Ogier > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Firm Profile

Ogier
REDWOOD HOUSE
ST JULIAN'S AVENUE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 1WA
Guernsey

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 1

Ogier’s banking and finance outfit acts for major institutional bodies and financial lenders in the derivatives space, while also carving out a reputation for financial regulatory advice, including change of control and licensing issues. Fund finance is also a strong point, driven by the expertise of Christopher Jones, who generates mandates from international lenders and on-island borrowers. Fleshing out the partnership are Marcus Leese and Paul Chanter, who capably handle all forms of real estate finance and corporate finance, encompassing leveraged, high-yield, structured and facility restructuring deals. Managing associate Jane Hogan, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2020, strengthened the firm’s capabilities in acquisition finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Jones; Paul Chanter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are engaging and are always on hand when needed. They adhere to timetables (even when tight) and always provide us with a good level of service.’

‘Bryon Rees stands out for being responsive, practical and calm.’

‘They are very responsive and reliable and very good value for money.’

‘Jane Hogan is efficient and practical.’

‘They are solution-driven, efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Christopher Jones – great to work with on the loan side came up with some great solutions for an efficient price and turned around quickly.’

Guernsey > Capital markets Tier 1

Ogier’s team recently acted for clients on launches of listed funds, debt securities offerings on TISE (of which the firm maintains a sizeable foothold across the Channel Islands) and several REIT listings. The bench includes noted funds expert Craig Cordle, senior associate Charlotte Brown and Bryon Rees, who collectively advised on a complex dual AIM and NYSE listing for a company in the legal finance sector. Other work included high-value share placements for music royalties and renewable energy clients, on which managing associate Michelle Watson Bunn assisted.

Practice head(s):

Byron Rees; Craig Cordle

Testimonials

‘They are engaging and are always on hand when needed. They adhere to timetables (even when tight) and always provide us with a good level of service.’

‘Charlotte Brown is very helpful in delivering concise and clear advice.’

‘Good service from Bryon Rees and Charlotte Brown on our Guernsey fund-related matters. Advice is clear and delivered on time when required.’

‘Bryon Rees and Charlotte Brown both provide good service to our clients and have good responsiveness and are proactive on documents compared to some other on island firms.’

‘Bryon Rees stands out for being responsive, practical and calm.’

Key clients

Hipgnosis

Burford

Foresight

Greencoat

Next Energy

Fernando JSN plc/Fernando SSN plc

EFG

Resonance

Morgan Stanley

Tetragon

Work highlights

  • Advising Hipgnosis on a placing of ordinary shares under the company’s placing programme to raise up to £250m.
  • Advised Burford Capital Limited on its dual listing on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first legal finance firm to be publicly traded in the United States and the first UK/US dual-listed company in the legal finance industry.
  • Advising on Foresight Group Holdings’ application to list on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 1

The commercial property team at Ogier advised on a diverse array of instructions recently, ranging from family office relocations, tenancy agreements and high-value residential lendings to housing developments, construction joint ventures, hotel sales and other asset disposals. ‘Simply brilliant‘ practice head Martyn Baudains and senior associate Piers Dereham are retained by construction companies, housing associations, tenants and developers. Senior associate Martín Casas receives regular instructions from Guernsey-based landlords.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Baudains

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are specialists in their market with an excellent knowledge of the Channel Islands.’

‘Extremely approachable team of commercially-savvy lawyers who know the market place and the legal issues better than anyone. Ogier are the go-to team for modern day legal services.’

‘Martyn Baudains is Mr Guernsey Property. He knows the law like all lawyers, but it’s his experience and network that adds true value to a transaction.’

‘The team have very good depth and breath of experience at all levels. They are a very forward thinking firm and are able to handle matters in an efficient and joined-up manner, given their internal systems and they way they have adopted changes in technology.’

‘Martyn Baudains has an excellent reputation for resolving problems in a fair manner whilst not scoring points or getting stuck on less relevant technical issues which can be common amongst some lawyers.

‘Martin Casas – he is responsive and easy to work with and assists the client through the process without making it too arduous for them.’

‘Martyn Baudains is simply brilliant. He calmly and quickly gets the best for his customers despite the mayhem going on all around.’

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Ogier fields an extensive bench of corporate M&A lawyers led by the 'excellentBryon Rees. The strong standalone team takes charge on Guernsey-based and global deals, including in the regulated telecoms space and the UK real estate sector. Leading downstream private equity experts include Craig Cordle and Tim Clipstone (who also advises on regulatory matters including AML and corporate responsibility), while managing associate Richard Doyle lends his hand to joint ventures, shareholder agreements and corporate reorganisations. Charlotte Brown is another key team member at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Bryon Rees

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I found the team to be very flexible and helpful on a deal that had quite a few twists and turns. It was a corporate real estate funding so required a lot of different elements that they were able to cover off.’

‘Bryon Rees led the team well. I have recommended him to another client.’

