Described as ‘truly superb‘, Carey Olsen is praised by clients for providing ‘unmatched Jersey law advice‘. The team handles onshore and local M&A, with particular expertise in equity structuring, and is also increasingly active in advising US clients, including SPACs, listed companies, PE investors and trade purchasers. Taking the lead, where he ‘always goes the extra mile‘ is Guy Coltman , who has wide-ranging expertise across the corporate transactional piece. Alex Ohlsson focuses on Jersey corporate and finance law issues, also areas of expertise for David Taylor . James Willmott and counsel David Allen also stand out.
Corporate and commercial in Jersey
Other key lawyers:
Alex Ohlsson; James Willmott; David Taylor; David Allen
‘The Carey Olsen team provides unmatched Jersey law advice. As a non-Jersey lawyer, the CO team is quick to explain the inner workings of the Jersey system and to provide practical advice I can take to senior leaders. They have been a valued partner for over 10 years.’
‘The individuals I have worked with at CO have been incredibly responsive, efficient, practical, conscientious about billing and dedicated to making sure that I get the right answer quickly. Simon Marks and the financial transactions team, and Guy Coltman and David Allen on the corporate side have been lifesavers on more than one occasion as we raced to do a transaction or accomplish a corporate goal. I’ve worked with new associates who now take lead roles on deals, while bringing years of my company specific knowledge with them.’
‘A deep seated understanding of the sector in which we operate, the law and regulatory landscape coupled with a very commercial approach to achieving good outcomes.’
‘Guy Coltman: always goes the extra mile and we feel he has our back every step of the way.’
‘Carey Olsen is truly superb. We get full, expert onshore-style legal support for all our offshore corporate needs.’
‘Guy Coltman leads the team. He is pragmatic, sensible and always on our side plus a real pleasure to deal with.’
The States of Jersey Development Company
- Advised a SPAC on its definitive merger agreement with Babylon Holdings Limited. The transaction reflects an initial pro forma equity value of approximately $4.2 billion.
- Advising Sanne Group on the ongoing acquisition of Sanne Group PLC by Apex Group. The acquisition is being effected by way of a Jersey scheme of arrangement.
Mourant stands out for handling major transactions in the real estate sector, but it is is also active in the private equity space and in the local M&A market. Gareth Rigby , who heads the department, is the name to note for real estate-related transactions structured as corporate acquisitions; James Hill is instructed on corporate structurings, IPOs, re-domicilations, M&A and joint venture work, as well as handling debt and equity capital markets deals. Robert Hickling is the name to note for public company M&A and holding company transactions; Jon Woolrich and Sarah Huelin are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
James Hill; Mark Chambers; Robert Hickling; Paul Martin; Jon Woolrich; Sarah Huelin
‘Mourant consistently provides a high quality service, giving huge confidence as to market expertise, quality of individuals and capacity to undertake work.’
‘Jon Woolrich is very responsive, commercial and well-reasoned.’
‘Mark Chambers and his team are excellent – always available, readily able to answer all questions we throw at them and capable of inspiring confidence in very demanding clients.’
‘Mark Chambers is an industry leader.’
‘They’re a responsive, friendly team that provides considered advice and can deal efficiently with issues arising in complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions.’
‘Jon Woolrich is technically excellent, user-friendly and responsive.’
‘Very commercial and practical.’
‘Excellent local knowledge, practical solutions.’
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Advent International Corporation
Vista Equity Partners
DWS Alternatives Global
- Advised Greystar on the £2.2bn strategic partnership with ADIA to develop UK build to rent assets.
