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Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier’s ‘skilled, experienced and professional’ team is ‘a cut above the competition’, according to one client. The ‘extremely responsive and proactiveChristopher Jones ‘gives practical advice and support throughout transactions’ and recently assisted a group of major banks with the issue and sale of senior secured floating rate notes in connection with the acquisition by the issuer of a fund and its corporate guarantor. Also notable are managing associate Paul Chanter and head of banking Marcus Leese, who advised Barclays as agent on the debut issue of £500m in senior unsecured notes and the new £350m unsecured revolving credit facility of Tritax Big Box REIT's UK real estate portfolio, and represented a holding company in its negotiations with banks and high-yield bond creditors with regard to its potential debt restructuring. Senior associate Lhiam Croft recently joined the firm from Dentons’ Sydney office.

Leading individuals

Marcus Leese - Ogier

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier’s commercial property team is headed in Guernsey by Martyn Baudains and includes several of the firm’s corporate, banking and finance, and private client partners. In recent highlights, Deloitte appointed the group to oversee the property aspects of the liquidation of Long Port Properties, and Baudains led the advice to Havers Investment with regard to its purchase of a multi-tenanted office block in St Peter Port. Significant leasing work includes negotiating lease terms with a new retailer on behalf of an individual, and senior associate Piers Dereham was part of the team which assisted a household name bank with the re-vesting of its leasehold property and bonds as part of its large-scale restructuring in light of new ring-fencing obligations. Also notable is senior associate Claire Smith, who specialises in handling planning and construction issues for local clients.

Leading individuals

Martyn Baudains - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Piers Dereham - Ogier

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

The ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ lawyers at Ogier are ‘always keen to answer a variety of challenging questions to which they are always able to offer a practical solution’. Known by clients to be ‘absolutely top quality’, the corporate offering is led by Bryon Rees, who has ‘all anyone could need in a lawyer – an excellent brain and a strong understanding of his client’s business’. Christopher Jones acted for Tristan Capital in its acquisition of a stake in a £439m joint venture project, and the ‘friendly, on-hand, timely and efficientCraig Cordle oversaw the liquidation of a Guernsey company and its associated entities. Clients also recommend ‘excellent’ senior associate Michelle Watson Bunn and managing associate Andrew Munro. The department was recently strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Oliver Quarmby from Carey Olsen and senior associate Michael Richards from Appleby.

Leading individuals

Bryon Rees - Ogier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Known as 'one of the strongest teams in Guernsey', Ogier's dispute resolution offering is led by the 'extremely well-regarded' Mathew Newman and Simon Davies. In recent highlights, Davies successfully defended the Carlyle entity in the landmark 'Carlyle case', and highly recommended managing associate Sam Dingle assisted Newman with advising the joint liquidators of the Marlborough Trust Company. Clients also engaged the group - supported by senior associates Emma Hill and Sanie Lyne - to oversee regulatory investigations, anti-money laundering suits and trust disputes. The team continued on its growth trajectory with the addition of employment law specialist and counsel Rachel Richardson from Carey Olsen.

Leading individuals

Mathew Newman - Ogier

Simon Davies - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Sam Dingle - Ogier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier ‘has a strong and well-warranted reputation for employment work’. The dedicated pan-Channel Islands team advises on employment issues arising from corporate transactions, data protection, immigration, regulatory obligations and executive exits, among others. Mathew Newman continues to provide advice to start-ups with regard to documentation, and recently represented a number of high-ranking executives in the negotiation of severance agreements and restrictive covenant and obligation issues. On the contentious front, Simon Davies defended a retail chain in the Tribunal in an unfair dismissal claim, and acted for two senior employees and prospective shareholders in disciplinary proceedings filed against them. The Guernsey team is headed by the London-based Rachel Richardson, who recently joined the firm from Carey Olsen. Some notable clients include HSBC, Monsoon and G4S.

