Darren Bacon > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile

Mourant
ROYAL CHAMBERS
ST JULIAN'S AVENUE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 4HP
Guernsey

Work Department

Banking and finance, corporate, funds, financial services and regulatory

Position

Darren specialises in investment funds and corporate transactions and was previously a partner of another offshore law firm in Guernsey. Before working in Guernsey, Darren trained and worked in the City of London. Darren’s highlight deals include advising the Bank of America on the structuring and formation of Conversus Capital, L.P. and its offering of approximately US$2bn of common units and listing on Euronext Amsterdam, AXA on the structuring and formation of Volta Finance Limited and its offering of approximately €500m of shares and listing on Euronext Amsterdam, and Global Investment House on the structuring and formation of Global MENA Financial Assets Limited and its offering of approximately US$500m of shares and listing on the London Stock Exchange.

What the directories say:

(IFLR1000, 2016) ranks Darren Bacon as a Leading Lawyer in Banking, Financial Services Regulatory, Investment Funds, Corporate and M&A, Private Equity Funds.”Darren Bacon ‘is a safe pair of hands on investment funds’ (Chambers UK, 2015). Darren is ranked in Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds. Darren Bacon, who is ‘pragmatic and willing to please’, is ranked as a Leading Individual and recommended in Investment Funds by (Legal 500 UK 2015). (IFLR 1000, 2014) ranks Darren as a Leading Lawyer. “He is praised for his ‘down-to-earth, practical and hands-on manner’,” (Chambers UK, 2014). “Darren Bacon is ‘responsive’,” (Legal 500, 2013). Darren is “very effective and easy to get along with,” (Chambers UK, 2013).”Darren Bacon has made himself established as someone with ‘good reputation technically’ (IFLR 1000, 2013).

Career

Darren is a Solicitor of England and Wales (currently non-practising) and an Advocate, Guernsey.

Memberships

Guernsey Bar; Guernsey International Legal Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Investment funds

(Hall of Fame)

Darren BaconMourant

Ongoing work for Mourant’s investment funds practice (which is ‘a safe pair of hands on any deal‘ according to a client) comprises a combination of top-level fund formations and additional fundraisings for existing fund clients. Headed up by Helen Wyatt and fielding Frances Watson, Darren Bacon (who is praised as ‘responsive, technically excellent and commercial‘) and Cantonese-speaking senior associate Pui Yee Lai, the bench is instructed by funds managers across the span of asset types, including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, venture capital and listed fund assets. Investor-side clients, primarily in the pensions space, are also looked after.

Guernsey > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Darren BaconMourant

Mourant takes the lead on a high volume of TISE listings, with it recently acting for issuers in the telecoms, transport and infrastructure sectors. Darren Bacon advised numerous SPACs on the TISE issuances of fixed-rate unsecured loan notes. Frances Watson is noted for assisting FTSE-listed debt funds clients with high-value share issuances and scrip dividend programmes. Senior associate Pui Yee Lai applies her expertise across a wide ambit of capital markets mandates.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

Mourant is retained by the lion’s share of multinational financial lenders, including household-name banks and alternative sponsors. Led by Helen Wyatt, it handles high-value mandates across the spectrum of banking and finance. John Rochester leads the aircraft financing offering, which has seen an increase in credit restructurings and facility renegotiations, while Wyatt and Frances Watson have facilitated a noticeable uptick in fund financing instructions from lenders and borrowers alike. John Lewis and senior associate Pui Yee Lai regularly handle corporate finance and asset finance transactions. Darren Bacon and counsel Alana Gillies are the key names for advice on infrastructure and real estate fund finance matters.