Ogier‘s corporate offering is praised by clients as ‘innovative, commercial, client friendly’. The team is noted for private M&A, corporate restructurings and cashboxes, but it also has an impressive downstream private equity practice. Another key area of strength for the team is financial services M&A, which is an area of expertise for department leader Matthew Shaxson. Simon Dinning provides corporate and finance advise on transactions involving BVI and Jersey entities, cross-border M&A and joint venture arrangements, while Raulin Amy is also a longstanding key contributor. Richard Daggett is described as ‘outstanding – good on detail, great technical expertise and very personable’. Other key names include Oliver Richardson and Alexander Curry, who were promoted to partner in December 2021, and have impressive transactional practices. Also of note is up-and-coming Amy Garrod, who was promoted to managing associate in February 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Dinning; Raulin Amy; Richard Daggett; James Fox; Alexander Curry; Oliver Richardson; Amy Garrod
‘Innovative, commercial, client friendly’
‘Matthew Shaxson is commercial, knowledgeable and innovative.’
‘The team are very capable corporate lawyers and specialists in Jersey law. They provided swift advice on a complicated matter with a short timescale.’
‘The main team member I worked with was Alex Curry. He was great – very practical and commercial and explained complex legal concepts. He helped deliver a tricky matter in a tight timescale.’
‘Ogier’s corporate are my go to team for Jersey based FS M&A work.’
‘The team is very responsive, they have a huge range of knowledge and expertise in the corporate real estate and funds sector.’
‘Richard Daggett and Amy Garrod both have a great depth of experience and are always very responsive and easy to work with.’
‘The partners and solicitors in the team are down to earth, friendly, responsive and a pleasure to work with. They know our business well, take a direct interest in how we are doing and the challenges and opportunities we face. They have actively introduced working technology which helps us to streamline legal aspects of our high volume mortgage business and they are training several of their lawyers in legal project management and provide them with the organisational skills to support their clients besides purely legal advice and document processing.’
The Carlyle Group
The Ardonagh Group Limited
Anglo American plc
Jet2 Plc (previously known as Dart Group Plc)
Warburg Pincus International LLC and TowerBrook Capital Partners
Brooks Macdonald International
DB Financial Investment / Hyundai Asset Management
Urban Logistics REIT plc
The PRS REIT plc
Europe Realty Holdings Pte Ltd (GIC)
Kennedy Wilson Holdings, Inc.
Northwood Investors LLC
OMERS Private Equity
Petra Diamonds Limited
Tristan Capital Partners
Coro Energy plc
Eriell Group International Limited
EN+ Group plc
- Acted as Jersey legal adviser to Cinven on its proposed acquisition of LSE listed global fund administrator and asset manager, Sanne Group Plc.
- Advised The Ardonagh Group Limited on the restructuring of the Ardonagh group’s investment structure. This new investment strategy allows the group to now be valued at $7.5 billion.
Appleby leverages its well-developed global offshore office network to assist multinationals with public and private M&A, regulatory matters, insolvencies, distressed debt deals and restructuring. In 2021, the firm benefitted from the arrival of Iain Millar from Mourant, who is seasoned in private equity, corporate and real estate deals. Andrew Weaver heads the team, specialising in Jersey and Cayman law corporate transactions. Counsel Kevin McQuillan, who is developing a name for himself in the public M&A space. Senior associate Gemma Whale focuses on restructurings and insolvencies.
Other key lawyers:
Kevin McQuillan; Iain Millar; Gemma Whale
‘Kevin McQuillan was bright, knew his subject area and very responsive. Overall a pleasure to work with.’
‘Great coverage across the offshore markets with high quality lawyers’
‘Iain Millar – excellent lawyer – very practical and commercial; top quality execution’
‘Applebys is strong in the jurisdiction we needed (Jersey). We needed a commercial approach from lawyers who knew how UK private equity deals worked. They more than delivered. They are also able to provide the post deal admin that the client needed so we see them as a valued resource during and post deal.’
‘We have had exposure to other firms that either don’t have the strength in depth of Appleby or don’t cover all of the areas we need for a deal of the type we tend to do when using Channel Island offices. Appleby’s coverage including internationally is really attractive when you are involved in so many cross border deals as we are.’
‘The personal touch hasn’t been lost in such a large corporate provider. The team take their time to relay the information in manageable chunks and in a manner that you understand ensuring that you are satisfied with the advice received. I repeatedly instruct Appleby due to their personable touch whilst providing top end advice.’