‘Charlotte Brown is very approachable, pragmatic and helpful.’

‘It’s a great team and very responsive. They are always willing to explain and think through creative solutions fitting the individual client.’

‘Bryon Rees is an excellent lawyer who thinks carefully and has great client service.’

‘Ogier are extremely responsive in both answering queries and taking matters forward. They keep in touch well throughout a transaction and we appreciate their high levels of local counsel expertise.’

‘William Schofield has been a great help in transactions throughout the last year. ’

‘They go the extra mile in turning documents around when required and are proactive in helping to get all local documents prepared and delivered and to oversee local signings with trustees in Guernsey.’

Key clients

Equitix

The Ardonagh Group

The Carlyle Group

Burford Capital Limited

Stanley Capital

Hipgnosis

Red fund Limited

Signum International Sarl

Tristan Capital Partners

Digital Colonies Acquisitions

dMY Technology Group

Petra Group

Brooks Macdonald International

Work highlights

  • Advised Equitex on a number of unregulated co-investment structures established as Guernsey general partner/English limited partnership structures and related transactions.
  • Engaged by The Ardonagh Group to lead on the acquisition of Robus Group Limited, a Guernsey-headquartered insurance company.
  • Advised The Carlyle Group on the sale of PIB Group, a leading specialist insurance intermediary, to Apax Partners and the reinvestment for a minority stake by certain funds managed by the client.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ogier’s dispute resolution team is described a 'formidable force in Guernsey'. Head of global restructuring Mathew Newman leads on multijurisdictional corporate insolvencies, fund administrations, and highly publicised professional negligence claims against fund auditors. Alex Horsbrugh-Porter contributes to the insolvency bench strength at the counsel level. In the contentious trusts field, co-head Simon Davies (who is currently serving as bâtonnier of the Guernsey Bar), Bryan De Verneuil-Smith, recent partner promotion Sandie Lyne and senior associate Michael Rogers represent trustees and beneficiaries in trustee removal actions, breach of trust proceedings and other contentious matters. Numerous POCA actions are currently being handled by the team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Davies; Mathew Newman

Testimonials

‘Matthew Newman is notable for his easygoing manner, extensive availability and sound judgement.’

‘They work collaboratively across insolvency and litigation for their clients. They are a pleasure to work with, having done so on a range of matters over the years.’

‘Simon Davies is a very good, knowledgeable technician, commercial and very client attentive. Michael Rogers a very good assistant and supportive to Simon as partner. ’

‘When circumstances demand a quick responsive time, Mathew Newman and Bryan De Verneuil-Smith have done an amazing job of keeping up with client demands in a different time zone. They have also raised practical solutions to complex problems and are savvy about our sophisticated clients’ complex needs.’

‘Very good team – one of the strongest on the island’

‘Mathew Newman: outstanding lawyer; very capable indeed. Alex Horsbrugh-Porter: a very good lawyer; expert in insolvency and restructuring matters.’

‘The Guernsey team with whom I have worked displayed an impressive range of legal and commercial skills. They combined strong technical abilities with a significant grasp of cross-border substantive law and procedural issues that impacted on strategy.’

‘Ogier is a formidable force in Guernsey. They are knowledgeable, well connected, and tenacious. They produce top-quality written work, have an excellent network of solicitors and barristers they use for support, and are capable of delivering a blow in court. They also are very client-focused and responsive, which is not always a hallmark of the offshore firms. In short, they are the firm to see for contentious matters and trusts work in Guernsey.’

Key clients

BDO LLP

Securis Investment Partners

Deloitte

MND Georgia

Krys Global

EEA Life Settlements PCC Limited

The Public Trustee of Guernsey

Perenco SA

Alvarez & Marsal

AlixPartners

Banco Sabadell

HSBC Bank (CI and UK)

Work highlights

  • Advising Deloitte as administration managers in respect of the Providence group, a Guernsey investment fund and its investment manager used as a Ponzi scheme to defraud investors.
  • Acting for the Public Trustee of Guernsey as trustee of five pension schemes by an order of the Royal Court through its the investigation into the affairs of the pension schemes, which have suffered significant losses.
  • Advising Securis Investment Partners as the funders of a number of reinsurance cells facing insolvency proceedings brought by a Lloyd’s of London syndicate, with complex multijurisdictional issues giving rise to a number of proceedings being played out in New York and London.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

In an expansion of Ogier’s ‘highly specialised and client-focused‘ private client, trusts and tax department, practice head Gavin Ferguson (‘a highly experienced practitioner who understands the industry extremely well‘) was joined by Matthew Guthrie and Catherine Moore from Mourant to flesh out the non-contentious offering. Alongside advising on foundation structures, probate matters and trust administrations, the team excels in representing trustees and beneficiaries in contentious work, advising on legacy disputes and matters pertaining to child beneficiaries. Managing associate Chris Hards is a go-to lawyer for international pensions matters.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Ferguson

Testimonials

‘Although practicing in a fairly large firm they offer a boutique feel in that there is always the right level of partner involvement.’

