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Banking and finance Tier 1
Typically instructed on the bank side, Carey Olsen represents a large roster of bulge-bracket banks from the UK, US, Europe and beyond. Robin Smith's work includes billion-Euro fund financing transactions, as does that of Kate Andrews (who also handles real estate finance and distressed lending). Peter German also handles financing of UK real estate. Simon Marks focuses on financing elements of heavyweight local deals, while Christopher Griffin has cryptocurrency expertise.
Capital markets Tier 1
At Carey Olsen, Simon Marks and Kate Andrews - 'two of the best practitioners in Jersey' - handle high-yield and other debt capital markets transactions, as well as securitisation matters - some of which involve acting for heavyweight private equity houses. Guy Coltman handles the Jersey elements of London IPOs, while Christopher Griffin has blockchain expertise, including ICOs.
Commercial property Tier 1
Carey Olsen has an enviable track record in domestic real estate transactions, having acted on some of the island’s most significant recent mandates, with practice head Christopher Philpott a noted figure in the market. The team regularly negotiates commercial lease and sub-leases and head office relocations for a client list of investment companies, property developers, local companies and international financial institutions. Senior associate Will Whitehead is praised for his expertise with property transactions, as well as advising on construction and development projects. The practice also advises on property litigation such as planning appeals, dilapidation disputes and evictions.
Corporate and commercial Tier 1
Carey Olsen continues to handle top-of-market corporate work, covering M&A across a range of sectors, as well as restructurings, offshore real estate deals and redomiciliations. Practice head Guy Coltman's deal flow includes heavyweight M&A deals and restructurings, some of which touch on emerging markets, with Alex Ohlsson handling the Jersey elements of heavyweight London real estate deals. James Willmott has a track record of deals in the financial services and banking spaces.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Carey Olsen’s disputes offering is a market leader in the field, regularly acting in some of Jersey’s largest contentious insolvency cases for funds, international companies, boards of directors and creditors, as well as receiving instructions from elite London law firms. Jeremy Garrood and Marcus Pallot are stand-out names in this field while practice head John Kelleher is noted for his commercial disputes expertise and William Grace is sought-after by international financial institutions for financial services matters, including regulatory disputes. The firm has a solid offering for contentious trusts and is also well-placed to act on the growing field of shareholder disputes.
Employment Tier 1
Carey Olsen’s employment practice provides a full-service offering covering both contentious and non-contentious issues. Siobhan Riley and Huw Thomas are highly sought-after by businesses on island, including global banks, for advice on outsourcing arrangements, market entries and executive exits, as well as representation in tribunal cases such as constructive dismissal claims. Data protection in the employment context and pensions are further areas of expertise.
Investment funds Tier 1
Carey Olsen advises top-drawer asset managers on private listed and hedge funds, including the global zenith of the market, having advised the flagship for Jersey's private equity industry in the shape of the SoftBank Vision Fund. James Mulholland and Robert Milner, who have expertise in working with REITs and blind-pool private funds, head the team, with the 'technically astute' Daniel O’Connor also having relationships with key European managers investing in various asset classes. Christopher Griffin also has hedge and private equity fund expertise. Claire Le Quesne is a well-regarded counsel.
Carey Olsen has an extensive team of highly-regarded trust lawyers, who are routinely praised by an enviable client list of trustees, family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The firm’s offering covers the gamut of the area, with expertise in structuring and restructuring commercial and private trusts, foundations, family offices and not-for-profit organisations. Professionals such as Siobhan Riley, Stephen Fitzgerald, Keith Dixon and Alexa Saunders regularly advise on succession, pension and estate planning and the associated regulatory and compliance matters. Semi-contentious issues such as Royal Court applications for transaction set-asides and regulatory investigations are routinely handled by Andreas Kistler, with counsel Victoria Connolly a rising star in this field. Paul Matthams has retired from private practice and is now at wealth manager Stonehage Fleming.
Regulatory and White-collar Tier 1
Carey Olsen has a dedicated regulatory and white collar disputes team as part of its full-service offering to an extensive list of international corporate clients. William Grace is a leading figure in the field and is often sought-after by regulated businesses to advise on money laundering, proceeds of crime and sanctions matters, as well as regulatory investigations, including ones concerning alleged insider trading. The team has expertise in mutual legal assistance and regulatory appeals. Marcus Pallot has experience of gambling regulation, among other matters.
Family Tier 2
As one of the few global firms in Jersey to have an established family law practice, Carey Olsen is well-placed to act on the family law issues contained within wider trust matters for the firm’s broader client pool of HNWIs, international private clients and high-profile individuals in the domestic finance industry. Common mandates include advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, acting on high-value divorce proceedings and spousal maintenance disputes and handling relationship breakdowns of beneficiaries and the subsequent financial issues. Senior associate Lauren Glynn recently joined the team as the team’s dedicated family law specialist.
Carey Olsen > Firm Profile
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 advisors 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.
|Listing services||Kate Andrews|
|Banking and finance||Kate Andrews|
|Banking and finance||Guy Coltman|
|Investment funds||Guy Coltman|
|Trusts and private wealth||Keith Dixon|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Jeremy Garrood|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||Jeremy Garrood|
|Banking and finance||Peter German|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||William Grace|
|Investment funds||Christopher Griffin|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||John Kelleher|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||Andreas Kistler|
|Trusts and private wealth||Andreas Kistler|
|Listing services||Simon Marks|
|Banking and finance||Simon Marks|
|Banking and finance||Robert Milner|
|Investment funds||Robert Milner|
|Listing services||James Mulholland|
|Investment funds||James Mulholland|
|Investment funds||Daniel O'Connor|
|Corporate and commercial||Alex Ohlsson|
|Property law||Alex Ohlsson|
|Banking and finance||Alex Ohlsson|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Marcus Pallot|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||Marcus Pallot|
|Trusts and private wealth||Siobhan Riley|
|Trusts and private wealth||Alexa Saunders|
|Banking and finance||Robin Smith|
|Banking and finance||James Willmott|
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