Mourant > St Helier, Jersey > Firm Profile

Mourant
22 GRENVILLE STREET
ST HELIER
JE4 8PX
Jersey

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 1

Mourant handles the full range of financing transactions, including Islamic and fund finance, areas of particular growth for the group in 2021. Augmenting the transactional practice is a strong financial services regulatory team, where Simon Gould  and Sarah Huelin take the lead. Counsel James Daniel is building a strong finance practice and has significant experience advising borrowers and lenders. Mark Chambers  is the name to note for fund finance. Heading the team is Gareth Rigby , who focuses on real estate finance, with a specialism in Jersey property unit trust structures.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Rigby

Other key lawyers:

James Hill; Mark Chambers; Simon Gould; Robert Hickling; Paul Martin; Sarah Huelin; James Daniel

Testimonials

‘Very helpful and responsive. They turn things round quickly, are thorough and always able to explain eg Jersey quirks.’

‘They are quick at agreeing and delivering Jersey law banking documents and they make the Jersey element of a deal very smooth. Their team’s experience, infrastructure and capabilities helps them deliver quickly.’

‘Practical advice, very responsive, depth of knowledge of the market and Jersey requirements. More senior availability than often the case with competitor firms.’

‘James Daniel and Gareth Rigby are both excellent – very responsive, great advice and a solid understanding of their practices while also good value in terms of fees. Very available and responsive.’

‘High quality delivery, technical, commercial and practical advice, user-friendly team and good value for money on fees.’

‘Paul Martin is always great to work with – nothing is too much trouble, even when he is very busy. He is always able to provide a commercial solution to my client’s particularly tricky, technical issues and is very collaborative in his approach to working with onshore counsel. His advice is technically superb.’

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners

HSBC

M&G Investments

Citibank

Goldman Sachs

China Investment Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank

Invesco Real Estate

Metlife

Helaba

Grove Property

M&G Investments

M7 Real Estate Limited

Battersea Project Holding Company Limited

Mimecast Limited

Standard Life Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised arrangers on a £365 million development loan to fund the redevelopment on the site of the former Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
  • Advised a private equity investor on the acquisition and financing of a majority stake in Hawksford, the Jersey headquartered trust company business.

Jersey > Capital markets Tier 1

At Mourant, capital markets work is a core component of the firm’s wider finance and corporate practice, and the team has experience in complex debt and equity transactions. One area of expertise is cashbox structures, while the group is also well-versed in mandates involving public M&A and bond issuances. In 2021, Robert Hickling was instructed on major bond issuances, but he is also an expert in equity deals. James Hill  has a varied practice involving cashbox share placings, IPOs and high-yield bond issuances. Amy Demetriou has built a strong practice in relation to securities. Gareth Rigby oversees the team.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Rigby

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hickling; James Hill; Paul Martin; Amy Demetriou

Key clients

3i Infrastructure plc

Easyjet plc

Wisdom Tree

Informa plc

Morgan Stanley

Aventine LLC

Shire Plc

Land Securities Plc

Ardian

London Stock Exchange Group Plc

Credit Suisse

JPMorgan

Merrill Lynch International

Serinus Energy plc

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised an online gambling company on its migration to Jersey and subsequent corporate matters including the listing of the company on the Nasdaq.
  • Advised a Canadian pensions investor as an investor in Sportradar, in connection with Sportradar’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
  • Advising a Jersey incorporated company listed on NASDAQ on its $5.8bn acquisition by Permira.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Mourant stands out for handling major transactions in the real estate sector, but it is is also active in the private equity space and in the local M&A market. Gareth Rigby , who heads the department, is the name to note for real estate-related transactions structured as corporate acquisitions; James Hill is instructed on corporate structurings, IPOs, re-domicilations, M&A and joint venture work, as well as handling debt and equity capital markets deals. Robert Hickling  is the name to note for public company M&A and holding company transactions; Jon Woolrich  and Sarah Huelin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Rigby

Other key lawyers:

James Hill; Mark Chambers; Robert Hickling; Paul Martin; Jon Woolrich; Sarah Huelin

Testimonials

‘Mourant consistently provides a high quality service, giving huge confidence as to market expertise, quality of individuals and capacity to undertake work.’

‘Jon Woolrich is very responsive, commercial and well-reasoned.’

‘Mark Chambers and his team are excellent – always available, readily able to answer all questions we throw at them and capable of inspiring confidence in very demanding clients.’

‘Mark Chambers is an industry leader.’

‘They’re a responsive, friendly team that provides considered advice and can deal efficiently with issues arising in complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions.’

‘Jon Woolrich is technically excellent, user-friendly and responsive.

‘Very commercial and practical.’

‘Excellent local knowledge, practical solutions.’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

HGGC

Brookfield

CVC

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Cinven

Elliott Advisors

Aventine LLC

Goldman Sachs

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Advent International Corporation

Vista Equity Partners

DWS Alternatives Global

TPG Global

WPP plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Greystar on the £2.2bn strategic partnership with ADIA to develop UK build to rent assets.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

At Mourant, the litigation and dispute resolution group has an impressive depth of practice that includes banking and securities disputes, commercial and employment disputes, as well as public law and insolvency litigation. The team is also noted for contentious matters involving data protection. Taking the lead is Stephen Alexander , ‘a brilliant technical lawyer who is also incredibly user friendly and commercially minded‘, who is adept at multi-jurisdictional trust and commercial litigation, also handling arbitrations and regulatory matters. With ‘a unique ability to guide a client through complex litigation‘, former practice head Bruce Lincoln , who stepped down in November 2021, continues to be instructed by institutional and high-net-worth individual clients in contentious trust issues, also an area of expertise for Jonathan Speck  and Katie Hooper, who became a partner in February 2022. Mathew Cook is the key name for regulatory and white-collar criminal defence work. Counsel Luke Olivier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Lincoln; Jonathan Speck; Justin Harvey-Hills; Mathew Cook; Katie Hooper; Luke Olivier

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Speck is the partner all others aspire to emulate. Ben Thorpe is his raising star.’

‘A very good team, with some very sensible team members and excellent advocates. Well practiced in delivering what clients need.’

‘Luke Oliver is very commercially aware and client friendly.’