‘Kevin McQuillan never gets flustered and makes you feel confident that the transaction is going exactly as expected even when there are items that remain unresolved between the parties.’
‘The team was very responsive.’
Advanz Pharma Corp. Limited
ALK Capital LLC
Ashby Capital LLP
Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited
Atrium European Real Estate Limited
Aquiline Capital Partners LLC
Bain Capital Private Equity
Barclays Bank plc
Berkeley de Veer Holdings Limited
HSBC Bank plc
Fortescue Metals Group
Livingbridge EP LLP
Lloyds Banking Group plc
LondonMetric Property plc
Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa
Perwyn Advisors UK Limited
Regis Group (Holdings) Limited
Savannah Petroleum plc
TDR Capital LLP
Tritax Box REIT plc
- Advised Atrium European Real Estate Limited on its EUR1,450,000,000 take-private by Gazit Globe Limited implemented by a statutory merger, the first transaction of its kind in Jersey.
- Advised a global private equity firm on a de-SPAC business combination with American Express Global Business Travel.
- Acted as lead counsel on PraxisIFM Group Limited’s GBP54,000,000 sale of its funds business to Sanne Group plc
Bedell Cristin has a well-established corporate and commercial practice, often acting as lead counsel in cross-border mandates involving M&A (particularly real estate-related), private equity, restructuring and regulatory work, as well as ancillary issues such as employment and pensions law. Guy Westmacott is active for M&A, and alongside associate Natasha Bairstow, is rated by clients as able to provide ‘excellent and timely advice‘. Tim Pearce takes the lead. Sara Johns is also recommended, with significant experience in advising targets and bidders in takeovers involving Jersey schemes of arrangement.
Other key lawyers:
Guy Westmacott; Sara Johns; Alasdair Hunter; Martin Paul; Natasha Bairstow
‘The team at Bedell Cristin provide accurate and timely advice in what can quite often be time sensitive matters providing commercially sensible solutions.’
‘Guy and and Natasha provide excellent and timely advice, recommending solutions to unique problems faced by a telecommunications company and guiding us through complex transactions that are quote often extremely time sensitive.’
‘The Bedell Christin team were instrumental in our Company’s successful fundraise via a ‘cash box placing’. The responsiveness, professionalism and attention to detail of the Bedell Christin team helped ensure that the transaction went without a hitch and all the relevant meetings, legalities and documents were completed in a timely and professional manner.’
‘Sara Johns at Bedell Christin was our primary contact during the transaction and personified responsiveness, professionalism and attention to detail.’
‘Sara Johns is always responsive and gives pragmatic clear advice.’
CVC Capital Partners
Quadrise Fuels International plc
- Advised JT Global and its management team on the sale of a majority stake in JT’s ‘internet of things’ business to Perwyn.
- Advised CVC on its £250 million acquisition of a majority stake in leading British holiday park operator, Away Resorts, from Freshstream.
- Advised Atos SA on its acquisition of Cloudreach, a leading multi-cloud tech services company.
At Maples Group, the corporate practice is active in advising on private equity transactions and cross-border downstream investment activity, utilising an office network spanning global offshore jurisdictions. Heading the department is Paul Burton , who combines corporate transactional experience with knowledge in capital markets. Associate Anna Cochrane is also recommended. Chris Byrne has now left the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Hopwood; Mark Crichton; Tim Morgan; Anna Cochrane
‘Good combination of strong technical and commercial skills combined with promptness of response.’
‘Paul Burton has been a long time “go to” adviser. He exemplifies all the characteristics of the wider team.’
‘The team is able to address new situations and to back to first principles to find the best solution. The team is familiar with cross border work. We worked on a deSPAC transaction together which went at a fast pace with no precedent to follow. The team blended easily into our own team and the client’s team.’
‘They are very responsive. They have Jersey lawyers in Jersey and in London. They are very client-focused’
‘Tim Morgan is very client-focused and he and Anna Cochrane in London make a great team. They provide technically excellent advice in a user-friendly way’
‘I have found the team to be very user-friendly – responsive, commercial, pragmatic and very easy to work with.’
