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Carey Olsen

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Tortola, St Peter Port, St Helier, London, Grand Cayman, Cape Town

Mike Jeffrey

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Carey Olsen

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Corporate and commercial; M


Mike specialises in public and private M&A, IPOs and general corporate and commercial law and is recognised as a leading practitioner in this area. Recent experience includes advising Henderson, Wolseley, Cape and Polymetal on their introduction of new Jersey holding companies the shares of which are listed on the main board of the LSE; Henderson on its acquisition of New Star Asset Management, including private placement of shares; Sandpiper on its code governed public takeover of CI Traders (the largest private employer in the Channel Islands); Sandpiper on its disposal of its CI pub business to LGV; State Street on its acquisition of MIFA (financial services group, HQ in Jersey); Jersey Trust Company in relation to their acquisition of Caversham; JTC on the investment by private equity firm CBPE; Sandpiper on the sale of its CI supermarket business to Waitrose; Cinven on its acquisition of parts of Aegon; Close Brothers Offshore Group on its disposal to Kleinwort Benson; Newcorp on its acquisition of Ansbacher’s Jersey trust business; Henderson on its acquisition of Gartmore; Trustcorp on the sale of its trust business to Hawksford; ET China (AIM listed) on its proposed takeover by scheme of arrangement by Kuoni; Breedon Aggregates (AIM listed) on its reverse acquisition of Breedon Holdings; Masawara and WanDisco on their IPOs on AIM. Mike was previously with the London office of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the lead associate on a number of high-profile corporate transactions. Mike is able to offer clients exceptional transactional experience and an understanding of and commitment to City service levels.


Mike is qualified in England, Scotland, Hong Kong and Jersey; he joined Carey Olsen in 2004; advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and partner Carey Olsen 2006. Mike is also a member of Carey Olsen LLP which is the firm’s London office.

Practice Areas

Corporate and commercial; Corporate finance; M&A

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Legal Developments by:
Carey Olsen

  • Guernsey and Jersey issue draft Guidance Notes for FATCA-based reporting

    On 31 January 2014 the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey and Jersey jointly issued draft Guidance Notes (in conjunction with the Isle of Man) on the implementation of obligations arising under the  intergovernmental agreements ("IGAs") signed by each island with the UK in October 2013 and  with the US in December 2013. The draft Guidance Notes, as currently published, are substantially the same for each island, subject to certain island-specific differences. The current draft is to be to be regarded as a work in progress and the views of local industry in each island are being sought.
    - Carey Olsen

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