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Carey Olsen (Jersey)

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Tortola, St Peter Port, St Helier, Singapore, London, Grand Cayman and 1 more

Guy Coltman

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Carey Olsen (Jersey)

Work Department

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.


Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Carey Olsen is ‘very competent and thorough, with a wide range of knowledgeable specialists’. The ‘very sound and sensibleChristopher 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 passionateGuy Coltman; ‘responsive’ senior associate Will Whitehead; and Alex Ohlsson and Christa Gilbert, who show ‘experience and business acumen’.

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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 responsiveMike Jeffrey, who heads the department, ‘grasps issues quickly and provides the right level of support’. Colleague Guy Coltmanis 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.

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Legal Developments by:
Carey Olsen (Jersey)

  • 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

Legal Developments in Jersey

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  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
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    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
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