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Commercial property Tier 2
Natalie Harris heads the commercial property practice at Voisin Law, advising on high-value commercial leases, development projects and financing arrangements. The team also handles commercial acquisitions and disposals for a client list comprising investors, landlords and developers. Recent transactions involved hotels establishments, retail property and mixed-use office and residential sites.
Banking and finance Tier 3
At Voisin Law, Kate Anderson primarily handles borrower-side work concerning real estate finance. Below partner level, solicitor Daniel Walker also takes a lead role on key deals, including for challenger and alternative banks. With a number of mandates involving Islamic finance, the firm has a strong relationship with a number of Middle Eastern banks.
Corporate and commercial Tier 3
Voisin Law covers the gamut of Jersey corporate work, including Jersey elements of UK real estate deals and restructurings. Jeffrey Giovannoni handles locally significant transactions featuring on-island assets, with Kate Anderson handling transactions for fund managers. Daniel Walker is a well-regarded senior associate.
‘Very efficient and smooth operators. Very dedicated to getting the transaction done – it is more like a City firm which happens to be in Jersey.‘
‘Kate Anderson, in particular, is very pragmatic and commercial. She stands out amongst Jersey lawyers in this respect.’
‘Daniel Walker is very responsive, helpful, efficient and pragmatic.‘
Voisin Law has a steady roster of long-term, mid-tier clients in the trust and fiduciary services sectors, alongside advising a number of private clients. The practice is particularly known for its expertise as executors of high-value estates, advising on the planning of estates and the division of assets: Clare Nicolle is considered a go-to name in this field. The team also has expertise in the structuring and restructuring of family and philanthropic trusts, and Nigel Pearmain regularly advises trustees and fiduciaries on their duties and obligations under Jersey law.
‘The team at Voisin Law is extremely personable, efficient and good value. Gets the job done without fuss‘
‘A relatively small team that is extremely focussed in terms of client service and delivery‘
‘Always seeks to go above and beyond‘
‘Very responsive and competitive‘
‘Clare Nicolle is a pleasure to work with and has a calm but determined approach to matters‘
‘Clare Nicolle is approachable, dependable, knowledgeable and client-focussed‘
‘Clare Nicolle has a thorough understanding of the practice area with a willingness to help and suggest commercial solutions to legal problems‘
‘A genuinely nice group of individuals willing to go that extra mile‘
Stephenson Harwood LLP
Maurice Turnor Gardner
Payne Hicks Beach
Foot Anstey LLP
Stevens & Bolton LLP
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
First Names Group
Dispute resolution Tier 4
Voisin Law has a reputation for involvement in a range of commercial and trust litigation, construction disputes, regulatory matters and property disputes. Ashley Hoy and Estelle Burns are the key locally-qualified names.
Investment funds Tier 4
At Voisin Law, Kate Anderson handles various open-ended funds mandates. With Emirates NBD as a cornerstone client, the firm handles a number of mandates relating to Shari'ah-compliant funds. Some work also relates to private funds.
‘The team in general is very knowledgeable and helpful – clients always get the best advice, and the lawyers are always willing to discuss matters in detail.’
‘Kate Anderson and advocate Chris Le Quesne are both very approachable and knowledgable.’
VG Trust & Corporate Services Limited
CGS III (Jersey) L.P.
Emirates Funds Limited
Henderson Asia Pacific Equity Partners II L.P.
The 181 Fund Limited
Elida Real Estate Unit Trust
Funa Funding Unit Trust
Emirates NBD Asset Management Ltd.
SEDCO Capital European Real Estate Fund ICC
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|