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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier handles the range of finance work to be expected of a top-line Jersey firm, covering top-of-market fund finance deals, large offshore real estate deals and complex, sensitive restructurings. Katrina Edge advises leading real estate funds on large deals, while Simon Felton handles complex restructurings and some deals concerning transport finance. Bruce MacNeil handles some of the largest fund finance mandates in the market. Clients praise Julia Keppe, who was promoted to managing associate in February 2019, a year after joining from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Katrina Edge; Simon Felton

Other key lawyers:Bruce MacNeil; Julia Keppe; Kate McCaffrey

Testimonials

'What sets Ogier apart is its commitment to client service - as well as being technically on the money, its assistance in bringing deals to a conclusion is invaluable.'

'Katrina Edge and her team are well-known in finance circles in London and are on the panel of most of the banks.'

'Bruce MacNeil is a go-to lawyer in Jersey - he is very commercial, reliable and responsive.'

'Katrina Edge can be relied upon to provide clear, consise and practical advice.'

'Julia Keppe has impressive knowledge of acquisition financing transactions and restructurings: she provides clear and commercially driven advice.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Lloyds Bank International

MetLife

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Bank of Montreal

Credit Suisse

Caledonia Investments plc

Hellman & Friedman

OZ Management LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds on lending £58.5m to the purchasers of Gaspé House, reportedly Jersey's largest ever on-island commercial real estate deal.
Leading individuals

Bruce MacNeil - Ogier

Katrina Edge - Ogier

Rising stars

Julia Keppe - Ogier

Kate McCaffrey - Ogier

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier handles work for a range of issuers in the space, often acting through well-known referrers. Raulin Amy handles work for leading corporates on their Eurobond issuances. Simon Felton  has a track record of work for issuers worldwide; Bruce MacNeil also handles high-yield listings on TISE, and his practice includes some sukuk structures.

Practice head(s):Simon Felton

Other key lawyers:Raulin Amy; Bruce MacNeil

Key Clients

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

Glencore plc

Angel Trains

Workspace Group plc

Wizz Air Holdings

Randgold Resources

Credit Suisse

Intu Properties plc

Islamic Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Tullow Oil on the Jersey elements of its $800m offering of 7% senior notes due 2025, with Jersey companies acting as a guarantor.
  • Adviced Galaxy Bidco, a subsidiary of Domestic & General, on extending the maturity of existing senior secured notes via exchange offer.
  • Advised VI Mining on its admission to trading on the NEX Exchange Growth Market.
  • Advised BrightHouse Group on a consent solicitation to exchange existing notes for TISE-listed debt issued by a new vehicle and shares in the company.
  • Advised  a Jersey issuer company on issuing €350m of senior notes, and its listing on TISE.
Leading individuals

Raulin Amy - Ogier

Simon Felton - Ogier

Next Generation Partners

Bruce MacNeil - Ogier

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Large-scale commercial property acquisitions are a strong point for Ogier, with the team being retained by a number of key financial institutions to oversee their portfolios. The team also regularly handles high-value commercial and office leasing negotiations, alongside assisting the corporate department with the property aspects of local M&A transactions. The firm handles a number of mandates from the hospitality, retail, hotel and banking sectors. Julie Melia often acts for both buyers and sellers in commercial property transactions while practice head Jonathan Hughes is noted for his expertise in planning and construction of significant residential developments. Katharine Marshall is also highly praised for her expertise in transactional work and for drafting and negotiating complex joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hughes; Helen Ruelle

Other key lawyers:Julie Melia; Katharine Marshall

Testimonials

'An approachable, friendly and experienced team'

'Practical, friendly and very approachable'

'Thorough, reasonably priced and works hard on client relationships'

'Every member of the team is self-motivated, excited by new challenges and visibly passionate about their reputation'

'Jonathan Hughes is always approachable and constantly provides excellent service to his clients'

'Jonathan Hughes and Katharine Marshall have strong attention to detail and are excellent at managing complicated cases in a timely and professional manner'

'Katharine Marshall is always approachable'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank Plc

Close Finance

Ashburton

TMF Group

International Endergy Group (Jersey and Guernsey Gas)

