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Carey Olsen (Guernsey)

PO BOX 98, CAREY HOUSE, LES BANQUES, ST PETER PORT, GY1 4BZ, GUERNSEY
Tel:
Work 01481 727272
Fax:
Fax 01481 711052
Email:
Web:
www.careyolsen.com
Cape Town, Grand Cayman, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, St Helier and 2 more

Ben Morgan

Tel:
Work 01481 741557
Email:
Carey Olsen

Work Department

Corporate; finance; investment funds.

Position

Ben is a partner in the corporate and finance group and has significant experience in investment funds and corporate law gained from practising with Norton Rose and Carey Olsen. Ben advises on the formation of all types of alternative investment funds including hedge funds, property funds and private equity funds as well as banking and finance transactions. He acts for a large number of the well-known private equity fund managers and is recognised as one of the most prominent investment funds lawyers in the Channel Islands. Ben was listed in the ‘International Who’s Who Legal of Private Funds Lawyers’ in 2014. Ben is also a member of Carey Olsen LLP, which is the firm’s London office.

Career

Qualified as English Solicitor 1992; Norton Rose, the City of London; joined Carey Olsen 1999; advocate 2003; partner 2003.

Languages

French.

Member

Law Society.

Education

Elizabeth College, Guernsey; Lancaster University (LLB); College of Law, Chester (Law Society Finals).


Guernsey

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Carey Olsen (Guernsey)’s banking and finance practice, which has particular strength in investment fund finance, is ‘responsive and supportive, giving sound advice and guidance across a strong multi-jurisdictional team’. Tom Carey and senior associate Andrew Lister advised Goldman Sachs on a bond issuance to finance Global University Systems’ acquisition of Arden University, which necessitated a taking of security over shares of a Guernsey company. Carey and senior associate Oliver Quarmby also advised Permira Advisers and Permira Debt Managers on various bridge facilities for its funds, including a €7.25m facility for buyout fund Permira VI and a €768m facility for Permira Credit Solutions III. Other names of note include Andrew Boyce, David Crosland, Christopher Anderson, newly-elected partner Annette Alexander, and Ben Morgan, who now heads the Guernsey corporate practice following Graham Hall’s move to a consultant role. The firm also acts for Barclays and Raven Russia.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Carey Olsen (Guernsey) is ‘very knowledgeable in the area – onshore firms enjoy working with it’. The firm handles a range of matters including onshore real estate acquisitions, private equity purchases and stock market listings of Guernsey companies. The ‘responsive and reliable’ Tony Lane gives ‘sound, practical advice’ – in the real estate space, he advised Clarion Housing Group on the sale of its German rental business to Heitman European Residential Investment Partners. Christopher Anderson and senior associate James Stockwell handle significant acquisitions for private equity firma, while Tom Carey (who has ‘a sharp mind with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of corporate law’) and senior associate Oliver Quarmby acts for Permira Advisers. Carey also advised Greybull Capital on its £165m investment into Monarch Airlines. Newly-promoted partner Annette Alexander and Morgan advised VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund on its migration from the Cayman Islands to Guernsey and transferring its listing from AIM to the London Stock Exchange’s main market. At a local level, Lane advised a consortium of buyers on the purchase of Sandpiper CI, which owns and operates a number of leading retailers in the Channel Islands. The ‘calmly pragmatic and commercialDavid Crosland and Andrew Boyce also lead nine-figure deals. The firm recruited four new senior associates in 2016, including Matthew Brehaut, previously of Royal Bank of Scotland’s in-house team, who is ‘creative and determined to get deals done’. Ben Morgan heads the practice after Graham Hall transitioned from the partnership to a consultancy role.

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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Ben Morgan - Carey Olsen (Guernsey)

Within: Investment funds

A cut above the competition’ for many, Carey Olsen (Guernsey) is ‘technically strong, very responsive and proactive, and invariably a pleasure to work with’. The firm handles a range of private equity fund formations, covering asset classes including buyouts, direct lending, structured credit and real estate. Ben Morgan, who now leads the team, is ‘first rate – smart, practical and very experienced’; he and ‘very thorough’ new partner Annette Alexander advised AnaCap Financial Partners on the launch of its third fund, which raised €850m to invest in European financial services companies. Also in the buyout space, Tom Carey (who ‘stands out for his ability to identify the key elements of the most complex situation and to present practical solutions’) advised Permira Partners on the closing of its sixth buyout fund, which raised €7.25bn, and on a €275m structured credit fund. Andrew Boyce advised Park Square Capital Partners on the launch of a €1.2bn subordinated debt fund. Other key figures include Christopher Anderson, who has ‘great client-relationship skills and leads by example’, and David Crosland, who advised Macquarie on the launch of its €4bn European infrastructure fund, the fifth such fund launched by the client. In the listed funds space, Morgan and Alexander advised Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Also recommended is associate James Cooke, who is ‘super-reactive and will do his utmost to get the job done’. Graham Hall has become a consultant.

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Legal Developments by:
Carey Olsen

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    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.
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