‘Great depth of knowledge across all levels of the team. adopt a collaborative working style both within the team and with us a client mix of both female and male lawyers at different levels within the team excellent practical experience of litigating’

‘Bruce Lincoln has a unique ability to guide a client through complex litigation matters by assisting a client in setting aside personal feelings to get to the core of the commercial decision to be made. With significant court experience, he is able to apply that knowledge to provide clients with practical solutions to real life problems. Bruce is always well prepared for court, considering all possible outcomes, as part of his overall strategy when litigating.’

Katie Hooper is great in Court and always prepares thoroughly. Her calm demeanour always puts a client at ease.’

‘Excellent level of service and responsiveness. Ability to think tactically and ‘outside the box’. Very adept at multi-jurisdictional proceedings and the challenges those bring.’

‘Justin Harvey-Hills is a litigation heavy-weight who really knows his stuff and thinks strategically.’

Key clients

JTC Trust Company Limited (JTC)

BUJ Architects LLP

ETFS Capital Limited

Monteagle International Limited (MIL) & Monteagle International (UK) Limited (MUK)

Bharti – TIEA matter

Triton Administration (Jersey) Limited (TAJ) and Peder Erik Prahl (PP)

Work highlights

  • Represented a settlor, beneficiary and co-trustee of a trust with estimated assets of over £1 billion to facilitate the transfer of trusteeship on an urgent basis.
  • Representing two subsidiaries of a large multi-jurisdictional group of companies in significant claims against a former senior employee of MM Group and a consultant company to one of the subsidiaries.
  • Acting for a Jersey PTC trustee of a Jersey discretionary trust. The settlor and his wife have been engaged in highly acrimonious divorce proceedings for a number of years (to which the Trustee has been joined) and the financial aspects are yet to be resolved.

Dispute resolution > Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 1

Clients praise the team at Mourant for having ‘an incredible depth of knowledge, with individuals having obtained valuable experience in the public sector.‘ The group is drawn together from lawyers in the litigation, finance and corporate practices, handling a mixture of contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues, as well as white-collar criminal defence cases. Taking the lead on the non-contentious financial services side, Simon Gould and Sarah Huelin are experts in the establishment of regulated entities in Jersey. Mathew Cook  is the name to note for contentious work, and is often instructed in regulatory cases, as well as assisting clients in the white-collar criminal defence space.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Cook; Simon Gould; Sarah Huelin

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Child; Dilly Wright; Jula Le Cornu

Testimonials

‘The team has incredible depth of knowledge, with individuals having obtained valuable experience in the public sector. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and experienced, they are also genuinely interested in their areas of work and up to date with changes. They are also really nice to work with and complimentary to others who work with them, giving a great team feeling.’

‘I have worked with Simon Gould, Mathew Cook and Sarah Huelin who are all extremely knowledgeable and very nice to work with. I would have no hesitation recommending clients to Mourant and in particular, to the lawyers I have worked with previously.’

‘My dealings from day 1 have been nothing but positive. There is depth of knowledge within the team and they are responsive to all matters raised. They are able to make complex subject matter understandable.’

‘Having been with Mathew Cook, I can confirm he demonstrates wide subject matter knowledge, is responsive, approachable and able to make complex subject matter understandable. He is “On our Side” and able to put himself in his clients shoes, gives practical solutions to matters in hand.’

‘The team provide excellent and pragmatic advice in an area where is it hard to come by such advice. They work hard to ensure their clients are provided with the relevant information and advice and seek to guide them through the ever changing and increasingly complex world of regulation.’

‘Mathew Cook is an exceptional lawyer provided contentious matter advice as well as more preventative and business as usual advice in a commercial and pragmatic manner. He has been successful for us on matters where I believe other lawyers would have not. Sarah Huelin is an excellent partner who seeks to provide commercial advice in a coherent and commercial manner in an area where it is practically impossible to find such advice.’

Key clients

H1 Trust Company Limited

Triton Administration (Jersey) Limited

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Apex Group

Star Capital

Hg

Work highlights

  • Represented Hi Trust Company in a long running case concerning proceeds of crime freezing orders and potential future confiscation of alleged proceeds of crime on the part of a beneficiary of a Jersey structure.
  • Advised Star Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in a Jersey regulated business, including all regulatory due diligence, licensing and consent requirements, working alongside various different teams in the firm.
  • Advising Triton Administration (Jersey) on Tax Information Exchange Agreements and challenges to notices issued under that regime.

Jersey > Employment Tier 1

Mourant‘s team is credited for having ‘a discreet manner that gives comfort to companies and institutions who rely on quality advice and guidance in a wide range of activities‘. Led by Carla Benest , the team cooperates with employment and pensions lawyers across the firm’s office network to provide a full multi-jurisdictional employment service to corporates and financial institutions. On the contentious side, lawyers are well-versed in unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination claims and contractual disputes. On the non-contentious front, the group regularly advises on agile and flexible working issues, employee mobility and business restructurings. Senior associate Laurie Child takes the lead on a number of employment issues, including matters concerning restructurings and redundancy processes. Associate Katie Phillips is developing a practice that involves relocations and matters relating to the establishment of businesses on Jersey.

Practice head(s):

Carla Benest

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely personable to deal with. Understand our business and its culture. Advice is always practicable and easy to understand and follow.’

‘Mourant is a renowned legal firm in the Islands and hugely respected in the industry. Their discreet manner gives comfort to companies and institutions who rely on quality advice and guidance in a wide range of activities.’

‘Carla and her team provide a first class service in the Employment Law field. Always available and willing to give constructive, clear and concise guidance on any topic. Their factual and honest views are valuable to the work we undertake and always recommend them to colleagues in our profession.’

‘First class customer service, always very responsive and able to offer alternative solutions to challenges. Great handle on the local market and current practices. Compared to other firms I have been in contact with in Jersey Mourant definitely have a competitive edge.’

‘A very pragmatic approach to problem solving and thorough in contract work. You feel completely comfortable that you have received the best possible advice. Laurie Child has excellent insight and provides impeccable client service with a commercial lens and Carla Benest provides a high level of relationship management and business acumen.’

‘Mourant provides a very professional but personal service to it clients. Mourants are very client focused and understand the needs of their clients by building rapport and relationships that foster trust.’

‘Laurie Child is a very competent professional that goes out of his way to maintain good relationships by providing sound advice and support.

