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Bedell Cristin

LA PLAIDERIE HOUSE, LA PLAIDERIE, ST PETER PORT, GY1 1WG, GUERNSEY
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Work 01481 812812
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Fax 01481 812813
Web:
www.bedellcristin.com
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Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

The team at Bedell Cristin is comprised of ‘strong technical lawyers in the field of banking and finance’, known by clients as ‘proactive, efficient and commercially minded’. Practice head Kate Ovenden is acting for RBS as agent and lender with respect to a syndicated facilities real estate transaction where the borrower – the Channel Islands Property Fund – is acquiring a substantial Guernsey property from a liquidator. ‘Very helpful’ senior associate Ann Halliday ‘takes a commercial view’ and recently advised an incorporated holding company on the amendment of a revolving credit facility and the redemption of existing high-yield bonds; she is a notable contact alongside senior associate Sukhvinder Chana, who regularly assists clients with the review of transaction documents in the real estate space. Lee Osborne joined the firm from WALKERS as a senior associate in 2017 and was recently promoted to managing associate.

Leading individuals

Kate Ovenden - Bedell Cristin

Next generation lawyers

Ann Halliday - Bedell Cristin

Richard Sharp - Bedell Cristin

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Bedell Cristin

Servicing a client base featuring real estate investment funds, corporates and financial institutions, among others, Bedell Cristin’s corporate and commercial team recently acted for Regional REIT on its acquisition of a substantial portfolio of UK regional office, industrial and retail investment properties from Conygar. Senior associate Sukhvinder Chana was part of the team which advised a joint venture on the migration of four Guernsey companies to Luxembourg, and Richard Sharp represented various incorporated cells in the issue of bonds to investors, the return on which was subsequently used to acquire receivables from a German life reinsurance company. The team is led by Kate Ovenden, who was appointed as secondary counsel by a leading international law firm to provide regulatory advice to a trade association with respect to indirect clearing arrangements, and oversaw several capital market transactions.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

The ‘responsive and pragmaticBedell Cristin boasts ‘a strong brand reputation’ as ‘a commercial and client-centric firm which understands the need for practical, user-friendly advice’. Practice head Alasdair Davidson ‘is very calm and gives measured and sensible advice’; he continues to represent a high-net-worth beneficiary alongside Jasmin Semlitsch in a longstanding multi-jurisdictional trust dispute with a Guernsey-based trustee and various other family members pertaining to the application of sharia law and Guernsey’s ‘firewall’ legislation. Jon Barclay is part of a team advising a local company owned by a Ukrainian high-net-worth individual in arbitration proceedings concerning the majority shareholding in a major Eastern European telecoms company. The team also advised on regulatory enforcement efforts and investigations and handled employment litigation arising out of the severance of senior executives.

Leading individuals

Alasdair Davidson - Bedell Cristin

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s insurance team recently acted for Artex as settlement and collateral trustee in connection with the asset-backed securitisation of a reinsurance contract by means of a blockchain settlement. In terms of corporate law, practice head Richard Sharp collaborated with associate Ioannis Saridakis – who recently joined from  Geldards LLP – to oversee the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Guernsey captive insurer from an insolvent financial consultant. Sharp also advised two investors into a new protected cell company (PCC) structure to invest in insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions, and of counsel Mark Helyar provided structuring advice in connection with a limited partnership as a licensed vehicle for an ILS reinsurance transaction. Also notable is the group’s regulatory advice on the outsourcing of insurance management services, and a number of mandates pertaining to the review of commercial contracts.

Leading individuals

Richard Sharp - Bedell Cristin

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s Richard Sharp was recently appointed as sole counsel of a Guernsey fund to advise on two separate legal reviews with regard to the regulatory implications of the implementation of updates to its particulars. Kate Ovenden continues to act for a number of energy venture funds on the full gamut of mandates, including the admission of new investors, amendments to constitutional documentation and partnership agreements. Clients also instructed the group to handle the establishment of new structures and financing transactions.

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