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Mark Crichton

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Mark Crichton is a Jersey Advocate and partner in Walkers' Global Investment Funds and Corporate Groups based in the firm’s Jersey office.

Mark has a wide range of experience in corporate and finance transactions, particularly in connection with real estate structures. Mark also advises on the formation and regulation of investment funds


Prior to joining Walkers in 2011, Mark worked for the Corporate department of a London law firm


Mark is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is a member of the Law Society of Jersey.


Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of law in Guildford; BA in Law, University of Nottingham | ADMITTED IN: Jersey; England and Wales (not practising).


Banking and finance

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Mark Crichton - 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: 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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