Guy Coltman > Carey Olsen > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile
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Banking and Finance; Corporate; Investment Funds
Guy has worked on a number of high-profile transactions during his career in respect of UK and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. He has a particular focus at Carey Olsen on corporate finance (particularly AIM and main-market listings of Jersey companies), mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, structured investments, joint-venture vehicles and general corporate advice. He has acted on a number of financing transactions involving Jersey property unit trusts and general banking work. In terms of mergers and acquisitions, his work includes advising Capita Fiduciary Group Ltd on its purchase of AIB’s Jersey business on a full cash, debt free basis; advising Terra Firma on its acquisition of leading independent health and social care provider in the UK, Four Seasons Health Care; and advising Europe’s largest bicycle manufacturer Accell Group NV on the Jersey legal aspects of its US$100m acquisition of Raleigh Cycle Ltd. He was the only Jersey lawyer to be recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Mergers and Acquisitions 2014. He has also recently acted for a number of high profile Jersey acquisitions by way of schemes of arrangement, including advising CPA Global Group on its acquisition by Cinven in a deal valued in the region of £950m and Colfax UK Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of Charter International plc in a deal that is believed to be the largest transaction of its kind in Jersey with an estimated value of $2.426bn in cash and stock (approx £1.528bn). IPO work has included the first listing of PRC assets held by a Jersey company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (West China Cement). Guy also regularly acts for Nordic Capital in respect of acquisitions, financing and fund structuring. Guy also recently completed the complex acquisition by way of scheme of arrangement in Jersey to date when he acted for FRM Holdings on its acquisitions by MAN Group. Guy wrote a feature article for PLC Magazine’s January/February 2013 issue (being the first offshore lawyer to do so) on the CPA Global Group and FRM Holdings deals in which he was involved in “Question of Class in Merger and Acquisition deals. Case studies of the CPA and FRM deals”.
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales whilst at Ashurst. Formerly worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP and latterly with another law firm in Jersey. Joined Carey Olsen 2006; Partner 2009.
McGill University, Montreal; Cambridge University.
Lawyer Rankings(Hall of Fame)
Carey Olsen handles a diverse range of top-level corporate work across sectors, including M&A deals, private equity transactions and JPUT deals concerning international real estate, as well as restructuring and complex and sensitive corporate governance matters. Practice head Guy Coltman is active in a range of mandates, including deals in the corporate services space and work in trading sectors including gaming. Alex Ohlsson‘s workload includes share deals and corporate work around elite London real estate, and James Willmott‘s work ranges from complex restructurings through to private equity deals. David Allen is a key counsel in the team, with David Taylor a July 2020 election to the partnership.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Commercial property
- Corporate and commercial
- Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution
- Investment funds
- Private client, trusts and tax
- Dispute resolution > Regulatory and white-collar crime