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WALKERS

PO BOX 72,WALKER HOUSE, 28-34 HILL STREET, ST HELIER, JE4 8PN, JERSEY
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Work 01534 700 700
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Fax 01534 700 800
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www.walkersglobal.com
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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

WALKERS

WALKERS acts for several banks from Russia, the Middle East and Asia, including specialist Islamic institutions. Matters handled range from asset finance, acquisition finance, lending to funds and real estate deals. Jersey office managing partner Jonathan Heaney's practice includes acquisition finance, with Nigel Weston active in Islamic and asset finance. Practice head Alexandra Corner handles fund finance facilities, often acting for well-known banks in this space. Mark Crichton is a new partner promotion.

Practice head(s):Alexandra Corner

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Heaney; Nigel Weston; Alexandra Corner; Mark Crichton; Christophe Kalinauckas

Key Clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Qatar National Bank

JP Morgan

Endeavour Mining Company

BE Aerospace Europe

ING Bank

Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on financing Informa's purchase of UBM.
  • Advised Qatar National Bank on the Islamic financing of three Jersey trust structures holding London real estate.
  • Advised JPMorgan on financing a partnership's purchase of a Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.
Leading individuals

Nigel Weston - WALKERS

Next Generation Partners

Mark Crichton - WALKERS

Rising stars

Christophe Kalinauckas - WALKERS

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

WALKERS

WALKERS' Alexandra Corner and Nigel Weston handle debt listings on TISE, and in particular have a track record of working for Chinese clients in this space. Corner has also handled preference share issuances.

Practice head(s):Alexandra Corner

Other key lawyers:Nigel Weston

Work highlights

  • Advised Endeavour Mining on a $330m issuance of convertible senior notes listed on TISE.
  • Advised Collins Aerospace on the issuance of $335m of unsecured loan notes.
  • Advised Matalan Finance on a £350m listing on TISE.
  • Advised PVH Corp, which owns brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, on listing €600m of senior secured notes on TISE.
  • Advised China Properties Group on its listing of $226m of senior secured notes through a BVI-incorporated issuer.

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

WALKERS

At WALKERS, Jonathan Heaney and Mark Crichton handle cross-border M&A, including deals in the corporate services sector, as well as matters regarding UK real estate deals. In addition, Nigel Weston has restructuring expertise. Clients also recommend senior counsel Guy Morris.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Heaney

Other key lawyers:Mark Crichton; Nigel Weston; Guy Morris

Testimonials

'A very responsive corporate team that provides legal advice in a commercial way that is relevant to a client's needs, with strength in depth.'

'A very user-friendly and proactive team on corporate and banking matters.'

'Mark Crichton is always approachable and helpful. He provides sound legal advice in a timely manner, always being cognisant of the client's commercial objectives.'

Key Clients

Apex Group Limited

Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Apache Capital Partners

Harbert Management Corporation

United Energy Group

Minerva

Barclays Bank

JP Morgan

UBS

Shell International

Work highlights

  • Advised Apex Group on its purchase of fellow fund administrator Ipes.
  • Advised United Energy Group on its purchase of Kuwait Energy for $650m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Minerva on the company's sale to JTC.
  • Advised Floreat Group on its purchase of a Jersey company owning real estate in Bristol and Cardiff via a BVI structure.
  • Advised Apex Group on its purchase of Link Asset Services' corporate and private client services business.
Rising stars

Guy Morris - WALKERS

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

WALKERS

WALKERS’ dispute resolution practice has seen significant recent expansion, as exemplified by the recruitment of Nigel Sanders as head of the practice, greatly enhancing its expertise in international trust, commercial litigation and insolvency matters. Marc Seddon continues to be a go-to name in contentious trust and commercial litigation. The firm’s substantial global footprint also makes it well placed to handle cross-border insolvency matters. Senior associate James Turnbull is routinely praised by clients for his expertise in trust, fraud and commercial litigation. The office also includes group partner Fraser Hern, who relocated from Hong Kong in July 2018, bringing with him experience of litigation in the British Virgin Islands, where he is admitted.

