Firm Profile > Bedell Cristin > St Peter Port, Guernsey

Bedell Cristin

Insurance Tier 1

Bedell Cristin enjoys a strong reputation in the insurance-linked securities arena, regularly handling the formations, transfers, amendments and delistings of such instruments. Practice head Richard Sharp advises on captive insurance structures and pension risk transfers, while of counsel Mark Helyar is a prominent name in the developing field of insurance and investment convergence structures. The team also provides regulatory assistance with corporate transactions in the sector.


Richard Sharp is helpful and readily available

Richard Sharp is extremely responsive with an exceptional turnaround time

Banking and finance Tier 2

At Bedell Cristin, Kate Ovenden and senior associate Ann Halliday handle a range of lending, with a key strength being real estate finance work. The team also has strong capabilities in complex restructurings and distressed lending as well as work for non-bank lenders. Dylan Latimer joined in September 2019 from Mourant.

Capital markets Tier 2

Bedell Cristin handles a number of debt capital markets transactions, including high yield issuances. Kate Ovenden heads the firm's broader corporate and finance team, which also includes Richard Sharp, who has a track record of insurance-related work.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Bedell Cristin enjoys a steady flow of ongoing and unique instructions in the contentious trusts field, representing both trustees and beneficiaries from a breadth of jurisdictions throughout Africa, the CIS region, the UK and beyond. Alasdair Davidson is a market leader in this field while Jon Barclay leads the team on commercial and corporate disputes, asset tracing and fraud instructions. Insolvency and regulatory matters are other core areas of the practice, with a significant number of instructions forwarded by leading international law firms and insolvency practices.


A team of experienced senior lawyers with a wealth of experience of offshore litigation‘From the firm (UK ONLY)

Alasdair Davidson is a highly intelligent advocate with good judgement

Heavyweight litigators

Jon Barclay and Alastair Davidson are willing to bring added value

Key clients


KYRS Global


Kent and Reliance Building Society

Trustee of the Madoff Estate


Rradar Group

Ned Bank

Louvre Group

Grant Thornton

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bedell Cristin handles a range of work in the corporate space, with particular exposure to the financial services industry and the UK real estate market. Richard Sharp, among other work, handles complex mandates concerning technical points of Guernsey company law, as well as cross-border M&A.


The corporate team is very professional, knowledgable about how to do deals and responsive.’

It has great international links for projects that require overseas involvement.’

Richard Sharp is quick to grab the important points in a transaction and get them suitably incorporated into the documentation.’

Richard Sharp is always in control.’


Investment funds Tier 4

Bedell Cristin's corporate team, which is led by Kate Ovenden and Richard Sharp, handles funds work, primarily private funds in the energy space, while some of the firm's other mandates concern regulated funds as well. Sharp also has insurance-related funds expertise. Dylan Latimer joined as a partner from Mourant, where he was a counsel, in September 2019.

Key clients

Catalyst Investment Management

Bedell Cristin is a leading offshore law firm with an international focus, operating from Jersey, Guernsey, London, BVI and Singapore. Acting for a wide range of clients, from financial institutions, multinationals, large corporates and high-net-worth individuals, to regulatory bodies, government agencies and private investors. The firm has been providing expert legal advice to the offshore banking and finance industry since the 1960s.

Bedell Cristin’s size, international outlook and strategic positioning mean it is capable of handling legal advice for complex cross-jurisdictional transactions in key finance centres. The firm specialises in banking, corporate finance, structured finance, insurance, international private client, investment funds and private equity, insurance, commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory advice and real estate investment transactions.

The firm: The firm has an extensive blue-chip client base, including: Adveq Management, Aviva Investors, Axa Real Estate Investment Managers, Cromwell Property Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank, BlackRock Investment Management, Cerberus European Investments, Citigroup, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Asset Management, DZ Bank, Welltower, Inc., Ethos Partners, Family Offices, Goldman Sachs, Green Oak, Harrison Street, HSBC, IK Investment Partners, Legal and General, Lombard Odier, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Equity Partners, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, PGIM, Secure Income REIT, Sovereign Wealth Funds Trustees, Tishman Speyer, UBS, UHNW families, UNITE Group Plc and Westfield.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and corporate: advice is provided to banks in Guernsey, and Guernsey law advice and legal opinions are provided to banks, investment houses and multinationals globally. The firm also advises on Guernsey elements of international M&A transactions, joint venture arrangements, shareholders’ agreements/arrangements, and acquisitions/disposals of Guernsey companies.

Investment funds and private equity group: this group focuses on the establishment of pooled investment structures qualifying as public collective investment funds or non-public collective investment schemes, and private equity funds. Sponsorship and listing services in connection with the International Stock Exchange Group Limited are available through Bedell Channel Islands Limited, which is a category 1 sponsorship member of the TISE.

Insurance and reinsurance: the firm provides advice on all aspects of Guernsey insurance markets including insurance, reinsurance, captives, PCCs, ICCs, and segregated cell companies. The group has some of the leading practitioners in the field and regularly contributes to publications on cutting-edge changes to the law, as well as having considerable experience in advising leading companies in this sector.

Litigation: the firm’s litigation practice offers a full range of litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency services. Particular growth has taken place in contentious trust and regulatory work. Other key work areas include banking, insolvency and asset tracing.

International private client: this group provides specialist trust and related corporate law advice to individuals and institutional clients on wealth preservation and management, employee and executive share incentive schemes, foundations, bespoke trust drafting, the restructuring of assets held in trust, and advice to fiduciaries.

Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Jersey, London, Singapore

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Kate Ovenden
Banking Kate Ovenden
Corporate and commercial Kate Ovenden
Corporate and commercial Richard Sharp
Funds and private equity Kate Ovenden
Funds and private equity Richard Sharp
Capital markets, securitisation and structured finance Kate Ovenden
Insurance Richard Sharp
Dispute resolution Alasdair Davidson
Dispute resolution Jon Barclay
International private client Alasdair Davidson
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jon Barclay  photo Jon Barclay
 Alasdair Davidson  photo Alasdair Davidson
Mr Mark Helyar photo Mr Mark Helyar
 Kate Ovenden  photo Kate Ovenden
 Richard Sharp  photo Richard Sharp
Number of partners : 21
Number of other fee-earners : 72