Sandpiper CI Limited

Jersey Homes Trust

Cranham Investments Limited

Government – States of Jersey

Parish of St Helier

Whitbread Plc

Brookfield Real Estate – Brookfield Asset Management

Parish of St Martin

John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose Limited

Fuel Supplies CI Limited

Next Group Plc

Guiton Group

Gamma Aviation Limited

Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA)

Castletree Group

Mountain Warehouse Limited

ABN Amro

 

Morvan Hotels

Shawbrook

Albert Bartlett Group

First Names Group

Ferris Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Klesch Property Limited on the acquisition of the first building to be sold at the Jersey International Finance Centre for £43.7m.
  • Handled numerous security transactions for Lloyds including a £58.5m refinancing of Gaspé House and a £21.5m loan in relation to 27 Esplanade, St Helier.
  • Handled significant real estate security transactions for HSBC including the £6m refinancing of the Randalls pub chain portfolio and a secured loan for £6.9m for a commercial real estate share acquisition in St Helier.
  • Represented Whitbread Group in its first lease of a Premier Inn in the Channel Islands.
  • Instructed by Sandpiper Group in the purchase of a 58,000 sq ft shopping centre from global asset management firm Oaktree.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Hughes - Ogier

Julie Melia - Ogier

Rising stars

Katharine Marshall - Ogier

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

At Ogier, 'effective, energetic and intelligent' practice head Simon Dinning and Jersey office head Raulin Amy handle the Jersey elements of agenda-setting M&A deals and restructurings. Richard Daggett's transactions include private equity deals and deals concerning iconic real estate. Matthew Shaxson has expertise in financial services industry deals. Clients recommend 'knowledgeable and responsive' managing associate Alexander Curry. The firm has BVI law capability in Jersey, with Simon Schilder, the firm's head of BVI law in Europe, based in St. Helier; Dinning is also BVI qualified.

Practice head(s):Simon Dinning

Other key lawyers:Raulin Amy; Richard Daggett; Matthew Shaxson; Alexander Curry; Simon Schilder

Testimonials

'Ogier has a stellar corporate practice providing specialist legal advice across various offshore jurisdictions and across various different sectors and workstreams. This cohesive team works well together providing clients with the answers they need to get a deal done efficiently and in line with the timetable.'

'Ogier has a team of professionals that demonstrate skills and ability in the specific subject matters. The expertise that clients have access to in the different areas of the law and jurisdictions makes the firm stand out from its peers.'

'Highly responsive and well informed on Jersey regulatory practices, the team provides a first-class service in support of corporate transactions.'

'Simon Dinning is definitely a lawyer you want on your side of the table: he is effective, energetic and intelligent while maintaining a good sense of humour throughout difficult negotiations.

'Richard Daggett is an exemplary partner and is supported by an industry leading team. He exercises sound judgement on complicated points of law and is able to provide workable solutions.'

'Matthew Shaxson stands out for his responsiveness and pragmatism.'

'Alexander Curry is knowledgeable, responsive and personable: he is always happy to assist clients with ad hoc queries.'

'Raulin Amy leads his teams well and provides practical advice on local matters with an eye to what is driving the bigger picture.'

Key Clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical

EN+ Group plc

Biffa plc

Brighthouse Group

Boohoo.com

Equiom

Gazprombank

Glencore plc

OMERS Private Equity

Tullow Oil plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Takeda on its £46bn purchase of Shire plc, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company, structured as a Jersey scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Randgold Resources on its merger with Barrick Gold.
  • Advised EN+ Group on restructuring the company to order to secure the company's removal from the OFAC sanctions list by removing Oleg Deripaska's voting rights.
  • Advised UBM plc on its £3.9bn sale to Informa plc.
  • Advised two Malaysian institutional investors on purchasing a site including the Battersea Power Station for £1.6bn.
Leading individuals

Raulin Amy - Ogier

Simon Dinning - Ogier

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Shaxson - Ogier

Richard Daggett - Ogier

Rising stars

Alexander Curry - Ogier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier’s dispute resolution team, led by Nick Williams , covers a range of high-value work. On top of its relationship with the corporate team handling court-sanctioned schemes of arrangement takeovers, fully contentious work includes trust litigation (including breach of duty matters), civil fraud claims, professional negligence claims and intellectual property litigation. the practice retains a strong client portfolio of institutional clients in the financial services, trust and insolvency fields. The firm also saw the addition of counsel Damian Evans from WALKERS who, alongside Edward Mackereth and Oliver Passmore, brings substantial expertise in trusts law as well as experience in TIEAs applications. In September 2019, the firm also added Nic Journeaux, previously of the London office of Carey Olsen. Nigel Sanders moved in the opposite direction to Evans.