‘Gavin Ferguson is my go to-person in Guernsey-related matters. Gavin and his team offer to-the-point and hands-on advice, and they do it fast.’

‘They just do what they do incredibly well.’

‘The Ogier team is highly specialised and client focused. It has a large network of offices, which allows it to consider many different jurisdictions when considering solutions to client situations. The Ogier team is always highly responsive and provides first-rate work.’

‘Gavin Ferguson is a highly experienced practitioner who understands the industry extremely well. Gavin is very driven to find practical solutions for clients. The recent appointment of Matt Guthrie should also be a major coup of the team.’

‘Ability to provide creative and practical solutions to complex matters which achieves all the objectives.’

‘Very personable and going the extra mile.’

‘Gavin Ferguson – he provided innovative advice.’

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 1

With 'industry-leading breadth and experience', Ogier's banking and finance team predominantly acts for big-ticket institutional leaders, as well as borrowers in the fund finance space. Global practice leader Katrina Edge leads on real estate finance matters, as well as development finance transactions. Local practice head Simon Felton has a healthy structured finance practice, and with the 'technically astute' Bruce MacNeil, provides expertise in Sharia-compliant financing matters. At the managing associate level, Kate McCaffrey assists with real estate, funds and sustainable finance transactions, while James Lydeard reinforces the leveraged and acquisition finance elements.

Practice head(s):

Simon Felton; Katrina Edge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It’s always great to have Katrina Edge on our deals.’

‘Exceptional senior female-led team of lawyers. Responsive and excellent at finding solutions.’

‘Kate McCaffrey is a real rising star.’

‘Industry-leading breadth and experience whilst remaining personable and very approachable.’

‘The team have provided invaluable support to us on fund financing structures based in Jersey and have always demonstrated in-depth sector knowledge and awareness and helpful interaction with regulatory colleagues to bottom out complex matters of funds regulation. They are always very responsive and extremely collaborative and pleasant to work with.’

‘Bruce MacNeil is fantastic. Very hard-working, technically astute, responsive and commercial. He runs a really solid team.’

‘The Ogier Jersey banking team are competent, responsive, commercial and friendly. We have developed a strong relationship with them over the last few years and they have consistently delivered a high-quality legal service, to deadlines whilst remaining pragmatic on fees and billing.’

‘Katrina Edge, James Lydeard and Lauren Maycox work as a seamless team and they know what a lender needs.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Apollo Management International LLP

MetLife Investment Management

Caledonia Investments plc

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

International Oasis Holding Company KSCC

M&G Investment Management Limited

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Hospital Topco Limited

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Hellman & Friedman

Northwood Investors LLC

Moorfield

OZ Management LP

CPP Investments

KB Securities

Eurazeo Real Estate Lux Sarl

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV S.à r.l.

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Bybrook Capital LLP

Pizza Express (Jersey) Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

The Portfolio Club

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC as the lead agent for the syndicate of banks making an unsecured £500m revolving credit facility available to the States of Jersey to support Islanders and the Jersey economy through the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised M&G Investment Management Limited on a £350m financing to refinance existing indebtedness in connection with Riverbank House and Sainsbury’s Supermarket in London.
  • Acted for Virgin Atlantic in relation to a £1.2bn global restructuring of the airline in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jersey > Capital markets Tier 1

Ogier fields an extensive bench of capital markets experts, including practice head Simon Felton, Raulin Amy, Bruce MacNeil and ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ managing associate Alexander Curry. Of note is the team’s recent involvement in top-flight cash box structuring mandates. Felton, with assistance from associate James Whiteside, advised on The Calisen Group’s £1.3bn IPO on the LSE. Premier multinational banks frequently instruct the firm in high-value debt listings, including innovative green bond issuances. The firm is one of the primary sponsors of securities listings on TISE.

Practice head(s):

Simon Felton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Legal expertise, very good client service; good value, understand their role as Jersey counsel in the context of the wider transaction, easy to work with.’

‘The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and easy to deal with.’

‘Alexander Curry is very responsive and knowledgeable, delivers promptly within agreed timescales and is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Client focused and tonnes of experience in this area.’

‘Richard Daggett is a pleasure to work with; super responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

Calisen plc

Pizza Express (Jersey) Limited

WH Smith PLC

Jet2 Plc (previously known as Dart Group Plc)

JD Wetherspoon

Biffa plc

Johnson Service Group

Trifast plc

Novocure Limited

Atotech Limited

Boohoo Group plc

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

Glencore plc

Angel Trains

MJ Hudson

Workspace Group plc

Centamin plc

Wizz Air Holdings

Barrick Gold (formerly Randgold Resources)

Heathrow Funding

Ackros Acquisition Limited

Seven Energy International Limited

IDB Trust Services

Islamic Development Bank

Kaisa Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Calisen Group on the £1.3bn IPO of Calisen Plc on the premium segment of the LSE.
  • Advised Pizza Express across all aspects of the restructuring plan of PizzaExpress Financing 2, spanning structuring, regulatory matters and the restructured financing arrangements, including TISE listing issues.
  • Advised Atotech Limited, a leading specialty chemicals technology company and a market leader in advanced electroplating solutions, on its $498m IPO on the NYSE.

