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The ‘really strong’ banking and finance offering at Bedell Cristin combines ‘technical quality, turnaround and speed of delivery, and flexibility in the delivery of its services’. Mark Dunlop was part of a multi-jurisdictional team which oversaw the high-value refinancing of existing debt in a REIT group and worked alongside a global law firm on the termination of revolving facilities on behalf of a private equity fund. In other highlights, Alasdair Hunter provided Jersey law advice to a foreign financial services company in connection with senior facilities made available in the context of the acquisition of a Jersey company; Tim Pearce acted as Jersey counsel to both finance parties in connection with euro term loans pertaining to the acquisition of a German life insurer by a Cinven-sponsored structure. Other names to note are Tom Davies, who was recently promoted to partner, managing associate Guy Westmacott, whom clients ‘truly trust’, and senior associate Malcolm Ellis whose vast experience includes overseeing Islamic and shari'ah-compliant financing matters. Simon Hopwood joined Maples and Calder's newly opened Jersey office in September 2018.

Carey Olsen ‘is the leading finance practice in Jersey’, known for its ‘consistently considered and commercial advice’, according to one client. ‘Sensible, responsive and commercial’ team leader Robin Smith ‘is always a pleasure to work with’ and recently acted for a major transnational bank in a high-value term loan facility to a borrower group structure comprising over 30 Jersey and Guernsey companies. The department has also recently handled significant ring-fencing mandates and fund financing work, and NewRiver appointed the team to advise on £430m of unsecured facilities from a syndicate of lenders including Barclays, HSBC and Santander. Clients also praise Kate Andrews and Peter German as ‘user-friendly and proactive’. The group recently made several hires, including counsel Michael Evans from Ogier and senior associate Laura McConnell from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Mourant Ozannes maintains a healthy mix of lender and borrower-side work pertaining to new loan arrangements and refinancing transactions on behalf of an enviable blue-chip client base including names like Greystar, Goldman Sachs and CVC. Mark Chambers recently advised the Bank of China, HSBC and ING on the financing of the acquisition of London’s iconic ‘Cheesegrater’ Leadenhall Building by Hong Kong-based property firm CC Land; Gareth Rigby and James Hill handled a £500m facility for a syndicate of banks including Wells Fargo relating to the refinancing of the Merry Hill portfolio following its acquisition by Intu. Also notable is Paul Martin’s work for Eircom with regard to high-yield bond issues and an amendment and extension of its facilities agreement, and Jon Woolrich’s advice to O3b Networks on the refinancing of its $1.4bn facilities. Counsel Iain Millar plays a crucial role in the team and is also a key name to note.

The Ogier team ‘provides a first-class service, makes itself readily available at short notice and provides concise advice and guidance’. Clients praise ‘bright, approachable and focused’ practice head Katrina Edge, who ‘demonstrates a clear understanding of what clients need’. Especially strong in lender-side real estate financing transactions and acquisition finance, the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Felton from Mourant Ozannes and the promotion to counsel of Peter Longstaffe. Barclays engaged the group – as well as its Guernsey and BVI counterparts – to advise on its refinancing of Tritax Big Box REIT’s secured syndicated facility, and Bruce MacNeil represented ADEEM in the restructuring of the conventional and shari'ah-compliant financing arrangements provided to certain of its subsidiaries. Richard Daggett, senior associate Chula O’Donoghue and associate Jennifer Cox are also recommended for their ‘conscientiousness and responsiveness’. Other notable clients include the Bank of Montreal, Credit Suisse and HSBC.