Practice head(s):Nick Williams

Other key lawyers:Edward Mackereth; Oliver Passmore; James Angus; Damian Evans

Testimonials

'An excellent set of lawyers'

'The team is approachable, knowledgeable and responsive'

'The team has vast experience in high-quality, multi-jurisdictional trust and commercial litigation'

'Knowledgeable and responsive'

'Edward Mackereth is a very astute litigator with a good sense for the right answer to a problem'

'Nick Williams is unflappable and a calm advocate'

'Edward Mackereth, Nick Williams and James Angus are measured, capable individuals who are approachable and empathetic'

Key Clients

BDO

Rawlinson & Hunter

Randgold Resources

Shire

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

Moore Stephens

IQ-EQ

EFG Trustees

TMF Group

Praxis IFM

Lutea Trustees

Trident Trust

Azure Trust

Accuro

Canaccord Wealth Genuity

The Viscount of Jersey

Parish Of St. Helier

Intermediate Capital Group

Boots Properties

United Company Rusal

G4S

Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited

Intertrust Fiduciary Services (Jersey) Limited

Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Highvern Trustees

Stonehage Fleming

Work highlights

  • Represented Takeda Pharmaceuticals in its £46bn acquisition of Shire by scheme of arrangement.
  • Successfully represented Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) in an application seeking to set aside both the settlement and termination of two family trusts on grounds of tax consequences.
Leading individuals

Edward Mackereth - Ogier

Next Generation Partners

Damian Evans - Ogier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier’s team can act on either side of employment disputes, representing claimants and respondents in tribunal claims concerning constructive and unfair dismissals and breach of contract disputes. The team receives instructions from both local employers and financial services institutions to advise on M&A transactions, data protection and employee benefit schemes. Practice head Helen Ruelle also has expertise in control of housing and work law, including work permit advice and appeals. Will Austin-Vautier is routinely praised by clients for his employment law expertise in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Helen Ruelle; Jonathan Hughes

Other key lawyers:Will Austin-Vautier

Testimonials

'Approachable, friendly, professional and accessible'

'Delivers an impressive service'

'Will Austin-Vautier is an incredibly helpful lawyer with significant experience. He goes the extra mile for clients'

'Helen Ruelle is extremely knowledgeable and her advice is practical, commercial and timely'

'Will Austin-Vautier is really making his mark within the team and industry'

'Helen Ruelle is vastly experienced and approachable, responsive and pragmatic'

Leading individuals

Helen Ruelle - Ogier

Rising stars

Will Austin-Vautier - Ogier

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier advises on matters concerning both traditional private equity funds, as well as open-ended vehicles. Niamh Lalor handles billion-dollar fundraises as well as other matters, including litigation funds. Emily Haithwaite has expertise in Jersey Expert Funds. Sophie Reguengo is an August 2019 partner promotion and Joanna Christensen a well-regarded senior associate.

Practice head(s):Niamh Lalor; Emily Haithwaite

Other key lawyers:Joanna Christensen; Sophie Reguengo

Testimonials

'The Ogier Jersey team has strength in depth and is able to effectively advise across a wide range of fund products. They are proactive and easy to work with.'

'Ogier is a well-established Jersey law firm, with international reach - clients find the team to be very pragmatic, customer focused and responsive.'

'Ogier is as plugged-in with the regulator as any outside counsel could be.'

'Niamh Lalor has vast experience and knowledge in the investment fund  arena and can advise on an array of various subjects - she takes a pragmatic approach, and is able to formulate appropriate solutions.'

'Joanna Christensen takes a pragmatic approach to any work, has a sound depth of knowledge and is always client-focused and responsive to requirements.'