Next generation lawyers

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier provides ‘high-quality assistance from all perspectives’ and clients strongly recommend the ‘positive, practical and always availableBryon Rees, who ‘can always explain complicated issues in a clear and concise manner’. Prudential appointed the firm to advise on all Guernsey law aspects of a £1.7bn longevity risk transfer by the pension fund of Marsh & McLennan, and Christopher Jones acted for an engineering services provider in the migration and amalgamation of its insurance captives as part of a restructuring project. On the corporate side, the team handled the acquisition of an insurance risk management platform on behalf of a venture capital and private equity firm, and Marcus Leese oversaw the sale of a regulated insurance group by way of a share buy-back. Litigation head Simon Davies and his regulatory counsel are also notable.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier fields ‘an excellent young team of knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers’ and one client describes the ‘market-leading’ offering as ‘very commercial, client-friendly’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’. Craig Cordle ‘has a wealth of expertise and great intellectual capacity’; he led the advice to Sherborne Investors on the establishment of a new £700m fund listed on the specialist fund segment of the main market on the LSE. Associate Charlotte Brown assisted the ‘extremely responsive and very commercialBryon Rees with the creation of new high-value structures, and managing associate Andrew Munro is currently providing regulatory advice to Tetragon with regard to its $1.4bn Guernsey-authorised fund, including its ‘modified Dutch auction’ tender offer. The group was recently strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Oliver Quarmby from Carey Olsen and senior associate Michael Richards from Appleby.

Leading individuals

Bryon Rees - Ogier

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

The recent arrival at Ogier of Gavin Ferguson and his team from Appleby 'reflects the overall recent increase in the focus and presence of the firm in the private client area'. The 'approachable, friendly and helpful' team recently replaced the 36 protector committees of trusts governed by seven separate trust companies with four private Guernsey protector companies. Senior associate Alice Bricogne plays a crucial supportive role within the department and recently collaborated with Ferguson to create a bespoke private trust foundation structure for an ultra-high-net-worth individual. Also notable are Marcus Leese and dispute resolution head Mathew Newman, who recently acted on behalf of members of an African family in the removal of trustees who alleged that their close relationship with one of the beneficiaries created a conflict of interest.

Leading individuals

Gavin Ferguson - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Alice Bricogne - Ogier

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Legal Developments in Guernsey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012)

    A trustee's duty of confidentiality has recently been discussed and to some extent clarified in the recent Guernsey Court of Appeal decision of In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012). This summary has been prepared to provide you with a summary of the case as well as the general issues raised, but is not intended to cover all matters or to provide commentary.   This summary does not constitute legal advice.
  • The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey

    Introduction 
  • Guernsey Image Rights Legislation

    The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 (the Ordinance) and The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2012
  • Guernsey Foundations

    The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (Law) is awaiting Royal assent, expected to be given by the end of the year or early next year. Whilst Guernsey is not the first jurisdiction to provide for foundations, the Law does provide a number of unique options for individuals wishing to take advantage of the benefits provided by foundations. The purpose of this note is to provide both a general summary of the features of a Guernsey foundation, as well as a summary of these unique options that will be available under the Law.
  • Competitive Guernsey

    Guernsey has been considering the introduction of local competition law since at least 2005 and by bringing into effect The Competition (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012 on 1 August 2012, has introduced an effective Competition Law regime, to regulate the same 3 core areas recognized in most competition regimes, namely the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

    • New Competition Law for Guernsey in force on 1 August 2012 • Jersey and Guernsey now both regulate the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions • Key differences between the islands' competition laws • Overall, a pan-Channel Island approach to regulation
  • Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) Rule Change Update

    Ogier Corporate Finance Limited (OCFL) is the market leader in providing listing agent services for the listing of securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX or the Exchange) having sponsored over 445 listings.
  • Channel Island Stock Exchange, LBG - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG (the Exchange or CISX) commenced operations on 27 October 1998 and is intended to provide recognised facilities for the listing and trading of securities issued by companies and investment funds.
  • Investment funds in Guernsey

    The investment funds industry in Guernsey has achieved significant growth in recent years. Statistics show that as at 30 June 2011 there was £274.5 billion of assets under management in Guernsey.
  • Guernsey Companies Law - Office of the Registrar of Companies

    This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of our clients in connection with the provisions relevant to the Office of the Registrar of Companies under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the “Companies Law”).