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Jersey > Capital markets Tier 1Bedell Cristin‘s ‘diligent, commercial and very user-friendly’ practice advises clients on a range of debt transactions, including securitisations, structured finance, high yield bonds and derivative transactions, and is increasingly advising on CLO matters. The firm is also frequently called upon to act as a listing agent, an area of expertise for practice head Alasdair Hunter, who also advises on securitisations and CLO deals structured through Jersey. Senior associate Louise Ridgway advises clients on debt and equity listings on TISE, with further expertise in matters concerning high yield bonds.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Bedell Cristin team delivers a responsive, cost-effective and commercially focused service to us. The firm has provided us with commercially driven, clear and appropriate advice on a wide range of high-value, highly complex, multi-jurisdictional matters.’
‘They are pragmatic and easy to deal with and are extremely responsive and very practical. They are diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. They are simply very good lawyers who are also extremely knowledgeable and do not get bogged down in minutiae. They have excellent client handling skills and have the ability to manage complex real estate finance transactions with ease.’
‘Specialist in offshore legal services.’
‘Louise Ridgway is very proactive, supportive and practical.’
‘This practice is led by the market leader in Jersey. Alasdair Hunter has an incredible depth of experience, giving him a unique ability to find creative solutions and structure.’
‘Alasdair Hunter is a star. Always available, professional and expert. His team has real depth and I would recommend his senior associate Louise Ridgeway, who is excellent.’
‘Commercial, accessible and client friendly.’
‘Alasdair Hunter is very strong technically, user-friendly and always available.’
Allianz Global Investors
Linus Digital Finance
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
JP Morgan Securities
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Lloyds Bank plc
U.S International Development Finance Corporation
Barclays Bank Plc
- Advised a group of investors, including US International Development Finance Corporation and Norfund, on a transaction which drew on securitisation financing concepts to develop sustainable energy use in Africa.
- Advised European infrastructure debt investors on senior bond financing provided to fund the acquisition of a portfolio of UK infrastructure assets.
- Advised US CLO manager on multiple CLO transactions structured using Jersey SPV issuers.
Jersey > Commercial property Tier 1
The team at Bedell Cristin advises a string of notable clients, including major property developers and financial institutions, on the gamut of real estate matters, from project financing and high-value sales, to the negotiation of lease agreements. Jeff O’Boyle leads the practice, maintaining a broad practice which incorporates property development, investment, secured financing and commercial leasing arrangements, while also advising on acquisitions and disposals. Working alongside him is senior associate Hannah Robinson, who focuses on landlord and tenant matters, secured lending, portfolio management and residential property development.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hannah Robinson and Jeff O’Boyle are exceptional individuals, tuned in to our business needs and extremely commercially focused.’
‘Bedell Cristin represent us in the Channel Islands. As this is not a market we operate in on a regular basis we are reliant on their experience and advice on the law prevailing. They are able to take the lead for us and drive transactions along.’
‘Hannah Robinson is our principle point of contact with the firm and is able to provide advice on the different procedures and prevailing law in the different Channel Islands.’
‘The litigation knowledge and understanding of Jersey law is second to none. Their fee scale is extremely competitive. Always willing to help with advice and are always thinking outside the box.’
‘Technically competent and with an ability to design products that fit our needs.’
‘Jeff O’Boyle and Hannah Robinson have been particularly responsive.’
‘An exceptionally personal service delivered by a highly skilled team.’
‘Hannah Robinson is the star of the team, always exceptionally pleasant and has outstanding interpersonal skills with an ability to demystify legal jargon.’
The Government of Jersey
Andium Homes Limited
Santander Bank Plc
Royal Bank of Scotland International
JT (Jersey) Limited
Produce Investments Plc
St Saviours Realty
Easton Property Holdings Limited
Sancus Lending (Jersey) Limited
- Advised Le Masurier on a £120m regeneration project in St Helier which will include approximately 240 residential apartments, a 100 room premium hotel and a number of commercial units.
- Assisted Andium Homes with all of its 2022 sales of affordable housing, worth approximately £29m, and advised on its strategic plan to develop 3,000 new homes by 2030.
- Advised The Royal Bank of Scotland International on a series of multimillion pound loans which were secured over a broad range of commercial property, including a loan of approximatley £10m which was secured over warehouse, industrial and retail premises.
