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Marcus Leese

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Banking and finance, private client and trusts.


Marcus Leese is a partner of Ogier. He specialises in investment funds, banking and finance, corporate and commercial work, private wealth and trusts. Marcus joined the Guernsey office of Ogier in 1999 and became a partner in 2005. He re-located to the Hong Kong office in 2010 to establish the Channel Islands’ in Asia practice and returned to Guernsey in 2014. Prior to joining Ogier, Marcus worked for Arthur Andersen for two years and then Russell McVeagh for seven years in Auckland, New Zealand.


Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1993); (non-practising) solicitor, England and Wales (2004); (non-practising) solicitor British Virgin Islands (2010).


Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Member of The Joint Committee on Trust Law Reform, a body representing STEP and the Hong Kong Trustees’ Association, advising the Hong Kong government on the reform of Hong Kong trust law.


Bachelor of Laws (1992) and Bachelor of Commerce (1992) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises et Normandes (2002) from the Universite de Caen, France.


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Marcus Leese - Ogier

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Within: Insurance

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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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

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.

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