‘Carla Benest is very well respected in her field and has given insight on various topics, Carla is very good at understanding her clients needs and goes over and above to build relationships that are lasting.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sensitive and high risk exit of a director in the context of significant ill-health issues related to work and the individual’s significant equity interests in our client’s business
  • Advised on enforcement action and potential litigation relating to a breach of restrictive covenants by a senior executive proposing to join a market competitor
  • Defended a breach of contract claim brought by a global director relating to long-term share incentives arising under a deferred compensation scheme

Jersey > Investment funds Tier 1

Mourant is active across the Jersey funds space, advising on all alternative and private capital fund asset classes, including more recently crypto and digital asset funds. The team provides an integrated legal and regulatory service, augmented by its colleagues in the finance, corporate, litigation, employment and data protection departments, and able to draw on the firm’s standalone consultancy arm Mourant Consulting. Felicia De Laat  heads the Jersey practice, taking the lead in the firm’s relationships with tentpole clients CVC, Schroders and Arrow Capital. Ben Robins is the global investment funds practice leader. Alistair Horn has vast experience in the establishment and launch of open and closed-ended investment funds and structures, and is also an expert in restructuring an the financing of investment structures. He also leads the firm’s cryptocurrency fund offering. Daniel Birtwistle  is also a key member of the team. Making partner in February 2022, Alex Henderson has a broad practice spanning the establishment and regulation of investment structures, with a focus on private equity, real estate, venture, and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Felicia de Laat; Ben Robins

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Horn; Joel Hernandez; Daniel Birtwistle; Mark Chambers; Alex Henderson

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge throughout the whole team structure, which allows them to be super-responsive. I like their pragmatism and decisiveness. Also, super-well connected to the Jersey regulator, which clients clearly benefit from.’

‘Have been working together with Mark Chambers and Alistair Horn for many years now. They are easily approachable, are good listeners and come up with creative, but pragmatic solutions.’

‘We have been incredibly impressed with the quality of service at Mourant. Initially, we were concerned that Jersey as a smaller jurisdiction would not have the depth of talent necessary to keep pace with the major onshore legal centres with whom we work for deals. In Mourant’s case, those concerns were totally unfounded: they have been as good or better than the onshore white shoe law firms with whom we routinely work – technically, commercially, and also interpersonally.’

‘Ali Horn has been particularly supportive of us as a new manager, guiding us through the process of establishing ourselves in Jersey with care, patience, and diligence. He has a rare mix of exceptional technical ability and deep commercial intuition.’

‘I work with a number of the Mourant team and they demonstrate the same strengths so clearly something in the Mourant DNA! They are responsive, professional and the provide a very comprehensive offering, nothing is too much trouble. They have excellent fund knowledge, covering the various areas, fund set up and structuring, restructuring and wind ups. You know you are in safe hands when working with any of the Mourant team.’

‘Felicia De Laat and Ben Robins – both are very approachable, helpful and very knowledgeable. A joy to work with.’

‘Great, commercially-minded advice. Very responsive.’

‘Mark Chambers – very responsive, understands both the technical issues and commercial drivers.’

Key clients

3i Investments

Abrdn

Accent Equity Partners

Actera Group

Activum SG

Alcentra

Alpha Associés Conseil

Alpha Capital Partners

Archer Capital

ARDIAN

Arowana

Arrow Global (AGG Capital Management)

Bancroft

Beechbrook Capital

BlackRock Financial Management

BNP Paribas

British Land Company

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Brook Bay Capital

Brooks Macdonald Group

Cale Street Partners

Cambridge Innovation Capital

CapVest Partners

Catalyst Capital Management

Chalfen Ventures

Cheyne Capital Management

Citigroup

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Coriolis Capital

Credo Ventures

CVC Capital Partners

CVC Credit Partners

Deutsche Private Equity

DN Capital

Dragon Capital

DRC Capital

DTZ Investors

Elevation Advisors LLP

Equip Capital

Felix Capital Partners

Fiera Real Estate

FIL

Generation Investment Management

GI Partners

Greenbridge Partners

Grosvenor Group

HBM Partners

Henderson Park Capital Partners

Highland Europe

IG4 Capital

IL&FS Investment Managers

Innova Capital

Intriva Capital

Invesco

Invision

J-Star

Kingsbridge Capital

LaSalle

Legal & General

London Strategic Land

Long Harbour

Luxgrove

Lyxor Asset Management

Man Investments

Northzone Ventures

Nuveen Real Estate

Oaktree Capital Management

Orbis Investment Management

Principal Global Investors

Private Label

Qsix Residential

Queensgate Investments

Resolution Property

Savills Investment Management

Schroders

Ship Street Advisors

Signal Capital Partners

Société Générale Group

Sole Shipping

SNÖ Ventures

STANLIB

Stenham

Stonehage Fleming

Strategic Capital Advisors

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust & Banking

Summix Capital

Swiss Equity Capital Partners

Talis Capital

Taxim Capital Partners

TDR Capital

The Ardent Companies

The Blackstone Group

Triton Investments Advisers

UBS

Valeo Groupe

Ventiga Capital

Vision Capital

Vitol Group

Vitruvian Partners

White Peak

Work highlights

  • Advised The Battersea Power Station Development Company (and its consortium of Malaysian investors) on The new £1.1bn London Northern Line Extension and the Zone 1 Battersea Power Station underground station opened in 2021 marking a major milestone for the Battersea Power Station regeneration project.
  • Advised joint owners Legal & General Group and Mitsubishi Estate on the US$1bn sale to Google of Google’s London office in the Central Saint Giles development in Holborn.
  • Advised SNÖ Ventures II AS in connection with the establishment of the SNÖ Ventures II Fund. The Fund has been set up as a Jersey Private Fund and is targeting raising total commitments from investors of up to approximately NOK850 million. With a principal geographical focus on Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, the Fund will target equity and equity related investments within the technology sector.

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Mourant‘s international trusts and private client practice provides a fill service to high-net-worth individuals, with key lines in wealth structuring, contentious and non-contentious trusts and foundation issues, as well as matters pertaining to wills and probate. The group is also able to handle real estate transactions and private fund structuring. Edward Devenport takes the lead, focusing on private wealth trusts, but is also experience in commercial trust structures, including in relation to pensions and employee benefits. Fred Milner has thriving family office practice, while counsel William Burnell is another practitioner of note for wealth-holding structures. Associate Chiara Mundy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ed Devenport

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great time with excellent know how; outstanding bench strength across several jurisdictions. In general excellent understanding of complex cross-border issues.’

‘Edward Devenport: Very client-focused and dedicated lawyer.’

