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Jonathan Heaney

Tel:
Work +44 (0)1534 700 786
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Walkers

Work Department

Corporate, Finance and Investment Funds

Position

Jonathan Heaney is based in Walkers' Jersey office and is also a member of the firm's Global Investment Funds and Corporate Groups. He has experience in a wide range of investment funds (hedge, real estate and private equity) and also advises on general corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and secured lending. Jonathan has particular expertise on advising on all aspects of real estate financing and acquisitions using Jersey vehicles.

Career

Before joining Walkers, Jonathan spent five years in London and gained experience in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on cross border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Jonathan subsequently spent two years in the British Virgin Islands specialising in international and structured finance, joint ventures, private equity and investment funds. ​He joined Walkers in 2005 and was made partner in 2009. He currently manages the Jersey office of Walkers.

Member

Member of the Law Society of England and Wales

Education

LLB (Hons) in European Law & Languages, University of the West of England, Bristol | ADMITTED IN: British Virgin Islands; Jersey England and Wales (not practising).


Jersey

Banking and finance

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: Leading individuals

Jonathan Heaney - Walkers Jersey

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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