‘An exceptional team of lawyers who display a depth and breadth of knowledge in dealing with all aspects of corporate transactions and never fail to deliver to the highest standards.’
‘Paul Burton is an outstanding lawyer , he is highly experienced in his field, and approaches every project with energy and enthusiasm, he works tirelessly to see a deal through to its conclusion, however tight the deadlines. He displays a broad transaction knowledge, an exceptional talent for drafting the most complex of contracts and a practical and commercial approach.’
Symphony Technology Group
Waldencast Acquisition Corp.
Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH
Gemcorp Capital LLP
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Inc. (KKR)
Bain Capital Partners
Aquiline Capital Partners
Global Infrastructure Partners
Brookfield Asset Management
Apache Capital Partners
The Jordan Company
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Sun Capital Partners Inc.
Ottawa Avenue Private Capital
HPS Investment Partners LLC
Fleetcor Technologies, Inc
- Acted as Jersey legal counsel for the consortium led by Symphony Technology Group in its acquisition of the enterprise software business of US global computer security software company, McAfee for USD 4 billion in cash.
- Provided all Jersey legal input needed on the high profile take private of British infrastructure investor group John Laing, which owns and develops infrastructure assets across the Americas, Australia and Europe.
‘Smart, efficient, informed and responsive‘, the team at Walkers is praised by clients for bringing ‘a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table‘. The group is well-versed in a variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and management buy-ins and buy-outs, backed up with expertise in Jersey regulations. Jonathan Heaney heads the group, specialising in M&A and corporate group structuring. Christopher Reed, Leanne Wallser and Dilmun Leach are the names for funds work. Joining from Ogier in 2021, senior counsel Tatiana Collins has developed a strong practice relating to on- and offshore corporate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Reed; Dilmun Leach; Tatiana Collins; Leanne Wallser; Guy Westmacott
‘The Walkers team are smart, efficient, informed and responsive. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and it doesn’t take long on an engagement to see the value that the Walkers team bring to the table.’
‘Dilmun – fantastic lawyer, lots of value add in his engagements – tends to see what others don’t and catch problems before they arise. Chris – first class lawyer, strong technical skills and considerable experience in corporate work. Leanne – strong funds lawyer, knows her craft inside/out – flexible, responsive and reliable. Jonathan – robust leader, hands on approach with clients, highly reactive and quality assured.’
‘We worked with Bedell as co-counsel on a Jersey transaction. We worked well as a team and presented a united front to the client. I was impressed by their collaborative nature.’
‘Guy Westmacott is very commercially-minded, pragmatic and responsive.’
‘The team are fantastic at understanding the full scope of the matters put before them for consideration and rather than just give answers to the issues posed they offer alternative perspectives and give pro active advice. They are open to discussion about issues and generally keep an open mind. Very important to note that they are truly independent which is very rare in the legal community.’
‘Jonathan Heaney is the lead partner and handles our requirements efficiently and diligently’
Babylon Health Group
Baupost Group and Goldfinch Partners
Harbert Management Corporation
Postbridge Group/Eagle Street Partners
Zest Consulting BVBA, Icon Consulting BVBA and Premier Group Nominees Limited
- Advised Babylon Holdings Limited on a $4.2 billion acquisition of the Alkuri Special Purpose Acquisition Company (a Delaware SPAC listed on the New York Stock Exchange
- Advised Baupost Group (a $30.21 billion US based hedge fund) and Goldfinch Partners (a US$15bn US based private equity firm) on their joint venture acquisition of the business services unit of the Western Union Group.
- Advised Entain plc on a CAD 300 million acquisition of Avid Gaming (an online gaming platform provider).
Collas Crill has strengths in handling corporate migrations, M&A and restructurings, supported by knowledge in the Jersey regulatory environment. ‘Particularly good‘ Mike Williams is the key name, and is qualified to practice in BVI and Jersey. He has a niche in advising listed companies, private groups, family offices and a variety of funds.
