Firm Profile > Mourant > St Helier, Jersey


Banking and finance Tier 1

Mourant has a finance practice that covers a full spectrum of work across types of lending and different participants in the marketplace. Gareth Rigby  and James Hill both handle key real estate work, with Rigby also advising key names in private equity. Mark Chambers is active in fund finance on both the borrower and lender side. Robert Hickling is also active in the fund finance space, including advising some hedge funds, as is Paul Martin. Jon Woolrich has a broad practice financing all matters of assets from securitisations to private equity deals. Simon Gould is a notable name for financial services regulation, as is 2020 partner promotion Sarah Huelin. Iain Millar , James Daniel and Neil McCarroll are key counsels.

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‘Responsive, technically excellent, commercial and pragmatic, swift turnarounds, value for money, always go above and beyond for my clients. My go to law firm in Jersey and Guernsey.’

‘Paul Martin is an excellent leader, commercial, technically strong, great with clients and always delivers.’

Sam Malpass is technically strong and pragmatic, always helpful and efficient.

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners


M&G Investments


Goldman Sachs

China Investment Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank

Invesco Real Estate



Grove Property

M&G Investments

M7 Real Estate Limited

Battersea Project Holding Company Limited

Mimecast Limited

Standard Life Investments

WPP plc

Capital markets Tier 1

At Mourant's 'dependable and responsive' capital markets practice, Robert Hickling handles heavyweight debt issuances by island entities, Eurobonds, the launch of exchange-traded funds and securitisations. Paul Martin also handles high-yield work, and group partner Jon Woolrich, on top of his practice in other areas, heads the firm's listing arm and is particularly active in listing REITs on TISE. Capital markets specialist Amy Demetriou was elected to the partnership in February 2020. Gareth Rigby heads the firm's broader corporate and finance team.

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‘One of the great things about working with Mourant is the seamless integration between their Capital Markets Legal team and Governance Services team. They are extremely responsive, efficient and deliver quality work product.’

‘They proved to be dependable and responsive (in the transactions I worked with them) and were easy to get along with. They would respond within the requested deadlines, even when these were quite tight. They were pro-active in trying to resolve certain jurisdiction-specific issues.’

‘I really enjoy working with Amy Demetriou. She always incredibly responsive and willing and able to work to our challenging deadlines. She is organized, efficient and has a wonderfully positive attitude which makes her a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure plc

Provident Financial plc

Serinus Energy plc

Wisdom Tree

Informa plc

Morgan Stanley

Breedon Group plc

Shire Plc

Land Securities Plc


London Stock Exchange Group Plc

Credit Suisse


Merrill Lynch International

Serinus Energy plc

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

At Mourant, practice head Gareth Rigby's workload has included private equity and UK real estate deals (some of which concern social care), with James Hill also active in similar areas, with a number of mandates coming from real estate funds. Mark Chambers' practice has included locally critical deals of late, and Robert Hickling is notable for heavyweight deals structured as schemes of arrangement. Paul Martin has relationships with several leading asset managers and Jon Woolrich, who straddles the corporate and finance space, is one of several partners active for firm trophy client CVC. Iain Millar and Neil McCarroll are key counsels in the team.

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‘The market leading Jersey legal practice, with increased strength in other offshore jurisdictions. It is keen to take time to understand other advisers, who they treat and consider as colleagues as far as practicable on a project. They are experienced, commercial, legally curious and able to problem solve and flexible enough to be able to work to whatever client requirement on an outcome needs, rather than being bogged down if it is a non-standard matter.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience – they can be relied on to just get it done.’

‘I have really enjoyed working with Rob Hickling and his team. His considerable experience means that he spots issues early and approaches matters with a commercial lens.’

‘Paul Martin is our go to partner and he provides responsive, top quality, top notch, commercial advice with a robust technical legal analysis.’

‘James Hill is a superb operator. Very much at the forefront of the Jersey market when it comes to PE M&A. The first and last place you need to call for help!’

‘Jon Woolrich is an effective lawyer who knows his market and his area of practice incredibly well. He’s our go-to Corporate lawyer in Jersey.’

‘Iain Millar is excellent, practical advice and very responsive.’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

BorgWarner Inc.



Greystar Real Estate Partners


Elliott Advisors

Charterhouse Capital Advisors

Goldman Sachs

HP Inc.


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Advent International Corporation

Vista Equity Partners

DWS Alternatives Global

TPG Global

WPP plc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Mourant's 'dedicated and sharp' disputes practice, headed by Bruce Lincoln, covers a broad range of range of commercial litigation and trusts cases. Jonathan Speck handles some of the most complex trust cases, as well as novel professional negligence matters, while Justin Harvey-Hills' work includes trust cases, including a number of challenging appeals, as well as involvement in tax-related litigation such as the Larsen case, and is also active in a number of insolvency matters. Stephen Alexander is active in complex commercial disputes, and is also involved in the advocacy elements of court schemes of arrangement. February 2020 partner promotion Mathew Cook  is active in regulatory work.  Katie Hooper, who returned to the firm from Guildhall Chambers in Bristol, and Luke Olivier are names to note at counsel level.