Dispute resolution Tier 1Bedell Cristin‘s litigation team represents clients engaged in cross-border commercial disputes, including shareholder issues, global insolvency proceedings, and trust disputes, and has also carved out a niche in the insurance litigation arena. Team leader Robert Gardner specialises in trust and shareholder matters, in addition to maintaining a strong insolvency practice. Edward Drummond handles commercial disputes, and is also noted for his regulatory work, while Robert Christie acts in breach of trust and directors' duty claims. Senior associate Sonia Shah handles contentious trust matters. David Cadin departed the firm in December 2022, having been named Master of the Royal Court.
‘Edward Drummond is an excellent and user-friendly counsel.’
‘Robert Christie goes above and beyond in protecting and advancing his clients’ interests.’
‘A good, comprehensive and experienced range of skills. Able to review complex issues quickly and proffer rounded and considered advice evenly.’
‘Working with Edward Drummond and Sonia Shah is a pleasure. Accessible and wise in their thinking and approach.’
‘Robert Christie is spectacular. He is into the papers and fantastic on strategy.’
‘Edward Drummond has a can-do attitude combined with years of experience of offshore work. Sonia Shah is a star of the future and one to watch.’
‘Currently working with Edward Drummond and Sonia Shah. They are both quite exceptional. Edward is extremely clever, calm and knowledgeable. Sonia is a tremendously talented senior associate with a big future: very hard-working, responsive and engaging. They are a formidable team. I would have no hesitation recommending them.’
‘Edward Drummond, Sonia Shah and Robert Gardner are all excellent. They are also patient and happy to revisit and explain again some of the more technical points.’
Adeem Investment Holding Company KSCH
Begbies Traynor as liquidators of BetIndex
Creditors Committee – Purdue Pharma LP
Türkiye Iș Bankasi A.Ş.
Insurance Corp of the C I Ltd/States of Jersey
- Acted for Daniel Pender in a month-long trial concerning a shareholder dispute.
- Acted for the liquidators of Betindex in the liquidation arising out of the collapse of the online gambling platform Football Index.
- Acted for Adeem as the plaintiff, obtaining proprietary injunctions and issuing substantive claims under Kuwaiti law to recover alleged wrongful transfers of assets and money of companies and assets.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good knowledge of Jersey regulatory and insolvency law and simple-to-follow advice on relevant options. Always provide a commercial answer as well as a legal answer and are responsive.’
‘Edward Drummond is regularly sounded out for legal and commercial advice in relation to Jersey regulatory and insolvency issues.’
Harbour Litigation Funding
Liquidators of Alpen Partners Ltd
- Acted on behalf of Harbour Litigation Funding in the £1.2bn Jersey bankruptcies against Dr Cochrane and Orb, and the related saisie over the assets of convicted fraudster Gerald Smith.
- Acted for the Grant Thornton liquidators of Alpen Partners, pursuing claims against former directors linked to an alleged fraud.
- Acted for Ukrainian bank JSC Commercial Bank PrivatBank in Jersey enforcement claims of £2.6bn.
‘Bedell Cristin has been our firm’s first choice for private client and trust advice for more than 15 years. The fact that we have worked with them consistently for such a long period speaks volumes about the excellence of the service we receive from them. The unique nature of Bedell Cristin is that it retains the personal touch while having the full substance and expertise of a major law firm of distinction.’
‘We would like to commend Nancy Chien – her calm and pragmatic advice is highly valued by our firm. The depth of knowledge that Nancy clearly has shines through in the advice that she gives. We would also like to highly commend Kirsten Brass, who always responds in a timely manner. The advice she has given is thoughtful, practical and delivered with clarity.’
‘Nancy Chien – the ability to help resolve legal queries by applying commercial sense is rare and Nancy has this ability.’
Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 2Bedell Cristin advises financial sector clients, including major international banks and private equity houses, on a range of transactions, advising on leveraged and acquisition finance deals, with further expertise in Islamic finance and real estate transactions. Alasdair Hunter heads up the practice, assisting US and EU investments banks, asset managers and credit funds with loan origination, restructuring and enforcement matters. Global managing partner Tim Pearce specialises in real estate and corporate finance transactions, while counsel Antony Clerehugh and senior associate Malcolm Ellis act on a range of financing structures. Promoted to managing associate in September 2022, Louise Hassell assists lenders with a range of financing matters. Mark Dunlop has moved to Walkers' London office.
