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Collas Crill

GLATEGNY COURT, PO BOX 140, GLATEGNY ESPLANADE, ST PETER PORT, GY1 4EW, GUERNSEY
Tel:
Work 01481 723191
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Fax 01481 711880
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Web:
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 has ‘a strong team of lawyers that can meet deadlines and possesses strong industry knowledge, which it combines with commercial advice’. In addition to being ‘a good alternative for larger-ticket and more complex real estate finance transactions’, it also handles syndicated facilities, debt capital markets and some retail banking-related work. Group partner Paul Wilkes, who heads the broader corporate practice, handles a range of banking work including syndicated real estate refinancings. Sean Choeng advised a Terrapin Asset Management-sponsored investment fund on a secured loan to a hedge fund; her work also includes banking regulation matters. At the senior associate level, Tristan Ozannetakes a commercial approach and is responsive, with strong levels of industry knowledge’, and Simon Heggs is ‘an incredibly easy lawyer to deal with – technically sound but commercially astute’. Other clients include GFG, which Wilkes advised on a secured note listing on the Irish Stock Exchange.

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Collas Crill

Collas Crill is ‘a premier firm’ that provides ‘excellent legal knowledge and sage commercial advice that is delivered promptly by a very knowledgeable team’. Chris Bound and Jason Green advised The Liberation Group on the property aspects of the sale of the company to Caledonia Investments. Green also advised Sigma Roc on its purchase of Ronez Group. Paul Nettleship advised J&D Norman on the sale of BNP Paribas House to a private investor. At senior associate level, Jeff O’Boyle is a new recruit from Babbé LLP and Donald Millar is ‘also excellent to work with’.

Leading individuals

Chris Bound - 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

At Collas Crill, ‘clients are pleased with the service and pragmatic answers – response times are good, with access to suitably-qualified people’. The firm handles a range of Guernsey counsel work in major cross-border deals and locally-significant transactions. Paul Wilkes, who is ‘commercially savvy as well as technically proficient’, and senior associate Tristan Ozanne advised Harrison Street Advisers on the purchase of units in a Guernsey unit trust which owns student housing in several British cities. Wayne Atkinson also handles significant mandates – he advised Avast on the Guernsey aspects of its sale to AVG Technologies, and The Liberation Group on its sale to Caledonia Investments. In the restructuring space – an area in which Sean Choeng also has expertise –Wilkes advised Vitec Group on such an exercise. Consultant Ian Kirk advised Ascendos Investments on the Guernsey aspects of its sale to Beacon Rail Leasing. Other clients include SigmaRoc, which Atkinson advised on its reverse takeover of the Ronez.

Next generation lawyers

Wayne Atkinson - Collas Crill

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill provides ‘very good, clear and comprehensive advice’ on a range of litigation, as well as matters concerning insolvency and asset tracing. The ‘very capable and knowledgeableGareth Bell and of counsel David O’Hanlon are representing the defendant independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in the Carlyle litigation. Christian Hay, who handles a range of trust litigation, is ‘very good at managing client relationships and giving a good overview of strategy’ – he represents Louvre Trustees in the Popat v Popat case concerning the estate of a deceased Kenyan businessman. Michael Adkins has significant expertise in insolvency matters and is representing Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency in a dispute concerning piercing the corporate veil in the context of a bankruptcy, with significant London property at stake. Below partner level, associate Ben Havard is ‘extremely hardworking and responsive to the needs of demanding clients’, while senior associate James Tee is also a name of note in the insolvency arena.

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 has ‘a good team that gives prompt, practical and commercial advice’, and which ‘goes out of its way to provide clients with quick responses, very accurate advice and assistance that exceeds their expectations’. The firm handles mid-market fund formation (often involving technology and venture capital mandates) and fund migrations. The main fund formation partner in the practice, Paul Wilkes, is ‘unbelievable in his support – he has built up a strong team, but goes beyond what is required of him to help clients’. He advised White Star Capital on its second fund, which will invest £150m in early-stage technology companies. Wilkes also advised the Channel Islands Property Fund on a further fundraising exercise and a listing on TISE, and Freedom Asset Management on moving a regulated fund from Malta to Guernsey. The ‘responsive and innovativeWayne Atkinson advised Darwin Alternatives Investment Management on launching a unit trust, and ITI Funds on creating a £100m venture capital fund investing in Russian fintech companies.

Leading individuals

Paul Wilkes - Collas Crill

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

Collas Crill

Collas Crill is ‘technically astute and professional, while also being unstuffy and a delight to work with’. The firm advises a number of leading trust companies on various matters concerning private clients, and international employers on pension matters. Angela Calnansets the tone and is the driver of the firm’s approach’; ‘an acknowledged expert in Middle East-related trust matters’, she advised Louvre Group Dubai on its role as trustee of two Guernsey law trusts, including concerns about the trusts’ validity and the release of information to HM Revenue and Customs under the Liechtenstein disclosure facility. Joanne Seal, who heads the firm’s wills and estates team, ‘demonstrates excellent technical knowledge and applies it in a pragmatic way while communicating complex issues clearly’. Senior associate Kerrie Le Tissier handles work for Asia-based clients. Other clients include Equiom, which Calnan advised on the consequences of its trusteeship of a trust which borrowed money from its settlor, and the Public Trustee of Guernsey, which she advised on the winding down of two trusts, which were discovered to have been held as bare trusts, on top of a bungled attempt to change the beneficiaries which required remedying by the courts. Karen Farman, who was an of counsel in the team, is now in-house at Rothschild Trust.

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.
  • Foundations in Guernsey

    On 25 July 2012 the States of Deliberation, Guernsey’s parliament, approved the project de loi The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (the “Law”). Subject to Privy Council approval, the Law is expected to come into force in late 2012 or early 2013. This note is a brief summary of certain features of the new Law.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

    • New Competition Law for Guernsey in force on 1 August 2012 • Jersey and Guernsey now both regulate the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions • Key differences between the islands' competition laws • Overall, a pan-Channel Island approach to regulation
  • Making a will in Guernsey May 2012

    On 2 April 2012 The Inheritance (Guernsey) law 2011 came into force which has replaced Guernsey’s forced heirship regime with a system of full testamentary freedom (accompanied by family and dependent provisions).
  • Listing Specialist Securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange LBG ("CISX") began its operations in October 1998. It is based in St Peter Port, Guernsey and provides a listing facility and bespoke trading platform.
  • Image rights laws to be introduced in Guernsey

    “Image is everything” - Andre Agassi once famously declared in an advert for camera brand, Canon.