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Ogier

REDWOOD HOUSE, ST JULIAN'S AVENUE, ST PETER PORT, GY1 1WA, GUERNSEY
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www.ogier.com

Guernsey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier's Marcus Leese handles M&A acquisition finance and restructuring work, as well as fund and corporate finance deals. Christopher Jones is also active in fund finance and real estate finance, and is also involved in asset finance work. Managing associate Paul Chanter works with both partners on a broad range of finance matters.

Practice head(s):Marcus Leese

Other key lawyers:Christopher Jones; Bryon Rees; Paul Chanter

Testimonials

'Very reliable, hardworking and knowledgable.'

'Marcus Leese is well-known in finance circles.'

'Christopher Jones is very effective and personable - technically very good and keen to deliver a quality service.'

Key Clients

ABN AMRO

Ahli United Bank

Credit Suisse

Erste Bank

HSBC

Nomura

Royal Bank of Canada

Sberbank

Caledonia Investments

Tristan Capital Partners

Leading individuals

Marcus Leese - Ogier

Rising stars

Paul Chanter - Ogier

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

At Ogier, Craig Cordle and Bryon Rees both deal with a range of listed funds work concerning both London and locally listed investment funds, with Cordle also handling some debt capital markets work. Oliver Quarmby is a key managing associate.

Other key lawyers:Craig Cordle; Bryon Rees; Oliver Quarmby

Testimonials

'The capital markets team's in-depth knowledge of the listing process is a real strength.'

'It stands out from its peers as several members of the team understand the role that English firms do on a transaction, so therefore provides practical advice.'

'Craig Cordle and Oliver Quarmby are excellent - the team stands out by reason of their market knowledge and London backgrounds.'

Work highlights

  • Acted as Guernsey counsel to the launch of Hignosis Songs Fund, the only one investing in music intellectual property listed in London.
  • Advised Egypt Investment Company on a compulsory redemption of shares and the fund's delisting.
  • Advised Burford Capital on a $180m London-listed issuance of bonds.
Leading individuals

Craig Cordle - Ogier

Rising stars

Oliver Quarmby - Ogier

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

The team at Ogier covers the full range of on-island commercial property mandates, including office purchases, restaurant leases, real estate finance and property elements of M&A deals. A noteworthy addition to the team is senior associate Martin Casas from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, who has quickly developed a healthy work portfolio in retail and hospitality.

Practice head(s):Martyn Baudains

Testimonials

'Ogier's commercially minded, personable and responsive attitude sets it apart from other firms'

'Martyn Baudains achieves the best position for his clients while being reasonably minded to ensure the deal completes in a timely and cost effective manner'

'The team has an incredible ability to combine decades of knowledge of the Guernsey legal and commercial property market with contemporary legal services. The firm gives you the best insight into a transaction, while advising quickly and succinctly'

'Martyn Baudains is "Mr. Guernsey Property"; there is no more experienced advocate on the island'

'Martin Casas is an experienced modern day lawyer who compliments Martyn's team wonderfully. He provides big city experience to small island transactions'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose

Lloyds Banking Group

Channel Island Fuels

International Energy Group (Jersey and Guernsey Gas)

G4S

Family Building Society

Deloitte

Boots The Chemist

Grant Thornton

Guernsey Housing Association

Close Finance

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • Represented Yours Clothing in the lease of its high street retail premises.
  • Acted for Grand Havre Holdings in its acquisition by share transfer of the second largest hotel on the island, the 98 bedroom Peninsula Hotel.
Leading individuals

Martyn Baudains - Ogier

Rising stars

Martin Casas - Ogier

Piers Dereham - Ogier

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Ogier covers the gamut of corporate work across sectors, handling work for asset managers, banks, insurancers and other clients. Bryon Rees handles a range of M&A deals, including ones featuring locally regulated businesses with global operations. Marcus Leese has restructuring expertise, as does Craig Cordle, among other work (Cordle handles competition law). Tim Clipstone joined from Maples Group in Tortola, bringing with him BVI expertise - which is also contributed by well-regarded senior associate Diana Collas.

Other key lawyers:Byron Rees; Marcus Leese; Craig Cordle; Tim Clipstone; Diana Collas

Testimonials

'Very commercial from start to finish, with good availability at short notice and expertise across the grades.'

'Very approachable and prompt with any Guernsey input required.'

'Great-service with the backing of a full service offering.'

'Bryon Rees is a good leader and provides responsive and commercial advice.'

