The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Appleby

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

Wendy Benjamin

Tel:
Work 01534 818057
Email:
Appleby

Work Department

Corporate (intellectual property, banking & finance).

Position

Wendy Benjamin is Managing Partner of Appleby’s Jersey office and Group Head of the Corporate department in Jersey. Wendy also has managerial responsibilities for the Guernsey office. She specialises in banking, corporate and commercial law, and has an excellent reputation in intellectual property, IT and data protection.

As well as working regularly with top tier UK and US law firms on cross-border transactions, and restructuring and insolvency work, Wendy’s client base encompasses significant, financial institutions, public bodies, international and local companies across the three Crown Dependancies of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Wendy is a member of the Bank Resolution Steering Committee, the Jersey Companies Registry User Group and Jersey Law Society. She was previously the Legal Adviser to the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Wendy’s client base encompasses significant local companies, public bodies and financial institutions. Recent examples of work include advising: Santander in connection with the reorganisation of its private banking division in Jersey, successfully consolidating Santander’s Jersey businesses within the Jersey branch of Santander UK plc. The IFM Group in relation to its merger with Guernsey based Praxis Holdings Limited and subsequent acquisitions of fiduciary business in the Channel Islands. On the sale of iconic Jersey Royal brand, acting for the shareholders of The Jersey Royal Company Ltd (JRC) in their sale of JRC and its UK subsidiary, The Kent Potato Company Ltd, to the AIM Listed UK company Produce Investments plc which owns Greenvale, one of the UK´s biggest potato suppliers

Career

She qualified as an English Solicitor in 1990, and requalified as a Jersey Advocate in 2002. She became a partner in 2003. Prior to her move to the Channel Islands, Wendy was the Legal Adviser to the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales between 1995 and 1999. Before this she was a partner with Eversheds where she trained and qualified.

Member

Jersey Companies Registry User Group; Jersey Law Society.

Education

University College Cardiff; Chester College of Law.


Jersey

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Wendy Benjamin - Appleby

Within: Banking and finance

The ‘strong and trusted’ outfit at Appleby is composed of ‘highly competent and responsive’ attorneys who are ‘very experienced in fund finance’. An enviable client base including names such as HSBC, Wells Fargo and Santander regularly appoints the group, led by Wendy Benjamin, to advise on refinancing matters, real estate finance transactions and complex restructurings. Senior associate Chris Spencer ‘knows just what clients are after’ and was part of the team acting for Barclays in a debt refinancing with Premier Oil, including the negotiation of Jersey law share securities; associate Kevin McQuillan assisted James Gaudin with his work for Goldman Sachs as the purchaser of notes from an issuer as part of the financing of a corporate transaction. Also notable is private equity and hedge fund specialist Andrew Weaver, who acted for Tritax Big Box REIT on the offshore elements of a new tranche of funding. The team welcomed a number of new associates, including three from UK law firms.

[back to top]

Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

The ‘strong and trusted’ team at Appleby ‘continues to be responsive and provide the expertise clients require’ under the leadership of Wendy Benjamin, who has ‘an excellent understanding of commercial law and gives clear and concise guidance’. A team led by Fraser Robertson and Andrew Weaver – who ‘is not afraid to stand firm when needed’ – represented Kennedy-Wilson Europe Real Estate in its $3bn merger with Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, and Sime Darby engaged the group to act as Jersey counsel on its listing on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Michael Cushing collaborated with Benjamin to advise a trust company on the insolvency issues arising from the reinstatement of a company following its wrongful summary winding-up, and James Gaudin was supported by ‘excellent’ associate Kevin McQuillan to oversee Lone Star’s acquisition of 14 care homes in the UK as Jersey counsel.

[back to top]


IHL Briefings

If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or antony.dine@legalease.co.uk

 

Jersey: Mergers & Acquisitions

This country-specific Q&A gives an overview of mergers and acquisition law, the transaction environment and process as well as any special situations that may occur in Jersey . It also covers market sectors, regulatory authorities, due diligence, deal protection, public disclosure, governing law, director duties and key influencing factors influencing M&A activity over the next two years. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Mergers & Acquisitions. [Continue Reading]

Back to index

Legal Developments in Jersey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
  • Jersey Opens the door to QROP’s

    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
  • Jersey Legislation Overview

    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    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.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors: