Robert Hickling > Mourant > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile

Mourant
22 GRENVILLE STREET
ST HELIER
JE4 8PX
Jersey

Work Department

Banking and finance, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, insurance

Position

Robert works for leading corporates, financial institutions and intermediaries on a wide range of corporate, structured finance and banking transactions. Robert’s practice covers corporate (including IPOs, redomiciliations, M&A, joint venture work and re-structurings); capital markets (debt and equity); exchange-traded products; and banking/finance. He acted on a number of high profile transactions in 2011 and headed the team which advised Glencore on its IPO. That IPO was one of the largest ever and resulted in Glencore being listed on both the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges. He advised: Charter International plc in 2011/2012 in relation to its $2bn acquisition by Colfax; and INEOS in 2011 on its joint venture with PetroChina, involving a US$ 1.015 investment by PetroChina. Robert also acts for ETF Securities, a major company in the exchange-traded products sector. What the directories say: ‘Rob is constantly keeping clients up to date on regulation and legislation – we tend to get more partner time with Mourant Ozannes compared to the other firms’ (IFLR 1000, 2014). Robert is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer; ‘The ultimate professional, at the end of the phone any time of the day’ (Chambers UK, 2014); Robert Hickling is ‘a team player’ (Legal 500, 2013); Robert Hickling’s ‘knowledge of law and business is outstanding’ (Legal 500, 2013); He is widely regarded as a market-leading presence, with sources noting that ‘he is excellent, maintains good client relationships and works well with offshore directors’ (Chambers UK, 2013); Robert Hickling is ‘good to work with and good at responding’ (Legal 500, 2012); Robert Hickling is noted for his strength on structured finance work. Peers acknowledge that they ‘rate him highly and feel comfortable when he is on the other side’ (Chambers UK, 2012).

Career

Qualified as a Jersey solicitor 1998; partner 2000 to date.

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Robert HicklingMourant

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.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial

(Hall of Fame)

Robert HicklingMourant Ozannes

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.

Jersey > Banking and finance

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.