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Firms To Watch: Banking and finance

Under the leadership of Norman Day, the banking group at Lexstone Lawyers advises lenders and borrowers on the Jersey aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions, with strong links to law firms in the UK.

Banking and finance in Jersey

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen‘s lawyers are praised by clients for ‘going the extra mile to help out on the overall deal and seeing the big picture of the transaction‘. The group has wide-ranging expertise that includes real estate finance, ESG-related finance, including pricing structures, restructurings and fund financings. Taking the lead is Robin Smith, whose clients span the States of Jersey, financial institutions and funds. Kate Andrews is a core member of the team with significant experience in debt restructurings, acquisition and fund finance. Peter German  is noted for real estate transactions, restructurings, REITs and debt listings. Counsel Fiona Dalton  is another name to note for real estate finance, bringing to bear knowledge in Jersey property unit trusts.

Practice head(s):

Robin Smith

Other key lawyers:

Kate Andrews; Peter German; Fiona Dalton; Rose Clements; Rebecca McQuillan; Lauren Gray

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive and commercial. They go the extra mile to help out on the overall deal and seeing the big picture of the transaction. A rare quality for local counsel involvement in a cross border deal run from London. They deliver the service on time and in an efficient manner, rarely busting fee caps unless it’s because scope or assumptions of materially changed/breached.’

‘Kate Andrews, Rebecca McQuillen. Technically excellent lawyers who go the extra mile to help out on deals. Commercial and pragmatic. Extremely responsive.’

‘Outstanding partner engagement when difficult issues crop up; willing to provide advice in addition to a good standard of commoditised flow work.’

‘Carey Olsen remain my go to off shore law firm. They are always commercial, understand the drivers of private equity and actively engage with the whole deal rather than just ticking off the jurisdiction specific elements.’

‘The Carey Olsen banking and finance team are very responsive and quickly adjust their working practices to fit around clients’ working practices. The Carey Olsen team are very good at anticipating clients’ requirements and leave clients with the sense that the offshore elements of transactions will be well looked after and always progressed in a timely manner to dovetail with overall deal timetables.’

‘Peter German leads a very good team of associates. Peter combines being a very good, commercially-minded lawyer with being extremely approachable. He always makes time for clients and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘They know their stuff, deliver it without fuss and provide a service which feels more akin to an extension of our own office. It’s just an incredibly user-friendly arrangement.’

‘Carey Olsen is the leading banking firm in Jersey – they’re my first choice, ‘go to’ firm for any banking and finance deals with a Jersey element. The team, led by Kate Andrews, is easy to work with, has great cross-border leveraged finance experience and delivers very commercial and highly practical advice.’

‘Kate Andrews is the star – the top leveraged finance lawyer in Jersey. She’s extremely bright and has an excellent knowledge of the leveraged finance market and she knows how to cut through difficult issues to get deals done. The associates she works with are superb as well – Rebecca McQuillan and Lauren Gray in particular are the two stand outs. They’re incredibly hard-working with fantastic attention to detail – very proactive and extremely reliable.’

Key clients

Cale Street Partners

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Nordea Bank

States of Jersey

Ports of Jersey

Santander UK

Sun Ventures

Travelport Group

Hollyport Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for RBSI and a syndicate of other lenders on a €1.455 billion capital call facility agreement for European investment firm Triton Partners. This facility amendment was particularly significant because the amendments included the addition of ESG provisions to convert the facility agreement into a sustainability-linked facility agreement.

Mourant

Mourant handles the full range of financing transactions, including Islamic and fund finance, areas of particular growth for the group in 2021. Augmenting the transactional practice is a strong financial services regulatory team, where Simon Gould  and Sarah Huelin take the lead. Counsel James Daniel is building a strong finance practice and has significant experience advising borrowers and lenders. Mark Chambers  is the name to note for fund finance. Heading the team is Gareth Rigby , who focuses on real estate finance, with a specialism in Jersey property unit trust structures.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Rigby

Other key lawyers:

James Hill; Mark Chambers; Simon Gould; Robert Hickling; Paul Martin; Sarah Huelin; James Daniel

Testimonials

‘Very helpful and responsive. They turn things round quickly, are thorough and always able to explain eg Jersey quirks.’

‘They are quick at agreeing and delivering Jersey law banking documents and they make the Jersey element of a deal very smooth. Their team’s experience, infrastructure and capabilities helps them deliver quickly.’

‘Practical advice, very responsive, depth of knowledge of the market and Jersey requirements. More senior availability than often the case with competitor firms.’

