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WALKERS

12-14 NEW STREET, ST PETER PORT, GY1 2PF, GUERNSEY
Tel:
Work 01481 723723
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Fax 01481 723023
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Web:
www.walkersglobal.com
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Sam Shires

Tel:
Work +44(0)1481723723
Email:
Web:
walkersglobal.com
Walkers

Work Department

Investment Funds and Corporate

Position

Sam Shires is a partner based in Walkers Guernsey office, where he is head of the local Corporate and Investment Funds Groups.

Sam advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of corporate law, including investment funds. His investment fund experience includes advising promoters, managers, administrators and custodians in relation to the establishment, operation and regulation of open and closed-ended investment funds. His general corporate law experience includes corporate transaction work and financing transaction work.

Career

Sam trained and qualified in New Zealand where he specialised in bank financing and capital markets work.  In 2004 he moved to Guernsey, initially working with another major Guernsey law firm before helping to establish the corporate and investment funds practice of the predecessor firm to Walkers (Guernsey) LLP.

Languages

English

Education

Admitted In:
Guernsey
England and Wales (not practising)
New Zealand (not practising)

Qualifications:
LLB (Hons)
Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
LLM, University of Cambridge, UK


Guernsey

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

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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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

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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