Key Clients

AEW Capital Management LP

Cevian

Global Infrastructure Partners

IK Partners

Index Ventures

Intermediate Capital Group PLC

Medicxi

Pacific Equity Partners

Pemberton Asset Management

Schroder Adveq Management AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Index Ventures on the creation of Index Ventures Growth IV, a $1bn Jersey Expert Fund.
  • Advised Schroder Adveq Management on the registration of a Scottish Limited Partnership as a Jersey Private Fund.
  • Advised Therium Group Holdings on its creation of a £300m litigation fund.
  • Advised Brickblock on the incorporation of a closed-ended company to invest in UK real estate, with beneficial ownership of a portion of the shares represented on a blockchain ledger.
Leading individuals

Niamh Lalor - Ogier

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

Ogier

Ogier provides its healthy client list of local and international trust companies with advice on the structuring and administration of both commercial and private structures. Key professionals Sally Edwards and James Campbell advise private clients on significant relocation exercises among other areas of wealth and estate planning, with close relationships to extremely wealthy Middle Eastern clients. Josephine Howe is a go-to name for establishing family offices and the team also provides pensions and employee benefits expertise through Katherine Neal.

Practice head(s):James Campbell

Other key lawyers:Sally Edwards; Josephine Howe; Katherine Neal

Leading individuals

James Campbell - Ogier

Sally Edwards - Ogier

Next Generation Partners

Josephine Howe - Ogier

Katherine Neal - Ogier

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Legal Developments by:
Ogier

  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
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  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • New Cayman Data Protection Law ‚Äď A guide for Cayman funds

    The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 ( DP Law ) is currently scheduled to come into effect on 30 September 2019.  Once commenced, it will enact a framework of rights and duties to regulate the processing of individuals' personal data broadly based on the same internationally recognised privacy principles that form the basis for other data protection laws globally.  The DP Law will regulate the processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands and will affect any entity established in the Cayman Islands, including investment funds, that processes personal data regardless of whether such processing takes place within the Cayman Islands and regardless of whether the personal data relates to Cayman individuals.  For our full briefing see Cayman Islands Data Protection Law: An Ogier Client Guide .
  • Exempt bodies: Substance regulations may still apply

    The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation) Regulations, 2018 as amended (the Substance Regulations ) came into force on 1 January 2019 and have recently been further updated by The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation)(Amendment) Regulations, 2019 (the Amendment Regulations ), with effect from 1 August 2019.¬† The Amendment Regulations have extended the scope of the Substance Regulations to include all tax exempt bodies that have been granted an exemption under paragraphs (3) and (5) of Schedule 1 of the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1989 (as amended) (the Exempt Bodies Ordinance ).¬† In addition, the Amendment Regulations clarify the scope of the Substance Regulations in relation to IP Assets and High Risk IP Companies ‚Äď the balance of this note focuses on the change in status of tax exempt bodies.¬†
  • Cayman Islands wills law heralds a more flexible approach

    The rules recognising the legal formality of wills in the Cayman Islands are prescriptive, requiring the will to be executed in writing, signed at the foot of the document by the testator and witnessed by two witnesses who formally attest the will in writing in the presence of the testator.
  • Luxembourg Government submits bill to Parliament implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2

    On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law ) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ( ATAD 2 or the Directive ) into Luxembourg domestic law.
  • Ogier fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from US time zone with return of Catharin

    Ogier's fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from a US time zone with the return of fund finance specialist Catharina von Finckenhagen to the Cayman Islands as a dual-qualified Luxembourg advocate and Cayman attorney.
  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • Register of beneficial owners deadline approaching ‚Äď are you ready?

    As of 1 March 2019, the Luxembourg law of 13 January 2019 (the Law ) creating a register of beneficial owners ( Registre des bénéficiaires effectifs or " RBE ") is in force.
  • Jersey substance proposals ‚Äď the Banking and Finance perspective

    EU finance ministers have formally approved Jersey's economic substance legislation by removing the jurisdiction from the "grey list" on 12 March 2019 and the Privy Council granted formal approval to the Taxation (Companies - Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019 (the Law) on 13 March 2019. The Law takes effect from 1 January 2019.
  • Ogier advises on $889 million acquisition of AIM traded payment services company by way of scheme of

    Ogier has advised Canadian payments technology company Nuvei Corporation on the US$889 million acquisition of AIM traded SafeCharge International Group Limited by means of a Court-sanctioned Guernsey scheme of arrangement.