The ‘strong and trusted’ outfit at Appleby is composed of ‘highly competent and responsive’ attorneys who are ‘very experienced in fund finance’. An enviable client base including names such as HSBC, Wells Fargo and Santander regularly appoints the group, led by Wendy Benjamin, to advise on refinancing matters, real estate finance transactions and complex restructurings. Senior associate Chris Spencer ‘knows just what clients are after’ and was part of the team acting for Barclays in a debt refinancing with Premier Oil, including the negotiation of Jersey law share securities; associate Kevin McQuillan assisted James Gaudin with his work for Goldman Sachs as the purchaser of notes from an issuer as part of the financing of a corporate transaction. Also notable is private equity and hedge fund specialist Andrew Weaver, who acted for Tritax Big Box REIT on the offshore elements of a new tranche of funding. The team welcomed a number of new associates, including three from UK law firms.

WALKERS 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’.

The ‘deal doers’ and ‘problem solvers’ at Ward Yates combine ‘a high level of technical ability with a practical and commercial approach’ and, according to one client, ‘outdo their competitors when it comes to responsiveness and ability’. Recently, the team advised a lender in the context of a borrower having breached finance and security arrangements by restructuring without lender consent, and a large Asian property developer engaged the firm to advise on the Jersey law aspects of its entry into a syndicated loan note facility to fund the development of a property in the UK. Also notable is Elaine Kelly's work for a mortgage lender pertaining to the refinancing of various loans made by a global financial advisory group, and a number of acquisition financing transactions in the real estate sector. Kelly, who ‘is a joy to work with’, co-heads the banking offering with ‘knowledgeable, proactive and helpful’ founding partners Victoria Yates and Nick Ward.

Clients describe the banking and finance team at Collas Crill as ‘highly responsive, efficient and great to work with’. The ‘commercially aware and pragmatic’ Mike Williams recently joined the firm from Mourant Ozannes, along with Ian Montgomery, and now heads the group, while Dilmun Leach arrived from Ogier; on the junior level, Fiona Wilson transferred to the commercial department after serving as the firm’s senior knowledge management lawyer. Recent work includes acting for a Middle Eastern asset manager on the BVI aspects of a loan transaction designed to enhance the oil and gas infrastructure in a North African nation, and assisted a well-known bank with a loan to fund the development of hospitality projects at a major international airport.

Simon Vivian spearheads Hatstone Lawyers’ seven-partner team with a particular strength in private equity transactions. The firm’s recent work highlights include several high-value real estate financing transactions for which the team handled the facility agreements and credit and security arrangements as well as the registration of Jersey security interest, usually on the borrower side. Alex Carus is also a key contact with substantial experience in the trusts space, where he has previously been instructed to handle governance and corporate issues. The promotion to partner of Bennie Burger and arrival of Mark Rawlins from Collas Crill further strengthened the outfit recently. Notable clients include ED Capital and Future Finance.

Lexstone Lawyers’ Lucy Egerton-Vernon recently collaborated with senior associate Agnieszka Bielanska to advise on the Jersey law aspects of a major refinancing transaction involving Welsh, English, BVI and Jersey companies. In other notable highlights, the group acted alongside large international law firms such as Gowling WLG to represent clients including Müchener Hypothekenbank and DBS Bank in financing transactions. Marcus Stone founded the firm with Egerton-Vernon and is also a key contact alongside associate Claudia Martens.

Voisin Law caters mainly to corporate borrowers, with a particular strength in property and acquisition finance and significant experience in the Islamic financing space. The senior name to note is ‘very strong’ practice head Kate Anderson, who recently advised a private investor on the Jersey aspects of a high-value refinancing transaction to facilitate an existing debt fund. Senior associate Daniel Walker led the advice to a property regeneration company with regard to a facility with a global insurer designed to refinance existing borrowings and the acquisition of an additional property. In other highlights, the group was appointed to oversee significant cross-border real estate transactions. Clients also recommend ‘extremely responsive and effective’ associate Chris Le Quesne.

Pinel Advocates acts for both real estate funds as borrowers and major banks as lenders, as well as on fintech mandates. The names to note are practice head Andrew Pinel, senior associates David Yetman and Oliver Hughes, and counsel James Mews, who has significant in-house experience at the island's financial regulator.

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