Practice head(s):Nigel Sanders; Marc Seddon; Fraser Hern

Other key lawyers:James Turnbull

Testimonials

'Pragmatic and very commercially minded'

'A very solid team'

'James Turnbull is a good all-round litigator, an effective court advocate and experienced and knowledgeable about trusts, insolvency and company matters'

'Marc Seddon is extremely approachable and commercially minded; always thinking of the long term relationship'

'Marc Seddon is a leading light in the dispute team who is trusted by his clients to deliver. Responsive and commercial'

'Fraser Hern gives good, experienced advice'

Key Clients

RBC Trustees

Botas International Limited

Consolidated Minerals Ltd

United Energy Group Plc

STM Fiduciaire Limited

Jersey Mutual Insurance Society

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts in the Trilogy Management Litigation.
  • Representing Consolidated Minerals Limited in constructive dismissal and breach of contract litigation.
  • Instructed by Botas International to contest the enforcement of arbitration awards amounting to in excess of £100m made against Turkish state-owned companies.
  • Advising Jersey Mutual Insurance Society on a significant fraud uncovered involving a former senior employee.
  • Advised and acted for United Energy Group, the purchaser by a scheme of arrangement, relating to the purchase of shares in Kuwait Energy Group.
Leading individuals

Nigel Sanders - WALKERS

Next Generation Partners

Marc Seddon - WALKERS

Rising stars

James Turnbull - WALKERS

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

WALKERS

The experienced litigators from WALKERS’ dispute resolution team often handle high-value employment litigation in the Jersey Royal Court and the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. Typical mandates include unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, partnership disputes, fraud allegations and misconduct allegations. The practice has enhanced its offering with the addition of senior counsel Daniel Read from Ogier, an established name in the Jersey contentious employment field. In addition to the above stated mandates, Read and Niall MacDonald also provide due diligence support for corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Louise Hall; Daniel Read

Other key lawyers:Niall MacDonald

Testimonials

'Walkers has a personal, adaptable and flexible approach to employment law'

'Daniel Read has a very pragmatic sensible approach and delivers on time'

'The team is engaging, professional, pragmatic and commercially focussed'

'Commercially savvy and quick thinking with the ability to manage high-stakes litigation calmly and with skill'

'Niall MacDonald is a charming, friendly and capable associate, fully versed and very thorough when it comes to employment law issues. He gives his advice a personal feel and really tries to look after his clients'

Key Clients

Affinity Private Wealth

Hawksford

Axio Capital Solutions

Jersey Mutual Insurance Society

Schroders

JP Morgan Asset Management

STM Fiduciaire

Jersey Hospice

Vistra (Jersey) Limited and Vistra Group

Stonehage Fleming Corporate

Work highlights

  • Representing Consolidated Minerals in a high-value constructive dismissal and breach of contract claim in the Royal Court.
  • Advised MyJar Treasury Limited on a range of issues including a relocation exercise, GDPR compliance and staff grievances.
Next Generation Partners

Daniel Read - WALKERS

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

WALKERS

WALKERS advises a plethora of top-end sovereign wealth funds and banks on limited partnership commitments into some of the largest funds in the market. Another source of work is Jersey regulatory applications for foreign funds, as is venture fund formation. Jonathan Heaney heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Heaney

Key Clients

Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management

Bennelong Asset Management

Leading individuals

Jonathan Heaney - WALKERS

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

WALKERS

WALKERS has undergone significant expansion to its private client and trust offering, with the addition of senior counsel Sevyn Kalsi from Ogier, bringing with him experience advising private clients, family offices, corporate trustees and trust beneficiaries on the full range of wealth structuring and restructuring issues. Recently-elected partner Robert Dobbyn heads up the private capital offering, with a particular focus on the structuring and redomiciliation of Jersey foundations. The firm's extensive global network makes it well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates, and in particular it has strong client relationships in Asia and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):Robert Dobbyn

Other key lawyers:Sevyn Kalsai; David Pytches

Testimonials

'A great level of experience and knowledge and great client service'

'Robert Dobbyn is without a question of a doubt the cleverest trust lawyer in the Channel Islands'

'The team provides clear and concise advice'

'The team has many years of experience in both offshore and onshore trust practice'

'The team is responsive and enthusiastic'

'Robert Dobbyn and Sevyn Kalsi are both excellent lawyers who provide great advice and attention to detail'

'Robert Dobbyn is a very smart and capable lawyer. He is very thorough and always provides good advice'

'Sevyn Kalsai and Robert Dobbyn provide fast, no-nonsense advice and regularly go above and beyond expectations to help meet those sometimes unavoidable tight deadlines'

'The team is accurate, reliable and good value for money'

'Sevyn Kalsi’s approach is practical, proactive and cost effective'

Next Generation Partners

Robert Dobbyn - WALKERS

Sevyn Kalsi - WALKERS

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