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‘The team have a tireless desire to make sure that they present the best possible case. This ensures that not only do they ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the relevant legal issues, but also that they are constantly evaluating and addressing novel and difficult arguments which might be available. This involves engaging with different viewpoints and disciplines, a task which is consistently managed with effortless diplomacy and aplomb. The resulted is inevitably the development of a rounded, learned and compelling case.’

‘A team with great depth of experience and a very broad network, making them an obvious choice for guidance in the most complex disputes, particularly with international elements.’

‘Two stand out partners are Bruce Lincoln and Justin Harvey-Hills. Bruce is a great communicator with very astute legal judgement and Justin demonstrates total commitment to cases and engagement with clients about them.’

‘Jonathan Speck is, of course, a recognized international star who always delivers the highest quality strategic advice. He is well known as the man to see in Jersey on all legal matters, not just trust litigation.’

‘Mathew Cook has good regulatory knowledge and gives detailed thoughtful advice.’

Key clients

Jersey Home Loans Limited

Accuro Trust (Jersey) Limited

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

Pinnacle Trustees Limited

ETFS Capital Limited

Shire plc

Employment Tier 1

At MourantCarla Benest handles sensitive contentious and non-contentious matters, many of them involving the island's financial services industry, concerning senior exits and sensitive work permit issues and the labour aspects of M&A deals. Laurie Child is a key senior associate in the team, which also has a few notable public-sector clients.

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‘Always at hand to provide professional & pragmatic employment advice. The team maintain a solid understanding of our business needs and have particularly helped us through the key stages of a challenging business restructure.’

‘The team are approachable, professional and able to understand complex matters with ease and then provide a number of solutions for consideration. As they have been a team for quite some time they also have a depth and breadth of expertise that is much valued as a client.’

‘Carla Benest is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is our trusted adviser when it comes to all employment matters. She provides technically strong advice in a coherent, pragmatic and digestible way which allows both in house counsel and the various managers in the business to understand complex legal matters quickly.’

‘Laurie Child is an excellent senior associate. He is a good sounding board for legal and HR type matters and is a credit to the team and the firm.’

Investment funds Tier 1

'By any measure one of the leading firms' in the space, Mourant is active for a number of prestigious clients in this space. Felicia De Laat  advises CVC, alongside work for other clients, on traditional JPUTs and debt funds. Daniel Birtwistle handles traditional debt funds with relationships with top London practices in this space. Mark Chambers and Ben Robins are notable for real estate funds, with Robins also active in traditional blind pool private equity. Clients also praise group partners Joel Hernandez and Alistair Horn, while Matt McManus is a May 2019 counsel promotion. De Laat heads the Jersey team specifically while Robins is the global head of funds. Alex Henderson is a key senior associate.

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‘Mourant Ozannes is, by any measure, one of the leading firms when it comes to investment funds. It has serviced some of the largest and most complex funds ever seen in Jersey and has retained its dominant position as the leading firm for many many years.  There is nothing that it cannot service and their responsiveness and ability is second to none. It is evident that a particular DNA has been instilled in the team as each member is helpful, approachable and commercial.’

‘The Mourant Ozannes Investment Funds team is the only team in the island that has a true specialism in funds.  They have strength in depth and have a truly deep bench. They are truly specialised and provide advice over the full range of funds and carried interest and co-investment structures.’

‘Felicia de Laat is an excellent lead/relationship partner, providing honest and humble advice and recommendations.’

‘Daniel Birtwistle is one of the brightest and most dedicated lawyers I have worked with, is always at the end of the phone and always gives high quality, pragmatic advice.’

‘Ben Robins is unrivalled in his knowledge of investment funds, has incredible legal acumen and always provides the best solution for clients and intermediaries alike.’

‘Alistair Horn is particularly diligent, solution-focused and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Joel Hernandez will not stop until the client has achieved exactly what they want and need.’