Jersey > Commercial property Tier 1

Ogier’s property law group leads on premier Jersey projects incorporating innovative points of law. Practice head Jonathan Hughes and corporate partner Matthew Shaxson recently secured a competitive pitch to advise on a major PFI/PPP hospital development, and the wider team supplies construction and commercial advice in relation to hotel and transport developments; counsel Rebecca McNulty takes on any related contentious instructions. Newly promoted partner Katharine Marshall advises on site acquisitions and related financing transactions alongside senior associate Sarah Parish, while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier handles leasing work for tenants and landlords. A stable client base of high-net-worth individuals engages the team on property investments, redevelopments and family office relocations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hughes; Helen Ruelle

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Hughes is a very approachable lawyer, very well connected and provides clear and practical advice to clients – a pleasure to work with.’

‘First of all, the team works as a team and clients always feel looked after. The team is extremely professional and the quality of the work is excellent. And finally team members go the extra mile for their clients adding value to the experience along the way.’

‘They are friendly, engaging and extremely competent at what they do.’

‘Ogier have demonstrated commitment to their staff welfare which comes through in a calm and considered approach to their work.’

‘The open and easygoing approach to their work means that in my opinion they get the best out of their staff and the people they work with whilst retaining professionalism required for significant transactions. Working with Jonathan Hughes and Sarah Parish recently has been very enjoyable and productive.’

Key clients

HSBC

TMF Group

Sandpiper

Jersey Homes Trust

LV Group Care Home Group

Parish of St Helier

Whitbread Plc / Premier Inn

Parish of St Martin

Guiton Group

Gamma Aviation Limited

Government of Jersey – States of Jersey Hospital Project

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose Limited

Fuel Supplies CI Limited

Close Finance

Metlife Investment Company Limited

BDO Group

Work highlights

  • Handling local reseidential and commercial property lending transactions for HSBC.
  • Advising on the projected £500m Jersey Our Hospital PFI/PPP hospital development.
  • Advised the beneficial owners of a local law firm property holding company in the sale of significant commercial premises in St. Helier.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Ogier’s corporate practice is a market leader in financial services M&A, evidenced by team head Matthew Shaxson’s handling of sophisticated, regulated acquisitions on behalf of multinational investment management companies. Shaxson is described by one client as 'one of the leading M&A lawyers in Jersey and a joy to deal with'. Richard Daggett and the ‘outstanding‘ Simon Dinning are key partners for UK real estate deals; recent instructions included portfolio sales for global pension funds clients, and acquisitions of high-value warehouse assets for funds clients. The bench includes Raulin Amy, who performs multibillion-dollar corporate restructurings, and James Fox, who is highly active in the private equity sector. Counsel Marie-Claire Fudge and managing associates Oliver Richardson and Alexander Curry are vital players below partner level.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Shaxson

Testimonials

‘The corporate team at Ogier delivers technical excellent advice but, unlike competitor firms in the island, it does so in the commercial context of our business. They make a real effort to understand our objectives and to partner with us to achieve those objectives.’

‘The investment that Ogier has made in technology stands them head and shoulders above others. This investment positively impacts their service delivery. Thy embrace technology to enhance the client experience.’

‘I am also consistently impressed at the firm’s very visible commitment to diversity and inclusion and indeed to well being. They understand the importance of these topics. As a female using their services I am very aware that they actually take action on these topics rather than just talking about it. On diversity in particular they walk the walk!!! This is very important to me.’

‘Simon Dinning is the lead partner that I deal with. He is outstanding. I have worked with both onshore and offshore lawyers over many years and Simon embodies what clients look for in a lawyer.’

‘In terms of associates, I have had the pleasure of working with Alexander Curry, Oliver Richardson, Kevin Grové and Chloe Watson-Hill. All are first rate and I would not hesitate to use them.’

‘Ogier are my go-to lawyers in Jersey. Always responsive, they know the law and practice well and they help to solve the problems that can inevitably arise.’

‘Raulin Amy is extremely pragmatic and a real problem-solver.’

‘We worked very closely with James Fox and Oliver Richardson. Both worked to become an extremely harmonious part of a multijurisdictional transaction team.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical

The Carlyle Group

The Ardonagh Group Limited

Amcor plc

Anglo American plc

Biffa plc

Clarivate Analytics

The Collective

Jet2 Plc (previously known as Dart Group Plc)

Warburg Pincus International LLC and TowerBrook Capital Partners

Brooks Macdonald International

Viacom

Trident Trust

DB Financial Investment / Hyundai Asset Management

Urban Logistics REIT plc

The PRS REIT plc

Barrick Gold

Sports Direct

Palamon Partners

Wizz Air

Boohoo.com

TMF Group

Glencore plc

Europe Realty Holdings Pte Ltd (GIC)

Kennedy Wilson Holdings, Inc.

