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Bedell Cristin

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Grand Cayman, London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Kate Ovenden

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Bedell Cristin

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Corporate/commercial, financial services, investment funds, banking and finance.


Managing Partner; Guernsey advocate. Kate acts for local fiduciaries, licensees and banks, as well as multinational companies, intermediaries, private owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. She specialises in advising on banking and finance matters, the establishment and administration of all types of investment funds and related structures, financial services and regulatory issues, as well as having a significant corporate and commercial practice.


Trained Withers LLP; qualified as solicitor 1998; partner Bedell Cristin 2009; qualified as Guernsey advocate 2010. Trainee/assistant solicitor Withers LLP, London 1996-2006; senior lawyer/partner Bedell Cristin, Guernsey 2006 to date. Also holds various directorships.




Secretary to Guernsey Bar, 2011-13.


Ladies’ College, Guernsey; Trinity College, Cambridge (1988 MA Hons medical sciences); London Guildhall University (1994 CPE (Commendation); 1995 Legal Practice Diploma (Distinction)); University of Caen (2009 Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises et Normandes Mention: Bien).


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Kate Ovenden - Bedell Cristin

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

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.

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