Banking and finance in Jersey

Carey Olsen Jersey LLP

Typically instructed on the bank side, Carey Olsen  represents a  large roster of bulge-bracket banks from the UK, US, Europe and beyond. Robin Smith's work includes billion-Euro fund financing transactions, as does that of Kate Andrews (who also handles real estate finance and distressed lending). Peter German also handles financing of UK real estate. Simon Marks focuses on financing elements of heavyweight local deals, while Christopher Griffin has cryptocurrency expertise.

Practice head(s):

Robin Smith

Testimonials

A stand-out firm in Jersey – the quality, consistency and commerciality of service is head and shoulders above its competitors.’

Peter German has market-leading knowledge of the Jersey aspects of structuring, execution and financing of inbound real estate investment.’

A terrific team: responsive, very knowledgeable and pragmatic in its advice, plus fun to work with.’

Kate Andrews is an excellent lawyer who is very commercial in her advice.’

Key clients

Concordia International Corporation

Travelport PLC

Frogmore Real Estate Partners

Binance

Work highlights

  • Working with White & Case LLP, advised the creditors of Concordia International on it restructuring, which reduced its debt from $3.7bn to £1.4bn.
  • Advising Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, on the launch of its Jersey platform.

Mourant

Mourant handles a range of top-tier work. Practice head Gareth Rigby advises elite private equity fund sponsors on their fund finance transactions, with Mark Chambers also handling lender side work in this case. James Hill is a key contact for real estate finance, and Jon Woolrich's practice includes corporate finance deals. Simon Gould contributes regulatory expertise. Senior associate James Daniel is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Rigby

Testimonials

The team is very easy to work with, and provides accurate advice promptly – it works well in multinational teams.

Mark Chambers is a partner with extensive experience who is always quick to ensure clients get Jersey advice promptly.

Jon Woolrich and James Daniel lead an exceptional team whose knowledge is vast, friendly, professional and always available to help. If they are not able to help with a specific query they will investigate the issue and respond with an appropriate answer very quickly.

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners

HSBC

M&G Investments

Citibank

Goldman Sachs

China Investment Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank

Invesco Real Estate

Battersea Project Holding Company Limited

WPP plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Mimecast on borrowing a secured term loan and a revolving credit facility from JPMorgan Chase.
  • Advised Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale on a loan to Kiwoom Asset Management for the South Korean asset manager’s purchase of London real estate.
  • Advised China Investment Corporation on borrowing for the purpose of its purchase of Logicor from Blackstone for €12.25bn.
  • Advised Investec Bank on lending a capital call facility to Palamon Capital Funds
  • Advised IBM on the Jersey law regulatory issues surrounding its World-Wire blockchain-based payments system.

Ogier

Ogier handles the range of finance work to be expected of a top-line Jersey firm, covering top-of-market fund finance deals, large offshore real estate deals and complex, sensitive restructurings. Katrina Edge advises leading real estate funds on large deals, while Simon Felton handles complex restructurings and some deals concerning transport finance. Bruce MacNeil handles some of the largest fund finance mandates in the market. Clients praise Julia Keppe, who was promoted to managing associate in February 2019, a year after joining from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):

Katrina Edge; Simon Felton

Other key lawyers:

Bruce MacNeil; Julia Keppe; Kate McCaffrey

Testimonials

What sets Ogier apart is its commitment to client service – as well as being technically on the money, its assistance in bringing deals to a conclusion is invaluable.’

Katrina Edge and her team are well-known in finance circles in London and are on the panel of most of the banks.’

Bruce MacNeil is a go-to lawyer in Jersey – he is very commercial, reliable and responsive.’

Katrina Edge can be relied upon to provide clear, consise and practical advice.’