Work highlights

  • Advised insurer Assicurazoni Generali on its sale of its Guernsey-based Generali Worldwide business to Life Company Consolidation Group for €420m.
  • Advised TMF Group on its purchase of State Street's private equity and real estate fund services business in the Channel Islands.
  • Advised Ravenscroft Private Investment Fund on its purchase of three real estate owning companies.
  • Advised on insurer on restructuring a cell of a PCC into a new PCC.
Leading individuals

Bryon Rees - Ogier

Rising stars

Diana Collas - Ogier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Alongside a portfolio of big-ticket insolvency, contentious trust and regulatory instructions, the Ogier team regularly acts for both defendants and plaintiffs in professional negligence cases, proceeds of crime matters and property and construction related disputes. Simon Davies remains one of the island’s most sought-after advocates for complex commercial disputes while Mathew Newman’s practice is one of the leading insolvency and restructuring offerings on the island. Managing associate Sam Dingle also acts on a broad range of issues including insolvency and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Davies; Mathew Newman

Other key lawyers:Sam Dingle; Bryan De Verneuil-Smith

Testimonials

'Truly a full-service firm'

'While other firms on the island have a specialty in one area or another, Ogier has a complete suite of practitioners who are experts in all areas and across borders'

'Extremely client-focused and a pleasure to deal with'

'Simon Davies is a first-class advocate and clearly one of the, if not the, leading advocates on the island'

'Mathew Newman has a mastery of the law and is able to communicate his ideas clearly and thoughtfully'

'Associate Bryan De Verneuil-Smith is quick, commercial, and a pleasure to work with.  His litigation experience and judgment further solidifies Ogier's position among the top of the Guernsey firms for litigation'

'Simon Davies is very impressive'

Key Clients

The Carlyle Group

Nerine Trust

Deloitte

Carter Backer Winter

The Public Trustee of Guernsey

ABN AMRO Group

BDO Global

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint administration managers of Providence Investment Funds in a high-profile claim against PricewaterhouseCoopers for professional negligence and associated cross-border issues.
  • Acting for BDO Global as the administrators of BSG Resources, a holding company which owns subsidiaries holding valuable mining licences (primarily in Africa).
  • Acting as advocates for the Public Trustee of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which is seeking to preserve and recover assets of a Guernsey law pension scheme.
  • Successfully defended a winding up and administration application by various creditors against Joannou & Paraskevaides (Aviation).
Leading individuals

Mathew Newman - Ogier

Simon Davies - Ogier

Rising stars

Sam Dingle - Ogier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Under the leadership of highly-praised practice head Rachel Richardson, Ogier acts for a host of financial services institutions, well-known banks and leading Guernsey-based employers. Significant mandates come from assisting the pan-Channel Island team on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, as well as relocation and immigration issues. Regular contentious instructions include unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, redundancies and restrictive covenant disputes.

Practice head(s):Rachel Richardson

Testimonials

'Efficient service with sound technical knowledge'

'Rachel Richardson is an experienced employment lawyer of a responsive and interested nature'

'Rachel Richardson has an excellent working knowledge and understanding of all the relevant areas of employment law and offers well thought out advice in this area'

'Rachel Richardson is friendly, efficient, extremely knowledgeable and explains things in an easily understandable manner'

'Rachel Richardson comes up with working solutions to any problems that arise'

Next Generation Partners

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Ogier

Ogier’s insurance offering sits firmly in the firm’s corporate and commercial practice and has the ability to provide Guernsey-specific insurance law and regulatory advice, including on competition law's application to the industry. Bryon Rees' expertise includes advising incorporated insurers on their Guernsey domiciliation exercises and the team also provides regulatory advice on the establishment and administration of captive insurance cell companies.

Practice head(s):Byron Rees, Simon Davies, Mathew Newman, Craig Cordle

Work highlights

  • Advised Assicurazioni Generali on the €420 million sale of a Guernsey licensed insurer (with branches worldwide) and investment licensee subsidiary to Life Company Consolidation Group.
  • Guernsey legal adviser to EEA Life Settlements Fund PCC Limited, which invests in life insurance policies primarily issued in the United States.
  • Advised Burford Capital Limited on the creation of new Guernsey domiciled insurer Burford Worldwide Insurance Limited.
  • Assisting Prudential with the restructuring of a cell of a protected cell company licenced under the Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2002 into a separate stand-alone protected cell company.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Alongside a number of private funds mandates, Ogier handles listed fund formations and transactions as well as a range of ongoing advisory and regulatory matters. Craig Cordle handles venture capital work as well as listed vehicles, with Bryon Rees also a key name for both seams of work. Tim Clipstone, who joined in 2018 from Maples Group in Tortola, contributes BVI law expertise.

Other key lawyers:Craig Cordle; Bryon Rees; Tim Clipstone

Testimonials

'In relation to listed funds, the background of the team members means the firm knows the sector and the market participants in London as well as it knows its offshore peers.'