‘James Daniel and Gareth Rigby are both excellent – very responsive, great advice and a solid understanding of their practices while also good value in terms of fees. Very available and responsive.’

‘High quality delivery, technical, commercial and practical advice, user-friendly team and good value for money on fees.’

‘Paul Martin is always great to work with – nothing is too much trouble, even when he is very busy. He is always able to provide a commercial solution to my client’s particularly tricky, technical issues and is very collaborative in his approach to working with onshore counsel. His advice is technically superb.’

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners

HSBC

M&G Investments

Citibank

Goldman Sachs

China Investment Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank

Invesco Real Estate

Metlife

Helaba

Grove Property

M&G Investments

M7 Real Estate Limited

Battersea Project Holding Company Limited

Mimecast Limited

Standard Life Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised arrangers on a £365 million development loan to fund the redevelopment on the site of the former Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
  • Advised a private equity investor on the acquisition and financing of a majority stake in Hawksford, the Jersey headquartered trust company business.

Ogier

Relied upon to provide sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues when they arise and to deliver on time‘, Ogier‘s team handles cross-border and local finance transactions, particularly pertaining to funds, leveraged and real estate finance, restructuring and corporate recovery. The group is jointly led by Katrina Edge , who also heads the firm’s global banking and finance practice and has driven a number of initiatives in the sustainable finance arena; and Simon Felton , whose financial institution practice combines banking knowledge with expertise in capital markets. Bruce MacNeil  is known for cross-jurisdictional banking and finance deals. Also of note are James Lydeard and 2022 partner Kate McCaffrey .

Practice head(s):

Simon Felton; Katrina Edge

Other key lawyers:

Bruce MacNeil; James Lydeard; Kate McCaffrey

Testimonials

‘Katrina Edge is my go to person in relation to all things Jersey related. Very knowledgeable and user friendly.’

‘Katrina Edge and Chris Jones are a safe pair of hands and deliver on time, on budget and with efficiency and professionalism. My “go to” firm for Jersey and Guernsey advice on Real Estate Finance transactions.’

‘Ogier provide excellent service time and again, they can be relied upon to provide sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues when they arise and to deliver on time.’

‘Katrina Edge is excellent. Her knowledge and expertise is very good and matched by her ability to deliver clear, concise advice and solutions.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Apollo Management International LLP

MetLife Investment Management

Caledonia Investments plc

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

International Oasis Holding Company KSCC

M&G Investment Management Limited

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Hospital Topco Limited

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Hellman & Friedman

Northwood Investors LLC

Moorfield Group Limited

OZ Management LP

CPP Investments

KB Securities

Eurazeo Real Estate Lux Sarl

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV S.à r.l.

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Bybrook Capital LLP

Pizza Express (Jersey) Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

The Portfolio Club

Pala Investments Limited

Crestline Direct Finance L.P.

Starwood Capital Group

Hilco Capital

Apollo

Work highlights

  • Advised Valor Real Estate Partners on its acquisition financing for Gemini Business Park in London, financed by Blackstone. The transaction represented a significant acquisition for Valor Real Estate Partners as it seeks to develop its industrial real estate footprint across core London submarkets.
  • Advised a global international banking and wealth management group in relation to the refinancing of the Millharbour Group through which the group’s lending was streamlined from an historic Senior/Mezzanine structure to a sole lender
  • Advised HSBC Bank plc on Project Wave, to refinance the existing indebtedness of the borrower group in connection with a portfolio of student housing properties in Scotland, England and Wales, consisting of 16 properties in total.

Appleby

At Appleby, lawyers are noted for assisting borrowers and lenders, including multinationals, banks, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border finance transactions, utilising the firm’s offshore office network. The team is skilled in real estate finance, fund finance, leveraged finance, as well as handling insolvency and restructuring issuers. It is regularly instructed to handle the finance aspects of major public M&A deals. Managing partner James Gaudin  leads the department, and has significant expertise in financing transactions, as well as corporate restructurings and cross-border insolvencies. Iain Millar joined from Mourant in July 2021, bringing with him a broad skillset that includes Islamic financing mandates. Christophe Kalinauckas is admitted in Cayman and Jersey, enabling him to handle a wide variety of offshore finance matters.

Practice head(s):

James Gaudin

Other key lawyers:

Iain Millar; Christophe Kalinauckas; Daniel Healy; Kevin McQuillan

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to work with, take a practical and commercial view on issues, keep you updated on matter progress and timeframes and raise any issues in a digestible manner. Always on hand to assist when needed and are a reliable off-shore firm that we are happy to recommend to clients.’