‘Bedell Cristin are always proactive on any matter we instruct them on. Their staff are professional, reliable and friendly and we have no hesitation in them working directly with our clients if needed.’
‘Bedell’s are my go-to lawyers in Jersey and Guernsey on real estate finance matters. They are responsive and stick to their quotes much more than their competitors.’
‘An excellent banking practice with good understanding and expertise in Islamic finance.’
‘The Jersey team at Bedells offers excellent service when acting as local counsel on banking transactions. They are easy to deal with, pragmatic and always responsive.’
‘Antony Clerehugh deserves particular mention for running deals in a user-friendly way and being flexible with availability to meet deal timings.’
‘We worked with Malcolm Ellis and Alasdair Hunter, both of whom are very easy to work with, inspire confidence and generally make life easier for clients.’
‘First class personal service with access to the senior partner at all times, who is supported by a highly skilled team.’
‘Louise Hassell is a stand-out member of the team whose ability to work well in pressure situations to the benefit of her clients is to be admired.’
Barclays Bank PLC
C. Le Masurier
Santander UK plc
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
Aareal Bank AG
Ares Management Limited
The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited t/a NatWest International
The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited
- Advised U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Norfund, ResponsAbility Investments, Oikocredit and Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A. on the Jersey aspects of a $62m debt facility to develop sustainable energy use in Africa.
- Advised Santander on its proposition for its new Lombard lending offering in Jersey.
- Advising Inflexion Private Equity and the enlarged group, re-branded as Ocorian, on various transactions, ranging from internal reorganisations to refine the combined group structure, to various accessions and acquisitions of other group entities.
‘Always available, easy to discuss, consistent and knowledgeable approach, very reliable.’
‘I have used Guy Westmacott’s services for corporate acquisition and share sales. He gave clear guidance at all times with a willingness to listen, understand and allay any concerns.’
‘Bedell Cristin adopt a personable approach, with a high standard of technical expertise. They work with clients to provide a collaborative service, provide flexibility in billing and have a diverse range of skills and areas of expertise.’
‘Guy Westmacott, Alasdair Hunter and associates provide a bespoke and personable service, keeping in close contact with clients and ensuring client preferences are met.’
‘Really open and modern, friendly lawyers that provide (often at short notice) commercial and practical advice.’
‘Guy Westmacott offers exceptional legal advice while staying commercial and pragmatic. He always does things efficiently and will quite often work late or pick things up last minute.’
‘The team has good technical legal knowledge both in corporate law and the Jersey court system.’
‘The collaboration is excellent, the team was always on hand to advise and went the extra mile to ensure our plan and timeline were achieved.’
- Advised environmental technology company Arq on its agreement to merge with Advanced Emissions Solutions.
- Advised the management team of Theramex on its sale by CVC to Carlyle and PAI Partners.
- Advised Atos on its acquisition of Cloudreach, a multi-cloud tech services company.
Jersey > Investment funds Tier 2The formation of a range of investment structures, including syndicates, club deals and joint ventures, form the core of the practice at Bedell Cristin. Real estate and Sharia-compliant funds are focus areas for the team. On the regulatory front, the practice advises clients on AML measures and developments in sanctions regimes. Team head Martin Paul specialises in matters concerning offshore private equity and real estate funds. Richard Le Liard focuses on the establishment of private equity and venture capital funds, while counsel Stephen Ferguson assists real estate clients with the foundation of funds, investment syndicates and joint ventures. Senior associates Louise Ridgway and Emily Nieuwburg advise on regulatory issues and property holding structures, respectively.
‘Diligence and value for money.’
‘Richard Le Liard played an extremely helpful role in supporting us on a key project. As well as being on top of his brief and understanding the regulations and details of the agreements in place (providing great confidence to our team), he ‘got it’ and understood the nuances of the issues and our objectives.’
‘We deal with a consistent team of individuals with strong experience and knowledge.’
‘Responsiveness and clarity.’
‘From our engagement with Bedell Cristin, we value the teams’ hard-working, problem-solving, friendly and collaborative attributes.’
‘In particular, we mostly value Richard Le Liard’s and Louise Ridgway’s high responsiveness to queries and requests via both email and by phone. We have met with Richard in both a professional and friendly environment and admire his work ethic and commitment to his clients.’
