The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Collas Crill

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

Wayne Atkinson

Tel:
Work 01481 734225
Email:
Web:
www.collascrill.com/who-we-are/a/wayne-atkinson/
Collas Crill

Work Department

Commercial

Position

Group partner, specialising in investment funds, financial services, risk and regulatory work and general commercial matters. Advises on open and closed-ended fund launches including the establishment of PCC-based platform structures and unregulated investment vehicles as well as advising a range of financial services businesses on risk and regulatory and corporate matters. Recent matters include advising on the acquisition and disposal of multiple financial services businesses, car dealership chains and real estate portfolios and associated fund launches and capital raisings as well as defending GFSC enforcement actions.

Career

Trainee and assistant solicitor Herbert Smith 2002-06; qualified 2004; associate Walkers (BVI) 2006-09; senior associate Collas Crill 2009; promoted to group partner in 2015.

Member

GIFA Education Committee

Education

St John’s College, University of Cambridge (2001 BA Law); Nottingham Law School (2002 LPC).

Leisure

Wildlife photography, cricket and enjoying his orchard.


Guernsey

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

[back to top]

Corporate and M&A

Within: Next generation lawyers

Wayne Atkinson - Collas Crill

Within: Corporate and M&A

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.

[back to top]

Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

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.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Collas Crill

Legal Developments in Guernsey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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).