‘Daniel Healy understands expertly what we need from him as a local counsel specialist, striking the right balance between dealing with his workstreams unilaterally and raising issues which may need to be flagged to the client. Responsive, proactive and can be relied upon to get the deal done.’

‘Daniel Healy is very reliable and able to deliver clear and well costed advice on time.’

‘The Appleby team are responsive and personable. They are happy to spend time solving issues as they arise and anticipate issues ahead of them coming up.’

‘Daniel Healy is very good at finding solutions, is very responsive and does not waste time negotiating points which are not material.’

‘Kevin McQuillan – just a very good person to work with. Always on the point and mindful of what really matters. Commercially and technically astute.’

‘Christophe Kalinauckas was engaged with the task from our first call and assisted where necessary throughout the transaction.’

Key clients

Ashby Capital

HSBC

Barclays

Lloyds

Tritax Group

National Westminster Bank

OakNorth Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Santander

Bank of America

Paragon GP II GmbH

Investec Bank

Bank of Ireland

Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited

Acquiline Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Perwyn Advisors UK Limited on the acquisition of Jersey Telecom’s internet of things division.
  • Advised a private office on a development financing in respect of a central London property.
  • Advised a global private equity fund in relation to the funding arrangements on Permira’s USD 5.8B acquisition of Mimecast.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin‘s team advises a strong selection of lenders on acquisition finance transactions, with a particular specialism in real estate finance. The team is led by Alasdair Hunter , who is well-known to US and European investment banks, asset managers and credit funds, as well as handling enforcement, restructuring and insolvency issues. Tim Pearce chairs the global banking and finance practice at the firm, assisting borrowers and lenders. Mark Dunlop is knowledgeable in financial products. Senior associate Malcolm Ellis is known for a variety of deals including syndicated facilities and property financings.

Practice head(s):

Alasdair Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Tim Pearce; Mark Dunlop; Malcolm Ellis; Antony Clerehugh; Louise Hassell; James Peart; Philip Kendal

Testimonials

‘Seamless processes, quick to respond, collaborates well with other legal firms to ensure completion of transactions in a timely manner.’

‘Personable and clear with advice. Always a great service provided. Tim Pearce is exceptional.’

‘The team at Bedells is ultra reliable and communicative when working on matters with us. We always know the exact position we are at on a matter and we can discuss our requirements at the outset knowing that they are efficient, our clients like them and the matter will proceed to completion within the relevant timescales.’

‘We have worked with other offshore firms and find Bedells much more approachable, more readily accessible and commercial in their approach to our matters. Specifically we use Antony Clerehugh for Jersey work and Louise Hassell and Philip Kendal for BVI matters. We have a great working relationship with all these people and rarely look elsewhere for quotes etc.’

‘The banking (REF) team is a pleasure to deal with, timely in giving advice and responses and share a good number of client relationships in common with us.’

‘Tim Pearce, Louise Hassell and Antony Clerehugh are notable for good service.’

‘The Bedells team are extremely commercial – they are well matched with our practice as they are entirely focused on problem solving. I also appreciate their flexible approach on fees and billing.’

‘It is always a pleasure to deal with the Bedells team. They are always helpful and they are up for a challenge.’

‘Knowledge in subject area, market, jurisdiction and Islamic finance generally’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

C. Le Masurier

Ocorian

Santander UK plc

Macquarie Bank

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Aareal Bank AG

Ares Management Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited t/a NatWest International

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays Bank in connection with a c£2bn financing to Constellation Automotive’s which owns brands such as British Car Auctions and WeBuyAnyCar.
  • Advised RBSI on its financing of the Jersey Pottery group.
  • Advised OCBC on the transition of its loan book from LIBOR to SONIA.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill has a good track record in Islamic finance matters, acting for lenders and borrowers on a range of transactions; a practice that fits well into the firm’s wider real estate finance practice. The team is well-integrated into the firm’s global office network, often cooperating with clients in the British Virgin Islands. Matthew Gilley has a niche in cross-border real estate financings. Associate Alexander Price  is up-and-coming within the team, which is led overall by Mike Williams. Christine Fox has joined Walkers.

Practice head(s):

Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilley; Christine Fox; Alexander Price

Testimonials

‘The team always goes the extra mile to meet demanding client timescales, easily contactable and great market knowledge.’

‘Alexander Price is our go to contact for collating fee quotes and to RFPs across the jurisdictions of Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and Cayman Islands.’

‘Collas Crill are responsive, diligent and efficient. They are also price sensitive.’

‘Mike Williams is uniquely helpful and considered. Alex Price is is always helpful’

‘Always helpful in providing guidance.’