Northwood Investors LLC

Cinven

OMERS Private Equity

Petra Diamonds Limited

Tullow Oil plc

Paloma Capital

Tristan Capital Partners

Coro Energy plc

VI Mining

Eriell Group International Limited

Gazprombank

Realstar

EN+ Group plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Brooks Macdonald International on the acquisition of a Channel Islands fund management and discretionary investment management business.
  • Acted as Jersey legal counsel to the mandated lead arrangers on the Jersey legal aspects of financing the £6.8bn acquisition of Asda Group Limited by the Issa brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ogier's 'first-rate' dispute resolution team benefited from numerous recent promotions and hires. Recently made-up partner Damian Evans works with Edward Mackereth and team head Nick Williams on contentious trust litigation, acting primarily for trustees in high-value proceedings. Williams is also handling very high-profile shareholder disputes for private equity clients involving claims of unfair prejudice. In the restructuring field, 'stand-out' new counsel recruit Rebecca McNulty and managing associate James Angus advise on cross-border contentious insolvencies. Oliver Passmore recently acted in negligent investment claims on behalf of a Jersey trust company, while counsel Daniel Maine supplies extensive knowledge to financial services clients in challenges brought by the JFSC.

Practice head(s):

Nick Williams

Testimonials

‘The disputes team at Ogier is first rate. They have ultra-high-net-worth clients for whom they provide an excellent service. The team is very good at getting to the heart of the issues in the case, but also at looking outside of the box for solutions. Clients come back time and again because they receive sound legal, practical and tactical advice to overcome issues. They are a very steady and reliable ship. They would be my firm of choice over some bigger names for more complex cases, as they are capable of dealing with complicated and voluminous facts and documents.’

‘Rebecca McNulty is a stand-out star for dispute resolution. She is brilliant with clients who trust her and her advice completely. Her legal analysis is first rate and she produces excellent written advice. She is very good at breaking down the issues and presenting her advice and arguments in a persuasive manner.’

‘Strength in depth and solid courtroom experience.’

‘Nick Williams: calm and measured courtroom style. Diligent and thorough.’

‘Strong, well-developed team – able to deal with complex litigation and collaborate with members of the wider team.’

‘James Angus is helpful and knowledgeable about local practice.’

‘Edward Mackereth leads from the front in terms of meeting client expectation. Damian Evans’ input on litigations matters is to the point and effective.’

‘Shaun Maloney stands out as being superb in every aspect. He is a brilliant lawyer, responsive, commercially savvy and great with clients.’

Key clients

BDO

FTV Capital Partners

The Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Tarsus Group

Millennium Technology Value Partners

SIG Growth Equity Fund

Legendre

Work highlights

  • Acting for three private equity investors as minority shareholders in ETFS Capital Limited, alleging unfair prejudice against the majority shareholder.
  • Acting for the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey in a large multijurisdictional insolvency dispute involving multiple competing claims to assets situated worldwide, and involving multiple claims and counterclaims of fraudulent behaviour.
  • Acting for the Plaintiffs, including BDO LLP as High Court-appointed estate administrators, in a high-value, complex and cross-border trust and estate dispute.

Jersey > Employment Tier 1

With strength across contentious and non-contentious mandates, Ogier’s employment offering is a key choice for a diverse, international client roster. The group leverages its knowledge of immigration law when handling staff relocations during company reorganisations and the related appeal hearings; practice head Helen Ruelle and senior associate Will Austin-Vautier are go-to names. Regular contentious mandates include senior employee exits and defending employers in discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal; the team also represents senior employees in breach of contract claims.

Practice head(s):

Helen Ruelle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We had a unique presenting issue that the partner, and the team, responded to immediately in spite of a positive/successful outcome being estimated at less than 10%. They were transparent, efficient and kept me fully informed throughout.’

‘We and Ogier were fairly sure we would not get a Visa for a member of staff but wanted to try anyway. Ogier did an exceptionally good job in presenting a compelling case for the applicant. To our joy and surprise the relevant government department said that the case was so well presented and the argument so compelling that they felt able and comfortable to grant the requested residence visa.’

‘Will Austin-Vautier was accessible, clear and concise in his advice, and very diligent and articulate in presenting our case.’

‘Will Austin-Vautier was excellent. Extremely flexible and ready to go the extra mile to get a creative solution to a difficult situation for our mutual client.’

‘Excellent, skilled people.’

‘They know the business well and ensure every step you take is well directed and thought out.’

Jersey > Investment funds Tier 1

Ogier’s investment funds practice is led by Niamh Lalor, who undertakes a significant amount of work for venture capital managers operating in the technology sector. She acts for clients on fund formations and exits, often with assistance from senior associate Joanna Christensen and managing associate Alexandra O’Grady. Sophie Reguengo leads on REIT mandates, which recently included portfolio sales of logistics investment properties. Emily Haithwaite handles fund migration matters for foreign partnerships under new limited partnership laws. Ultra-high-net-worth investors also engage the team.