‘The Jersey practise is part of an international team that works together across the jurisdictions, giving a local client ready access to lawyers qualified in various jurisdictions, particularly offshore and including at different levels of experience. In terms of products and services it offers a suite of simple modern precedents which are clear and an accurate and rapid turn around. Team members make themselves readily available on short notice to discuss issues and are approachable and commercially aware in the giving of legal advice.’

‘Chiara Mundy is approachable and in tune with client needs, always taking on board what is required and ready to offer pragmatic solutions. Her meticulous and accurate drafting skills are commendable.’

Edward Devenport’s wealth of experience, pragmatism and intuition are second to none – you know you are in safe hands.’

‘They understand the Jersey trust world and issues affecting trustees and can provide practical advice as well as working to find amicable solutions based on our client base. In addition members of their team have been seconded to our particular business so have an understanding of our internal processes and procedures.’

‘Very strong technically, with detailed analysis and advice on issues.’

‘Excellent knowledge and collaboration with clients and lawyers in other jurisdictions.’

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 1

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 Ridout specialises in real estate finance. The team is led by Helen Wyatt .

Practice head(s):

Helen Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

John Rochester; John Lewis; Frances Watson; Alana Gillies Ridout

Testimonials

‘Mourant works really well as a team, especially at partner level. We have built strong relationships with a number of partners across the team including John Rochester.’

‘Enormously responsive, prompt turnaround and very capable. We’ve never had any issues with the quality of work or associates, and have found the team to be very accommodating on things like opinion requests or other deal specifics.’

‘There was a structural issue which was a hangover from a previous transaction, and which John Lewis did not feel worked for the current deal. A less credible partner might have let this slide for fear of losing the instruction, but John stood his ground, clearly articulated the need for resolving the issue, and very much won my confidence.’

‘Frances Watson is friendly, responsive, pragmatic’

‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks plc

Al Rayan Bank plc

Alcentra

Ancala

Bank Julius Baer

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Scotland

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Brockton Capital

Brookfield

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

CITI

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Pfanddbriefbank

DRC UK Whole Loan Fund

East West Bank

EFG Private Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

FirstRand Bank Limited

Goldman Sachs

Greystar

HSBC Bank plc

ICICI

ICBC

Infrared

Keyhaven Capital Partners Limited

Investec Bank plc

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Lloyds Bank plc

Morgan Stanley

Nationwide Building Society

NatWest

Natixis

NewRiver Retail

Nordea Bank AB

Rabobank

Resource Capital Fund

Rothschild Bank International Limited

RBS

Santander

Work highlights

  • Acting as Guernsey legal advisers on matters involving a commercial cruise and shipping company, advising on financing and refinancing.
  • Advising one of the largest and most prestigious private equity houses investing in Australian and New Zealand assets in connection with entry into the bridging finance by a Guernsey fund.

Guernsey > Capital markets Tier 1

The group at Mourant has a full-service capital markets offering, covering equity and debt matters. The team is well-versed in initial and secondary public offerings, and is also regularly instructed on bond issuances. Darren Bacon  is the key contact in Guernsey, advising a strong selection of listed funds and companies on transactional issues. Frances Watson  has experience in listings on the London stock exchange. Senior associate Pui Yee Lai is focused on advising international investment banks based in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, on debt and equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

Darren Bacon; Frances Watson; John Rochester; John Lewis; Pui Yee Lai

Key clients

3i Infrastructure plc

Baker Steel Resources Trust Limited

Big deal music

BMO Property Growth & Income Feeder Fund Limited

Capella UK Holdco 4 Limited

CC Private Debt Feeder Co Limited

CD&R Arawak X Luxco S.à. r.l.

Chenavari Capital Solutions Limited

Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited

DP Aircraft I Limited

Elm Bidco, L.P.

Funding Circle SME Income Fund Limited

Gemfields Group Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Growthpoint Properties Limited

Guaranteed Investment Products 1 PCC Limited

Harbourvest Global Private Equity Limited

Investec W&I International PCC Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited

LondonMetric Property Plc

Lloyds Bank International

Ravenscroft Investment Fund Offshore

Resolute Mining Limited

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund

Telecom Credit Infrastructure DAC

Telecom Credit Infrastructure Designated Activity Company

Weiss Korea Opportunity Fund Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Guernsey legal counsel for Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited, a FTSE 250 specialist in economic infrastructure debt.  Advising from a Guernsey law perspective on the 10% placing of shares in SEQI on the LSE.
  • Advising Grit Real Estate Income Group on ongoing Guernsey law compliance and ongoing queries in relation to the running of the listed company, its further issues of shares, entry into third party agreement and stepping up to premium listing on the LSE.
  • Advising Third Point Investors Limited on the entry into a loan agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and related security.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

Frances Watson; John Lewis; John Rochester; Alana Gillies

Testimonials

‘The Mourant team were very attentive and always on hand to assist. They were extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly. When faced with a variety of corporate issues, they were able to cut through legalese and get to the root of the problem and suggest solutions.’

‘John Rochester was on top of the deal and understood what we needed in the timeframe we had.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, the response times are lightning fast and they can help clients navigate through complex regulatory issues.’

‘Alana Gillies Ridout is a stand-out partner. She is my go-to lawyer for anything Guernsey-law related. She has an excellent manner with clients and colleagues and I trust her advice.’

‘The team provided timely and useful advice on the Guernsey law related aspect of the deal.’

‘Understanding the transaction, but also the ability to explain the complexities of the transaction.’