‘Alexander Price, has always been key in providing professional and key advice.’

‘Alexander and Mike very hands on and client focused.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading UK retail bank on the restatement then redemption of £253million facilities offered to two Jersey real estate funds following their reorganisation and restructure
  • Advising a UK based pensions and investments provider financing the acquisition of a portfolio of UK commercial industrial estates via two JPUTs.
  • Advising an Islamic Bank with regards to a Sharia compliant master commodity murabaha facility to facilitate the purchase of a Tesco supermarket in Greater Manchester utilising Sharia compliant structures in both Jersey and Cayman Islands.

Maples Group

According to clients, ‘where many overseas counsel can seem to provide more problems than solutions, Maples Group is quite the reverse‘. The firm, which is solidifying its presence in the Channel Islands, has a strong US private equity client base, which it advises on fund finance matters, as well as deals involving leveraged, real estate and Shariah-compliant finance, the latter being a specialism of practice head Mark Crichton. Paul Burton  is strong for leveraged and structured finance transactions. Simon Hopwood  is knowledgeable in UK REIT structures. Becoming of counsel in December 2021, Amy Black is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crichton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Burton; Simon Hopwood; Amy Black; Anna Cochrane

Testimonials

‘Responsive , quality advice at competitive pricing in a crowded offshore market where firms can additionally differentiate themselves by with individual engagement – Maples do this.’

‘Excellent can-do attitude. Where many overseas counsel can seem to provide more problems than solutions, Maples are quite the reverse. They are quick to grasp the commercial realities of a transaction and work to get the deal done, whilst providing easy to understand explanations of the idiosyncrasies of their various jurisdictions. I appreciate their commercial approach to agreeing fees.’

Paul Burton and Anna Cochrane in the Jersey office have recently assisted with some quite complex advice and were able to deal with and advise the client directly rather than it needing to be “postboxed” through the English lawyers. Again I have always found them helpful and friendly as well as very knowledgeable.’

‘Great advice and drafting delivered in calm and commercial manner. Great communication.’

‘Simon Hopwood is an excellent lawyer. Calm and precise. Great commercial knowledge and delivers work and advice on time and on budget. Really great guy who provides and excellent service.’

‘Mark Crichton and his team are friendly, commercial, responsive and unfailingly reliable. It is always an absolute pleasure to be working with or opposite them.’

Key clients

Apache Capital Partners

Bain Capital

Barclays Bank

Blackstone Credit

Global Infrastructure Partners

KKR

Natwest Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting as Jersey borrower transaction counsel for 6-strong consortium high on the full redemption and refinancing of a senior secured facility utilised by Galaxy Pipeline Assets Bidco Limited (Global Infrastructure Partners consortium) to acquire 49% stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil (ADNOC) lease rights to 38 gas pipelines.
  • Advising Blackstone Credit (BXC) on the Jersey aspects of provision of a USD 1.29bn debt package (including leveraged credit facility) to BC Partners in connection with its USD 1.7bn acquisition of Davies, a specialist insurance sector technology service provider.
  • Acting for Apache Capital Partners on its £95m refinancing with pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in relation to its Angel Gardens BTR development.

Walkers

The ‘high-quality and collaborativeWalkers team has a broad practice spanning real estate, secured, and leveraged acquisition finance, as well as debt capital markets, restructuring and enforcement issues, and Shariah-compliant finance transactions. Taking the lead is Nigel Weston, who has strong ties to Middle Eastern clients. Alexandra Corner  is a banking and finance generalist, also chairing the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee for the Channel Islands. Jon Le Rossignol is an expert in non-contentious debt restructurings. Tristan Maultby is appreciated by clients for being ‘very organised and very hands on with transactions‘. Christine Fox joined the firm from Collas Crill.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Weston

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Corner; Jon Le Rossignol; Tristan Maultby; Louise Hamilton

Testimonials

‘High quality, collaborative team. Willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Jon Le Rossignol – Excellent quality of advice and commercial approach.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable’

‘The team had a can do attitude and worked together to keep the deal moving’

‘The Walkers team has done a fantastic job serving as local counsel for us on a facility with complex structure and numerous credit parties in multiple jurisdictions. Walkers is always incredibly responsive and they have consistently provided sound and commercial counsel throughout the entire process.’