Julia Keppe has impressive knowledge of acquisition financing transactions and restructurings: she provides clear and commercially driven advice.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Lloyds Bank International

MetLife

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Bank of Montreal

Credit Suisse

Caledonia Investments plc

Hellman & Friedman

OZ Management LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds on lending £58.5m to the purchasers of Gaspé House, reportedly Jersey’s largest ever on-island commercial real estate deal.

Appleby

Appleby covers a range of high-level work in the core areas of banking and finance, but the two headline roles for the firm during 2018 were Wendy Benjamin's work on the ring-fencing restructurings of two of the UK's big five banks. James Gaudin handles fund finance and real estate finance matters, as does Andrew Weaver.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Benjamin

Other key lawyers:

James Gaudin; Andrew Weaver

Testimonials

Appleby is incredibly supportive, and delivers high-quality thought and output.’

Wendy Benjamin demonstrates skill and a caring approach.’

Key clients

Ashby Capital LLP

Atrium European Real Estate Limited

Barclays

HSBC

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK plc on a restructuring, transferring its Jersey offerings from Santander UK plc to Abbey National Treasury Services, to comply with UK ring-fencing regulations.
  • Advised HSBC on transferring its Jersey business into the Jersey branch of HSBC Bank plc for the purposes of UK ring-fencing requirements (the ring-fenced UK bank is known as HSBC UK Bank).
  • Advised Atrium European Real Estate on borrowing a €300m revolving facility.
  • Advised Ashby Capital on the acquisition financing for several assets, including commercial units in High Street Kensington and an office block in Farringdon.
  • Advised serviced office company Helix Property on the use of a facility to finance the purchase of three properties in the UK.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin's practice is on the panels of many leading banks, from the UK and elsewhere, handling real estate finance, restructuring and corporate finance (in particular, the firm has take roles a number of interesting deals in the energy space). 'Commercially-minded' practice head Tim Pearce, Mark Dunlop ('the undisputed champion of Jersey security law') and the 'highly-regarded' Alasdair Hunter are the key partners in the team. The firm also has a strong bench below partner level, with clients singling out senior associates Louise Hassell, Simon Morris, Malcolm Ellis and Antony Clerehugh for praise. The firm also has Jersey law expertise in its London office.

Practice head(s):

Tim Pearce

Testimonials

The team delivers a responsive, cost-effective and commercially focused service – it is able to deal with client pressure most effectively.

The firm provides commercially driven, clear and appropriate advice on a wide range of high value, highly complex, multi-jurisdictional matters.

The firm understands how clients want and need to get from the start to the end of transactions efficiently and smoothly and in dealing with all issues in a calm, speedy and cost-effective manner.

Alasdair Hunter has wide-ranging experience in banking and finance matters and is highly regarded by clients and instructing lawyers alike.

Tim Pearce provides sensible, honest advice and understands what is required the first time of asking.

Mark Dunlop is a leading authority on company law and banking and security law.

Simon Morris is a very good lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable but does not get bogged down in minutiae – he has the ability to manage complex transactions with ease.

Louise Hassell goes above and beyond for clients.

Key clients

Aviva Commercial Finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

Link Asset Services (London) Limited

Morgan Stanley

Blackstone Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Vitol

VTB Capital

WisdomTree Investments, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Fore Advisors on the £91m financing aspects of a purchase of London real estate.
  • Advised RBS on refinancing two real estate funds managed by The Curlew Group.
  • Advised RBS on real estate financing provided to a fund for the purpose of investment in properties on Jersey’s Esplanade and Seaton Place.
  • Advised VTB Bank on amendments to a loan to Essar Energy as part of the borrower’s restructuring, following its sale of Essar Oil.