‘We were referred to this practice to support with Jersey law aspects of an transaction involving a target business which was incorporated in Jersey’
‘Hands-on, direct, pragmatic, easily accessible, clear communication, knowledgeable.’
‘Very commercial and responsive and strength in depth. Excellent service and good value compared with the larger firms. Good experience of working with them in Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and Caymans.’
‘Mike Williams in Jersey is particularly good.’
Highvern (formerly Coutts trust company)
ISP Securities AG
- Advising a major Jersey producer and exporter of horticultural products on the sale of its assets and intellectual property to a competitor within that industry.
- Advising a holding company in relation to the establishment of a Jersey corporate holding ‘stack’ for a private equity acquisition structure designed to acquire and aggregate independent financial adviser businesses in the UK.
- Advising TEAM on its acquisition of JCAP Limited trading as JCAP Treasury Services.
Edward Scott and Co
Edward Scott and Co is geared towards advising on high-value corporate transactions in the UK real estate sector. The team is led by founding partner Edward Scott, an expert in establishing, buying and selling, redomiciling and winding up Jersey companies.
‘Small team with specific focus which enables them to provide consistent reliable advice and work quickly when engaged.’
- Advising a Jersey joint venture vehicle, part owned by a listed company, that owns a development project to build a block of more than 400 apartments in London.
- Acted for Tellon Capital on its project to develop a 98,000 sq ft office building in London’s Victoria.
- Advised Tellon Capital on its £132,000,000 forward funding arrangement with Legal & General to develop and sell the Bargate Quarter in Southampton.
At Viberts, the corporate team counts a healthy mix of Jersey-based financial services businesses, trading companies and high-net-worth individuals as clients, assisting with a wide variety of transactions and commercial advisory work, where its able to draw on key expertise in regulatory issues. Paul Wilson leads the department and is a veteran of Jersey corporate deals, insolvency and restructuring transactions. Christopher Scholefield is the name to note for commercial and charity law issues. Promoted to senior associate in February 2022, Eleanor Colley is developing a name for the corporate aspects of real estate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Scholefield; Eleanor Colley
‘Helpful and enthusiastic, with a wide knowledge.’
‘Attention to personal service and attention to detail. Able to offer thoughtful advice in the round on complex matters’
‘Very easy to get along with. They are all, to an individual, personable and have a relaxed manner that makes complex legal issues easier to understand. They refrain from forcing their viewpoint upon you, and instead help take you on the journey to the final conclusion. They are particularly strong with local matters. As a practice, they are flexible on billing solutions and management of appointment (the process for which is always handled with professionalism and clarity).’
‘Paul Wilson is at he very top of his game, understands the issues and cuts straight to the chase. I welcome his frank and clear advice, and he is particularly good at listening, reverting with poignant observations that help direct a suitable outcome. Eleanor Colley – Ah, Ellie! What a joy to work with. Brings humour and candour to the most-complex of problems, and never loses sight of the end-goal. A brilliant strategist, and supports Paul with excellent day-to-day management of discussions, drafting, etc.’
‘The team worked well with us during difficult Covid times. We had face to face meetings, video link meetings and we were able to get hold of those working from home easily.’
‘We particularly valued the work that Eleanor Colley put into our lease negotiations, liaising with Irene Bloch in property and then the sale of our business.’
‘Good advice and guidance are given at all times’
‘Enjoy working with Paul Wilson and his team.’
‘We worked with Eleanor. She was outstanding how she handled our problem and I would like to thank her very much.’
Zedra Trust Company Limited
Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited
FCC Construction Limited
Aztec Financial Services
Treasure Quest Limited
Highvern Trust Company Limited
Pentera Trust Company Limited
Shufl Venture Capital Limited
BCK Holdings Limited
CNR Constructeur SAS
Baccata Trustees Limited
IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited
Forward Group Limited
Tobacco Dock Limited
BCI Asset Finance Limited
Dunningham Investments 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
Regal Construction (Jersey) Limited
Ready Plant (2019) Limited
ROK Construction Limited
Jersey Oyster Company Limited
HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited
GlenQ Trustees Limited
ROK FCC JV
- Advised the 3 owners of Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Omega to a Jersey subsidiary of TEAM Plc.