Practice head(s):

Niamh Lalor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Ogier team have an excellent understanding of the fund business in Jersey and how it interacts with UK-listed funds. They have deep knowledge of Jersey regulations and a good working relationship with local regulators.’

‘We work with Niamh Lalor and Alexandra O’Grady (managing associate). They understand our clients very well and are extremely flexible and great at managing deadlines.’

‘The work was complex involving an investment manager with vehicles in multiple international jurisdictions and multiple legal teams in other regions. Alexandra O’Grady and Emily Haithwaite seamlessly integrated Jersey-related law into many legal documents, and also were extremely knowledgeable about the Jersey regulatory landscape, including some complicated structures. I struggle to see how any other team in Jersey could have done as good a job.’

‘This team is highly collaborative and I thoroughly enjoy working with them.’

‘Sophie Reguengo is highly responsive and helpful.’

‘Very approachable, responsive and technically strong team.’

‘Alexandra O’Grady – very approachable, responsive and technically strong.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management LP

Cain International

Cevian

CQS

Deutsche Asset Management

Ethos Private Equity

Global Infrastructure Partners

HSBC Bank plc – Jersey

London Venture Partners

Alexander Forbes

Benson Elliot

Julius Baer

IK Partners

Alpstone Capital

Index Ventures

Intermediate Capital Group PLC

Knight Frank Investment Management

Marwyn Asset Management Limited

Medicxi Ventures

Pacific Equity Partners

Paloma Capital

Palamon Capital Partners

Pemberton Asset Management

Quadriga Capital

Schroder Adveq Management AG

Therium Capital

Jigsaw VC GP Ltd

Brooks Macdonald Asset Management International Limited

EPIC Management Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Index Ventures on the closing of Index Ventures Growth V, which raised $1.2bn.
  • Advised Valor Real Estate Partners, a pan-European logistics leader, on its joint venture with the QuadReal Property Group, to invest €1bn in urban logistics assets located in key cities in the EU.
  • Represented EPIC Management Limited in relation to the £335m sale of a portfolio of eight UK logistics investment properties to real estate funds managed by Blackstone.

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Ogier’s private wealth department assists with highly complex, bespoke work for a diverse client base. Of note is the team’s advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals regarding private funds as investment vehicles. A high volume of clients are brought in from China and Southeast Asia, while Jersey-domiciled charities and philanthropic organisations also retain the team full-scope legal advice. The key contacts in the team are co-heads James Campbell and Sally Edwards ('pragmatic, approachable, hugely knowledgeable'), as well as Josephine Howe. The firm houses a dedicated pension and incentives practice, encompassing trust structuring through to the winding up stage, under counsel Katherine Neal, whose client roster includes leading Jersey-based financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

James Campbell; Sally Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Accessible, approachable and pragmatic with a key understanding of the challenges in today’s world.’

‘Sally Edwards is a partner in the trusts discipline and is pragmatic, approachable, hugely knowledgeable and knows the subject matter inside out.’

‘I mainly use Josephine Howe and her team for any trust legal work required, if I have any work that requires undertaking, they are always reachable, always revert back, arrange for any issues to be discussed, always available for a call to discuss and run through any larger transactions and draft documentation requirements.’

‘Everyone in the team with whom I have worked has, without exception, not only been incredibly responsive and friendly but also technically sound and pragmatic in their advice.’

‘Katherine Neal is the-stand out lawyer for me in Ogier’s Jersey team. She has a great deal of experience as both a Jersey and an English private client lawyer. Katherine is very astute and has the ability to see the big picture and then very quickly delve into very technical issues to deliver very practical solutions.’

‘Ogier are genuine market leaders when it comes to Jersey legal advice and the team is second to none in the product that it delivers.’

‘James Campbell – a pure joy to work with. He is one of the stand-out private client lawyers on the island. He is very approachable, collaborative and commercial. He provides well-balanced advice and guides clients seamlessly through tricky situations.’

Guernsey > Employment Tier 2

Primary contentious employment instructions for Ogier’s practice relate to breach of contract claims, defamation suits and sex discrimination issues. Recent partner promotion Sandie Lyne and practice head Rachel DeSanges represent employers and senior employees in tribunal proceedings, with assistance from various dispute resolution team members including senior associate Kellie Sherwill. The addition of Fay Warrilow from Carey Olsen added strength at the senior associate level. Current non-contentious mandates include contractual variations relating to remuneration issues, redundancy procedures and health and safety queries.

Practice head(s):

Rachel DeSanges

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Ogier were kind and understanding, putting me in touch with an advocate straight away. They were responsive to my calls and emails getting back to me the same day.’