WALKERS

WALKERS acts for several banks from Russia, the Middle East and Asia, including specialist Islamic institutions. Matters handled range from asset finance, acquisition finance, lending to funds and real estate deals. Jersey office managing partner Jonathan Heaney's practice includes acquisition finance, with Nigel Weston active in Islamic and asset finance. Practice head Alexandra Corner handles fund finance facilities, often acting for well-known banks in this space. Mark Crichton is a new partner promotion.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Corner

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Heaney; Nigel Weston; Alexandra Corner; Mark Crichton; Christophe Kalinauckas

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Qatar National Bank

JP Morgan

Endeavour Mining Company

BE Aerospace Europe

ING Bank

Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on financing Informa’s purchase of UBM.
  • Advised Qatar National Bank on the Islamic financing of three Jersey trust structures holding London real estate.
  • Advised JPMorgan on financing a partnership’s purchase of a Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.

Collas Crill

Financing of UK real estate projects and acquisitions sits at the core of Collas Crill's finance offering in Jersey. Among other work, Mike Williams, who is qualified in the BVI, handles a range of complex deals, including those involving murabaha structures and other Islamic finance products. Matthew Gilley joined at partner level from Ogier, where he was a managing associate; Ian Montgomery is now in the firm's Tortola office.

Practice head(s):

Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilley

Testimonials

A really flexible, progressive bunch. I’m always happy to work with them and find their knowledge and practicality a great help in transactions.’

‘An exceptional offering in both Jersey and Guernsey – the firm can be trusted to provide a very high quality, thorough and efficient service and I have no hesitation in recommending them to my clients. I also really appreciate that they are commercial in their approach and are not trying to point score but to get the deal done.’

‘Great group of people to deal with. Flexible, pragmatic and fun to work with. The team is very responsive, technically good and client focused. They are also commercial when it comes to fee requests.’

Mike Williams is a great lawyer to work with. He manages to tread the tricky line of providing good advice whilst remaining on good terms with everyone.  Always picks up the phone when I call.

‘Mike Williams is a pleasure to work with. Knows the law, knows how clients work and gets the job done. Fun to work with.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Bank

Bank of London & The Middle East

Bank Julius Baer

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

Credit Agricole

HSBC

ICICI Bank

State Street Corporation

Qatari Investment Bank

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised HCT Group, a social enterprise, on borrowing £17.8m to turn existing bus operations into social enterprises.
  • Advised ADIB (UK) Limited on a £26m master commodity murabaha lent to a Jersey company to fund the acquisition and development of a Travelodge hotel at London Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised two companies on a $30m loan from Deutsche Bank’s Swiss branch to develop a seven-story building in Manhattan.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on a £54m loan to TCWW properties to develop a 700-unit ‘co-living space’ in Baltimore Wharf.
  • Advised ING on a JPY2.2bn and $55m refinancing of Inchcape Shipping Services World Limited.

Maples Group

Maples Group acts for a number of well-known banks and private equity houses, handling fund finance work, corporate lending, asset finance and offshore elements of real estate deals. The 'technically strong' Chris Byrne and 'user-friendly' Paul Burton share leadership of the practice, while 'exceptionally switched-on' associate Anna Cochrane is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Chris Byrne; Paul Burton

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cochrane

Testimonials

The Maples finance team in Jersey provides an excellent level of service for cross-border real estate finance transactions. They are well-versed in the practicalities of using Jersey corporate vehicles in multi-jurisdictional deals and know how to cut straight through the issues to provide solutions.’

‘They firm has good contacts with Jersey-based banks and are familiar with their expectations, which ensures that no time is wasted in getting to an agreed position on transactions.

Clients really appreciate the team’s can-do attitude – they always appreciate the commercial reality of the transaction and give a strong feeling of being on your side in dealing with any issues.’

Chris Byrne is technically strong, very responsive, and is always willing to talk through and find solutions to issues. He is a pair of safe hands on the implementation of transactions.

Paul Burton has a strong understanding of complex structured financings, as well as a very user-friendly approach.

Anna Cochrane is excellent at co-coordinating the Jersey aspects of cross-border deals.’