Key clients

3i Investments


Accent Equity Partners

Actera Group


Alpha Associés Conseil

Alpha Capital Partners

Andersson Real Estate Investment Management

Archer Capital


Argos Wityu

Aviva Investors

Baird Capital Partners


Beechbrook Capital

BlackRock Financial Management

BLG Capital

BNP Paribas

Brook Bay Capital

Cabot Properties

Cale Street Partners

CapVest Partners

Catalyst Capital Management

Chalfen Ventures

Cheyne Capital Management



Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Coriolis Capital

Credo Ventures

CVC Capital Partners

DBAY Advisors

Deutsche Asset Management

Deutsche Private Equity

DN Capital

DRC Capital

DTZ Investors


EFG Group

Elevation Advisors (UK)

EMF Capital Partners

ETF Securities



FSN Capital

Generation Investment Management

GI Partners


Grosvenor Group

HBM Partners

Henderson Park Capital Partners

Hermes Investment Management

Highland Capital Partners

IL&FS Investment Managers

Innova Capital

Intrivia Capital



Itacare Capital Partners

Janus Henderson Investors


Kingsbridge Capital

Korea Investment & Securities


Legal & General

Lloyds Bank

Lyxor Asset Management

Man Investments

Mezzanine Management Central Europe

Milestone Capital Management

MML Capital Partners

Moor Park Capital Partners

NeoMed Management

Neuberger Berman

Northzone Ventures

NovaRoma Capital

Orbis Investment Management

Phoenix Spree Deutschland

Pinewood Group Lmited

Principal Global Investors

Private Label

PSP Investments


Resolution Property

Resource Partners

Ronson Capital Partners

Salamanca Capital

Savills Investment Management

Schemes Coded for Confidentiality Reasons


Scope Capital Advisory

Segulah Advisor

Ship Street Advisors

Signal Capital Partners

Société Générale Group

Sole Shipping

Standard Life Aberdeen


Stonehage Fleming

StrategicCapital Advisors

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust & Banking

Summix Capital


Swiss Equity Capital Partners

Talis Capital

Taxim Capital Advisers

TDR Capital

TH Real Estate

The Blackstone Group

Top Technology Ventures

Trinova Real Estate

Triton Managers

TVM Capital


Urban Infrastructure Venture Capital


Vision Capital

Vitol Group

Vitruvian Partners

White Peak

WisdomTree Investments

Zouk Capital

Zurmont Madison Management

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Mourant's Edward Devenport heads the firm's global private wealth practice, handling a number of mandates involving private trusts companies. Giles Corbin is active in a range of work for trust companies among other clients, with some work concerning charitable foundations. The firm also has some pensions expertise, acting for a number of local and international businesses in this space. Carly McIver, who contributes pensions expertise, and Will Burnell are key senior associates in the team, and associate Chiara Mundy is also praised.

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‘The team provides best in class service for this practice area. Advice is clear, thorough and timely. The team has a wealth of experience dealing with very complex multinational structures and their service inspires trust and confidence in the client.’

‘If someone is looking for a leading firm with excellent practice in the area of Jersey Charitable Foundations and Jersey charity law they’d be hard pushed to find better.’

‘The team’s knowledge of the area is excellent, but even better is their responsiveness to requests and their appreciation of particular requirements of other jurisdictions, and clients.’

‘Giles Corbin and Will Burnell are very pragmatic and excellent at appreciating and pointing out risk in the drafting etc, but also at taking a commercial view and helping us get the project complete on time.’

‘Ed Devenport and Carly McIver are both pleasant to deal with and Carly has good experience she can draw upon on practical matters.’

‘Chiara Mundy is excellent with clients and is able to turnaround complicated and difficult advice quickly.  I would highly recommend for all trust related and trustee connected advice.’

Commercial property Tier 2

In October 2020, Julie Melia joined Mourant to head up the property practice in Jersey; the team also includes counsels Georgina Cook and Gio Pollano. Utilities are an area of strength, with the team advising Jersey Electricity and Jersey Water, but the firm is active in more general areas such sale and purchase of development sites, real estate finance and retail leases.

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‘They are responsive and diligent as well as pleasant to deal with. They offer advice and are knowledgeable.’

‘They are one of the market leaders in Jersey. Very competent at dealing with commercial property transactions.’

‘Georgina Cook clearly explains complex situations and offers up commercial solutions to impasse situations.’

Key clients

The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society Limited

Equitix Investment Management Limited

G.R. Langlois (1991) Limited

The National Trust for Jersey

Busy Bee Holdings Limited

S.G. Kleinwort Hambros (CI) Limited

Ferryspeed (CI) Limited

Jersey Home Loans Limited

Investec Bank (CI) Limited

Jersey Electricity PLC

Jersey Water

Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 2

In February 2020 Mourant promoted Mathew Cook, a contentious regulatory specialist to the partnership. His work includes matters such as prosecutions of banks for intermeddling (dissipating an estate before a grant of probate), as well as work concerning asset freezes for parties including trustees. Justin Harvey-Hills works with Cook on litigation concerning tax information exchange agreements. In addition Simon Gould and Sarah Huelin (the latter promoted to the partnership at the same time as Cook), handle a range of non-contentious and semi-contentious work including concerning proposed enforcement action.

