Helen Wyatt > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile
ST JULIAN'S AVENUE
ST PETER PORT
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Banking & Finance, Corporate, Funds, Financial Services & Regulatory, Insolvency & Restructuring, Insurance.
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.
Helen qualified as a Solicitor (England, currently non-practising) in 2004 and an Advocate (Guernsey) in 2007.
Helen sits on the marketing committee of GIIA (Guernsey International Insurance Association), and is also secretary of the Guernsey Commerical Bar Association.
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As part of a broader corporate and finance practice at Mourant, Helen Wyatt and John Lewis are active in a number of insurance sector M&A deals and transfers of books of business. Other recent instructions have involved sales of captive insurers, acting as Guernsey experts in foreign insurance disputes, longevity swaps, insurance-linked securities and data protection issues surrounding insurance. In addition to this, litigation partner Gordon Dawes has handled a number of insurance coverage disputes.
Mourant ‘combines stellar legal advice with a strong commercial mindset’ across the finance space. Helen Wyatt, whose practice includes real estate finance and funds lending took over leadership of the team from February 2020 from John Lewis, whose expertise in the banking space includes fund finance mandates, primarily for the banks. Darren Bacon handles some fund finance work alongside a capital markets practice, Frances Watson is notable for borrower-side fund finance and John Rochester covers fund and corporate finance for lenders and borrowers. Regulatory-driven restructuring work for the banks is a particular area of expertise. Alana Gillies is a key senior associate, as is BVI-qualified Cantonese speaker Pui Yee Lai, who brings with her experience in-house and international firms in Singapore. Caroline Chan retired from the partnership in April 2020.
At Mourant, Frances Watson‘s clients include FTSE 250 listed funds, as well as private funds in the venture capital space and custodian banks, while Darren Bacon handles more traditional private funds work as well as working with elite London firms. Helen Wyatt heads the firm’s broader corporate and funds practice – alongside a broad mix of work across the corporate and finance piece, she advises a number of funds managed by the likes of Ravenscroft. Alana Nisbet and Alana Gillies, who are qualified in Queensland and Scotland respectively, are both notable senior associates in the team.
‘Larger than most in Guernsey‘ with ‘great strength‘, Mourant handles corporate work of local and international significance. Frances Watson‘s transactions have included advising Butterfield Bank on its purchase of ABN Amro’s Channel Islands business among other banking deals, while John Rochester‘s work includes international M&A using contractual take-overs and other mechanisms, as well as insurance deals and work on real estate transactions. Helen Wyatt‘s recent activity included local transactions with regulatory issues across the Bailiwick, as well as private equity house M&A – John Lewis, who handed over practice leadership in February 2020 to Wyatt, is also active in that industry. Alex Davies is a key counsel, and Alana Gillies a senior associate involved in many of the key deals; Alana Nisbet is a 2019 promotion to senior associate.
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