Helen Wyatt > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate, Funds, Financial Services & Regulatory, Insolvency & Restructuring, Insurance.

Position

Helen has broad commercial and corporate law experience and has advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and IPO, the establishment and restructuring of investment schemes, financing and corporate transactions and has a particular interest in financial services regulatory matters.

Career

Helen qualified as a Solicitor (England, currently non-practising) in 2004 and an Advocate (Guernsey) in 2007.

Memberships

Helen sits on the marketing committee of GIIA (Guernsey International Insurance Association), and is also secretary of the Guernsey Commerical Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A

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 > Insurance

Mourant fields ‘a strong insurance team with a good knowledge of how local laws tend to interact with laws in other jurisdictions‘. The group, which sits between the corporate and litigation departments, is most known for focusing on insurance sector M&A deals, but it is also well-versed in policy and coverage issues, as well as issues pertaining to captive insurance linked securities and life insurance. Helen Wyatt  heads the team and alongside John Lewis, is adept at transactional work. Gordon Dawes  is an insurance litigation expert, focusing on professional indemnity. D&I, coverage and regulatory enforcement claims; also areas of focus for counsel Chantal Barrett.

Guernsey > Investment funds

Clients say that they receive ‘first class advice from technically gifted lawyers who really understand the sector‘ from the team at Mourant, which has significant experience in alternative fund asset classes; particularly in relation to private equity, venture capital, technology, crypto assets and renewable energy. Darren Bacon  focuses on real estate and infrastructure funds, and is active in Guernsey’s  investment and funds association; and Frances Watson  is another key member of the team and a veteran of the investment funds arena. Helen Wyatt  heads the group, with broad expertise across funds and their regulation. Fluent in Cantonese, senior associate Pui Yee Lai draws on experience practicing in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK, as well as in-house, to advise on multi-jurisdictional on- and offshore investment fund deals.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Helen WyattMourant

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 .