‘Walkers in Jersey are a leading banking firm and have a good depth of knowledge’

‘They’re hardworking and keen to develop relationships’

‘Tristan Maultby provides top-tier advice and oversight which really compounds trust in the Walkers firm. This trust is then validated by the can-do attitude, transparency on overruns and overall quality of the matter from start to finish. I can’t recommend Tristan highly enough and his practice is the go-to team for banking and finance matters offshore. Tristan really engages with his clients to deliver rational solutions. Undisputed market leader in his field.’

Tristan Maultby is very organised and very hands on with transactions. I’m always confident he has matters in hand.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

AO Raiffeisenbank

Babylon Health

Debt funds managed by Blackstone

Eagle Street Partners

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising on the external financing aspects of on the merger of Babylon Health, a leading global digital-first value-based care company and Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp (a Special Purpose Acquisition Company), a GBP £1,500,000,000 transaction.
  • Advising Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on the Jersey law Islamic financing aspects of the acquisition by Kuwait Business Town Real Estate Company of a significant UK retail asset. The transaction represented the first UK real estate investment by Kuwait Business Town Real Estate Company.
  • Advised on a listing on The International Stock Exchange. The relevant securities (valued in excess of GBP £300m) were issued in relation to a large scale group restructuring and refinancing.

Viberts

Lawyers at Vibertsunderstand their area of expertise and give sage advice‘, with recent expertise handling novel transactions including in relation to crowdfunding. Real estate finance structures are a notable area of specialism. Christopher Scholefield leads the firm’s relationship with Lloyds Bank, while James Lawrence focuses on bonds and securitisations. Heading the team is Paul Wilson. Promoted to senior associate in February 2022, Eleanor Colley is increasingly active in the real estate finance space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Scholefield; James Lawrence; Eleanor Colley; Oliver Hughes

Testimonials

‘Good responsive advice from key contacts within law firm . They understand their area of expertise and give sage advice’

‘My firm of choice to refer finance work to in Jersey. Always responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Oliver Hughes stands out as approachable, knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

AMC Cinemas

Coutts

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Caxton

Criptyque

Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited

FCC Construction Limited

Dominion Financial Services

Aztec Financial Services

BDO

LassWho?

Treasure Quest Limited

Highvern Trust Company Limited

Pentera Trust Company Limited

Shufl Venture Capital Limited

KPMG

BCK Holdings Limited

Saltgate Limited

CNR Constructeur SAS

Baccata Trustees Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

Lloyds Bank

Forward Group Limited

Tobacco Dock Limited

BCI Asset Finance Limited

Dunningham Investments Limited

Revoke Limited

Fox Managed Services (CI) Limited

Level 4 Developments Limited

J.J. Fox International Limited

Rossborough Financial Services Limited

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc previously Lloyds Bank International

Longulf Trading (UK) Limited

Oak Services Limited

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

Oak Group (Jersey) Limited

Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited

Cynergy Bank Limited

Zero1 Limited

Regal Construction (Jersey) Limited

Pomroy Limited

Ready Plant (2019) Limited

ROK Construction Limited

Jersey Oyster Company Limited

HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

ROK FCC JV

Comnexa

Work highlights

  • Advised GlenQ Trustees Limited, a Jersey financial services business, in relation to a £62 million multi-jurisdictional debt financing deal involving the purchase of an English company which owned landmark real estate in a London Borough that was being purchased for development purposes.
  • Advised a holding company in relation to a £10,000,000 crowdfunding equity raise.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank by undertaking a full scale review of the Bank’s suite of Jersey security documents.

Edward Scott and Co

Edward Scott and Co is a boutique finance firm focusing on high-value transactions for blue chip clients. The practice is led by founding partner Edward Scott, noted for his expertise in Jersey real estate finance. Counsel Kirsten Faichnie has expertise in structuring investment vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Edward Scott

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Faichnie

Testimonials

Edward Scott and his team assisted us recently on a transaction involving Jersey companies. There advice was well tailored and being a smaller practice, you had immediate partner access and they were available around the clock on a demanding deal.’

Edward Scott’s advice was commercial, succinct and always to the point. He remained responsive and helpful throughout the transaction and engaged collaboratively with the other side’s Jersey counsel.’

Key clients

Tellon Capital

Reuben Brothers

ED Group

Landsec

Octagon Developments

Delin Capital

SFO Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising a Jersey-incorporated joint venture vehicle, part owned by a listed company, on its more than £100,000,000 refinancing.
  • Acted for Tellon Capital on its construction financing facility with Bank Hapoalim to develop a 98,000 sq ft office building in London’s Victoria.
  • Advised Cavendish Propco Limited, sponsored by ED Group, on a loan from Investec to part-finance the acquisition of 95 New Cavendish Street, London W1 via a Jersey Property Unit Trust.