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WALKERS

12-14 NEW STREET, ST PETER PORT, GY1 2PF, GUERNSEY
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Work 01481 723723
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Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, ‘advice is knowledgeable and tailored to the transaction’ and clients value the ‘extremely good service provided’. Goldman Sachs instructed the team to oversee its €50m facility and associated security to MyLender, a Finnish online consumer lending company, and Bank of Nova Scotia appointed ‘very engaged and hands-on’ practice head Matthew Sanders to handle the refinancing of a Canadian mining company with the support of ‘responsive and capable’ senior counsel Kim Paiva. Sam Shires regularly assists clients with credit facilities and refinancing transactions in the real estate and aviation spaces with the support of senior counsel Stephen Ozanne, who is particularly strong with regard to fintech. A recent addition to the team is Kate Storey. Other noteworthy clients include J.P. Morgan, Barings Real Estate and Standard Chartered Bank.

Next generation lawyers

Kate Storey - Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, ‘the competent and commercial team is well staffed’ and clients particularly rate senior counsel Kim Paiva, who ‘manages expectations well and delivers under pressure’. A private equity fund recently appointed the group to advise on its proposed acquisition of the asset services division of a business management consultant, which includes target assets in both Jersey and Guernsey, and Matthew Sanders acted for an aviation group in its acquisition of a 51% interest in a joint venture which holds a substantial oil storage business. Senior associate Stephen Ozanne and Sam Shires represented Atlantic Leaf, a property investment company, as Guernsey counsel in its purchase of a joint venture shareholding in a local property unit trust with LondonMetric. Also notable is the group’s advice on the disposal and acquisition of real estate assets and the establishment of new businesses, such as stock-broking company Liberum Wealth, which included Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) approval requests.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP fields ‘a very experienced litigation team which carefully guides clients through difficult times’ with its ‘in-depth knowledge of the Guernsey courts and trust disputes’. The three-partner outfit has a strong track record in the financial services space and works closely with the non-contentious fiduciary department. Known by clients as a ‘superb advocate’, practice head Alison Ozanne is currently working alongside the ‘extremely commercialSarah Brehaut to represent a Guernsey trustee in administrative proceedings arising from its efforts to separate the interests of one high-net-worth individual and her family through a momentous decision. Employment partner Louise Hall is assisting the team representing the States of Guernsey in a dispute brought by two individuals supported by Unite the Union with regard to changes to their public sector pension scheme. The new head of the private client and fiduciary offering, Rupert Morris, recently joined the firm from Bedell Cristin, while associate Laurent Thibealt arrived from Mourant Ozannes.

Leading individuals

Alison Ozanne - Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, the team offers an ‘excellent service’, ‘technical expertise and negotiation skills’ and provides advice on the full spectrum of employment issues. In recent highlights, the group challenged an insurer’s decision to cease the payment of permanent health insurance benefits under an occupational scheme, and the sole shareholder of a shipping company appointed the team to advise on an unfair dismissal claim arising from the termination of the managing director’s employment. Practice head Louise Hall ‘is an extremely safe pair of hands’ and recently oversaw the review and amendment of contractual documents, terms and conditions, and employer handbooks for a number of clients with the support of associate Victoria Pratt.

Leading individuals

Louise Hall - Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP recently completed the establishment of a closed-ended private property fund on behalf of the Hillview Group, and continues to advise Taurus and GYS Investment Management on the whole range of fund issues, including a full review of its documentation. Further highlights included representing the designated administrator of a closed-ended fund in its response to proposed sanctions by the GFSC, and the transfer of a PCC business to the BVI for regulatory reasons. The senior names to note are Sam Shires and Matthew Sanders, while clients highly recommend senior counsel Kim Paiva for her ‘ability to process things urgently on short notice’ and senior associate Stephen Ozanne.

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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.
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  • 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 “Companies Law”).