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Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Gavin Farrell and associate Natalie Le Cras are key names at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, which handles a range of cross-border lending work including private fund finance; frequently representing borrowers. Restructuring is another area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:Natalie Le Cras

Key Clients

Ardmuir

Guernsey Investment Fund

HitechVision Asset Solutions

Lakestar Advisors

Next Generation Holdings

Norvestor

Ravenscroft

Leading individuals

Gavin Farrell - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Rising stars

Natalie Le Cras - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Although a relatively new entrant to the Guernsey legal market, Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has acted on a range of mandates including office building acquisitions, commercial lease renegotiations, environmental law advice and property deals.  Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves (former managing associate at Mourant) brings his commercial property, planning and environmental law expertise to the growing department’s client list of pub and hotel chains, financial institutions, developers and family offices.

Practice head(s):Alastair Hargreaves

Testimonials

'Has an attentive and personal relationship that larger firms do not'

'Alastair Hargreaves is very knowledgeable of the law, regulation and policy, not just in land and property, but also planning and environmental aspects'

Leading individuals

Alastair Hargreaves - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

At Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, the 'well-respected' Gavin Farrell is the main partner in a team which handles on-island deals, work for private equity and complex corporate work - he typically works with senior associate Natalie Le Cras. While the firm is only present in Guernsey, it is popular for inter-island referrals from Jersey's independent firms.

Practice head(s):Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:Natalie Le Cras

Testimonials

'A boutique firm with long experience - its partners had previously worked in large offshore firms.'

'The small team is tight-knit and responsive.'

'Gavin Farrell has an outstanding reputation - he has a reassuring and fresh approach for solving problems.'

'Gavin Farrell ensures that the level of service is much better than one would get at a large firm.'

'Natalie Le Cras is a top-notch lieutenant to Gavin Farrell - she is very thorough.'

Key Clients

Beauvoir Trust

Financial Services Opportunities Investment Fund

Hanseatic Asset Management

HitechVision Asset Solutions

Lakestar Advisors

Metro Bank

Norverstor

Oak Group

The International Stock Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advised the company on the restructuring of a joint venture vehicle, through which the fund owns a stake in AFL Insurance Brokers.
  • Advised the company on the structuring of a Guernsey company with numerous classes of shares, some of which thought extinct.
  • Advised on the sale of Grand Havre Holdings, which owns the Peninsula Hotel in Guernsey.
  • Advised Ravenscroft on its purchase of a 25% stake in MXC Capital.
  • Advised Ravenscroft on its purchase of Royal London's cash management arm.
Leading individuals

Gavin Farrell - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Rising stars

Natalie Le Cras - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP's is developing a solid reputation in the Guernsey legal market. Advocates Peter Ferbrache ('great tactician'; 'fearsome advocate'), Adam Cole ('exceptional lawyer'; 'destined for great things') and Martin Jones ('excellent litigator'; 'inventive') regularly act for private clients, fiduciary and pension companies and domestic commercial entities on matters including trust litigation, contentious insolvency, investment disputes and professional negligence. On the local level, the practice also handles employment, criminal, licensing, family law and medical negligence issues.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Peter Ferbrache; Adam Cole

Testimonials

'A small but growing and dynamic firm that can and do certainly mix it with the big boys in the offshore litigation playground'

'Ferbrache & Farrell is an excellent firm'

'Very knowledgeable and provides honest opinions and advice'

'Responsiveness and attention to detail that is second to none'

'Adam Cole is an empathetic, highly articulate and commercially aware professional who is an absolute titan when it comes to representing his client’s position. A great guy to have in your corner'

'Peter Ferbrache’s name precedes him as a man whose passion and tenacity still flows in abundance such is his clear love of the law and protecting his clients’ interests'

'Peter Ferbrache is one of the very best'

 

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the Office of the Public Trustee of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in a claim brought by members of a pension scheme seeking to compel a transfer of specific assets out of the scheme.
Next Generation Partners

Adam Cole - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Martin Jones - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Rising stars

Alison Antill - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP handles a range of fund formation and advisory mandates, covering both private funds as well as open-ended funds work. Gavin Farrell's team has a strong following among Norwegian managers, and also advises US university endowments. Natalie Le Cras is the key senior associate.

Practice head(s):Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:Natalie Le Cras

Testimonials

'A newer boutique law firm on the island with partners that have worked for years in larger offshore and onshore firms.'

'Gavin Farrell is one of the best corporate and funds lawyers on the island - he has a very detailed approach but always sees things with a fresh mind.'

Key Clients

Associated Partners

E. I. Sturdza Strategic Management

ESRG Group

Financial Services Opportunity Investment Fund

Guernsey Investment Fund

HitecVision

Kestrel Partners

Lakestar Advisors

Norvestor

Offshore Merchant Partners Asset Yield Fund

Phaunos Timber Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Lakestar Advisors on creating two new billion-Euro private fund structures: Lakestar III and Lakestar Growth I.
  • Advised as sole counsel on the creation of the Guernsey Investment Fund, a structure aiming to invest in on-island assets structured as a Guernsey PCC.
Leading individuals

Gavin Farrell - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Rising stars

Natalie Le Cras - Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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