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Carey Olsen’s banking and finance practice, which has particular strength in investment fund finance, is ‘responsive and supportive, giving sound advice and guidance across a strong multi-jurisdictional team’. Tom Carey and senior associate Andrew Lister advised Goldman Sachs on a bond issuance to finance Global University Systems’ acquisition of Arden University, which necessitated a taking of security over shares of a Guernsey company. Carey and senior associate Oliver Quarmby also advised Permira Advisers and Permira Debt Managers on various bridge facilities for its funds, including a €7.25m facility for buyout fund Permira VI and a €768m facility for Permira Credit Solutions III. Other names of note include Andrew Boyce, David Crosland, Christopher Anderson, newly-elected partner Annette Alexander, and Ben Morgan, who now heads the Guernsey corporate practice following Graham Hall’s move to a consultant role. The firm also acts for Barclays and Raven Russia.

The banking team at Mourant Ozannes is ‘incredibly easy to deal with, engenders trust quickly and is able to deliver on time’. The ‘responsive and dependable’ practice advises borrowers and lenders on matters such as bond issuances, secured loans, and real estate and investment fund finance. Clients single out newly promoted partners Helen Wyatt and John Rochester, who is ‘able to seamlessly manage a team and explain esoteric concepts of Guernsey law’. Rochester and senior associate Alana Gillies advised Edcon Holdings on a £1bn debt-for-equity swap. Other key figures include John Lewis, whose work includes real estate and investment fund finance, Caroline Chan, who advises lenders to Guernsey investment funds, Frances Watson, a lateral hire from Ogier, and senior associate Dylan Latimer, who is ‘responsive, concise in his advice, practical, proactive and helpful’. Gavin Farrell left the firm to establish Ferbrache & Farrell LLP.

Appleby is ‘outstanding – the team has great technical knowledge and recognises the commercial reality of the deals it is working on, getting the job done with a complete absence of drama’. Jeremy Berchemleads from the front and provides clients with very commercial and practical advice – he is not afraid of getting his hands dirty’; he advised Deutsche Bank on a €858m refinancing of its existing facility to Intertrust, which was increased to enable Intertrust to purchase Elian Group. Also involved in this mandate was counsel Camilla Hobbs, who is ‘very client friendly and calmly meets all deadlines imposed on her’. Berchem and counsel Chet Pohl also handle high-yield issuances. Kate Storey, who has been elected to the partnership from counsel, is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ – she advised BMO Real Estate Partners on the financing of a £191m acquisition of retail properties including Manchester’s flagship Debenhams store, which necessitated a Eurobond listing on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Other clients include Bank Julius Baer and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Well connected in the Guernsey banking community’, Bedell Cristin is ‘very practical and user-friendly’ and considered ‘top tier for real estate finance’ in addition to providing ‘uniformly good service’ on a range of fund finance, debt capital markets and corporate finance matters. Richard Sharp, who made partner in September 2016, has ‘a good, steady analytical approach and gets to the heart of issues quickly’. Kate Ovenden, who ‘personifies the clarity and responsiveness of the firm’, advised RBS International on a significant facility to the Channel Islands Property Fund, a closed-ended property investment scheme. Standout practitioners among the senior associate ranks are Ann Halliday, who joined the firm in early 2016 from Ogier, and Sukhvinder Chana, who ‘gives good support to the Guernsey practice from London’. Vanessa Lawlor, who was a senior associate, is now at Maples and Calder in Dublin. Mark Heylar retired from the partnership to an of counsel role.

Collas Crill has ‘a strong team of lawyers that can meet deadlines and possesses strong industry knowledge, which it combines with commercial advice’. In addition to being ‘a good alternative for larger-ticket and more complex real estate finance transactions’, it also handles syndicated facilities, debt capital markets and some retail banking-related work. Group partner Paul Wilkes, who heads the broader corporate practice, handles a range of banking work including syndicated real estate refinancings. Sean Choeng advised a Terrapin Asset Management-sponsored investment fund on a secured loan to a hedge fund; her work also includes banking regulation matters. At the senior associate level, Tristan Ozannetakes a commercial approach and is responsive, with strong levels of industry knowledge’, and Simon Heggs is ‘an incredibly easy lawyer to deal with – technically sound but commercially astute’. Other clients include GFG, which Wilkes advised on a secured note listing on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Ogierstands out in terms of client care, pragmatism and responsiveness’ and ‘has the depth of knowledge and geographical reach needed for the client base and structures that international banks deal with’. Bryon Rees, Marcus Leese and Christopher Jones predominantly act for lenders, as well as some borrowers, on onshore real estate financings, debt capital markets transactions and facilities provided to investment funds, as well as banking regulation and security enforcement. Senior associate Paul Chanter is also a name of note. The firm acts as Guernsey counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) and International Securities Lending Association (ISLA). William Simpson has retired, while Frances Watson is now at Mourant Ozannes.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP provides ‘extremely good service and advice that is tailored to the transaction’. Matt Sanders and senior associate Stephen Ozanne, who has fintech expertise, advised Spectralegal Finance on its refinancing; in the capital markets space the pair advised Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Securities on their roles as bookrunners for Arrow Global Finance’s £220m loan note issuance. Project finance highlights included advising the Asian Development Bank on a $175m facility for the purpose of a renewables project in India. Other work concerns aircraft financing. Senior associate Kim Paiva is ‘very responsive, and capable of providing effective solutions to issues posed by the nature and circumstances of the financing to be provided’.

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