Voisin Law

At Voisin Law, Kate Anderson primarily handles borrower-side work concerning real estate finance. Below partner level, solicitor Daniel Walker also takes a lead role on key deals, including for challenger and alternative banks. With a number of mandates involving Islamic finance, the firm has a strong relationship with a number of Middle Eastern banks.

Practice head(s):

Kate Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Walker

Ward Yates

A key area of work for Ward Yates is real estate finance, in which the 'high-performing' Nick Ward, who is also qualified in the BVI, demonstrates Islamic finance expertise on a range of deals. The 'calm and unflappable' Elaine Kelly handles many key deals concerning London real estate.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ward

Testimonials

The firm’s strength lies in their ability to be nimble and quick, and work in a collaborative manner with the client when deadlines are approaching, giving guidance which is in plain English.

Ward Yates is an excellent firm with real focus on customer service and deal execution. They have great technical expertise but are also extremely user-friendly.

Nick Ward and Elaine Kelly are high-performing individuals: responsive, always owning their part of the transaction.

Nick Ward is an excellent lawyer, very competent technically and very commercially oriented. He shows great commitment to his clients.

Elaine Kelly is a huge asset to the firm – she always finds a solution in the event of any problems.’

Key clients

MTD Group

AustralianSuper

Lodha Group

Moobility Telecom International Holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised MTD Group on borrowing £280m to develop One Crown Place in London.

Dickinson Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson, which primarily acts for investors in UK real estate finance, also has niche expertise in art finance - which often presents more challenging issues in Jersey than London due to different laws covering security over chattels. Edward Scott is the sole partner in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Edward Scott

Key clients

Tellon Capital

Pentera

Intertrust

Royal Bank of Canada

Ahli United Bank

Athena Art Finance Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tellon Capital on borrowing to finance its purchase of the Chineham Shopping Centre, near Basingstoke, and increasing an existing finance facility to purchase land to expand the Bargate Shopping Centre in Southampton.
  • Advised Albury Land on borrowing £6m from Santander, against the backdrop of a large shareholding in the company being subject to probate procedures following the death of its owner.
  • Advised the Reuben Brothers on discharging an existing security prior to their purchase of the Burlington Arcade in London.

Hatstone Lawyers

Simon Vivian heads the practice at Hatstone Lawyers, which has a track record of financing private equity deals. Alex Carus and Mark Rawlins are other key names in the team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Vivian

Other key lawyers:

Alex Carus; Mark Rawlins

Lexstone Lawyers

Lexstone Lawyers' practice, led by senior group partner Marcus Stone, handles a range of finance deals, and advises a number of well-known banks in this space. Stone, a Jersey advocate, works alongside fellow founding partner Lucy Egerton-Vernon , who has a focus on Jersey foundations and charities law.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Stone

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Egerton-Vernon

Testimonials

Lexstone’s responsiveness and knowledge are key elements which lead clients to working with it.

Not only is Lucy Egerton-Vernon extremely knowledgeable and professional, she is a general pleasure to work with.

Key clients

AEW

Bank of Ireland

Münchener Hypothekenbank AG

DBS Bank Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Hawk Lending Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

Lenz & Staehelin

Soditic Group

Howard Kennedy

Garfield Bennett Trust Company Limited

Stenham Wealth

Work highlights

  • Advised Münchener Hypothekenbank on its £24m financing of the Pall Mall Unit Trust.

Pinel Advocates

Pinel Advocates handles transactional work for well-known banks, while in addition, counsel James Mews, who was previously in-house at the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the States of Jersey,  has particular regulatory expertise as a result of his work with the Deposit Compensation Scheme, Jersey's equivalent of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in the UK). Andrew Pinel heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pinel

Other key lawyers:

James Mews

Key clients

Santander

Metro Bank

BNP Paribas

Jersey Deposit Compensation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander on lending £52m to a Jersey structure investing in real estate.
  • Advised Metro Bank on its financing and security arrangements in Jersey, including the creation of its suite of Jersey documents.