Carey Olsen handles a diverse range of top-level corporate work across sectors, including M&A deals, private equity transactions and JPUT deals concerning international real estate, as well as restructuring and complex and sensitive corporate governance matters. Practice head Guy Coltman is active in a range of mandates, including deals in the corporate services space and work in trading sectors including gaming. Alex Ohlsson's workload includes share deals and corporate work around elite London real estate, and James Willmott's work ranges from complex restructurings through to private equity deals. David Allen is a key counsel in the team, with David Taylor a July 2020 election to the partnership.
Corporate and commercial in Jersey
‘A market leading corporate practice, with in depth knowledge of the market and strength in depth. The team consistently provide the level of advice that you would expect from Magic Circle/US law firms, and are consistently available to service client demands on urgent, complicated matters. The responsiveness, attention to detail and creative thinking are a hallmark of the attorneys at Carey Olsen.’
‘The team, led by partner Guy Coltman and supported by Counsel, David Allen was small and yet extremely agile and was quickly able to get to grasp with the challenges that we faced and the legal issues they posed. They presented clearly articulated options to the board and, then having considered and taken a decision, they were then able to execute and implement with the minimum of fuss.’
‘David Taylor is the standout member of the corporate team – he provides pragmatic, reasoned advice and understands our business inside and out. He is involved in all of our biggest transactions and consistently helps get deals done.’
‘Guy Coltman is exceptional. I believe he had our backs covered every step of the way. He was able to think outside the box and to come up with a strategy that was bold, imaginative and yet ultimately 100% deliverable. He was able to give extremely commercial and practical advice to drive a positive outcome.’
Charterhouse Development Capital
Helm Trust Company
The States of Jersey Development Company
- Acted for Stride Gaming plc (then listed on the UK AIM market) on its £115 million takeover by Rank Group plc.
- Acted as lead counsel to Jersey Development Company in its £47.6m sale of the International Financial Centre (“IFC”) 5 office development located in Jersey’s International Finance Centre.
- Advising the sellers of Helm Trust Company, an offshore corporate and trustee services based in Jersey, in respect of the sale to SMP Group.
At Mourant, practice head Gareth Rigby's workload has included private equity and UK real estate deals (some of which concern social care), with James Hill also active in similar areas, with a number of mandates coming from real estate funds. Mark Chambers' practice has included locally critical deals of late, and Robert Hickling is notable for heavyweight deals structured as schemes of arrangement. Paul Martin has relationships with several leading asset managers and Jon Woolrich, who straddles the corporate and finance space, is one of several partners active for firm trophy client CVC. Iain Millar and Neil McCarroll are key counsels in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘The market leading Jersey legal practice, with increased strength in other offshore jurisdictions. It is keen to take time to understand other advisers, who they treat and consider as colleagues as far as practicable on a project. They are experienced, commercial, legally curious and able to problem solve and flexible enough to be able to work to whatever client requirement on an outcome needs, rather than being bogged down if it is a non-standard matter.’
‘The team has a wealth of experience – they can be relied on to just get it done.’
‘I have really enjoyed working with Rob Hickling and his team. His considerable experience means that he spots issues early and approaches matters with a commercial lens.’
‘Paul Martin is our go to partner and he provides responsive, top quality, top notch, commercial advice with a robust technical legal analysis.’
‘James Hill is a superb operator. Very much at the forefront of the Jersey market when it comes to PE M&A. The first and last place you need to call for help!’
‘Jon Woolrich is an effective lawyer who knows his market and his area of practice incredibly well. He’s our go-to Corporate lawyer in Jersey.’
‘Iain Millar is excellent, practical advice and very responsive.’
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Charterhouse Capital Advisors
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Advent International Corporation
Vista Equity Partners
DWS Alternatives Global
- Advised Shire plc in relation to its £46 billion takeover by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The transaction by deal value is the largest ever outbound M&A deal by a Japanese company and is also the largest ever takeover of a Jersey incorporated company.
- Advised Medical Properties Trust Inc on the acquisition of 30 acute care hospital facilities located throughout the United Kingdom for an aggregate purchase price of approximately £1.5 billion.
- Advised Brookfield on the £575m acquisition of a controlling stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group from 3i Infrastructure plc.
At the 'proactive and commercially focused' Ogier, Simon Dinning provides both BVI and Jersey law advice on a range of deals, covering both real estate and corporate transactions with a number of mandates structured by way of scheme of arrangement. Raulin Amy's recent transactions have included natural resources deals, and Richard Daggett handles a range of work concerning UK real estate, advising a number of Korean investor clients. Matthew Shaxson, who is active in several of these areas, heads the Jersey corporate practice; the group grew at partner level following James Fox's arrival from Appleby in March 2020. As far as the more junior bench is concerned, Marie-Claire Fudge, who has BVI expertise, and Alexander Curry, are notable managing associates. Kevin Grové and Amy Garrod are key senior associates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Simon Dinning has established an exceptionally strong team which is able to be highly responsive and provides commercially astute advice.’
