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Carey Olsen has ‘a number of highly experienced lawyers’ and ‘has built up a significant knowledge of Guernsey funds and offshore funds in general’, making it 'undoubtedly the "go-to" firm for offshore funds work', according to one client. Clients engage Ben Morgan's team to oversee private equity fund formations across a wide range of asset classes, as well as to handle financing mandates. Morgan and Tom Carey are 'both very experienced, responsive and approachable' and 'understand the current regulatory and market landscape'. In recent highlights, the 'excellentAnnette Alexander acted for Octopus Healthcare in the initial fund raise of £82m for its latest institutional fund. Also notable is Andrew Boyce, who recently assisted Blue Water Energy on the $1.1bn final closing of its BWE Fund II. Christopher Anderson is also a key name to note for work pertaining to insurance, investment funds and incorporated cell companies.

Mourant Ozannes 'is extremely professional and has a deep expertise in the funds space in Guernsey'. The 'very knowledgeable and responsiveFrances Watson and the rest of the firm's 'pragmatic and commercial team ensure that all solutions are legally effective'. Darren Bacon 'gets the job done well with minimum fuss'; he recently led the advice to HgCapital with regard to the fundraising for the launch of a private equity fund structure, and collaborated with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP to oversee the Guernsey law aspects of the launch of the fourth iCON infrastructure fund. Senior associate Alana Gillies, 'a superstar combining top-notch technical skills with amazing stamina', is also noted.

Ogier fields ‘an excellent young team of knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers’ and one client describes the ‘market-leading’ offering as ‘very commercial, client-friendly’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’. Craig Cordle ‘has a wealth of expertise and great intellectual capacity’; he led the advice to Sherborne Investors on the establishment of a new £700m fund listed on the specialist fund segment of the main market on the LSE. Associate Charlotte Brown assisted the ‘extremely responsive and very commercialBryon Rees with the creation of new high-value structures, and managing associate Andrew Munro is currently providing regulatory advice to Tetragon with regard to its $1.4bn Guernsey-authorised fund, including its ‘modified Dutch auction’ tender offer. The group was recently strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Oliver Quarmby from Carey Olsen and senior associate Michael Richards from Appleby.

Appleby is ‘responsive and provides rigorous, commercially focused and user-friendly advice’ to an enviable client roster, including Blackstone, Wells Fargo and Brooks Macdonald. The funds team recently handled the final closing of a Guernsey closed-ended fund on behalf of a specialist in secondary acquisitions of shares in Nordic buyout funds, and the ‘cool-headed’ Kate Storey acted as listing sponsor and Guernsey counsel to Valtez with respect to the listing of intra-group debt through its ‘club deal’ fund structure. Recent highlights also include a number of fund financing transactions. Also notable are counsel Camilla Hobbs and associate Nicole Sorbie, who were part of the team advising a corporate services provider on the amendment of certain carried interest vehicle limited partnership agreements and general updates to the group’s operating structure.

Collas Crill fields a 'thoroughly professional and friendly' team consisting of 'excellent senior members who are always helpful and available'. Along with the establishment of new funds, the group also advises on regulatory issues, risk management and the restructuring of distressed funds.  In recent highlights, Wayne Atkinson assisted Darwin Property Investment with the migration of its open-ended fund unit from one Guernsey trustee and custodian to another, and practice leader Paul Wilkes acted for venture capital group White Star on the launch and financing of its registered closed-ended collective investment fund. Senior associate Gareth Morgan recently re-joined from his secondment in the firm's Cayman office.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP recently completed the establishment of a closed-ended private property fund on behalf of the Hillview Group, and continues to advise Taurus and GYS Investment Management on the whole range of fund issues, including a full review of its documentation. Further highlights included representing the designated administrator of a closed-ended fund in its response to proposed sanctions by the GFSC, and the transfer of a PCC business to the BVI for regulatory reasons. The senior names to note are Sam Shires and Matthew Sanders, while clients highly recommend senior counsel Kim Paiva for her ‘ability to process things urgently on short notice’ and senior associate Stephen Ozanne.

The investment funds team at Babbé LLP ‘has strong technical expertise’ and ‘advice is delivered swiftly and in a pragmatic manner’. As well as acting for fund managers and financial institutions, the team recently advised on the establishment of a private equity fund specialising in financial sector investments, and dispute resolution partner Todd McGuffin acted in a dispute between the London-based manager of a fund and its board. In further highlights, clients appointed the group to oversee the establishment of a debt issuer specialising in bridge lending, and to handle the disposal by sale of an open-ended investment scheme. The senior names to note are the ‘very accessible’ Robert Varley, who ‘knows his stuff’, Kathrine Hitchins and Stuart Tyler.

Bedell Cristin’s Richard Sharp was recently appointed as sole counsel of a Guernsey fund to advise on two separate legal reviews with regard to the regulatory implications of the implementation of updates to its particulars. Kate Ovenden continues to act for a number of energy venture funds on the full gamut of mandates, including the admission of new investors, amendments to constitutional documentation and partnership agreements. Clients also instructed the group to handle the establishment of new structures and financing transactions.

The 'very thorough and responsive' team at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP boasts 'excellent knowledge of legal and regulatory issues' in the investment funds space. One client rates Gavin Farrell as 'the number one in the Channel Islands for his communication skills, commercial awareness and proactive attitude'; alongside senior associate Natalie Le Cras, he recently oversaw the establishment of a number of Guernsey funds investing across a wide range of asset classes, including technology and innovation products. In another highlight, Nippon Growth Fund engaged the pair to handle its restructuring into an Irish UCITS sub-fund.

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