Key clients

Abrdn plc

Amphenol Corporation

Big Deal Music

Brockton

Brookfield

EFG

Greystar

Helical plc

HG Pooled

HNG Atlas Main Lux SCSP

John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited (JLIF)

Mariana Resources Limited

Rothschild

Royal Bank of Canada

Praxis IFM

Preservation Capital Partner

Saffery Champness

Schroders

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Viasat Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Astorg on its acquisition of IQ EQ – a leading investor services group providing a comprehensive range of compliance, administration, asset and advisory services to investment funds, global companies, family offices and private clients globally.
  • Instructed by Harbottle & Lewis on a number of occasions in relation to IEB Trading Limited. Including advice in relation to the preparation of comprehensive corporate governance protocols to be adopted by Maximo Limited and I E B Trading Limited with a view to promoting, developing and creating a business suitable for the admission of Maximo Limited to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange at the earliest opportunity.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Mourant‘s litigation practice is fully integrated between the firm’s international offshore office network. Trust disputes are a core of the work, and lawyers are often instructed on the most high-profile cases in Guernsey. Another area where the firm stands out is insolvency and restructuring, acting for creditors and liquidators, and the group is experienced in court-ordered schemes of arrangement. On the regulatory front, the department houses go-to lawyers for financial institutions in disputes with the Guernsey regulators. The team is led by Abel Lyall , an experienced court room advocate, and includes trust litigator Jeremy Wessels ; contentious regulatory lawyer Gordon Dawes  and counsel Sandra Duerden, who has built an impressive trust litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Abel Lyall

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Wessels; Gordon Dawes; Sandra Duerden; Chantal Barrett

Testimonials

‘They are adaptive and responsive and the team have a very broad range of strengths with relevant experts for all fields. Billing is always clear (and fair!) and they apply thought to all elements of staffing and deployment.’

‘I have been predominantly dealing with Abel Lyall and his approach to collaborative project management has been very beneficial for us. He has become part of our team when necessary and I have come to rely on Abel and his team time and again. Whether in-person meetings or in written actions, the output from them in all areas is excellent. Abel is always available when needed, often at short notice, and provides formal, semi-formal and informal support as necessary.’

‘Gordon Dawes is superb. He is technically excellent, calm under pressure and very responsive.’

‘Abel Lyall provides exceptional advocacy; supported by a very strong team.’

‘Mourant’s Guernsey office is regarded by many as the go-to firm for dispute matters. They have a strong and long standing reputation in this sector. Their advice is prompt and practical. They have appeared in many of the leading commercial and trust dispute cases of recent years and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to clients who find themselves in challenging situations.’

‘Jeremy Wessels is an outstanding commercial litigator. He is widely regarded as the island’s leading court room advocate. Outside of court, his advisory practice is equally valued. He is clear and concise in the advice he gives and, despite his significant workload, he appears to be always available.’

‘A friendly approachable law firm who are pragmatic, calm under pressure and incredibly intelligent.’

‘Abel Lyall is a stand out practitioner who is ‘unflappable’ and extremely calm under pressure.’

Key clients

Oak Group

Saffery Champness

Artex

EFG Private Bank

Credit Suisse Group

Investec Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank

Kleinwort Hambros

Butterfield Bank and Trust

IQ-EQ

PraxisIFM Group and Nerine Group

Grant Thornton

GFSC

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Trident Trust

Sequent Guernsey Limited

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

Trust Corporation (now Ocorian)

Apex

Work highlights

  • Acting for Investec as former trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust in relation to a long-running, complex trust dispute.
  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators of JJW Limited in the complex, cross-border insolvency of a hotel owning and operating group.
  • Acting for Lloyd’s Syndicate 4242 in relation to contentious proceedings against Cells of White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited.

Guernsey > Insurance Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

John Lewis; Gordon Dawes; Chantal Barrett; Andrew Grant

Testimonials

A strong insurance team with a good knowledge of how local laws tend to interact with laws in other jurisdictions.’

John Lewis and Helen Wyatt know their stuff on the insurance. They are both very responsive and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

Prudential Assurance Corporation

Rothesay Life Plc

States of Guernsey

Work highlights

  • Advised The Prudential Assurance Company Limited and Rothesay Life plc on initial applications in Jersey and Guernsey, the continuation of the Jersey and Guernsey parallel proceedings as the sanction of the UK Part VII scheme was initially declined, appealed and then remitted back to the High Court in the UK, PAC and Rothesay’s interaction with the local regulators throughout, ultimately achieving the sanction the parallel Jersey and Guernsey schemes in November 2021.
  • Advised JP Morgan Chase on the Guernsey law issues of a facility provided by to Constellation IC Limited, a newly created Guernsey captive insurer. The finance provided by JP Morgan Chase was used by Constellation to provide provision of £650 million five-year multi-layered cover for Lloyd’s Central Fund, reimbursing aggregate payments from the Central Fund in excess of £600 million up to £1.25 billion.
  • Advised Ravenscroft on the share purchase of MitonOptimal Portfolio Management (CI) Limited and Verity Life Limited. The Guernsey aspects of this transaction included advising on and negotiating the terms of the share purchase agreement and its ancillary documents as well as assisting with completion matters.

Jersey > Commercial property Tier 2

Led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable, commercially focused and efficientJulie Melia, the property team at Mourant has a varied clientele that includes local corporate, banking, retail, development and funds clients. The group has vast experience in the acquisition and disposal of local and non-local businesses with an interest in Jersey property, as well as lessors. Lawyers are also active in the construction and development space. Georgina Cook, an English solicitor and Jersey advocate, has a broad practice, with particular expertise in complex and novel development structuring. Joining the firm from MacRoberts LLP in March 2022, associate Kamila Kaminska brings with her experience in a variety of property deals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Melia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The bespoke legal service required to navigate Jersey property/land law made Mourants the right choice for our recent land sale. Prompt responses and chasing of the purchasers solicitor, ensured that the HoT’s, contract and sale proceeded quickly and efficiently, always with accompanying sound legal advice.’

‘Julie Melia from Mourants dealt with sale process for us and was a model of efficiency and good advice. Bringing in specialist legal colleagues as needed, Julie managed the process and directed, to push purchasing solicitors to a quick conclusion, whilst ensuring that the due diligence required, informed our decisions on the sale.

‘Communication is key, the people that work for Mourant are knowledgeable and helpful providing sound advice in an easy to understand manner, no problem, query, question is too big or small to allow for great engagement from the firm.’

‘Julie Melia has a meticulous eye for detail and demonstrates outstanding professionalism, honesty and integrity in all communications and works provided to us.’

‘A forward thinking, dynamic and diverse team of individuals who rise to the challenge and approach problems on a solution driven basis.’

‘Collaborative in approach and professional at all times. Julie Melia and Georgina Cook are stand out performers who deliver on their commitments.’

Julie Melia is extremely knowledgeable, commercially focused and efficient.

Key clients

Aztec Group

Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited

The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

G R Langlois (1991) Limited

Legal & General

Jersey Electricity Plc

Jersey Homes Trust

KPMG

Lloyds Bank

Parish of St. Helier

Triton Investment Management Limited

Arioso Jersey Properties Limited (part of the Redevco and COFRA Holdings AG group).