‘Good bench depth in Jersey. The pre-eminent corporate firm, alongside Carey Olsen. Have the ability to handle large and complex corporate transactions.’
‘They provide BVI corporate law advice in the same time zone as London. This is very helpful when completing transactions to a tight timetable.’
‘Richard Daggett has great commercial knowledge and judgement, and Amy Garrod in his team is very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’
‘Raulin Amy is my go to partner in the corporate team.’
‘Alex Curry and Kevin Grové are also incredibly strong. Great people to work with and all have excellent knowledge.’
Intu Properties plc
Anglo American plc
HSBC Bank plc
Palamon Private Equity
Kennedy Wilson Holdings, Inc.
OMERS Private Equity
Petra Diamonds Limited
Tullow Oil plc
JPJ Group plc
Tristan Capital Partners
Coro Energy plc
All Funds Bank
Eriell Group International Limited
EN+ Group plc
- Advised JPJ Group plc on the £490m takeover of Gamesys (Holdings) Limited.
- Advised ABRY Partners II LLC on the acquisition of Options Technology, a global provider of technology services to the financial services sector.
- Advised a consortium comprising Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, managed by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and Brittany Ferries on the acquisition of Condor Ferries.
At Appleby, James Gaudin's diverse practice, which also includes funds and capital markets, is active across deals in various areas, including natural resources, real estate and insurance - Andrew Weaver has also handled insurance M&A of late, as well as restructuring and economic substance matters. Senior associate Kevin McQuillan was sworn in as a Jersey advocate in December 2019. Clients particularly praise the team for its cross-office working, and in particular on a number of mandates where it has worked with its Douglas team.
‘Appleby is uniquely placed to offer advice in the offshore jurisdictions we need the most. The quality of advice and engagement is consistently high, resource is always available to deliver what we need within the necessary timescale and pricing is in line with the norm for each jurisdiction. Particularly pleased with their ability to bring in expertise from other areas (e.g. real estate or employment) as needed.’
‘Andrew Weaver delivers sensible commercial advice concisely.’
‘Kevin McQuillan is an extremely efficient, practical and commercial lawyer.’
Ashby Capital LLP
Atrium European Real Estate Limited
Savannah Petroleum plc
Advanz Pharma Corp.
Royal Bank of Scotland International
- Advised the independent board of directors of Atrium European Real Estate Limited in connection with the proposed EUR 1.4 billion takeover offer by Gazit-Globe Limited.
- Advised syncreon Group Holdings B.V., and its affiliates, on the Jersey aspects of its cross-border balance sheet restructuring through an English scheme of arrangement involving approximately USD 1.1 billion of funded debt.
- Acted as Jersey legal advisers in connection with Savannah’s investment in the Seven Energy Group and subsequent debt restructuring and acquisition of the Seven Energy Group.
Tim Pearce heads the corporate practice at Bedell Cristin, and handles distressed, real-estate heavy M&A deals. In addition, Guy Westmacott handles deals concerning London real estate, and having been in-house for over a decade at Mubadala, has a khaleeji following for a range of instructions. Sara Johns' practice includes on-island deals demanding competition law expertise, and Alasdair Hunter also has BVI expertise and has recently been involved in transactions in the energy and natural resources space. Richard Le Liard was a 2019 partner promotion.
‘Good team to work with. The individuals are personable, helpful and responsive. They have a good knowledge of the local market and are well connected.’
‘Commercially focussed and keen to work seamlessly with other advisers.’
‘We have worked with Guy Westmacott and his team and they have been pragmatic, responsive and supportive both of us and our mutual client in challenging circumstances.’
‘Sara Johns is great: technically strong, pragmatic, responsive and fun to work with!’
Apollo Global Management
Cindat Capital Management Limited
Crown UK Holdco Limited
Gap Group Limited
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC (HSRE)
Highland Gold Mining Limited
JT (Jersey) Limited
Legal & General Pensions Limited
Pandora Jewellery UK Limited
Tilad 1QCS Real Estate Company Limited
Vitruvian Partners LLP
- Advised Inflexion on its purchase of funds, corporate and trusts service provider Estera from Bridgepoint, combining it with Ocorian.
- Advised Unite Students on the Jersey and Guernsey law aspects of the acquisition of Liberty Living for £1.4bn.
- Advised Jacobs Engineering Group on its purchase of Wood Group’s nuclear business for £250 million.