‘Rachel DeSanges was fantastic! She was kind and sympathetic. I was very stressed and distressed by losing my job suddenly. Rachel listened to me and immediately realised that I had been discriminated against on grounds of my sex. She supported me through a claim against my employer and a successful out-of-court settlement was made. I cannot thank her enough. The money was important but so was my self esteem and I now have a great job after what was a horrible time. Charlotte Ward was also efficient, kind and helpful.’

‘Good technical expertise coupled with commercial awareness.’

‘Rachel DeSanges was very responsive and provided commercial and practical advice. I recommend her.’

‘The employment team at Ogier provides excellent client service to us on all aspects of employment law, be it employment advice, publications or updates. The team is always very responsive, advice is always provided in a clear and concise manner, always professional, but delivered in an empathetic and practical manner.’

‘Rachel DeSanges is our main point of contact. Rachel provides the very best client service, her knowledge across all areas of employment law stands out against her peers. Rachel is very approachable, is quick to understand our requirements and responds to queries in a timely, practical and professional manner.’

‘The Ogier team are always very prompt in responding to clients’ needs.’

‘Prompt and clear advice.’

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 2

Alongside established clients in the infrastructure and real estate fund sectors, Ogier’s ‘deep, dedicated and very knowledgeable‘ investment funds and regulatory team’s client roster includes fund managers in the growing renewables and green finance fields. Co-head Tim Clipstone‘s regulatory background is appropriately leveraged, while fellow co-heads Craig Cordle and Bryon Rees excel at listed and private funds respectively. Venture capital is a growth asset class for the team, with new fund managers being added to the portfolio. The team also advises on a large number of fund restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tim Clipstone; Craig Cordle; Bryon Rees

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Payne

Testimonials

‘The team is deep, dedicated and very knowledgeable.’

‘Bryon Rees is very client-oriented, commercial and responsive.’

‘Ogier’s investment funds team is lead by Tim Clipstone, Craig Cordle and Bryon Rees. Their approach delivers clarity and focus, with total confidence in ultimate outcome. Working with any of them, and their team, is a pleasure and they can lead on multijurisdictional advisory mandates. Overall, a highly credible Guernsey practice.’

‘Genuine desire to build positive relationships, with an interest in understanding your business and aligning their advice to your needs.’

‘Craig Cordle is a leader in the listed funds space.’

‘Accessible, knowledgeable, amiable, commercial.’

‘Great people with deep-rooted knowledge of our business and funds.’

‘Bryon Rees and Gabrielle Payne provide the expert support we require and importantly can move quickly to help us meet our timetables and objectives.’

Key clients

Mid Europa Partners LLP

Next Energy

RED fund Limited

Hillview real Estate

Financial Services Capital

Hipgnosis

Foresight Group CI Limited

Stanley Capital

CBRE RPFI Management Limited

Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mid Europa Partners on the establishment and regulation of its fifth investment fund (Mid Europa Fund V) as a closed-ended authorised collective investment scheme.
  • Acting as Guernsey counsel on the launch of Next Energy Renewables Limited and its admission to trading on the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
  • Representing RED fund Limited as lead counsel on its ongoing regulatory and fundraising activities.

Dispute resolution > Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 2

Ogier’s regulatory group provides a broad client roster of regulated financial services entities with contentious and non-contentious regulatory advice. Ongoing mandates for co-heads Nick Williams and Matthew Shaxson include defending clients in enforcement actions and investigations by the JFSC, as well as providing guidance on internal AML and sanctions compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Williams; Matthew Shaxson

Testimonials

Sensitive, highly focused and clear advice delivered with skill and tact.

Ogier are market leaders in banking and finance and regulatory law. Their advice is pragmatic, easy to digest, timely and well considered. They have a deep bench from partner to associate and the team are approachable and well liked.

Matt Shaxson is Ogier’s go-to regulatory and corporate expert. Not often you get the unique quality combination of a commercially minded lawyer who at the same time is technically gifted, particularly in a large firm which also has the benefits of well-resourced, attentive and technically competent senior and managing associates.

Work highlights

  • Advised a Jersey trust company on an immediate response to substantial JFSC concerns and the steps to be taken to remediate those concerns.
  • Advising a financial services client from the outset of its first referral to JFSC enforcement.
  • Assessing possible instances of criminal intermeddling and advising on how to engage with the authorities for an international financial services group.

Offshore firms in London Tier 3

Offshore firms in London > Overview

At Ogier, Simon Dinning leads a varied team which includes lawyers with collective expertise in the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and Hong Kong in particular. Dispute resolution is at the core of the practice, which also stands out for its strong transactional work in the Caribbean region.

Practice head(s):

Simon Dinning

The firm: Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Irish, Jersey and Luxembourg law. The firm’s network of locations also includes Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of the business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. Ogier has strong practices in the areas of restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency, employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory and property.

Ogier’s corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier’s partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: The Banking and Finance team advises on all areas of banking regulation, documentation, security, and the establishment and operation of banking institutions for borrowers and lenders.