Tunit Limited, part of B V Handel-en Exploitatiemaatschappij Ruyjgrok group

The National Trust for Jersey

Work highlights

  • Advised Aztec Financial Services (Jersey) Limited on its commitment to lease off-plan c50,000 square feet of premier office space at IFC6, in the heart of Jersey’s new financial district.
  • Acted as primary legal adviser to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited, a retailer and an active property investor and developer with a multi-million pound portfolio.
  • Acted in the sale of a Jersey property holding SPV for its Swiss incorporated owner, on a deal negotiated for the seller by Knight Frank LLP, and managed by Redevco UK Limited.

Guernsey > Employment Tier 2

Mourant's team is characterised by the 'gravitas' of team leader counsel Rachel Guthrie and senior associate Hana Plsek, whose practice spans proceedings relating to unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and harassment, litigation outside the employment tribunal and senior exits, as well as issues related to employee benefits, pensions and share plans, redundancies and maternity support issues.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Guthrie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Always helpful, friendly, approachable and professional.’

Rachel Guthrie and Hana Plsek provide first class training and knowledge seminars that are invaluable to HR practitioners.’

Rachel Guthrie was supportive but at the same time sensible and obviously very knowledgeable. She was concerned to ensure that the client’s interests were foremost and recognised. She did not need to ‘score points’ nor waste time showing off her obvious experience and expertise.’

What I like about this employment team is that they take the time to get to know you and understand your knowledge and experience, to in turn work out how best to serve you. This is most obvious when you need something quickly and they provide you everything you need without over doing it – it makes for a great team approach when it matters. I trust them implicitly and have found them a great sounding board, providing practical and pragmatic advice and guidance.’

Rachel Guthrie and Hana Plsek are different to the norm as there are no airs and graces with them ever, just solid employment law advice. They are very easy to talk to and I trust them implicitly.’

Rachel Guthrie and Hana Plsek, the team has two people who would be partners in any other firm and who are able to deal with the full range of problems at the speed required and without any bottlenecks.’

Both Rachel Guthrie and Hana Plsek are calm, authoritative and commercial in their approach to any problem. Nothing fazes them as they have seen it all. In the high octane world of employment disputes, such gravitas is a god-send and missing from other Guernsey firms. ‘

Hana Plsek has a very commercial approach and will “say it as it is” when needed. She does not take the easy route of acquiescence when a more robust response is appropriate. Hana also goes the extra mile to make me think of alternative approaches so that the outcome is improved. Her communication is direct and forthright which is rarely seen in the legal advice market.’

Key clients

Saffery Champness

Work highlights

  • Advised Saffery Champness on the employment aspects of the sale of its fund administration arm to MJ Hudson.

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

Darren Bacon; Frances Watson; Pui Yee Lai; Alana Nisbet

Testimonials

‘Our ‘go to’ legal advisers in the Channel Islands. Excellent local knowledge and connections.’

‘Helen Wyatt is always responsive to our legal questions and provides practical, plain-speaking advice in a very timely manner.’

‘First class advice from technically gifted lawyers who really understand the sector.’

‘Darren Bacon and Frances Watson are very responsive and technically capable and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Global Infrastructure GP III Ltd

Acis Capital

African Global

Arab Bank

Arion Bank

Arle Capital

Asper Investment Management Limited

AXA IM

APQ Global Limited

Barclays

Baker Street  Resources Trust

Bencis Capital

Blackstone

BMO Global

Brockton Capital

Candover

Castledon Commodities

CC Debt

Chenavari

Concord

CP Cognent Asset Management

Dominion Fund

Dragon Capital

Dr. Peters Group

Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation

Fidelity Funds

Foord Asset

Fortress

Generation Investment

Genesis Investment

Goldman Sachs

GPH Group

Hamilton Lane

HarbourVest

Harwood Capital

HgCapital

Highland Capital Management

HitecVision

Hoegh Capital Partners

iCON

Infrared Capital

Investec

John Laing Infrastructure

Jordan/Zalaznick Advisors

Kingsbridge Capital

Kuwait Investment Company

Kvika banki

Long Harbour

MENA Capital

Mercer Global Investments

Morgan Stanley

NextEnergy Capital Management

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited

NextPower II LP

Norvestor

Nova Capital

OpCapita

One Peak

Pallinghurst

Pantheon

Pembroke VCT

Premier Milton Group

Preservation Capital

Private Label

Ravenscroft

RBC Wealth

Rising Star

Ruffer

Savex Capital

Schroders

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited

Sherborne Investors Management LP

Silverfleet

SoftBank Group

SQN Capital

Standard Life

Starwood

Stirling Mortimer

Stonehage

Tailwind

Timber Capital

Warburg Pincus LLC

Weiss Asset Management

White Star

Windmill Hill Asset

Work highlights

  • Advising on the issue of shares in Aberdeen Emerging Markets Investment Company Limited in connection with the reconstruction of Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust PLC. Our scope of work included reviewing a prospectus, circular and other transaction documents and providing a Guernsey legal opinion with respect to a placing agreement.
  • Advised HgCapital LLP on the establishment, initial closing and subsequent closings of the Hg Titan 1 Fund, including the establishment of the GpCo, GPLP, Aggregator and P&E entities, preparing and advising on all regulatory applications.
  • Advising from a Guernsey law perspective on Close Brothers Asset Management (Guernsey) Limited’s application to the GFSC for a license to carry on controlled investment business.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

Mourant‘s private wealth practice spans contentious and non-contentious work, and draws on lawyers from across the firm’s offshore office network. The team is led by Gilly Kennedy-Smith, who has significant expertise in international tax and succession advice. Abel Lyall  is noted for representing trustees, settlors and beneficiaries in contentious and semi-contentious trust issues. Jeremy Wessels  is often instructed on contentious trust matters, as is Gordon Dawes .

Practice head(s):

Gilly Kennedy-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Abel Lyall; Jeremy Wessels; Gordon Dawes

Testimonials

The practice has highly experienced staff and they are very responsive at all levels. They offer competitive pricing. They have offered tailored training to our team, frequently host seminars and, more recently have been innovative with the use of vlogs.’

We dealt with Jeremy Wessels and Sandra Duerden on a specific complex case in 2021. They were both very responsive and are highly experienced.’

Mourants provide a timely and professional service and manage client expectations very well. They bring on their next generation very well and their associates are all client facing which is great to build relationships with the administration staff and teams. Their knowledge base is extensive and the recruitment of Gilly Kennedy-Smith had expanded their skill sets even further. I was very impressed with their blog series of mini videos on industry specific topics.’

