John Rochester > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate.


John trained as a solicitor at Linklaters’ London and Hong Kong offices, which included a secondment to Merrill Lynch. He then worked in Maples and Calder’s BVI office, before joining Mourant Ozannes.


John obtained a degree in Law with French Law from Aberdeen University, a Post-graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Trent University and the Legal Practice Course at BPP in London. John was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (currently non-practising) in 2004 and as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands in 2005.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

John RochesterMourant

At Mourant, practitioners handle the spectrum of corporate transactions, including public and private M&A, where it advises targets, bidders, financial advisors and financial institutions. In terms of M&A, the team has experience in Guernsey, UK and cross-border deals, continuing to handle high-profile local M&A, particularly in the financial sector, where it is able to provide regulatory advice. It is also regularly instructed on reorganisations and is increasingly known for it’s ESG work. Frances Watson  is well-known for public and private M&A, and transactions involving family offices; John Lewis is oriented towards private M&A and corporate transactions for private wealth clients; John Rochester  is well versed in transactions involving real estate. Practice head Helen Wyatt  is another key name, and is able to utilise expertise in financial services regulations.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

John RochesterMourant

The team at Mourant is commended by clients as ‘enormously responsive with prompt turnaround’. The practice spans the gamut of offshore banking and finance work and is most noted for real estate finance, but it is also adept at private equity transactions, and asset finance, where it stands out for aircraft financings. John Rochester  is known for advising major financial institutions on the offshore elements of their finance transactions. John Lewis  focuses on fund finance, refinancing and restructuring; ‘friendly, responsive, pragmaticFrances Watson  provides financial regulatory advice, as well as assisting with restructurings. Alana Gillies specialises in real estate finance. The team is led by Helen Wyatt .