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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2


Appleby’s team is led by Wendy Benjamin, whose strengths include ‘coordination and attention to detail’, and who acted for HSBC in the refinancing of loans to the Liberation Group to purchase Butcombe Brewery. Andrew Weaver’s highlights include leading advice to Blackstone on acquiring a €3.8bn loan portfolio, and to JP Morgan Chase Bank on the proposed acquisition of Shire Pharmaceuticals by AbbVie. ‘Very knowledgeable, commercial and responsive’ counsel Alastair Drummond also worked on the latter transaction. James Gaudin has broad experience in the banking sector, and senior associate Simon Tait is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Wendy Benjamin - Appleby

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1


Appleby’s team is praised for ‘good industry knowledge, fast response times and pragmatic advice’. The practice, led by the ‘attentive and approachableTim Hart, is known for complex commercial, mixed-use and residential development work. Hart worked with consultant John Bisson in advising Dandara on a pre-let agreement with the Royal Bank of Canada relating to an office block in St. Hellier, and the pair acted for the same client on its financing of the 242-apartment Westmount development. Another client is LV group, for which the firm acted on its purchase of the former Cheval Roc Hotel in St. John for conversion into a residential care home.

Leading individuals

Tim Hart - Appleby

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2


Applebyprovides a very good service on complex private equity and corporate real estate transactions’; it was busy with M&A and ECM matters and banking business transfers to Jersey. ‘Commercially astute and hardworking’ department head Wendy Benjamin acted for the shareholders of The Jersey Royal Company (JRC) in their disposal of JRC and its UK subsidiary, The Kent Potato Company. The ‘calm, reliable and responsiveAndrew Weaver advised Blackstone on its acquisition of a €1.8bn loan portfolio from NAMA.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1


The ‘outstandingAppleby has a ‘very strong team’ led by Fraser Robertson, who ‘combines a deep knowledge of trust law and an incisive tactical mind with a friendly demeanour’. Robertson defended the Jersey Milk Marketing Board against allegations of a breach of the Competition (Jersey) Law and the Milk Marketing Scheme by a dairy producer, and assisted the Information Commissioner with the implementation of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law. The ‘clear, calm and articulateMike Cushing’s highlights include defending Novatrust in substantial breach of trust proceedings. ‘Quick-thinking and confident’ associate Jared Dann qualified as a Jersey Advocate in December 2014. The practice handles criminal and matrimonial disputes, and commercial matters.

Leading individuals

Fraser Robertson - Appleby

Michael Cushing - Appleby

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3


Appleby has some high-profile private equity clients, such as Stirling Square Capital Partners, which the ‘personable and pragmaticAndrew Weaver advised on the establishment of a £300m fund, involving the first use of an LLP in a regulated structure. James Gaudin acted for Oaktree Capital Management in a number of matters.

Leading individuals

Andrew Weaver - Appleby

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


Appleby’s private client and trusts lawyers advise international private banks, trust companies and individuals regarding a broad range of issues, including the establishment, restructuring and winding-up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts, the incorporation of foundations, and the migration of foreign law entities wishing to become Jersey foundations. The practice also works closely with Fraser Robertson’s litigation department. Guernsey-based Gavin Ferguson leads the team, following the departure of Marc Guillaume to Coutts in October 2014. Since publication, David Dorgan has joined from Collas Crill.

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


James Gaudin is responsible for Appleby’s work in this area, which included advising Atrium European Real Estate on the issuance of a €350m unsecured eight-year eurobond, and assisting Deutsche Bank as initial purchasers regarding the issuance by Seven Energy Finance of senior secured notes.

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    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
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