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

(Leading individuals)

Darren BaconMourant

Mourant handles a range of work, including complex mandates relating to leading listed funds. Caroline Chan has listed funds expertise, as does Darren Bacon; in private funds, Frances Watson  also handles billion-dollar fundraisings, as well as complex work concerning open-ended funds. Senior associate Alana Gillies is active in advising leading private equity firms. Dylan Latimer is now at Bedell Cristin.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A

Mourant covers the range of Guernsey corporate work, from Guernsey corporate structures holding UK real estate through to locally significant deals with assets on-island. Darren Bacon‘s practice includes Guernsey elements of heavyweight UK real estate deals, as well as public M&A. John Lewis  is another notable for real estate work. Helen Wyatt has expertise in corporate service provider deals, and handles work for leading names in private equity and their portfolio companies. John Rochester is also active in heavyweight deals in highly regulated sectors, including public M&A, as is Frances Watson. Counsel Alex Davies has a track record in doing public M&A, as has senior associate Alana Gillies.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

Mourant has expertise in fund finance, acting for both managers and banks, as well as real estate finance, including structured deals and work for non-bank lenders. M&A acquisition finance and shipping finance are more niche areas in which the firm has handled deals. Caroline Chan has a track record of handling sensitive restructurings as well as real estate finance, while Darren Bacon and John Lewis are active in fund financing transactions for well-known borrowers. Helen Wyatt focuses on banking sector transactions against highly complex regulatory backdrops. Frances Watson also acts for borrowers and lenders, including non-bank lenders, with John Rochester particularly active in UK real estate deals. Dylan Latimer, previously a counsel at the firm, is now a partner at Bedell Cristin.

Guernsey > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Darren BaconMourant

Mourant‘s corporate practice handles capital markets work, ranging from the Guernsey elements of cross-border IPOs, listed funds work, debt capital markets and public M&A, among other matters. Darren Bacon handles listed fund share issuance mandates, while Caroline Chan‘s work include note listings, with John Rochester also handling note issuances. Frances Watson‘s practice includes, among other matters, equity capital markets. Blockchain is another area of expertise for the firm.