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Appleby

13-14 ESPLANADE, ST HELIER, JE1 1BD, JERSEY
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Jersey

Within Banking and finance, Appleby is a second tier firm,

The ‘reliable' and ‘pragmatic' team at Appleby demonstrated its full-service, multi-jurisdictional offering in its role as lead counsel to Standard Chartered on the transfer of its Jersey banking business by way of a court-approved scheme. ‘First-rate lawyer' and group head Wendy Benjamin, who led the advice, has particular expertise in banking regulations and reorganisations. Alastair Drummond, who ‘puts the client at the heart of his business', has particular expertise in property finance, including acquisitions and disposals of property holding structures based on the island. James Gaudin and senior associate Simon Tait are also recommended.

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Within Commercial property, Appleby is a first tier firm,

With a ‘commercial view' and a ‘focus on the salient issues', the team at Appleby provides an ‘exceptionally high level of service'. Despite the relatively subdued market conditions, the department’s solid client base ensured ongoing activity. For key client Dandara, the team continued to provide advice on a large property development, and recently assisted with the completion of three leases on a separate site. Practice head Tim Hart stands out for his ‘experience in his given field'. Associate John Webster joined in 2013; he is regarded as being ‘destined to be one of the stronger property lawyers in Jersey'.

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Within Corporate and commercial, Appleby is a second tier firm,

Appleby’s presence in the three Crown dependencies and its strength in regulatory matters make it a popular choice for multi-jurisdictional transactions, particularly for clients in the heavily regulated financial services industry. Providing ‘practical and user-friendly advice', the team attracts praise for its ‘responsiveness' and ‘good business awareness'. Senior associate Simon Tait, who has a ‘calm and authoritative manner', worked alongside the ‘very approachable' Andrew Weaver in advising Blackstone on the sale of its interest in a joint venture with British Land. Mark Lewis left the firm in December 2013. Wendy Benjamin leads the team.

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Within Dispute resolution, Appleby is a first tier firm,

Appleby’s recent caseload includes fraud and asset tracing, insolvent trust matters and unfair prejudice proceedings. Gillian Robinson is praised for her ‘straightforward and pragmatic approach'; she acted for the government of Mozambique in a case that raised complex and novel issues concerning the establishment of a constructive trust. Group head Fraser Robertson has a ‘very effective courtroom technique'; Michael Cushing is a ‘delight to work with on complex international litigation'; and associate Davida Blackmore is also recommended.

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Within Investment funds, Appleby is a third tier firm,

Appleby is praised for its ‘good response times' and ‘breadth of knowledge in the context of private equity structures'. ‘Very approachable' practice head Andrew Weaver displays a ‘willingness to think innovatively to address problems'. As well as advising on the establishment of new funds, the team also saw an uptick in portfolio activity among its client base of high-profile investors.

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Within Private client, trusts and tax, Appleby is a second tier firm,

Appleby’s international development has ‘enhanced the capacity of the firm', with its lawyers ‘happy to work collegiately for the benefit of the client'. The team has seen an uptick in work originating from China and South-East Asia, with a number of queries also coming in from clients in South America. Matters concerning insolvent trusts have also kept the team busy. ‘Technically excellent and responsive' counsel Marc Guillaume took over as practice head following the departure of Naomi Rive to an in-house position. Fraser Robertson is active in contentious trusts work, and counsel Louise Richardson is also recommended.

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Within Structured finance and securitisation, Appleby is a second tier firm,

Recent highlights for the team at Appleby include advising the joint bookrunners on Hastings Insurance’s leveraged buyout financed in the high-yield market, where practice head James Gaudin led a cross-jurisdictional team, and advising a trader on the launch of an innovative trading platform, where Gaudin worked alongside senior associate Simon Tait.

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