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Carey Olsen

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Carly Parrott
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
 John Scanlan  photo John Scanlan
Number of Guernsey partners : 18
Number of Guernsey fee-earners : 70