Nissay Asset Management
Dual Private Equity Partners
No Label Ventures
Halcyon Portfolio Management
36 South Capital Advisors
- Advised venture capital firm Alicorn on a number of fund-of-one, single asset, hybrid and traditional structures.
- Advised Buckthorn Partners on its acquisition of Amey, acting as lead counsel in the establishment of its participating investment vehicles.
- Advising Nissay Asset Management on the establishment and termination of a number of funds.
Jersey > Employment Tier 3Bedell Cristin’s ‘extremely well-rounded’ cross-Channel Island practice handles the gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including the departure of executives, contractual issues and business reorganisations. Practice head Carly Parrott is also qualified as a workplace mediator. Associate Heather Watters is noted for contentious employment work.
Other key lawyers:
‘Carly Parrott is an exceptional individual who was proactive, commercially focused and delivered.’
‘Heather Watters is very personable and delivers to client needs.’
‘I came across Carly Parrot and instantly I knew that we were going to have the kind of working relationship I was seeking. She is sharp, understanding of my business needs and is able to provide the expertise and peace of mind I require.’
‘Carly Parrot has been able to accurately identify my requirements and support me with the employment law work that I have needed. She has done it in a working style that suits me and my needs. She takes time to get to know her clients and responds accordingly to help build good working relationships – this is very important to me as a small business owner.’
‘In recent years we have used the services of Carly Parrott and Heather Watters. The team have provided advice in a clear consistent manner within our desired budget. I couldn’t speak more highly of the help and advice that Carly and Heather have provided over recent years.’
‘We found the team to be extremely well-rounded and fully conversant with the Channel Islands’ nuances. The approach taken with our instruction was highly pragmatic and effective. The team took time to understand our unique situation, yielding the right result on our part.’
‘Carly Parrott and the team each brought their individual strengths to the table in order to dissect the details of the particular case. The common thread was their attention to the critical details and bringing these to the fore.’
- Advising JT Group on the full spectrum of employment matters, including the exit of senior and junior level staff, restructuring of operations, data protection and health and safety matters, staff absences, capability and conduct issues, and policy re-drafting.
- Defended a major agricultural employer in Jersey in three employment tribunal claims, as well as advising on exit of employees from the business, the transfer of employees, the re-drafting of employment-related documentation, and the re-structuring of seasonal working arrangements.
Bedell Cristin > Firm Profile
We are an award-winning law firm with expertise in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law and the agility to drive success for our clients in a fast moving world.
We provide legal advice shaped around the needs of corporate and private clients, financial institutions and intermediaries worldwide.
The capabilities and talent of our lawyers have earned us industry recognition for identifying all the steps necessary to meet our clients’ goals, however diverse or complex the requirement.
Working in multi disciplinary teams, we marry thought leadership with a proactive approach to solving issues holistically – without a client needing to raise them – across geographies and practice areas in the most efficient and seamless way.
Through this approach – delivering reliability and stability with flair – we combine commercial acumen with service excellence that helps our clients achieve their objectives.
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 finance: Our globally recognised banking practice provides BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice to leading banks and financial institutions located worldwide. We act for global banks and financial institutions as well as borrowers, such as special purpose vehicles, unit trusts and limited partnerships.
Capital markets and structured finance: Our industry recognised capital markets and structured finance team is highly experienced in securitisation and other structured finance work. We have advised on some of the most innovative and complex transactions executed in the market.
We advise on the legal, tax and regulatory treatment of deals structured in all of our jurisdictions.
Corporate and commercial: Our corporate and commercial practice is a core component of our global business. Renowned for its pragmatic and solution oriented approach, the team advises on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law on a range of high profile, international, cross border and local corporate transactions.
Economic substance: Economic substance laws have been adopted by the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey, requiring certain entities which are tax resident in one of the islands to be directed and managed and to carry out income generating activities in that island.
Employment law: Our employment practice provides specialist legal advice in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. Our client-base ranges from large and medium sized organisations, including the offshore operations of many global financial institutions, to senior employees, directors and entrepreneurs.
Funds and investment structures: Our globally recognised funds and investment structures practice provides BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice to asset managers and funds investing in private equity, venture capital, real estate, debt and infrastructure.
