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The ‘stand-out’ team at Carey Olsen handles the full gamut of transactions, including commercial mortgage-backed securities, master trusts, sovereign bonds, and synthetic and whole-business securitisations. Known to clients as ‘professional, knowledgeable, helpful, commercially sensible and user-friendly’, the group was recently instructed by a financial services provider to oversee an issuance out of a credit card master trust programme involving a receivables trust for which a Jersey company acts as trustee. Practice head Simon Marks ‘is a market leader in Jersey’ and led the advice to two major international banks with regard to separate synthetic securitisation transactions where a Jersey SPV acted as issuer of credit-linked notes pertaining to an underlying portfolio of bank assets. The ‘very responsive’ Kate Andrews and her ‘outstanding team’ acted for a financial services company in an equity issuance using a cashbox structure. Also notable are senior associates Ashley Morrison and Matthew Ecobichon.

Mourant Ozannes is ‘one of the market leaders in the European high-yield space’. Particularly strong in the handling of commodity securities issuances, note and bond listings, and programme restructurings, the team represents clients such as Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Macquarie. Counsel Amy Demetriou recently collaborated with Robert Hickling to advise SYNREX on the establishment of a secured note programme for the issuance of novel ‘bull/bear’ securities linked to a range of commercial and residential real estate indices. The pair also continues to advise Heathrow on its multi-currency programme for the issuance of bonds, and a number of capital markets transactions. James Hill and Jon Woolrich jointly acted for Polyus in the issue of international bonds and are also key contacts.

At Ogier, ‘the advice is always very comprehensive yet clear and succinct so that clients find it easy to follow’. Practice head Simon Felton – supported by counsel Peter Longstaffe – led the advice to a structured investment vehicle on its winding-up, and the ‘very experienced and responsive’ Daniel Richards acted for a financial services company in a series of debt security listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Instructed by IDB Trust Services as issuer, Bruce MacNeil oversaw the issuance of high-value trust certificates for the purchase of several shari'ah-compliant assets from the Islamic Development Bank. In other highlights, the team handled a major bank’s acquisition of a high-yield bond offering to redeem existing notes and make a number of shareholder payments. Katrina Edge spearheads the firm’s banking and finance department and is also a key name. Senior associate Lucy Chambers re-joined the department from an in-house position at TISE.

Appleby’s James Gaudin recently led the advice to HSBC on a master margin loan facility on behalf of Givolon, an SPV set up by Glencore, and Andrew Weaver teamed up with Guernsey’s Jeremy Berchem to handle the regulatory aspects of a private exchange offer by Bank of America to certain eligible holders of its outstanding debt securities to swap them for new fixed and floating rate senior notes. In other highlights, Barclays appointed the group to assist the 13 institutional investors who were the initial purchasers of a private offering of senior notes by Delphi Jersey Holdings, and Weaver guided Tritax through the offshore elements of a new tranche of funding. Other notable clients include Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase.

Bedell Cristin ‘is particularly strong' in structured finance and securitisation. Mark Nisbet, ‘an up and coming senior associate who punches well above his weight’, recently teamed up with ‘very experienced’ practice leader Alasdair Hunter to act for a well-known global technology company as listing agent in the listing of senior notes on TISE, and to assist a major mining company with a series of financing transactions. Mark Dunlop led the advice to a global bank on the Jersey aspects of additional and substantial term loans to a chemicals manufacturer under an existing credit agreement, and Simon Hopwood guided an investment manager through the public offer of its shares to raise capital in the context of its acquisition of a shopping centre in Eastern Europe.

Hatstone Lawyers recently bolstered its offering with the arrival of Mark Rawlins from Collas Crill and the promotion to partner of Bennie Burger. The group collaborated with its South Africa office and global practice head Carl O'Shea – who splits his time between Jersey and Panama – to handle all aspects of high-value secure note programme listings on TISE. Also notable is Alex Carus, who led the advice to a number of clients with regard to their initial coin offerings, one of which was set up to acquire, develop and finance Central American property assets.

Voisin Law ‘has a very strong team comprised of partners and senior lawyers’ such as ‘very calm and assured’ associate Howard O'Toole, who ‘seeks to find solutions to any and all problems’. He supported practice head Kate Anderson to advise two Saranac funds as Jersey issuers of two collateralised loan obligation (CLO) refinancing notes, and continues to be part of the team advising General Funding Limited, an ‘orphan’ SPV based in Jersey which issues short-term debt instruments on the French domestic market. In other highlights, the group handled the sale of investments and the redemption of outstanding notes as well as providing ongoing advice to clients regarding their commercial paper programmes.

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