‘a very strong all-round practice that can be trusted to give good advice in a professional manner’. Its wide-ranging expertise covers equity capital markets, international acquisitions and deals involving onshore real estate. Simon Dinning is ‘an outstanding partner who is able to bring to bear considerable onshore and offshore experience’; he advised Sierra Rutile, a company which mines titanium ore in Sierra Leone, on its £215m takeover by Iluka Resources Limited. Raulin Amy, who advised Ministry of Sound Group on the sale of its record label to Sony Music Entertainment, is ‘outstanding; responsive, commercial, technically strong and pragmatic – onshore firms unhesitatingly recommend him to their clients’. In the capital markets space, Richard Daggett – who attracts praise for his ‘excellent combination of responsiveness and reasonableness’ – advised Biffa on the Jersey aspects of its IPO and a related financing facility; not only was this the first significant IPO after the 2016 UK referendum on European Union membership, but a number of other partners from the firm acted for the lenders behind an ethics wall. In addition, Dinning advised Golden Rock Global on the Jersey aspects of its listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Also recommended are Matthew Shaxson who, along with Amy, advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the Jersey aspects of its sale of London City Airport, and Sara Johns, who is ‘good at assessing the relevant local aspects of large international deals’. Johns advised GIC on the purchase of P3 Logistics Parks. Clients also single out managing associate Alexander Curry, who is ‘right on the spot, really responsive and has good judgement’. New client wins include the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Leading individuals

Raulin Amy - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Shaxson - Ogier

Richard Daggett - Ogier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

A very professional organisation’, Ogier covers the full range of disputes work relevant to an offshore market. Nigel Sanders represented Hard Rock International in a Jersey law governed dispute concerning alleged mis-selling of a franchise to an ownership group in the Cayman Islands. Nick Williamsconsistently provides sensible and well-balanced advice on regulatory matters’ and trusts disputes. The ‘very impressiveEdward Mackereth advises on white-collar crime matters, trustee fiduciary duty claims and professional discipline matters. Newly-promoted counsel Nicola Roberts ‘can see the bigger picture very quickly and therefore implement and act with detail’.

Leading individuals

Nigel Sanders - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Roberts - Ogier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier is ‘very accessible and available – it goes the extra mile’; ‘clients appreciate its sensible and practical approach to concluding matters’. Senior associate Daniel Read advises Zedra on immigration matters, and Jersey and Guernsey Gas on a range of employment and health and safety at work matters. Michael Little, now a counsel, has ‘immense depth of expertise and knowledge, plus commercial acumen’ – he advised the RNLI on taking over lifeguard responsibilities in Jersey, which is not covered by TUPE. Nigel Sanders is ‘experienced, approachable and professional’ – he handles work such as executive exits, tribunal litigation and complex discrimination claims. Clients include Guiton Group, which the firm advised on the employment aspects of its joint venture with Kodak to create a new newspaper printing facility on the island. The firm also acts for the Liberation Group and several well-known retailers.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Read - Ogier

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier is ‘very responsive, and provides practical advice’, ‘partnering with onshore counsel to provide a seamless service’ on a range of private equity fund launches. Niamh Lalor provides ‘a solid no-nonsense approach’ to a range of fund launches; she advised Medicxi on the establishment of Medicxi Growth I, which aims to raise €350m – the fund uses a structure with two general partners receiving advice from a UK company. She also advised Marwyn Asset Management on the launch of a closed-ended expert fund which aims to raise £500m and, with ‘super-efficient and helpful’ senior associate Alexandra O’Grady, advised M7 Real Estate on creating a €45m private placement fund to invest in real estate across Central and Eastern Europe. Richard Daggett ‘consistently performs and is always available to discuss queries’ – he advised Duke Street on the formation of Rose DS Investment, for the purpose of Duke Street V’s purchase of Medi-Globe. Matthew Shaxson handles buyout structures for well-known managers. The ‘responsive and flexibleSimon Schilder advises a number of limited partners. Other clients include Global Infrastructure Partners and Pemberton. Emily Haithwaite is a new recruit from Bedell Cristin.

Leading individuals

Niamh Lalor - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Richard Daggett - Ogier

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogierclearly has a good depth and breadth to its team – it is extremely responsive and articulate in its advice’. The firm advises a range of settlors and trustees on multibillion-dollar structures. Key figures include Sally Edwards, who is ‘technically able with a very reassuring manner’; and Steve Meiklejohn, who has ‘exceptional knowledge and experience in the private client field – he cuts through the issues very quickly and has a no-nonsense approach’. Meiklejohn’s experience includes handling a range of high-level structuring matters. Edward Mackereth is ‘an excellent and safe pair of hands to turn to when trustees or family offices need court representation’. James Campbell is a new hire from Bedell Cristin. Away from the partner level, managing associate Josephine Howe is ‘a rising star; she is technically sound, hardworking and has excellent turnaround times’. Also recommended are senior associate Sevyn Kalsi, who is ‘highly regarded in the industry’; and newly-promoted counsel Katherine Neal, who is ‘a pleasure to work with, and explains complex legal matters simply and succinctly’.

Leading individuals

James Campbell - Ogier

Sally Edwards - Ogier

Steve Meiklejohn - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Josephine Howe - Ogier

Katherine Neal - Ogier

Sevyn Kalsi - Ogier

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier is ‘immensely experienced and approachable, with extensive expertise in listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE)’. Daniel Richards, who relocated to Jersey from the firm’s Luxembourg office, acted alongside Peter Longstaffe and Chula O’Donoghue for Claire’s Accessories on the listing of £52.2m of loan notes on TISE. Bruce MacNeil is ‘very responsive, technically good and easy to deal with’ – he advised IDB Trust Services on a sukuk issuance; he also acted with O'Donoghue for an SPV owned by Polymer Additives on a €34m listing of notes on TISE for the purposes of purchasing Akcros Holdings. Katrina Edge, who heads the firm’s banking and finance practice, led a team including O’Donoghue and Matthew Gilley acting for Tarsus Group on its listing of shares in London using a cashbox structure. The firm also acts as jurisdictional counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). Christopher Byrne has left the firm. Simon Felton joined from Mourant Ozannes.

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  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
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