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‘Genuine depth and breadth of experience at senior level.  A name that appears on almost every reported case of note and a team always well appraised of regulator behaviour.’

‘The team is led by a number of excellent partners who have a good balance of technical and commercial approaches. They provide commercial advice on complex regulatory matters in a coordinated and helpful manner.’

‘Mathew Cook has quite rightly been promoted to partner. He is an excellent lawyer who provides a commercial insight that few others in the regulatory sphere can match.’

‘Sarah Huelin has also rightly been promoted to partner. She provides technically complex advice in a coherent and practical manner.’

Key clients

Standard Bank Jersey Limited

H1 Trust Company Limited

Berge Gerdt Larsen

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Guernsey > Capital markets Tier 1

Darren Bacon is a key name at Mourant for capital markets, with a recent track record straddling both private funds and listed funds and their capital markets requirements, including debt listings on TISE. Frances Watson's deals recently included advising Guernsey funds listed in London on tender offers, and in a similar vein John Rochester has handled a number of AIM admissions and other capital markets matters, some of which have relevance to the natural resources sector. Pui Yee Lai is a notable senior associate. Caroline Chan retired from private practice in April 2020.

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Key clients

Resolute Mining Limited

3i Infrastructure plc

Chenavari Capital Solutions Limited

Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited

DP Aircraft I Limited

Baker Steel Resources Trust Limited

Earl Street Investments Ltd

Funding Circle SME Income Fund Limited

Gemfields Group Limited

Guaranteed Investment Products 1 PCC Limited

Harbourvest Global Private Equity Limited

Investec W&I International PCC Limited

J2 Capital Partners Limited

Growthpoint Properties Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited

LondonMetric Property Plc

Lloyds Bank International

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited

Elm Bidco, L.P.

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund

Telecom Credit Infrastructure DAC

Viva 2 DAC

Viva 3 DAC

Viva 4 DAC

Volta Finance Limited

Weiss Korea Opportunity Fund Limited

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 & 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 coreporate 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

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stephen Alexander  photo Stephen Alexander I’m a Partner in our Jersey litigation practice.
 Carla Benest  photo Carla Benest Partner and Head of our Jersey Employment practice
 Daniel Birtwistle  photo Daniel Birtwistle Daniel focuses on private equity funds and public and private property funds.…
 Mark Chambers  photo Mark Chambers Mark specialises in banking, corporate, commercial, structured finance and investment funds. His…
 Giles Corbin  photo Giles Corbin Giles is an Advocate and Partner in the International Trusts & Private…
 Felicia De Laat  photo Felicia De Laat Felicia specialises in collective investment funds with a particular focus on private…
 Edward Devenport  photo Edward Devenport Edward has made numerous contributions to trust publications including writing the Jersey…
 Simon Gould  photo Simon Gould Simon played a leading role in the development of the groundbreaking regime…
 Justin Harvey-hills  photo Justin Harvey-hills A partner at Mourant Ozannes, Justin specialises in banking, financial services, corporate…
 Joel Hernandez  photo Joel Hernandez Joel is an investment fund specialist. Highlight deals: Joel led a team…
 Robert Hickling  photo Robert Hickling Robert works for leading corporates, financial institutions and intermediaries on a wide…
 James Hill  photo James Hill James is a partner in Mourant Ozannes’ Finance & Corporate team. James…
 Alistair Horn  photo Alistair Horn Alistair advises a number of hedge, real estate and private equity funds…
 Bruce Lincoln  photo Bruce Lincoln Bruce has experience of a wide range of contentious areas including insolvency,…
 Paul Martin  photo Paul Martin Partner
 Tim Morgan  photo Tim Morgan Partner in our Jersey office
 Jacqueline Richomme  photo Jacqueline Richomme Jacqueline specialises in funds and corporate/commercial work. Jacqueline has worked on many…
 Jonathan Rigby photo Jonathan Rigby Jonathan is Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes and advises leading financial institutions,…
 Gareth Rigby  photo Gareth Rigby Gareth advises on a wide range of corporate, structured finance, limited partnership…
 Ben Robins  photo Ben Robins Ben is a partner with extensive experience in investment funds, offshore capital…
 James Ruane  photo James Ruane James advises on Jersey companies, unit trusts, limited partnerships and security interests.…
 Jonathan Speck  photo Jonathan Speck A Jersey advocate and Managing Partner of the Jersey office of Mourant…
 Alastair Syvret  photo Alastair Syvret Alastair specialises in securitisations and structured finance. Highlight deals: Alastair has acted…
 Jon Woolrich  photo Jon Woolrich Jon has particular experience advising on equity capital markets transactions including IPOs,…
Number of partners : 29
Number of other fee-earners : 42