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Carey Olsen ‘is the stand-out firm in the Channel Islands’ in the field of corporate and commercial law, and clients particularly rate the ‘extremely responsive and user-friendlyTony Lane, Annette Alexander and Tom Carey, who jointly heads the team with Ben Morgan. In recent highlights, NYX Gaming appointed the team to advise on its recommended takeover by Scientific Games via a scheme of arrangement, and longstanding client Bushveld instructed Lane to oversee its acquisition of a 55% interest in Vametco from Yellow Dragon and the separation of its tin mining assets from the main group. Andrew Boyce handled a minority recapitalisation matter on behalf of an independent global asset manager, and a corporate restructuring transaction. Senior associate James Stockwell is also a key contact.

John Lewis spearheads Mourant Ozannes' 'professional, knowledgeable and reliable' corporate and commercial outfit, which recently acted for LabTech Investments in its contractual takeover of Market Tech, and was instructed by a global law firm to assist with the establishment of a strategic real estate investment group, a private venture capital vehicle and a private equity vehicle. Frances Watson worked alongside counsel Alex Davies to oversee the merger of two investment managers to create a new entity focused on specialist lending assets. Clients such as Mariana Resources and Endeavour Mining instructed Helen Wyatt and the 'thorough and engaging' Caroline Chan to handle significant takeover and M&A transactions via a scheme of arrangement. In other highlights, John Rochester collaborated with the firm's dispute resolution department to successfully block the sanction of a scheme of arrangement in the Royal Court on behalf of an investment manager as minority shareholder in the purchasing company. Other notable clients include Ancala Partners, Mitsui Power Ventures and the Prospect Japan Fund.

The Collas Crill team recently advised the Gantry Group, a joint venture bewteen Black Friar Holdings and a $1.1bn institutional investor, in the context of the financing of a large-scale hospitality development in London, and Equiom instructed the firm to oversee a multi-jurisdictional due diligence process in the context of its acquisition of Virtus Management. Wayne Atkinson acted for Playtech in its £50m purchase of online game designer Eyecon, and senior associate Tristan Ozannes was part of the team which handled the Channel Islands Property Fund's acquisition of two Isle of Man properties to add to its high-profile takeover of Fort Anne in Douglas. Practice head Paul Wilkes led the advice to Goldcrest Properties with regard to complex tax structurings, liquidation steps and two separate refinancing transactions for its existing property portfolio. Sean Cheong and senior associate Simon Heggs are also key names to note. Other key clients include Rothschild, Macquarie and the Liberation Group.

The ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ lawyers at Ogier are ‘always keen to answer a variety of challenging questions to which they are always able to offer a practical solution’. Known by clients to be ‘absolutely top quality’, the corporate offering is led by Bryon Rees, who has ‘all anyone could need in a lawyer – an excellent brain and a strong understanding of his client’s business’. Christopher Jones acted for Tristan Capital in its acquisition of a stake in a £439m joint venture project, and the ‘friendly, on-hand, timely and efficientCraig Cordle oversaw the liquidation of a Guernsey company and its associated entities. Clients also recommend ‘excellent’ senior associate Michelle Watson Bunn and managing associate Andrew Munro. The department was recently strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Oliver Quarmby from Carey Olsen and senior associate Michael Richards from Appleby.

Jeremy Berchem heads the corporate and M&A outfit at Appleby. In recent highlights, Kate Storey collaborated with the firm’s Jersey team to oversee the listing of PraxisIFM on the TISE, and acted for a fiduciary company in its acquisition by a leading offshore financial institution. In the real estate space, Berchem represented Blackstone across all three crown dependencies in the sale of its logistics business – Logicor – to the China Investment Corporation. Also notable is the group’s advice to Bally Gaming and Systems and Scientific Games with regard to their acquisition of NYX Gaming by way of a scheme of arrangement. Associate James Walsh recently joined the team from an in-house position at Standard Life and is also a key contact alongside counsel Camilla Hobbs and associate Nele Bhebhe.

Servicing a client base featuring real estate investment funds, corporates and financial institutions, among others, Bedell Cristin’s corporate and commercial team recently acted for Regional REIT on its acquisition of a substantial portfolio of UK regional office, industrial and retail investment properties from Conygar. Senior associate Sukhvinder Chana was part of the team which advised a joint venture on the migration of four Guernsey companies to Luxembourg, and Richard Sharp represented various incorporated cells in the issue of bonds to investors, the return on which was subsequently used to acquire receivables from a German life reinsurance company. The team is led by Kate Ovenden, who was appointed as secondary counsel by a leading international law firm to provide regulatory advice to a trade association with respect to indirect clearing arrangements, and oversaw several capital market transactions.

AFR Advocates acts for family offices, high-net-worth individuals and corporates in a wide range of mandates under the leadership of Peter Stahelin. In recent highlights, Stahelin teamed up with the ‘very good’ Simon Geall – who ‘understands issues quickly and the position clients wish to take’ – to advise a local medical practice on a number of shareholder matters, including the transfer of shares, the retirement of partners and life insurance matters. A local fiduciary business appointed the group to oversee a number of acquisition as part of its expansion, including regulatory approvals, and individuals instructed Stahelin to assist with investments into offshore businesses as well as the sale of assets.

Babbé LLP recently handled several notable capital market transactions, such as Hologram FSG’s disposal of shares representing 100% of the issued share capital of Heritage Financial Services to Estera. Stuart Tyler acted for Quay Education on its purchase of a 30% shareholding in online education services provider Teqbay, and Robert Varley assisted a leading international mining company with its share placement and listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Also notable are Katherine Hitchins, who continues to provide ongoing corporate legal advice to Polygon with regard to day-to-day operations and potential private equity opportunities, and senior associate Keith Bell, who has substantial experience in corporate governance matters.

At Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, 'response times and follow-up are superb' and the 'excellent team' is 'clearly of a high standard'. The team, led by the highly recommended Gavin Farrell and Natalie Le Cras, recently handled a number of transactions such as the Financial Services Opportunities Investment Fund's acquisition of an 85% interest in Kreston IOM and its wholly owned subsidiaries. In other highlights, the group was engaged to assist with corporate governance issues, the establishment of partnerships and joint ventures, and the sale of various companies and shares.

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, ‘the competent and commercial team is well staffed’ and clients particularly rate senior counsel Kim Paiva, who ‘manages expectations well and delivers under pressure’. A private equity fund recently appointed the group to advise on its proposed acquisition of the asset services division of a business management consultant, which includes target assets in both Jersey and Guernsey, and Matthew Sanders acted for an aviation group in its acquisition of a 51% interest in a joint venture which holds a substantial oil storage business. Senior associate Stephen Ozanne and Sam Shires represented Atlantic Leaf, a property investment company, as Guernsey counsel in its purchase of a joint venture shareholding in a local property unit trust with LondonMetric. Also notable is the group’s advice on the disposal and acquisition of real estate assets and the establishment of new businesses, such as stock-broking company Liberum Wealth, which included Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) approval requests.

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