Gilly Kennedy-Smith has been a great leader and asset to the firm. Furthermore Alana Gillies Ridout who has recently been promoted to Partner has been of great assistance. Alexander Hawkins has provided an exception service also and assisted with a very complex family dispute matter.’

Alexander Hawkins balances sound advice whilst being commercially aware. Old head on young shoulders and a talent to look out for in the future.’

The Mourant private client team is technically very strong and can draw upon resources from around the world (in its various offices) to provide a very comprehensive over view of trust law in general. This is valuable as the offshore trust world is becoming increasingly integrated with developments in courts in one jurisdiction often affecting or being replicated elsewhere. another strength is the integration between the contentious and non-contentious parts of the business, which is very welcome in trust disputes.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Investec as former trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust in relation to a long-running, complex trust dispute.

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 3

At Mourant, commercial real estate lawyers advises corporates with interests in Guernsey property, as well as occupiers on a variety of matters, including sales and purchases, leasing and developments. The group consists of practitioners with dual-Guernsey and English law qualifications, enabling it to handle cross-border deals. In addition to pure commercial property work, Laura Bougourd also has expertise in the property aspects of corporate transactions; Alison Wood has a busy practice acting for landlords, tenants and developers of new residential and commercial properties. The group is overseen by managing partner John Lewis.

Practice head(s):

John Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A firm with strength in depth, with width of talent and experience. Professional, surprisingly affordable, personable and professionally flexible, being commercially nimble to evolving situations. A pleasure to work with across the teams.’

Attentive service, genuinely interested in the project. Laura Bougourd is excellent in looking after our real estate focused activities. She feels part of our internal team and is invested completely in the shared task . We thus feel she can be completely relied upon.

A really knowledgeable and approachable commercial property team, they have a practical approach to commercial property transactions. They really pull out all the stops when a sale/purchase needs to be completed quickly whilst still providing thorough analysis of the salient issues which need to be considered.’

They always seem to be on hand to discuss specific elements of the transaction at short notice. Kate Dewsnap is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable as is Laura Bougourd.’

We have been with the firm now for many years, although during that time the team has changed we have always been delighted with the service and support provided. The practice is unique for us in that it has the historic knowledge of business, and that has been effectively passed on to new members when they take over our account.’

Both Alison Wood and Laura Bougourd are highly motivated and intelligent individuals who can advise on a wide range of commercial property matters.’

Key clients

Guernsey Electricity Limited

Lloyds Bank International Limited

Esher Investments Limited

Aztec Financial Services (Guernsey) Limited

Craigard (Bordage House Guernsey) Limited

PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP

Ravenscroft Holdings Limited

Sarnia Properties Limited

Milltowers Limited

Ferryspeed (Guernsey) Limited

Bank Julius Baer (Guernsey Branch)

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank Julius Baer in their letting of flagship premises forming part of a new development under construction at Admiral Park.
  • Advised Aztec Financial Services (Guernsey) Limited on their new letting of their existing premises
  • Advised Craigard (Bordage House Guernsey) Limited in the sale of a multi-let commercial property.

Offshore firms in London Tier 3

Mourant’s BVI, Cayman Islands and Jersey focused practice is ‘very strong on technical advice’ with key activity in banking and finance, international trusts and investment funds. Consultant Tony Pursall  is based within the private client department and advises trustees, beneficiaries and banks, while Christopher Harlowe splits his time between London and Cayman Islands and is noted for his expertise in international corporate restructuring and insolvency related litigation. Over in the Cayman Islands, Luke Burgess-Shannon supports on international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Harlowe; Alexandra Woodcock; John Rochester; Tony Pursall; Ian Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good team covering trusts sector in multiple jurisdictions. Very strong on technical advice. Tony Pursall is very strong technically, very thorough and experienced.

‘There is much depth in the Mourant team globally and they have multiple jurisdictions covered which makes for joined up and helpful advice when dealing with international structures.’

‘Tony Pursall is a hugely capable and intelligent lawyer with multijurisdictional experience which makes him an invaluable part of any legal team dealing across the Mourants offices.’

Key clients

MedImpact

Capitve Holdings Inc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the petitioner, MedImpact Hong Kong Limited, in presenting a just and equitable winding up petition of a JV Vehicle, MedImpact Arabia Limited, in which it holds a 50% shareholding.
  • Instructed by five solvent segregated portfolios to ensure their removal from the insolvent segregated portfolio structure through novations of assets and liabilities into Newcos.

Mourant Ozannes is one of the leading offshore law firms, advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.

The firm: The firm has 60 partners and over 500 staff in six offices, spanning Asian, American and European time zones; and is the exclusive Lex Mundi member firm for Guernsey and Jersey. Lex Mundi is an exclusive worldwide network of top-tier independent law firms that provides for the exchange of professional information about the local and global practice and development of law; facilitates and disseminates communications among its members; and improves members’ ability to serve the needs of their respective clients.

Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: the partners working in this area are experts in their field with practices that span the full range of offshore banking and finance work. The firm is well-known for its work on the most complex and demanding transactions. The team acts for a range of finance parties and advises 80% of the world’s top 50 banks (Bankers Almanac, 2016). The firm is regularly appointed as listing sponsor to debt securities listed on the International Stock Exchange.

Corporate: the firm’s corporate lawyers bring their expertise, versatility and problem-solving approach to bear on a full range of corporate transactions, whether small or large in scale. Known internationally for its work on the most complex and demanding transactions, the firm advises more FTSE 100 and 250 companies than any other offshore law firm (Corporate Adviser Rankings Guide, 2016).

Employment: the firm’s team provides specialist employment law advice in Jersey. The team of highly experienced lawyers, who are all members of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, predominantly advises large and medium sized employers and the offshore operations of many global financial institutions. The firm has the largest dedicated employment team in Jersey.

Financial services and regulatory: the firm’s financial services and regulatory practice draws together expertise on the conduct of regulated financial services, insurance and banking business in Jersey. The firm provides highly commercial and focused legal advice in relation to a full range of offshore regulatory issues and problems that arise for financial service providers, regulators and governments.

