Firm Profile > Carey Olsen (Guernsey) LLP > St Peter Port, Guernsey

Carey Olsen (Guernsey) LLP
PO BOX 98, CAREY HOUSE
LES BANQUES
ST PETER PORT
GY1 4BZ
Guernsey

Banking and finance Tier 1

Carey Olsen handles a range of finance work, with a strong presence in top-tier investment fund finance and cross-border real estate finance deals. In fund finance, the firm handles large deals for well-known banks dealing with elite fund managers and the reverse, with some of the team having practices crossing over with fund formation. Andrew Boyce advises leading banks and heavyweight private equity managers in this space, with Ben Morgan's highlights including real estate finance transactions - Annette Alexander's practice covers both streams. Tom Carey's workload also includes advising leading private equity houses on fund finance transactions.

Capital markets Tier 1

Carey Olsen's broader corporate practice handles heavyweight London listings for Guernsey issuers, as well as listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Tom Carey handles public M&A deals, while Tony Lane, Annette Alexander and David Crosland also handle TISE listings. In addition, Guernsey corporate and finance head Ben Morgan has listed funds expertise.

Testimonials

The best offshore firm experience – it provides a full service and is responsive and human.’

Tom Carey, Tony Lane and Annette Alexander are stand-outs – they are all technically able and focused on finding commercially attractive solutions.’

Key clients

Jura Acquisition Limited

Pitcon Property Income

Stenprop

Marble Point Loan Financing

Pershing Square Holdings

Starwood European Real Estate Financing

BH Macro

Ashmore Global Opportunities

Commercial property Tier 1

Carey Olsen remains a market leader in Guernsey’s commercial property sector, advising private lenders and international banks on purchases, sales, and construction projects. Jason Morgan is retained by some of the bailiwick’s foremost retailers and hospitality businesses for drafting and negotiating leases, land and building acquisitions and advising on licensing laws. The team remains stable with Davey Le Marquand and senior associate John Le Tissier being prominent names in the local property market; significant recent mandates included assisting with the due diligence and acquisition of a number of mixed-use developments, rent reviews and commercial letting.

Testimonials

Provides, excellent prompt service and sound commercial advice

Carey Olsen has a depth of knowledge and expertise of the Channel Islands property markets that very few, if any, firms can compete with

A very professional property team

Jason Morgan, Rachel Jones and Christopher Philpott are all extremely knowledgeable in their fields and present that knowledge in an accessible way tailored to their audience

Key clients

Augentius (Guernsey)

Crescendo Advisors International

Close Brothers Properties (Guernsey)

Trustees of the Webb Guernsey Property Unit Trust

BGC Holdings

Skipton International (Guernsey)

LPE Limited

Specsavers

ABN Amro Channel Islands

RW Randall Limited

Stenprop

States of Alderney

JTC Group

Jacksons

SPP Holdings

Investec

Polygon Group

Schuh

Fat Face

Artex

PwC

Sure International

National Trust of Guernsey

BNP Paribas

Augentius (Guernsey)

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Carey Olsen handles the Guernsey aspects of heavyweight M&A deals, including public M&A and private equity deals. Tony Lane and Tom Carey handle complex cross-border M&A deals, with Andrew Boyce's practice including deals involving institutional investors, crossing over with his fund formation practice. Annette Alexander is another notable partner. is a key senior associate for M&A work. Senior associates Gemma Campbell and John Scanlan are also highly regarded.

Testimonials

A serious quality outfit whose legal and commercial knowledge in Guernsey is second-to-none.’

If it’s already been done in Guernsey, Ben Morgan and his team were no doubt the trailblazers, and if not, he is a go-to man to do it for the first time.’

Annette Alexander always tries to come up with solutions in terms that lay clients can understand – she is also very good when ideas are being bounced around at an early stage to avoid further problems down the line.’

Gemma Campbell is an amazingly talented lawyer with the right mix of legal and commercial knowledge.’

Key clients

Stenprop

CEIBA Investments

JTC Fund Solutions

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Royal London Asset Management

Apex Services

Picton Property Income

Blue Water Energy

Butterfield Group

Jura Acquisition

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Carey Olsen has an established reputation for acting on local and international disputes, representing parties in the corporate, commercial, financial services, trusts and intellectual property fields. With the election of David Jones to the partnership in 2019, the team boasts an exceptionally strong insolvency offering for high-profile domestic and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Clients highly praise John Greenfield ('invaluable'), Elaine Gray ('indefatigable and indestructible'), Karen Le Cras ('very clever and approachable') and Tim Corfield ('extremely strategic'; 'incredibly thorough'). The client base includes a healthy roster of banks and financial services providers, public bodies, trust companies and UK law firms, with further mandates including fraud, asset tracing, employment, data protection, professional negligence and contentious regulatory matters.