Corporate: The firm’s Corporate team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of many forms of domestic and cross-border corporate vehicles, investment trusts and partnerships as well as advising on private placements, initial and other public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.

Dispute Resolution: Ogier’s Dispute Resolution team advises on the technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of problems and disputes which arise in the offshore environment. This includes advice in relation to trusts, companies, shareholder issues, directors’ duties, investment performance, banking and other financial transactions, as well as fraud and asset tracing claims and all aspects of regulatory advice.

Investment Funds: The Investment Funds team advises on the full spectrum of fund structures and strategies, including: hedge, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, debt, venture capital, crypto currency, hybrid, impact and socially responsible investing. They provide clients with innovative solutions to all manner of legal requirements, to meet each client’s distinct set of regulatory and commercial demands. The team is backed by expertise across time zones throughout our offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and Luxembourg. Ogier is a recognised listing agent for The International Stock Exchange (TISE) and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX).

Private Wealth: The Private Wealth team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of private trusts, purpose trusts and other vehicles typically used by private clients, as well as advising trustees in relation to transactions undertaken by trusts.

Real Estate: The team provides advice on the establishment and administration of real estate holding structures, including offshore and onshore vehicles used for real estate funds, one-off real estate transactions or acquisitions, joint ventures, property development and financing arrangements.

Regulatory: Ogier’s multi-disciplinary team helps clients navigate increasingly regulated environments through each stage in the business lifecycle: start up and relocation, operation, expansion and change. Prevention of issues is preferable but where things have gone wrong, Ogier provides effective solutions to clients including banks, major corporates, investment managers, fund administrators, trust companies and private clients.

Restructuring and Corporate Recovery: The firm’s Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team has extensive cross-border and international experience, advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and corporate recovery matters, often advising in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional services providers in connection with company structures.

Structured Finance: The firm’s Structured Finance team provides specialist offshore legal advice on all aspects of establishing and operating offshore SPVs, and listing agent services.

Clients: Ogier acts for a number of leading financial institutions including investment banks, legal and accountancy firms, corporations, trust companies, private equity houses, real estate investment houses, insurers and high net worth individuals.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Christopher Joneschristopher.jones@ogier.com+44 1481 752337
Corporate Bryon Reesbryon.rees@ogier.com+44 1481 752312
Dispute resolution Simon Daviessimon.davies@ogier.com+44 1481 737175
Dispute resolution Mathew Newmanmathew.newman@ogier.com+44 1481 752253
Investment funds Craig Cordlecraig.cordle@ogier.com+44 1481 752282
Investment funds Bryon Reesbryon.rees@ogier.com+44 1481 752312
Private wealth Gavin Fergusongavin.ferguson@ogier.com+44 1481 752307
Private wealth Marcus Leesemarcus.leese@ogier.com+44 1481 737152
Property Martyn Baudainsmartyn.baudains@ogier.com+44 1481 752217
Real estate Martyn Baudainsmartyn.baudains@ogier.com+44 1481 752217
Real estate Christopher Joneschristopher.jones@ogier.com+44 1481 752337
Regulatory Mathew Newmanmathew.newman@ogier.com+44 1481 752253
Regulatory Christopher Joneschristopher.jones@ogier.com+44 1481 752337
Structured finance Christopher Joneschristopher.jones@ogier.com+44 1481 752337
Structured finance Bryon Reesbryon.rees@ogier.com+44 1481 752312
Private Wealth Matt Guthriematt.guthrie@ogier.com+44 1481 752342
Private Wealth Catherine Moorecatherine.moore@ogier.com+44 1481 752364
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Martyn Baudains  photo Martyn Baudains Partner
Alice Bricogne photo Alice BricogneSenior Associate
Martin Casas photo Martin CasasSenior Associate
Paul Chanter photo Paul ChanterPartner
Tim Clipstone  photo Tim Clipstone Tim is an experienced funds, regulatory and corporate lawyer with a particular…
Craig Cordle  photo Craig Cordle Craig is an asset management lawyer advising on all aspects of the…
Simon Davies  photo Simon Davies Simon Davies leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Guernsey. Simon specialises…
Rachel DeSanges photo Rachel DeSangesRachel specialises in Employment Law and spans both the Dispute Resolution and…
Piers Dereham photo Piers DerehamSenior Associate
Sam Dingle photo Sam DingleManaging Associate
Gavin Ferguson  photo Gavin Ferguson Gavin provides contentious and non-contentious fiduciary services to high net worth individuals,…
Christopher Jones  photo Christopher Jones Christopher is a partner in the business and trust law group in…
Catherine Moore photo Catherine MoorePartner
Mathew Newman  photo Mathew Newman Mathew Newman is a partner and joined Ogier in 2008 from international…
Bryon Rees  photo Bryon Rees Bryon advises on a broad range of investment fund, corporate and commercial,…
Number of global partners : 100
Total number of fee-earners worldwide : 500+
Total number of staff worldwide : 900+