Collas Crill's Mike Williams, who heads the practice, is active in cross-border deals, handling both BVI and Jersey law. Matthew Gilley joined at partner level from Ogier in April 2019 - his mandates have involved acting as lead counsel on deals involving global businesses based in Jersey as well as setting up Jersey branches for global businesses. Dilmun Leach, who is also active in funds work, handles a number of on-island deals and matters concerning foreign real estate held through Jersey structures, as well as sensitive corporate governance matters, while counsel Fiona Wilson is a key name below partner level.
‘Conor Walsh and Mike Williams are both very professional, attentive and accessible and always meet the required schedules – even the tightest ones. Their high qualities and dedication are things you can always count on.’
Blackgold Investments (Jersey) Limited
CBC UK Limited
Condor Ferries Limited
Credit Suisse AG
Dentons UK and Middle East LLP
Ernst & Young
Generali Worldwide Insurance
Green & Smart Holdings PLC
Hawksford Trust Company Limited
Highvern (formerly Coutts trust company)
Kleinwort Hambros Societe Generale Group
Lateral Propco Limited
M1 Real Estate
MBU Capital (UK) LLP
Nedgroup Trust (Jersey) Limited
Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited
Och-Ziff Management Europe Limited
Prudential Assurance Company Limited
Seaton Place Limited
- Advised Seaton Place Limited on its purchase of a PCC cell owning JTC House in St. Helier.
- Advised on the purchase of a Jersey company which owns the rights to iron ore deposits in West Africa.
- Advised a bank on the £189m sale of a London property to a JPUT.
At Maples Group, Paul Burton and Chris Byrne are active in private equity deals as well as handling new-for-region energy deals and the purchases of all manner of trading companies. Anna Cochrane and Stephanie Edge are key associates in a practice that works with some of the world's top private equity houses and elite London firms to match. Other mandates have involved sensitive company restructuring and migrations.
‘A collegiate, cross-office approach with their non-Jersey colleagues. Prompt, detailed but commercial advice.’
‘Paul Burton is exceptional.’
‘Anna Cochrane has provided excellent advice on a range of topics in a timely fashion.’
‘We work with Chris Byrne and his associate, Stephanie Edge, on the majority of our debt listings. As mentioned above, they are both responsive and knowledgeable of the debt listing requirements and processes. Both individuals are highly personable and a pleasure to work with.’
At Voisin Law, UK real estate is a key source of work for Kate Anderson, who is particularly active in the JPUT structuring of significant London real estate assets including hotels. Jeffrey Giovannoni handles cross-border M&A, with a number of mandates coming from the Middle East, as does Ian Strang, the firm's managing partner. Nigel Pearmain's work has included a number of restructurings and corporate governance matters. Below partner level, senior associate Daniel Walker also leads real estate deals in the UK, some of which involving student housing, and clients also praise Chris Le Quesne, who has expertise concerning restructuring.
‘They really do go the extra mile for clients. Very bright and think outside the box.’
‘They were very pragmatic and responsive, despite being called in at short notice without background knowledge of the deal. Their advice was clear and concise. I have had experience of working with overseas counsel on deals where it does not feel like they put in the effort because it’s not their deal. Voisin took ownership just as much as we did once involved to make sure that we could all deliver, even though we were the ones who were client facing.’
‘Kate Anderson knows how to handle tricky clients and difficult situations. She is very good at structuring solutions.’
‘Chris Le Quesne is extremely helpful and responsive. His advice and input was always very clear, concise, and pragmatic and he provided all of the Jersey law input that we required to deliver the deal on time. I felt as though Chris actually wanted to help me do a good job for the client. He was also very friendly and happy to talk me through his amendments to documents on calls so that I could ensure I was all over the details of the deal, including the parts he was inputting into.’
At WALKERS, practice head Jonathan Heaney's recent M&A activity has involved deals in the corporate services space, as well as matters concerning prestige London real estate deals structured through Jersey companies. Group partner Christopher Reed is a July 2019 promotion and fellow group partner Leanne Wallser joined in September 2019 from Mourant - on top of funds work, her work has included natural resources deals. Senior counsel Guy Morris is also involved in a number of deals and Dan Perkins is a key senior associate.
‘The firm is made up a number of ex-City practitioners, so are used to the response times and quality of advice that we need. We also find them very user friendly.’
Apex Group Ltd
Babylon Holdings Limited
Arzan Financial Group for Financing and Real Estate
General Electrical Company
Orion Resource Partners
- Advised Apex Group Ltd on two major acquisitions in the Channel Islands and Ireland
- Advised UBS Asset Management Real Estate and Private Markets on the sale of London offices through a Jersey corporate structure.