- Advised the principal director and sole shareholder of a Jersey courier company in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Guernsey Post, Guernsey’s provider of postal and courier services.
- Acted for the owners of Pentera Trust Company Limited in relation to a transaction in which 2 of the 3 owners of the business bought out the shareholding of the third owner who had decided to retire from the business.
Lexstone Lawyers brings together lawyers qualified in Jersey, England, Guernsey, Panama and Scotland to provide cross-border commercial and corporate transactional advice to to a wide variety of corporate clients. Key to the team are commercial property expert Marcus Stone ; Norman Day, who specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals on their corporate affairs; and Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a specialist in the corporate aspects of private client work. Agnieszka Bielanska is an intellectual property expert, but often contributes to corporate deals.
Marcus Stone; Lucy Egerton-Vernon; Norman Day
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent collaboration – They will work with you to find the right solution and are happy to liaise with our clients directly if needed to ensure a clear understanding of the situation and commitments being made. The lawyers will work with you in respect of pricing to deliver the service needed at a fair price.’
‘Norman Day is very approachable and will work with us to deliver the right service at an appropriate level for the task in hand. Norman is always available to talk to directly rather than having to wait for calls to be returned which is refreshing. Norman is thorough in his work and will assist in finding other options to us for consideration where a task may seem complex. It very much feels like a team approach when working with Norman to get the right result rather than simply the employment of a lawyer.’
‘Care and availability of the team at all times’
‘Norman Day has been very assistive and cooperative.’
Royal Road Minerals Limited
SFH Jersey Limited (Soditic)
Garfield-Bennett Trust Company Limited
Hawk Family Office
Hawk Lending Limited
- Advised a purchaser in respect of a £100,000,000 corporate transaction.
- Advised a seller group in respect of the sale of its global business with headquarters in Jersey and London.
- Acts as legal counsel to a family office and assists with various corporate and commercial matters.
Parslows is focused on assisting the Jersey SME sector, providing corporate and commercial advice, drawing on lawyers seasoned in M&A. The team is led by Carl Parslow , praised as ‘extremely clear, grasps the situation quickly and gets to the point‘, who is well-known among the Jersey owner-managed business and SME community; and David Hill , whom clients rate for his ‘commercial approach to solutions, responsiveness to requests, ability to meet deadlines ‘.
Carl Parslow; David Hill
‘Knowledge of our business and commercial approach to finding solutions to problems ranging across a number of areas. They are a trusted party that we value their input.’
‘David Hill’s commercial approach to solutions, responsiveness to requests, ability to meet deadlines whilst balancing competing requests and outside of M&A work general advice across a number of areas including contracts is exceptional.’
‘I have a very good relationship with the Team at Parslows. Over the years they have advised and represented me in both personal and business matters. The team has a broad knowledge and expertise, they are extremely easy to deal with.’
‘Carl Parslow has managed to put together an excellent team of friendly, knowledgeable professionals. I really enjoy working with Carl, he is extremely clear, grasps the situation quickly and gets to the point. He speaks a language that I understand. he ensures that his team look after me and my needs. David Hill has recently advised me on a commercial matter. I acquired a small business, along with its employees. David advised on the structure of the deal, as well as the best way to bring them into my own business. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was thorough and delivered the project on time and within budget.’
First Choice Groceries Limited
Kingsman Executive Office Suites
Decrescent (t/a Onogo)
- Advised Jersey Post on its acquisition of the freight and delivery group Woodside Logistics – a transaction involving the simultaneous acquisition by Jersey Post of companies in Jersey, Guernsey and England.
- Advised Kingsman Executive Office Suites on its purchase from Smart Office Limited of its business Smart Call Handling Service.