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Collas Crill

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Grand Cayman, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola


Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Financing of UK real estate projects and acquisitions sits at the core of Collas Crill's finance offering in Jersey. Among other work, Mike Williams, who is qualified in the BVI, handles a range of complex deals, including those involving murabaha structures and other Islamic finance products. Matthew Gilley joined at partner level from Ogier, where he was a managing associate; Ian Montgomery is now in the firm's Tortola office.

Practice head(s):Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:Mike Williams; Matthew Gilley

Key Clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Bank

Bank of London & The Middle East

Bank Julius Baer

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

Credit Agricole



State Street Corporation

Qatari Investment Bank

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised HCT Group, a social enterprise, on borrowing £17.8m to turn existing bus operations into social enterprises.
  • Advised ADIB (UK) Limited on a £26m master commodity murabaha lent to a Jersey company to fund the acquisition and development of a Travelodge hotel at London Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised two companies on a $30m loan from Deutsche Bank's Swiss branch to develop a seven-story building in Manhattan.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on a £54m loan to TCWW properties to develop a 700-unit 'co-living space' in Baltimore Wharf.
  • Advised ING on a JPY2.2bn and $55m refinancing of Inchcape Shipping Services World Limited.

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Collas Crill

Collas Crill handles the full range of commercial property mandates, including high-value lease deals, complex mixed-use development projects, property acquisitions and other significant transactions. The diverse client list includes domestic retailers and developers, as well as international banks and other financial institutions. Practice head Martin Le Boutillier cites further expertise in the field of real estate finance while Pamela Doherty routinely receives client praise for her work across the full spectrum of issues.

Practice head(s):Martin Le Boutillier

Other key lawyers:Pamela Doherty; Paul Harben


'A very strong commercial property team that understands the market'

'Pamela Doherty works relentlessly on behalf of the client to get the job done, particularly under some very tight timescales'

'Paul Harben has excellent knowledge and experience of Jersey commercial property transactions'

'Martin Le Boutillier is personable, flexible and knowledgeable both in the fields of residential and commercial property'

Key Clients

Andium Homes


Le Masurier

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Sanne Fiduciary Services


PBS Workspace

Jersey Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dandara, the largest developer in Jersey,  on a number of sale and pre-sale agreements in its property portfolio.
  • Advising Sanne Fiduciary Services on its relocation to the International Finance Centre.
  • Advised Rothschild on a £7.5m loan secured over HSBC House, Jersey.
  • Advising Alter Domus on its relocation to larger premises.
Leading individuals

Martin Le Boutillier - Collas Crill

Next Generation Partners

Pamela Doherty - Collas Crill

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Collas Crill handles a range of work in the corporate and commercial space, with Dilmun Leach and BVI-qualified practice head Mike Williams having expertise in cross-border M&A and real estate. The aforementioned group partners have been joined by the locally qualified Matthew Gilley, who joined from Ogier where he was a managing associate, bringing with him a track record of onshore real estate deals. Below partner level, Fiona Wilson is a key counsel. Ian Montgomery is now in the firm's Tortola office.

Practice head(s):Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:Dilmun Leach; Matthew Gilley; Fiona Wilson

Key Clients

BigDish PLC

Condor Ferries Limited

Credit Suisse AG

Ernst & Young

Highvern Trustees

Liberation Group

Mansell Collection

Petrotiger Ltd

Ravenscroft Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Bilbrook Limited on its purchase of Jersey Lavender, involving the acquisition of a number of Jersey SPVs and a corporate restructuring.
  • Advised Kier Limited on its sale of KSHA to EDI Works for £24m.
  • Advised JTC on its corporate purchase of the Minerva Group, acting as lead counsel.
  • Advised HFD3 Glasgow Limited on its purchase of 100 Bothwell Street in Glasgow.
  • Advised a Riverside Capital structure on the sale of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's ground.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill has a full-service team with a solid roster of advocates offering leading expertise in their respective fields. Damian James leads on contentious trust matters for a client roster of local trust companies, banks and private clients. Nuno Santos-Costa, also handles, among other matters, property litigation and construction disputes - he also serves as a crown advocate, prosecuting serious criminal cases. The team also regularly acts on corporate litigation and complex, multi-jurisdictional family disputes. Danny Le Maistre is now at Ingram Advocates.

Practice head(s):Nuno Santos-Costa; Damian James

Key Clients

Beresford Services Limited

Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited

Estera Trust (Isle of Man) Limited

Equiom (Jersey) Limited

Grant Thornton Limited


Vistra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited


Edwin Coe LLP

Farrer & Co


Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Mishcon de Reya

Pinsent Masons

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Vinson & Elkins

Zurich Insurance Company

Natwest Isle of Man

Andium Homes Limited

Dandara Jersey Limited

The Liberation Group Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc


Law Officers' Department

Work highlights

  • Successfully halved Appleby Trust's liability to pay equitable compensation in the high-profile Crociani litigation.
  • Acting for Robert Tchenguiz and two corporate trustees in connection with an ongoing, multi-faceted contentious trust dispute with Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees.
  • Acting for Salzgitter Mannesmann International in connection to the winding up of five insolvent Jersey companies on a just and equitable basis.
  • Instructed by HMRC on an urgent basis to apply to intervene in an application brought by the trustee-in-bankruptcy of a former billionaire made bankrupt in England.
  • Instructed by Alan Roberts and Jamie Toynton of Grant Thornton who were appointed by the Royal Court in September 2017 as receivers over a promissory note in the value of €52m.
Leading individuals

Damian James - Collas Crill

Nuno Santos-Costa - Collas Crill

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Collas Crill's funds team, led by Dilmun Leach, handles funds-of-funds, debt, and venture funds, often with AIMFD challenges. The firm has strong relationships with several British firms in this space, as well as financial institutions in the Middle East.

Practice head(s):Dilmun Leach

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill has a steady client list of institutional and private trustees, high-profile beneficiaries and private clients, both locally and internationally. Common mandates include estate succession planning, trust and foundation establishment and administration and complex restructuring exercises. Practice head Kellyann Ozouf was recently involved in a number of considerable trust termination exercises and the firm is well-equipped to handle court applications and contentious trust mandates as they arise via its broader dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):Kellyann Ozouf

Leading individuals

Kellyann Ozouf - Collas Crill

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    The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 ( DP Law ) is currently scheduled to come into effect on 30 September 2019.  Once commenced, it will enact a framework of rights and duties to regulate the processing of individuals' personal data broadly based on the same internationally recognised privacy principles that form the basis for other data protection laws globally.  The DP Law will regulate the processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands and will affect any entity established in the Cayman Islands, including investment funds, that processes personal data regardless of whether such processing takes place within the Cayman Islands and regardless of whether the personal data relates to Cayman individuals.  For our full briefing see Cayman Islands Data Protection Law: An Ogier Client Guide .
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    On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law ) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ( ATAD 2 or the Directive ) into Luxembourg domestic law.
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    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
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  • Jersey substance proposals ‚Äď the Banking and Finance perspective

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