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PO BOX 72,WALKER HOUSE, 28-34 HILL STREET, ST HELIER, JE4 8PN, JERSEY
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Nigel Weston

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Work +44 (0)1534 700 788
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Corporate and Finance

Position

Nigel Weston is based in Walkers' Jersey office and heads up the office's Finance and Corporate Group. He specialises in banking, finance, trusts, investment funds, regulatory matters, special purpose vehicles, listings and all aspects of offshore finance and corporate work. Nigel advises a wide range of blue chip investment managers, global banks, private investment houses and major corporates. He works closely with top law firms and accountancy practices in London as well as local administrators, trustees and other intermediaries and service providers.​

Career

Prior to joining Walkers, Nigel was a partner at Mourant du Feu & Jeune (now Mourant Ozannes), where he spent fourteen years, latterly heading up the firm's real estate funds team and advising on all forms of real estate holding structures, in addition to other mainstream corporate and finance work. Prior to Mourants, he was at Simmons & Simmons for five years.

Languages

French - working knowledge Spanish - working knowledge

Member

Nigel has served for a number of years on the committee of the Jersey Funds Association, which works closely with industry, regulators and legislators. He has also been Chairman of the Legal, Regulatory, Tax and Compliance Subcommittee of the JFA. In these roles he has been at the forefront of the development of the Island's funds industry, working on the introduction of Jersey expert funds and Jersey unregulated funds among many other initiatives. He is also a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Nigel has spoken at a number of conferences on a variety of aspects of Jersey law.​

Education

LLB (Hons) Degree, Kings College, University of London; Law Society Finals Examinations, College of Law Guildford | ADMITTED IN: Cayman Islands; Jersey, Solicitor; Jersey, Advocate of the Royal Court; England and Wales, Solicitor of the Supreme Court (not practising).


Jersey

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Weston - Walkers Jersey

Within: Banking and finance

Walkers Jersey is known for its ‘excellent turnaround time and succinct, clear advice’ and, according to one client, ‘tends to be quicker and more reliable than other Jersey firms’. The team mainly sits on the lender side of real estate financing transactions and development projects under the leadership of managing partner Jonathan Heaney. Alexandra Corner – who co-heads the banking offering alongside Heaney and Nigel Weston – recently advised a global bank on Jersey security law in relation to an Islamic financing transaction, while Weston assisted a longstanding client with an amended and restated secured term loan as part of the refinancing of a California-based company.  Christophe Kalinauckas – who is praised for his ‘excellent attention to detail and great skill in transactions’ – was promoted to senior counsel within the team. Clients also recommend senior counsel Mark Crichton and associate Emma Giannini, who ‘regularly turn around large volumes of work and give sound Jersey law advice’.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Weston - Walkers Jersey

Within: Corporate and commercial

Clients engage Walkers Jersey for ‘the full range of work – from high-value critical M&A to routine board work’. The ‘quality, relevance of advice, amenability and commerciality of the team are first rate’, and clients recommend ‘clear and confident’ senior counsel Mark Crichton, who ‘extracts the best out of a transaction team through his collegial style’. The firm’s international client base regularly appoints the group to oversee restructurings and real estate and M&A transactions. Jonathan Heaney spearheads the banking and finance and corporate and commercial offerings in Jersey with the support of Nigel Weston and Alexandra Corner. Also noteworthy are senior counsels Christophe Kalinauckas and Guy Morris.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Walkers Jersey ‘always delivers on time and the work commissioned is always completed to exceptionally high standards’; managing partner Jonathan Heaney and senior counsel Guy Morris ‘stand out as exceptional individuals within their field’. The pair ‘has a proven track record in corporate, refinancing and real estate transactions and trust matters’ and acted for Lighthouse Canton as lead Jersey counsel in the establishment of a new Jersey closed-ended fund structured as an incorporated cell and regulated under the private funds guide. ‘Clear and confident’ senior counsel Mark Crichton ‘leads a very disciplined team’ and advised a longstanding client on the launch of several shari'ah-compliant private investment structures aimed at acquiring and developing UK real estate assets. The team also welcomed senior counsel Christopher Reed from Mourant Ozannes; he is a key contact alongside Nigel Weston.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Walkers Jersey senior counsel Robert Dobbyn is described as ‘a definite rising star in Jersey’; ‘his advice is always appropriate and exactly what clients are looking for’. Damian Evans spearheads the firm’s trust disputes team and recently represented the interests of the minor and unborn beneficiaries of a number of trusts with regard to the transfer of assets to a foreign government. Other notable contentious highlights include Marc Seddon’s ongoing advice to the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts with regard to longstanding litigation involving questions about the recoverability of legal costs in administrative and hostile proceedings and the rights of charitable trust beneficiaries to obtain disclosure from a trustee to instigate collateral proceedings. On the advisory side, Nigel Weston assisted an ultra-high-net-worth family with setting up a new trust to hold real estate and listed investments with significant reserved powers provisions and other oversight mechanisms.

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