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Commercial property Tier 2
Voisin Law's property practice is headed by advocate Natalie Harris, who handles a range of work, including purchases of significant properties as well as a number of matters for commercial landlords. Lodging houses are a particular area of niche expertise at the practice.
Walter Property (Jersey) Limited
Vixen Holdings Limited
W G Property Holdings Limited
Various purchasers (via Dandara’s panel)
Brian Smith and Rachel Smith
Ingleby Private Hotel Limited
Santander UK plc
Corporate and commercial Tier 2
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.’
Banking and finance Tier 3
Voisin Law's practice is particularly well versed in Islamic finance, with the practice active for a number of Middle Eastern and challenger banks, as well as borrowers. Kate Anderson handles trophy deals concerning real estate in London and internationally, primarily for borrowers but also for non-bank lenders, with a number of instructions in the hotel sector. Ian Strang is also active for some local lending work, and Daniel Walker is a key senior associate and is leading on significant mandates in the real estate space. Clients also praise advocate Chris Le Quesne.
‘They are pro-active, commercial and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. We would not use any other advisory in this jurisdiction. First rate!’
‘Very available and very bright. Strong team and excellent partners.’
‘What makes Voisin unique is that when you enter into an engagement with their firm, they not only view you as the client but also your immediate client as their client too. With this mindset, they always ensure that work is done to the highest standard and that it is in the best interest of the client (engaged) and overlying client.’
‘Kate Anderson is always available and no problem is too difficult. Always finds a solution.’
‘Daniel Walker has been of particular assistance on financing transactions, responsive to inquiries and helpful in resolving urgent issues for the client.’
U and I Group PLC
At Voisin Law, Nigel Pearmain handles work for a number of trust companies, including terminations of trusts, issues of intermeddling and cross-border tax - also an area of activity for Ian Strang. Many matters are set against backdrops of various kinds of litigation and potential regulatory challenges. In addition, Clare Nicolle is active specifically in matters concerning Jersey wills, with many matters just as in England involving complex issues of mental capacity - some of her work comes as a court-appointed financial delegate.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice is unique in that they have a real care about the work they do for the client and an attention to detail that is second to none. They are extremely responsive and no matter how complex or simple the matter they put the client at the heart of the advice they give. In terms of strengths and capabilities, they excel in dealing with Jersey private client matters, particularly wills, trusts, estate administration and powers of attorney.’
‘We work closely with the team at Voisin Law on international trusts and succession matters. They have always been an extremely capable and approachable team delivering good quality work to agreed timescales. They are our first choice of law firms in Jersey for this type of work.’
Voisin Law > Firm Profile
Voisin is one of Jersey’s leading law firms, with particular expertise in litigation and commercial matters, including the use of Jersey trusts, companies and partnerships, banking, structured finance and funds.
The firm: Well established and professional, Voisin is medium-sized, full-service firm with ambitions towards moderate increase in size while remaining as a Jersey-centric law firm. It is renowned for offering a high quality of service and pragmatic advice on all legal and commercial matters in Jersey, with clients including leading banks, financial institutions and fund managers in addition to a significant local and international private client base.
In terms of growth in the past year, Voisin has seen the estates department bolstered and buttressed by the appointment of Clare Nicolle, a senior professional in this sphere and who has quite a following among the UK-based intermediary market. As a Jersey advocate with many years of relevant experience she is well placed to continue to develop the probate and estate work of Voisin. Howard O’Toole also joined Voisin last year, bringing with him over 16 years’ experience in all areas of offshore capital markets and structured finance transactions. His distinguished portfolio of structured finance structures, such as GFL, together with the introduction of new structured finance work, has bolstered Voisin’s capital markets and structured finance practice.
Types of work undertaken: Voisin has a reputation for strength across all corporate and commercial matters, as well as litigation, private client, property law, wills and estates, and notary public services.
In particular the firm has had an active and strong year for banking and finance transactions involving Jersey this year. Voisin continues to act for borrowers against the other top Jersey law firms in transactions ranging from the somewhat modest £30m-40m, to exceeding £250m, and involving complex group structures more often with ten to 40 entities involved in each structure.
The firm has chosen to remain unencumbered by banking relationships, and concentrates on providing a bespoke service for borrowers where it can act in a free non-conflicted manner. 90% of Voisin’s banking work is for borrowers. It has noticed, though, that although debt fund borrowing is still high, 2016 showed a marked shift back towards borrowing from conventional lenders.
Voisin also fields a continuous flow of work from local fiduciary service providers reacting to ongoing changes to the overseas tax profiles of their clients, together with the usual array of issues that affect established structures. There is a steady stream of work advising trustees and beneficiaries on new structures, including the establishment of private trust company structures for HNWls, though little evidence of an upturn in the use of Jersey foundations, either as part of such structuring or for philanthropic purposes.
|Managing partner||Ian Strang|
|Trust and private client||Nigel Pearmain|
|Banking & Finance||Kate Anderson|
|Estate Planning||Clare Nicolle|
|Kate Anderson||Partner||View Profile|
|Jeffrey Giovannoni||Jeffrey was made partner of the commercial team in January 2015 and…||View Profile|
|Natalie Harris||View Profile|
|Clare Nicolle||Partner||View Profile|
|Nigel GA Pearmain||Partner and advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and English barrister.…||View Profile|
|Ian WS Strang||Managing partner and advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and notary…||View Profile|