Funds: in Jersey, Mourant Ozannes dominates the funds sector in relation to offshore law. The firm’s investment funds team is known for the quality and quantity of complex work it delivers, across a range of fund asset classes and global markets. It has been the number one legal adviser to funds in Jersey for 16 consecutive years with a market share of 55% (Monterey Funds Directory 2016).

Insolvency and restructuring: the firm’s insolvency and restructuring practice draws together banking, corporate, insolvency, investment funds, litigation, regulatory and restructuring expertise. The firm deploys carefully integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to work closely with leading professionals in the US, the UK and elsewhere. Mourant Ozannes plays a leading role in the largest and most high-profile insolvency-related cases in Jersey, usually cross-border in practice requiring rapid and efficient co-ordinated advice. We advise on all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, providing pragmatic and workable solutions for our clients.

Insurance: the firm’s insurance team specialises in advising on the establishment, regulatory compliance and business operations of insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as insurance managers and brokers based in Jersey.

International trusts and private client: the international trusts and private client team contains some of the most experienced and well regarded trust and private client advisers, litigators and draftsmen in the offshore world. Their overriding aim is to provide exceptional client service through a substantial, integrated team covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in each jurisdiction.

Litigation: the firms litigation partners, who are highly experienced and industry renowned, play a leading role in the largest and most high-profile disputes in Jersey and in international cross-border cases requiring rapid and efficient coordinated advice.

Property: Mourant Ozannes’ highly skilled and experienced Jersey property law team is focused on providing expert residential and commercial property advice.

Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Jersey, London

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Global managing partner Jonathan Rigby
Senior partner Robert Shepherd
Managing partner, Jersey Jonathan Speck
Banking and finance Alastair Syvret
Banking and finance Ben Robins
Banking and finance Gareth Rigby
Banking and finance James Hill
Banking and finance James Ruane
Banking and finance Mark Chambers
Banking and finance Robert Hickling
Banking and finance Jon Woolwich
Corporate Alastair Syvret
Corporate Ben Robins
Corporate Gareth Rigby
Corporate James Hill
Corporate James Ruane
Employment Helen Ruelle
Financial services and regulatory Helen Ruelle
Financial services and regulatory Justin Harvey-Hills
Financial services and regulatory Simon Gould
Funds Ben Robins
Funds Daniel Birtwistle
Funds Edward Davenport
Funds Felicia de Laat
Funds Gareth Rigby
Funds Joel Hernandez
Funds Mark Chambers
Funds Tim Morgan
Funds Alistair Horn
Insolvency and restructuring Alastair Syvret
Insolvency and restructuring Ben Robins
Insolvency and restructuring Bruce Lincoln
Insolvency and restructuring Gareth Rigby
Insolvency and restructuring James Hill
Insolvency and restructuring James Ruane
Insurance Robert Hickling
Insurance Simon Gould
Intellectual property Helen Ruelle
International trusts and private client Bruce Lincoln
International trusts and private client Edward Devenport
International trusts and private client Giles Corbin
International trusts and private client Jim Edmondson
International trusts and private client Jonathan Speck
International trusts and private client Justin Harvey-Hills
Litigation Bruce Lincoln
Litigation Helen Ruelle
Litigation Jonathan Speck
Litigation Justin Harvey-Hills
Property Gavin Renault
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Laurie  Child photo Laurie ChildI am an employment law specialist and advise on the full range…
Sarah  Huelin photo Sarah HuelinI’m a Partner of Mourant Ozannes (Jersey) LLP in our Jersey Finance and…
Stephen Alexander photo Stephen AlexanderI’m a Partner in our Jersey litigation practice.
Carla Benest photo Carla BenestPartner and Head of our Jersey Employment practice
Daniel Birtwistle photo Daniel BirtwistleDaniel focuses on private equity funds and public and private property funds.…
Will  Burnell photo Will BurnellI’m Counsel in the International Trusts and Private Client team in Jersey.…
Mark Chambers photo Mark ChambersMark specialises in banking, corporate, commercial, structured finance and investment funds. His…
Georgina  Cook photo Georgina CookAs Counsel in our Jersey property practice, I specialise in all aspects…
Mathew  Cook photo Mathew CookI’m a Partner of Mourant Ozannes (Jersey) LLP in our Jersey Litigation practice,…
Felicia De Laat photo Felicia De LaatFelicia specialises in collective investment funds with a particular focus on private…
Amy  Demetriou photo Amy DemetriouI joined Mourant Ozannes in Jersey in 2008, and I am part…
Edward Devenport photo Edward DevenportEdward has made numerous contributions to trust publications including writing the Jersey…
Simon Gould photo Simon GouldSimon played a leading role in the development of the groundbreaking regime…
Justin Harvey-hills photo Justin Harvey-hillsA partner at Mourant Ozannes, Justin specialises in banking, financial services, corporate…
Joel Hernandez photo Joel HernandezJoel is an investment fund specialist. Highlight deals: Joel led a team…
Robert Hickling photo Robert HicklingRobert works for leading corporates, financial institutions and intermediaries on a wide…
James Hill photo James HillJames is a partner in Mourant Ozannes’ Finance & Corporate team. James…
Alistair Horn photo Alistair HornAlistair advises a number of hedge, real estate and private equity funds…
Bruce Lincoln photo Bruce LincolnBruce has experience of a wide range of contentious areas including insolvency,…
Paul Martin photo Paul MartinPartner
Julie Melia photoAdvocate Julie MeliaAs Head of our Jersey Property practice, I advise clients across a…
Tim Morgan photo Tim MorganPartner in our Jersey office
Jacqueline Richomme photo Jacqueline RichommeJacqueline specialises in funds and corporate/commercial work. Jacqueline has worked on many…
Jonathan Rigby photo Jonathan RigbyJonathan is Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes and advises leading financial institutions,…
Gareth Rigby photo Gareth RigbyGareth advises on a wide range of corporate, structured finance, limited partnership…
Ben Robins photo Ben RobinsBen is a partner with extensive experience in investment funds, offshore capital…
James Ruane photo James RuaneJames advises on Jersey companies, unit trusts, limited partnerships and security interests.…
Jonathan Speck photo Jonathan SpeckA Jersey advocate and Managing Partner of the Jersey office of Mourant…
Alastair Syvret photo Alastair SyvretAlastair specialises in securitisations and structured finance. Highlight deals: Alastair has acted…
Jon Woolrich photo Jon WoolrichJon has particular experience advising on equity capital markets transactions including IPOs,…
Number of partners : 29
Number of other fee-earners : 42