Insolvency and restructuring: Our dedicated insolvency practice advises on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law.
Insurance and reinsurance: We have experts in each of our jurisdictions in the insurance and reinsurance market who have a comprehensive knowledge of all legal and regulatory matters affecting the formation and operation of insurance and reinsurance structures.
International private client: Our international private client team provides specialist BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey trust, foundation and related corporate law advice to individual and institutional clients. We are highly regarded for the quality of our work and have earned over many years an excellent reputation for our client service.
Listing services: Bedell Channel Islands Limited (BCIL) is a category 1, 2 and 3 listing member of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) and is authorised to act as a sponsor on all categories of listings.
Litigation and dispute resolution: Our global litigation team is recognised around the world, is respected for its rigorous approach to high-quality work and enjoys top tier status with both the Chambers and The Legal 500 directories.
Pensions and employee incentives: Our highly experienced pensions and employee incentives team advises on all aspects of pensions and employee incentive arrangements. We pride ourselves on providing practical, commercial and easy to understand advice to trustees, beneficiaries and employers. Where contentious issues arise, we work closely with our litigation team to ensure that our service is seamless.
Property: Our property teams provide an independent and professional approach to all aspects of commercial, residential and development property in all our jurisdictions.
Regulatory and compliance: The regulatory burden continues to grow across all sectors. Our dedicated regulatory and compliance team combines individuals with legal, commercial and compliance expertise who have wide-ranging and in depth, hands-on practical experience.
Relocation and residency: As the world becomes ever more interconnected, obtaining residence and in some cases citizenship rights in one or more countries, and an ability to leave one country and settle in another, is becoming increasingly important, both economically and politically.
Wills and probate: Our team offers comprehensive advice to individuals and their families and has built lasting relationships over many years.
Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, London, Singapore
|Global managing partner||Tim Pearce|
|Corporate and commercial||Mark Dunlop|
|Corporate and commercial||Tim Pearce|
|Corporate and commercial||Bruce Scott|
|Capital markets, securitisation and structured finance||Alasdair Hunter|
|Capital markets, securitisation and structured finance||Bruce Scott|
|Investment funds and private equity||Martin Paul|
|Investment funds and private equity||Richard Le Liard|
|Investment funds and private equity||Bruce Scott|
|Commercial litigation||David Cadin|
|Commercial litigation||Rob Gardner|
|Commercial litigation||Edward Drummond|
|Insolvency and asset tracing||Edward Drummond|
|Insolvency and asset tracing||Robert Gardner|
|International private client||Edward Bennett|
|International private client||Nancy Chien|
|Edward Bennett||Edward is a Partner in the International Private Client team. With his 30…||View Profile|
|David Cadin||Managing Partner of Bedell Cristin. David practised as a self-employed English barrister…||View Profile|
|Nancy Chien||Nancy is head of Bedell Cristin’s International Private Client practice in Jersey.…||View Profile|
|Robert Christie||Robert is a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. Robert…||View Profile|
|Edward Drummond||Edward is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Edward is…||View Profile|
|Mark Dunlop||Mark is partner in the banking and corporate team. He has extensive…||View Profile|
|Robert Gardner||Rob is head of Bedell Cristin’s litigation team. He is a very…||View Profile|
|Elena Gogh||Elena joined Bedell Cristin as a Partner in the International Private Client…||View Profile|
|Alasdair Hunter||Alasdair is a Partner in the Banking and Finance team. Based in…||View Profile|
|Sara Johns||Sara is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial team. Sara is…||View Profile|
|Richard Le Liard||Richard is based in Jersey and is a partner in the funds…||View Profile|
|Jeff O'Boyle||Jeff is Partner and Head of the Property team. Jeff joined Bedell…||View Profile|
|Martin Paul||Martin is head of the Funds and Investment Structures group. He has…||View Profile|
|Tim Pearce||Tim is the Global Managing Partner. Tim joined the firm in 2003…||View Profile|
|Guy Westmacott||Guy is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial team. Guy specialises…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 31 Number of other fee-earners : 72
LanguagesEnglish French Russian Mandarin Chinese Taiwanese
- Capital markets
- Commercial property
- Dispute resolution
- Dispute resolution > Regulatory and white-collar crime
- Private client, trusts and tax
Top Tier Firm Rankings
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