Testimonials

The firm works seamlessly to provide a faultless service

Carey Olsen is the market leader, with a depth of quality and resources unmatched in the jurisdiction

An excellent law firm

The first port of call for serious commercial litigation in Guernsey

Carey Olsen has a really hardworking and supportive team

Mark Dunster is totally frank and always available to the client

David Jones stands out as having both the ability to deliver in court with great technical ability and the practical application of the restructuring process

Karen Le Cras is approachable, very clever, and gets the job done

‘Whatever you throw at Elaine Gray, she will deal with in consummate professional style

John Greenfield has an encyclopedic knowledge of Guernsey law, having appeared in most of the main cases for the past 30 years

Tim Corfield is also an excellent team leader and a delight to work with

Key clients

Grant Thornton

Highland Capital Management

Joannou & Paraskevaides Overseas (JPO)

KRys Global

NYX Gaming Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Royal Bank of Canada

SG Kleinwort

St Anne’s Trustees

Stanley Gibbons

Stobart Group

Employment Tier 1

Following a number of new hires and successful tender bids, Carey Olsen’s employment practice has seen a significant expansion of its client base of local and international businesses, financial services institutions and trust companies. A particularly strong contentious offering receives regular instructions for constructive and unfair dismissal claims, breach of trust claims, executive exits and contractual disputes. Non-contentious work include advising on employee and director agreements, contract reviews, as well as assisting the corporate team on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Employment litigators Elaine Gray and Mark Dunster head the team, while highly-praised counsel Carly Parrott ('formidable negotiator') has a strong reputation for her work with financial services, professional services, commercial and retail clients.

Testimonials

Carey Olsen has a wealth of local knowledge and experience and expertise in employment related matters

Very approachable and very knowledgeable

A formidable negotiating team

Carly Parrott combines a superb knowledge of the law with a very pragmatic approach, which can be robust where necessary, but also recognises what is important to those involved

Carly Parrott provides careful and realistic advice

Carly Parrott is particularly approachable, helpful and thorough

Elaine Gray stands out for her expansive knowledge, friendliness and good advice

Elaine Gray is an excellent employment specialist

John Greenfield and Mark Dunster are very effective litigators for heavyweight commercial employment cases

Insurance Tier 1

Carey Olsen’s insurance team is particularly known for its reputation advising on insurance-related M&A deals, with the team handling the regulatory aspects of a number of significant transactions in this sector. Practice heads Christopher Anderson and Konrad Friedlaender have significant experience handling captive insurance structuring and multi-jurisdictional reinsurance transfers, deploying local regulatory expertise. The practice retains a large quantity of insurers on its client roster and regularly receives referrals from leading UK-based law firms.

Testimonials

Responsive, knowledgeable and responds quickly and efficiently

Key clients

Marsh Management Services Guernsey Limited

Sinarmas Land Limited

Prudential Assurance Ltd

Phoenix Life Insurance Ltd

AON

Old Mutual

Aviva Life & Pensions

AXA

Euroben Life & Pensions

Cigna Corp/Express Scripts

Investment funds Tier 1

Carey Olsen handles a mix of funds work, clearly leading some statistical measures of funds advice. The firm handles private funds work instructed via elite London firms for some of the global elite private equity fund sponsors, with Tom Carey, Annette Alexander, David Crosland, Andrew Boyce and Ben Morgan leading key work in this area; a number of those also have expertise in handling listed funds work. Chris Hutley-Hurst is a well-respected senior associate, as is Gemma Campbell, who co-operates with Alexander and Morgan on work for elite private equity houses.

Testimonials

The Carey Olsen team is truly first-class: it is has very broad and deep experience and a real focus on combining technical excellence with commercial acumen.’

What differentiates the firm is the team’s solutions-oriented approach: they never present issues without suggestions on how to resolve them.’

The relationship and respect Carey Olsen has with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission is exceptional, and of great assistance when up against a tight time frame.’

David Crosland is very focused on delivering pathways to the result the client wants.’

Annette Alexander manages her relationships with a true ownership mindset – working with her and her team is a real partnership.’

Chris Hutley-Hurst is a very capable senior associate who is also a really nice guy.’

Key clients

Permira

Marble Point Loan Financing

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

CEIBA Investments

Alchemy Partners

ADM Capital

Macquarie Group

Blue Water Energy

Alchemy Partners

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Carey Olsen has a market-leading presence in the private trust and family office sectors, regularly handing multimillion and multibillion-dollar restructuring and establishment exercises for a lengthy client list of high-net-worth individuals and their advisers, as well as receiving referrals from leading London law firms. The team which includes practice head Russell ClarkKonrad Friedlaender and Natasha Kapp, is also well-equipped to handle trust company M&A, as well as semi-contentious trust rectification mandates and trust litigation. Counsel Patricia Montgomery often advises fiduciaries on regulatory obligations, estate administration and inheritance laws, while Laila Arstall is recommended for her knowledge of tax issues relating to the structuring of offshore pension arrangements.