'One of the leading teams for closed-ended investment company work on the island - they understand what onshore lawyers require of them.'

'Knows the market well, with great breadth of knowledge and a wide network on the island.'

'Bryon Rees stands out as his advice is always commercial and deals with the exact issue.'

'Craig Cordle brings City experience, understanding and commerciality to his practice, which is evident in his plain-speaking and considered approach.'

'Oliver Quarmby understands the key issues, both commercially and legally, not just from a Guernsey but also a London perspective.'

'Tim Clipstone has an impressive ability to manage complicated matters in a calm and considered manner.'

Key Clients

CIP Merchant Capital

Disruptive Capital

EEA Life Settlements Fund

Equitix

Golden Prospect Precious Metals

Mid-Europa Partners

Sherborne Investors

Black Swan Venture Capital

Baillie Gifford

Work highlights

  • Advised Ravenscroft Private Investment fund on its formation, and first close, raising £24m.
  • Advised Equitix on forming Equitix Fund V, a fund partnership with vehicles in various jurisdictions, including a Guernsey feeder named Equitix Feeder Fund V.
  • Advised Hipgnosis Songs Fund on the creation and listing of a fund to invest in music intellectual property, which raised £200m.
  • Advised Heartwood Alternatives Fund on a change of Guernsey administrator.
Leading individuals

Bryon Rees - Ogier

Next Generation Partners

Craig Cordle - Ogier

Rising stars

Oliver Quarmby - Ogier

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Owing to considerable team expansion in recent years, Ogier’s private client and trusts practice is a truly full-service offering, spanning all issues concerning the formation and administration of trusts, foundations and other complex wealth structures. The team also handles fiduciary and regulatory compliance, cross-border trust disputes, pension and employee benefit scheme wind-ups and probate advice. Gavin Ferguson is cited for his structuring expertise with working for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, while the extensive client list further includes trustees, beneficiaries, family offices and financial institutions. Senior associate Alice Bricogne is noted for her expertise in the growing semi-contentious trust field, handling amendments to "ill trusts" necessitating  fiduciary reappointments and trustee removals via Royal Court applications.

Practice head(s):Gavin Ferguson

Other key lawyers:Alice Bricogne

Testimonials

'Ogier has first-class interpersonal and communication skills'

'Ogier is knowledgeable and authoritative and provides a calm and considered opinion'

'A highly professional and proactive team'

'Gavin Ferguson is highly regarded and respected'

'Alice Bricogne is an absolute delight to deal with'

'Alice Bricogne has a razor-sharp legal mind but differentiates herself from almost all of the competition with a communication style and proactive nature that is rarely surpassed'

'Alice Bricogne and Gavin Ferguson are excellent'

Leading individuals

Gavin Ferguson - Ogier

Rising stars

Alice Bricogne - Ogier

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Legal Developments by:
Ogier

  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
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Legal Developments in Guernsey

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  • In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012)

    A trustee's duty of confidentiality has recently been discussed and to some extent clarified in the recent Guernsey Court of Appeal decision of In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012). This summary has been prepared to provide you with a summary of the case as well as the general issues raised, but is not intended to cover all matters or to provide commentary.   This summary does not constitute legal advice.
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    Introduction 
  • Guernsey Image Rights Legislation

    The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 (the Ordinance) and The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2012
  • Guernsey Foundations

    The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (Law) is awaiting Royal assent, expected to be given by the end of the year or early next year. Whilst Guernsey is not the first jurisdiction to provide for foundations, the Law does provide a number of unique options for individuals wishing to take advantage of the benefits provided by foundations. The purpose of this note is to provide both a general summary of the features of a Guernsey foundation, as well as a summary of these unique options that will be available under the Law.
  • Competitive Guernsey

    Guernsey has been considering the introduction of local competition law since at least 2005 and by bringing into effect The Competition (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012 on 1 August 2012, has introduced an effective Competition Law regime, to regulate the same 3 core areas recognized in most competition regimes, namely the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

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  • Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) Rule Change Update

    Ogier Corporate Finance Limited (OCFL) is the market leader in providing listing agent services for the listing of securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX or the Exchange) having sponsored over 445 listings.
  • Channel Island Stock Exchange, LBG - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG (the Exchange or CISX) commenced operations on 27 October 1998 and is intended to provide recognised facilities for the listing and trading of securities issued by companies and investment funds.
  • Investment funds in Guernsey

    The investment funds industry in Guernsey has achieved significant growth in recent years. Statistics show that as at 30 June 2011 there was £274.5 billion of assets under management in Guernsey.
  • Guernsey Companies Law - Office of the Registrar of Companies

    This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of our clients in connection with the provisions relevant to the Office of the Registrar of Companies under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the ‚ÄúCompanies Law‚ÄĚ).