- Advised Orion Resource Partners on its investment in to a natural resources project in East Africa.
Edward Scott and Co
At Edward Scott and Co, founding partner Edward Scott's broader corporate and finance practice includes a number of significant real estate deals, concerning properties in London as well as portfolios in logistics and other sectors. Other mandates concern corporate governance issues and corporate re-organisations and cross-border M&A. He established the practice in 2020 after departing Dickinson Gleeson.
Paul Wilson and Christopher Scholefield are key names in the corporate practice at Viberts Jersey Lawyers. The firm is particularly reputed for work concerning island businesses, including construction companies (handling matters such as the formation of joint ventures for major projects on-island), technology start-ups and medical practices. Other areas of expertise include non-profits, with the Jersey Football Association a prestige client of the firm, as well as transactions concerning Jersey companies with their assets elsewhere.
Other key lawyers:
‘Viberts is unique in Jersey as they focus on business in the island, where most other law firms have branched out off-island. The team are extremely personable and approachable.’
‘Friendly and welcoming staff and a good group of partners.’
‘Paul Wilson is very approachable and helpful in all our dealings. He manages to explain the legal intricacies very well and finds solutions for problems that arise.’
CNR Constructeur SAS
Baccata Trustees Limited
IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited
Forward Group Limited
Tobacco Dock Limited
BCI Asset Finance Limited
Dunningham Investments Limited
Creative Smiles C.I. Limited
Atam ID Technologies Limited
Fox Managed Services (CI) Limited
Level 4 Developments Limited
J.J. Fox International Limited
Rossborough Financial Services Limited
Pluto Healthcare Limited
Lloyds Bank International Limited
Longulf Trading (UK) Limited
Oak Services Limited
Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited
Oak Group (Jersey) Limited
Bharti Global Limited
SMP Helm Trust Company Limited
Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited
HRE Investments SP Zoo Spolka
Cynergy Bank Limited
Regal Construction (Jersey) Limited
Ready Plant (2019) Limited
ROK Construction Limited
- Advised Baccata Trustees on corporate governance matters concerning companies it owns for a beneficiary.
- Advised the seller of a dental practice.
- Advised Rossborough Financial Services on the sale of a majority sale of the company to its staff as part of a share incentive scheme.
At BCR Law, Wendy Lambert handles various issues, often involving corporate structures owned by trusts (including ones holding art), as well as locally significant M&A deals and work concerning not-for-profits. James O’Grady is a key name below partner level.
Other key lawyers:
‘Pragmatic in balancing commercial and political as well as legal considerations.’
‘Wendy Lambert provides advice across a broad range of charitable, constitutional and commercial issues. I’ve particularly valued an approach that cuts through complexities to provide advice in the simplest terms available.’
‘James O’Grady, quickly identified unanticipated issues requiring specialist legal advice and time constrained resolution.’
Carl Parslow handles a range of commercial and corporate matters at Parslows. Jersey Post is a flagship client, but the practice is best known for its work for a number of on-island SMEs in several sectors.
‘Excellent, honest and tailored advice.’
‘Well balanced and knowledgeable – a boutique offering and a unique alternative to larger legal firms.’
‘Parslows represent us on a number of matters and are always responsive to our requirements and provide both a pragmatic and commercial view. ‘
‘Carl Parslow is exceptional: down to earth, pragmatic and real in every sense of the word. Highly professional and knowledgeable.’
Jersey Post Group
The Bicycle Association of Great Britain
The Rider Firm
- Assists Jersey Post regarding its day to day business including its commercial contracts, its subsidiaries Fraser Freight and HICS, and its investments in Parcel Monkey and Call & Check.
- Advised an IT services business regarding various contracts: including website and online and supplier agreements as part of setting up the business.
- Advised a client on securing investment from new overseas investor shareholders. This included negotiating and agreeing a Shareholders Agreement, Share Sale and Purchase Agreement and new Articles of Association.
Name partner Andrew Pinel and David Yetman are key names at Pinel Advocates. The firm handles a number of deals for local businesses (with a track record of work for start-ups), as well as some work in the offshore space.
Other key lawyers:
‘A well coordinated team that includes all the key attributes required of a strong commercial practice. Cost effective and timely. Focused on service delivery, they go the extra mile.’
‘As lead partner Andrew Pinel has the key skills and sense of urgency that sets him apart from competitors. He has the ability and willingness to think around a problem and devise creative and, sometimes novel, solutions. He has an excellent grasp of financial industry regulations and knows how to optimise their application.’
JTC (Jersey) Limited
Link Asset Services Limited
PREDATOR OIL & GAS HOLDINGS PLC