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Collas Crill

GLATEGNY COURT, PO BOX 140, GLATEGNY ESPLANADE, ST PETER PORT, GY1 4EW, GUERNSEY
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Work 01481 723191
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Fax 01481 711880
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www.collascrill.com
Grand Cayman, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill's team handles significant financing transactions for infrastructure projects, real estate matters and developments, and funds under the leadership of Paul Wilkes. Goldman Sachs instructed a team led by Sean Cheong to oversee the refinancing of Eurotunnel Group, which operates the Channel Tunnel, and the group acted as sole Guernsey counsel for a major global financial services company in a series of fund financing transactions involving security law advice. On the borrower side, senior associate Alex Wickens collaborated with Cheong and Wayne Atkinson to assist Condor with its refinancing by RBS, ING and others under a £172m facility. Senior associates Simon Heggs and Tristan Ozannes are also key names to note. Other notable clients include Investec, Deutsche Bank and Ravenscroft.

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Collas Crill

Known to clients for its 'excellent technical knowledge' and 'ability to work to tight deadlines',¬†Collas Crill¬†acts for financial institutions, landlords and developers in significant property transactions. Paul Nettleship¬†led the advice to the Channel Islands Property Fund with regard to its freehold acquisition of the Royal Chambers office building in St Peter Port, and Jason Green¬†was part of the team which acted for Esplanade Properties ‚Äď a consortium of high-net-worth individuals ‚Äď in its purchase of Royal Bank Place; a separate team led by Nettleship advised the seller on this transaction. On the international front, Michael Morris¬†assisted a UK bank with the Guernsey, Jersey and BVI aspects of the financing of its acquisition of a commercial property in the Midlands. His group was also instructed by a peer-to-peer lender to oversee an initial drawdown on a loan for the development and conversion of a residential property in London. In other highlights, an international unit trust appointed the firm to handle the transfer of its property portfolio under the supervision of consultant¬†Shelagh Mason. Also notable are senior partner Chris Bound¬† and senior associates Donald Millar, Tristan Ozannes¬†and Anna Douglass.

Leading individuals

Chris Bound - Collas Crill

Paul Nettleship - Collas Crill

Next generation lawyers

Donald Millar - Collas Crill

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

The Collas Crill team recently advised the Gantry Group, a joint venture bewteen Black Friar Holdings and a $1.1bn institutional investor, in the context of the financing of a large-scale hospitality development in London, and Equiom instructed the firm to oversee a multi-jurisdictional due diligence process in the context of its acquisition of Virtus Management. Wayne Atkinson acted for Playtech in its £50m purchase of online game designer Eyecon, and senior associate Tristan Ozannes was part of the team which handled the Channel Islands Property Fund's acquisition of two Isle of Man properties to add to its high-profile takeover of Fort Anne in Douglas. Practice head Paul Wilkes led the advice to Goldcrest Properties with regard to complex tax structurings, liquidation steps and two separate refinancing transactions for its existing property portfolio. Sean Cheong and senior associate Simon Heggs are also key names to note. Other key clients include Rothschild, Macquarie and the Liberation Group.

Next generation lawyers

Wayne Atkinson - Collas Crill

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill boasts a 'broad practice and is readily available to advise from a practical commercial perspective'. The team, which has a 'growing international profile in large international trust disputes', is led by the 'very calm and strategic' Christian Hay. In recent highlights, a group spearheaded by Gareth Bell and of counsel David O'Hanlon was instructed by Carlyle's three independent directors to fight breach of fiduciary duties, negligence and breach of contract claims filed by the company and its liquidators in the landmark 'Carlyle case'. Michael Adkins represented three defendants in the Royal Court with regard to an application for declaratory relief concerning the shareholding of Delta Holding which, if successful, would give the plaintiffs majority control of the company and its underlying assets, including a substantial development property in central London. Senior associate Ben Havard 'is a pleasure to work with' and was part of the team which defended two parties served with freezing orders obtained by the plaintiffs on the grounds of alleged fraud by the third defendant and fund promoter. The department also handles insolvency litigation and commercial disputes. Senior associate James Tee is another key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Christian Hay - Collas Crill

