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Appleby

13-14 ESPLANADE, ST HELIER, JE1 1BD, JERSEY
Tel:
Work 01534 888777
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Fax 01534 888778
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Web:
www.applebyglobal.com

Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Appleby

Appleby’s team is ‘responsive and well versed in the intricacies of international finance transactions’. Practice head Wendy Benjamin advised Santander on the reorganisation of its Jersey private banking division. James Gaudin, who is ‘easy to deal with and quick at turning things around’, acted for a real estate fund on its £2.3bn acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans. Highlights for Andrew Weaver included assisting Tritax Big Box REIT with its group restructuring and with the subsequent £500m refinancing of its existing debt. Other clients include Barclays, Santander, Wells Fargo Bank and HSBC.

Leading individiuals

Wendy Benjamin - Appleby

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby’s practice is ‘very good on all fronts’. ‘Excellent’ consultant John Bisson advised Dandara on the purchase of 27 Esplanade for development as an office block, and on the £7m purchase of the Hotel Metropole in St Helier. Highlights for ‘very strong’ practice head Tim Hart included acting for Peter Street Properties on the sale of Kleinwort Benson House in St Helier to Berkshire Capital for £7m, and assisting Kennedy Enterprise with the purchase of 1 Grenville Street, St Helier from HSBC Private Bank.

Leading individiuals

Tim Hart - Appleby

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Appleby

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Applebycan be counted on to take a user-friendly and collaborative approach’. Practice head Wendy Benjamin acted for Euro Garages when TDR Capital acquired a minority stake in the business. Highlights for Andrew Weaver (‘a true heavyweight who is also a pleasure to deal with’) included advising Concordia Healthcare Corporation on its $3.5bn acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury. James Gaudin and ‘particularly helpful’ senior associate Danny Cole are also recommended. Other clients include Barclays, Lloyds Bank, HSBC and mining and exploration company Petropavlovsk.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

The ‘superbAppleby is led by ‘well-respected litigatorFraser Robertson, who ‘has the gravitas necessary to manage the expectations of demanding clients’. In addition to handling high-profile trust litigation, Robertson advises the Information Commissioner on the operation of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2014. The ‘simply outstandingMichael Cushing is ‘the consummate advocate; he combines strong client-handling skills with forthright technical abilites’. Cushing defended the trustee, Novatrust, in substantial breach of trust proceedings. Senior associate Amy Benest and counsel Louise Richardson are ‘responsive, understanding and supportive’. Also recommended are counsel Jared Dann and Victoria Myerson, the firm’s head of family law.

Leading individiuals

Fraser Robertson - Appleby

Michael Cushing - Appleby

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Appleby

Appleby’s lawyers are ‘technically knowledgeable and always available’. The ‘excellentAndrew Weaveris something of an oracle when it comes to Jersey law’. His team includes James Gaudin and ‘extremely competent’ associates Chris Smedley and Christopher Spencer. Weaver advised Phoenix Spree Deutschland on its flotation on the main market of the LSE, and on its pre-float reorganisation. He also acted for Tritax Brindleyplace Trustee on the sale of the issued units of Tritax Brindleyplace Unit Trust.

Leading individiuals

Andrew Weaver - Appleby

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

Appleby

Appleby recruited the ‘commercial, responsive and knowledgeable’ David Dorgan from Collas Crill in July 2015 and brought in associate Alicia Cain from its Isle of Man office in May that year. Dorgan counts a number of major trust companies among his clients and provides advice on the establishment and ongoing administration of private and commercial trusts and foundations. The practice was instructed to remedy certain problems with the charitable trust that owns Jersey Finance. Fraser Robertson handles litigation in this space.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Appleby

Highlights for Appleby’s James Gaudin included advising Credit Suisse as initial purchaser in connection with five senior notes issuances by Georgia Worldwide. These ranged in value from $600m to $1.5bn. Gaudin also acted for Deutsche Bank as lead arranger in a $600m bond issuance by Severn Energy. JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are clients.

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