Testimonials

Carey Olsen has a large pool of talent to call upon with an excellent complimentary skill set

Impressive depth and breadth of knowledge across different subjects and jurisdictions

Responsive and professional, with strong leadership and attention to detail

An exceptional firm that has always been able to deliver what is needed in a constructive, timely and professional manner

An extremely pleasant practice to deal with, with a high degree of knowledge and experience

Delivers a commercially focused, high-value service

Natasha Kapp has an impressive depth of knowledge

Russell Clark is authoritative and influential

The team is incredibly responsive with well thought out and logically presented advice

Key clients

Butterfield Trust

Northern Trust

Intertrust

RBC

With a heritage that dates back to 1898, Carey Olsen is one of the most established and distinguished offshore law firms. It delivers exceptional services to its clients from the key offshore financial centres of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. It also has an established presence in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. It is consistently the firm of choice for clients and their advisers who are looking for the highest levels of service.

The firm: The firm offers a partner-led approach. It employs 450 people and its 50-plus partners head up a total complement of 235 lawyers. It provides legal services in relation to all areas of corporate and finance law, investment funds, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution and property law.

The firm works with an extensive range of clients, including many of the world’s leading banks, insurance companies, investment funds, private equity houses, real estate firms, sovereign wealth funds, publicly listed companies, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and governments. The firm is often instructed by or works alongside leading legal and other professional advisers on complex international transactions and cases.

Carey Olsen is the largest law firm in Guernsey and in Jersey, with more Tier 1 practice area rankings than any other firm.

Types of work undertaken: The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services for all aspects of corporate/transactional, dispute resolution and private client work.

Its primary transactional legal services include: banking and finance; corporate and commercial; employment, pensions and incentives; commercial property; insolvency and restructuring; insurance; intellectual property; investment funds and private equity; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory and financial crime; and trusts and private wealth.

The firm’s dispute resolution and litigation group represents clients on the full spectrum of contentious, semi-contentious and advisory work in both a domestic and international context. Together with commercial litigation services, its practice offers focused advice on banking and finance, corporate disputes, contentious trusts, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory and financial crime.

The firm’s private clients rely upon it for services that include estate planning, residential property, wills and inheritance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Annette Alexander
Listing services Annette Alexander
Investment funds Annette Alexander
Corporate Christopher Anderson
Insurance Christopher Anderson
Investment funds Christopher Anderson
Banking and finance Andrew Boyce
Investment funds Andrew Boyce
Corporate Andrew Boyce
Investment funds Tom Carey
Regulatory Tom Carey
Banking and finance Tom Carey
Corporate Tom Carey
Regulatory Russell Clark
Trusts and private wealth Russell Clark
Regulatory Tim Corfield
Dispute resolution and litigation Tim Corfield
Listing services David Crosland
Investment funds David Crosland
Corporate David Crosland
Regulatory Mark Dunster
Dispute resolution and litigation Mark Dunster
Pensions Konrad Friedlaender
Trusts and private wealth Konrad Friedlaender
Employment, pensions and incentives Elaine Gray
Regulatory Elaine Gray
Dispute resolution and litigation Elaine Gray
Dispute resolution and litigation John Greenfield
Restructuring and insolvency David Jones
Dispute resolution and litigation David Jones
Trusts and private wealth Natasha Kapp
Corporate Tony Lane
Listing services Tony Lane
Regulatory Karen Le Cras
Dispute resolution and litigation Karen Le Cras
Property law Davey Le Marquand
Property law Jason Morgan
Banking and finance Ben Morgan
Investment funds Ben Morgan
Regulatory Ben Morgan
Corporate Ben Morgan
Employment, pensions and incentives Natasha Newell
Photo Name Position Profile
 Annette Alexander  photo Annette Alexander
 Christopher Anderson  photo Christopher Anderson
 Laila Arstall  photo Laila Arstall
 Andrew Boyce  photo Andrew Boyce
 Gemma Campbell  photo Gemma Campbell
 Tom Carey  photo Tom Carey
 Russell Clark  photo Russell Clark
 Tim Corfield  photo Tim Corfield
 David Crosland  photo David Crosland
 Mark Dunster  photo Mark Dunster
 Simon Florance  photo Simon Florance
 Konrad Friedlaender  photo Konrad Friedlaender
 Elaine Gray  photo Elaine Gray
 John Greenfield  photo John Greenfield
 Graham Hall  photo Graham Hall
 Chris Hutley-Hurst  photo Chris Hutley-Hurst
 David Jones  photo David Jones
 Natasha Kapp  photo Natasha Kapp
 Tony Lane  photo Tony Lane
 Karen Le Cras  photo Karen Le Cras
 Davey Le Marquand  photo Davey Le Marquand
 John Le Tissier  photo John Le Tissier
 Patricia Montgomery  photo Patricia Montgomery
 Jason Morgan  photo Jason Morgan
 Ben Morgan  photo Ben Morgan
 Andrew Munro  photo Andrew Munro
 Natasha Newell  photo Natasha Newell
 John Scanlan  photo John Scanlan
Number of Guernsey partners : 18
Number of Guernsey fee-earners : 70