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Corporate and commercial; M&A; finance.
Guy has worked on a number of high-profile transactions during his career in respect of UK and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. He has a particular focus at Carey Olsen on corporate finance (particularly AIM and main-market listings of Jersey companies), mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, structured investments, joint-venture vehicles and general corporate advice. He has acted on a number of financing transactions involving Jersey property unit trusts and general banking work. In terms of mergers and acquisitions, his work includes advising Capita Fiduciary Group Ltd on its purchase of AIB’s Jersey business on a full cash, debt free basis; advising Terra Firma on its acquisition of leading independent health and social care provider in the UK, Four Seasons Health Care; and advising Europe’s largest bicycle manufacturer Accell Group NV on the Jersey legal aspects of its US$100m acquisition of Raleigh Cycle Ltd. He was the only Jersey lawyer to be recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Mergers and Acquisitions 2014. He has also recently acted for a number of high profile Jersey acquisitions by way of schemes of arrangement, including advising CPA Global Group on its acquisition by Cinven in a deal valued in the region of £950m and Colfax UK Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of Charter International plc in a deal that is believed to be the largest transaction of its kind in Jersey with an estimated value of $2.426bn in cash and stock (approx £1.528bn). IPO work has included the first listing of PRC assets held by a Jersey company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (West China Cement). Guy also regularly acts for Nordic Capital in respect of acquisitions, financing and fund structuring. Guy also recently completed the complex acquisition by way of scheme of arrangement in Jersey to date when he acted for FRM Holdings on its acquisitions by MAN Group.
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Formerly worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP and latterly with another law firm in Jersey. Joined Carey Olsen 2006; partner 2009.
McGill University, Montreal; Cambridge University.
Within: Commercial property
Carey Olsen is ‘very competent and thorough, with a wide range of knowledgeable specialists’. The ‘very sound and sensible’ Christopher Philpott led the practice’s advice to the incorporation team and shadow board of Ports of Jersey regarding the proposed incorporation of the Ports and Airport of Jersey. Another major client is Hand Picked Hotels, which the firm advised on its acquisition of the Grand Hotel and Spa. Other key lawyers include the ‘thorough and passionate’ Guy Coltman; ‘responsive’ senior associate Will Whitehead; and Alex Ohlsson and Christa Gilbert, who show ‘experience and business acumen’.
Corporate and commercial
Within: Leading individuals
Guy Coltman - Carey Olsen
Within: Corporate and commercial
The ‘very strong’ team at Carey Olsen is valued for its ‘depth of expertise and the high quality of client service it provides’. The ‘always responsive’ Mike Jeffrey, who heads the department, ‘grasps issues quickly and provides the right level of support’. Colleague Guy Coltman ‘is extremely strong technically and gives great advice’, and Alex Ohlsson has ‘first-rate experience and very impressive knowledge’. Nicholas Crocker is now a full-time consultant. Highlights include advising healthcare company Quotient on its US IPO; acting for XLMedia on its migration to Jersey and subsequent AIM listing; and advising First Names Group on its acquisition of the Seymour Trust Company.