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Carey Olsen

47 ESPLANADE, ST HELIER, JE1 0BD, JERSEY
Tel:
Work 01534 888900
Fax:
Fax 01534 887744
Email:
Web:
www.careyolsen.com

Christopher Griffin

Tel:
Work +44 (0)1534 822256
Email:
Carey Olsen

Work Department

Corporate, Investment Funds

Position

Christopher has broad experience of both general international corporate and funds work with particular expertise in private equity and hedge funds, having spent ten years in the City at Ashurst, RAB Capital plc and most recently at SJ Berwin.

Christopher spearheads Carey Olsen's crypto practice, advising on the launch in 2017 of Coinshares Fund I (a venture cap fund investing in crypto assets) and ARC Reserve Currency, Jersey's first initial coin offering or "ICO". Christopher also advises on all aspects of fund and corporate transactions, including the legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches, and joint ventures. He also has considerable experience in dealing with the Jersey Financial Services Commission in navigating investment vehicles through the Jersey regulatory approval process.

While at Ashurst and SJ Berwin, he acted for several hedge funds, private equity and venture capital houses in relation to their fund launches, carried interest arrangements and ongoing corporate governance issues, including fund restructurings. During his time at RAB, Christopher set up several funds and advised in relation to the establishment of numerous managed accounts, including several bespoke performance fee mechanisms. More recently, Christopher has advised both managers and investors on the legal aspects of fund restructurings.

Career

Christopher joined Ashurst as a trainee in 2001 and qualified into the firm's corporate department in March 2003. During his time at Ashurst, Christopher was seconded to Invesco Asset Management to bolster their legal function. On his return, Christopher moved into Ashurst's funds team where he spent two years. In January 2007, Christopher joined the AIM-listed hedge fund manager RAB Capital plc as in-house counsel and then moved to SJ Berwin's market leading funds practice in September 2008. He joined the Carey Olsen partnership in January 2018.

Education

The University of Bristol and The College of Law (Guildford).


Jersey

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Typically instructed on the bank side, Carey Olsen  represents a  large roster of bulge-bracket banks from the UK, US, Europe and beyond. Robin Smith's work includes billion-Euro fund financing transactions, as does that of Kate Andrews (who also handles real estate finance and distressed lending). Peter German also handles financing of UK real estate. Simon Marks focuses on financing elements of heavyweight local deals, while Christopher Griffin has cryptocurrency expertise.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

At Carey Olsen, Simon Marks and Kate Andrews  - 'two of the best practitioners in Jersey' - handle high-yield and other debt capital markets transactions, as well as securitisation matters - some of which involve acting for heavyweight private equity houses. Guy Coltman handles the Jersey elements of London IPOs, while Christopher Griffin has blockchain expertise, including ICOs.

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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Griffin - Carey Olsen

Within: Investment funds

Carey Olsen advises top-drawer asset managers on private listed and hedge funds, including the global zenith of the market, having advised the flagship for Jersey's private equity industry in the shape of the SoftBank Vision Fund. James Mulholland and Robert Milner, who have expertise in working with REITs and blind-pool private funds, head the team, with the 'technically astute' Daniel O’Connor also having relationships with key European managers investing in various asset classes. Christopher Griffin also has hedge and private equity fund expertise. Claire Le Quesne is a well-regarded counsel.

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