Next generation lawyers

Michael Adkins - Collas Crill

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Collas Crill fields a 'thoroughly professional and friendly' team consisting of 'excellent senior members who are always helpful and available'. Along with the establishment of new funds, the group also advises on regulatory issues, risk management and the restructuring of distressed funds.  In recent highlights, Wayne Atkinson assisted Darwin Property Investment with the migration of its open-ended fund unit from one Guernsey trustee and custodian to another, and practice leader Paul Wilkes acted for venture capital group White Star on the launch and financing of its registered closed-ended collective investment fund. Senior associate Gareth Morgan recently re-joined from his secondment in the firm's Cayman office.

Leading individuals

Paul Wilkes - Collas Crill

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

'Trusted and key player' Angela Calnan spearheads Collas Crill's private client offering; she is noted for her 'impressive ability to turn around work quickly under considerable time pressures and make the complexities of the law easily available to her clients'. The 'responsive and practical' six-partner team entrusts its wills, probate and estate planning work to Joanne Seal, while Michael Morris and Chris Bound specialise in UK property assets and landed estates, respectively. In recent highlights, one of the UAE's major metal companies instructed the group to draft the bespoke trust instrument and rules of an employee savings plan, and Calnan oversaw the establishment of a number of Guernsey trust foundations on behalf of foreign ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families for the purpose of estate planning. Contentious trust expert Gareth Bell was part of the team which advised a Central American settlor on the revocation of her old trust and the setting up of a new structure on different terms. Also notable is of counsel David O'Hanlon, who handles interactions with the court such as applications in the context of momentous decisions. Clients also appoint the group to move assets within trusts to minimise tax liabilities or repay loans to beneficiaries. The 'very responsive and commercial' Christian Hay and consultant Kerrie Le Tissier are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Angela Calnan - Collas Crill

Next generation lawyers

Kerrie Le Tissier - Collas Crill

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  • In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012)

    A trustee's duty of confidentiality has recently been discussed and to some extent clarified in the recent Guernsey Court of Appeal decision of In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012). This summary has been prepared to provide you with a summary of the case as well as the general issues raised, but is not intended to cover all matters or to provide commentary.   This summary does not constitute legal advice.
  • The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey

    Introduction 
  • Guernsey Image Rights Legislation

    The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 (the Ordinance) and The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2012
  • Guernsey Foundations

    The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (Law) is awaiting Royal assent, expected to be given by the end of the year or early next year. Whilst Guernsey is not the first jurisdiction to provide for foundations, the Law does provide a number of unique options for individuals wishing to take advantage of the benefits provided by foundations. The purpose of this note is to provide both a general summary of the features of a Guernsey foundation, as well as a summary of these unique options that will be available under the Law.
  • Competitive Guernsey

    Guernsey has been considering the introduction of local competition law since at least 2005 and by bringing into effect The Competition (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012 on 1 August 2012, has introduced an effective Competition Law regime, to regulate the same 3 core areas recognized in most competition regimes, namely the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

    ‚ÄĘ New Competition Law for Guernsey in force on 1 August 2012 ‚ÄĘ Jersey and Guernsey now both regulate the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions ‚ÄĘ Key differences between the islands' competition laws ‚ÄĘ Overall, a pan-Channel Island approach to regulation
  • Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) Rule Change Update

    Ogier Corporate Finance Limited (OCFL) is the market leader in providing listing agent services for the listing of securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX or the Exchange) having sponsored over 445 listings.
  • Channel Island Stock Exchange, LBG - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG (the Exchange or CISX) commenced operations on 27 October 1998 and is intended to provide recognised facilities for the listing and trading of securities issued by companies and investment funds.
  • Investment funds in Guernsey

    The investment funds industry in Guernsey has achieved significant growth in recent years. Statistics show that as at 30 June 2011 there was £274.5 billion of assets under management in Guernsey.
  • Guernsey Companies Law - Office of the Registrar of Companies

    This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of our clients in connection with the provisions relevant to the Office of the Registrar of Companies under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the ‚ÄúCompanies Law‚ÄĚ).