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Babbé LLP

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Babbé LLP fields a team with a track record of acting on a significant number of the bailiwick’s leading cases. The team has a particularly strong financial litigation offering, with lawyers including Todd McGuffin, Nicholas Robison and Ian Swan representing multinational financial institutions and trust companies in corporate insolvency, contentious trust and regulatory disputes. The practice also leads on complex commercial litigation matters including highly-publicised civil fraud cases, with Anna Guggenheim QC being a go-to name in this field. Law firms from London and further abroad often refer to the practice for multi-jurisdictional cases.

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

Babbé LLP has developed a strong presence in the field of family office structuring, advising a substantial list of international families with the development and governance of bespoke wealth structures, with senior associate Elena Gogh an emerging name in this field. The team is regularly instructed to handle the establishment, migration and operation of private trusts and foundations, while Nicholas Donnithorne is a sought-after expert in the field of pension, employee benefit and commercial trust structures.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Babbé LLP's corporate practice handles a mixture of corporate work, both on and off-island. The firm is selected by some Jersey firms for inter-island referrals. Stuart Tyler heads the practice.

Babbé  LLP is a leading Guernsey law firm with a well-established international reputation for the provision of high-quality legal services in the offshore finance sector. Its core aim is to provide an integrated and seamless service to clients with whom the firm has formed genuine partnerships built over a century of practice.

The firm: In a demanding and challenging business environment, clients value the firm’s dynamic ethos and its focus on directness and efficiency, combined with a strong tradition of personal service. Babbé  LLP fields a team of exceptionally experienced lawyers offering a range of specialist expertise. The firm has an international client base as well as acting for many leading local institutions. The primary focus of the firm is on understanding and meeting the commercial objectives of individual clients.

Types of work undertaken: Dispute Resolution: Providing forceful and effective advocacy, the team works across the full range of commercial activity, but with a particular focus on finance-related matters. Babbé is widely acknowledged for its depth and expertise in areas including contentious trust litigation, investment fund litigation, commercial fraud, insolvency, and professional indemnity. It has represented clients in the largest and most complex cases to have taken place in Guernsey and has one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the jurisdiction focussed on cross broader international work.

Financial Services Regulation: In an ever-more regulated world the firm helps clients ensure that they meet their obligations, whether those relate to AML/CFT, international sanctions, data protection, or any other growing areas in which compliance is a factor.   Regulation law is often complex and multifaceted and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe. Our experts assist clients to successfully navigate pitfalls and, should they need it, advocates on their behalf to the relevant regulatory authorities.

Insolvency & Restructuring: The firm’s experienced team is regularly instructed to provide commercial and time-critical advice to directors, shareholders, lenders, investors, private equity sponsors, insurers and insolvency practitioners in a wide range of corporate distress situations. Our expertise covers directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities to debt and security restructuring, distressed financing, and disposal of assets by insolvent companies.

Babbé advised on the first ever Scheme of Arrangement under Guernsey law. The firm’s experience, combined with its top-flight advocacy capability, has resulted in frequent instructions to advise and appear on behalf of various stakeholders in the largest and most complex corporate insolvencies that have come before the court of Guernsey.

Trusts & Pensions: Babbé advises on the full range of private and commercial trusts, pensions and foundations. Working closely with the corporate team, the firm provides a fully integrated service, meeting the needs of those in the fiduciary sector, whatever the legal issues they face.

Babbé’s leading pensions practice is predominantly international, drawing on the specialist experience of the firm’s highly-qualified pensions lawyers.

Banking & Finance: The firm’s reputable banking and finance practice works closely with clients to find the appropriate financing structure to meet commercial needs. Babbé’s cross-sector expertise enables it to deliver clear and practical advice on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, from simple commercial loans to larger complex structured deals.
The firm acts for investment banks, insurers, fund managers and corporates, whether lenders, borrowers, or advisors, on the full range of banking and financial services including securitisations, capital markets, structured products, alternative debt financing, large lending transactions, Islamic financing and on any related regulatory aspects.

Corporate: Babbé’s corporate team is led by senior lawyers with many years of specialist practice in the UK and internationally. The team draws on its expertise to provide sophisticated commercial solutions for their clients. The firm advises international and domestic companies, directors, shareholders and other stakeholders on the full range of corporate activity. Babbé provides versatility and a fresh approach to problem solving, ensuring the clients’ objectives are met and a successful outcome.

Investment Funds: The firm’s fast-growing funds practice is built on adding value. Babbé helps clients find the right structure and the right level of regulation to enable them to bring in investors and deploy funds efficiently. The firm values simplicity, but can also provide flexible solutions to help clients focus on what matters to them.  The team has advised on the establishment of Guernsey-domiciled private equity, hedge, real estate, debt, commodities, litigation and listed equity funds. Its clients range from some of the world’s largest financial institutions to start-up fund managers.

Employment: Babbé provides specialist employment advice, on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. We provide practical advice on all types of employment challenges or opportunities, including foundational policies, disciplinary and grievance issues, restructuring and assisting clients to manage their workforce effectively. Our employment practice is supported by a strong dispute resolution practice who work alongside our trust, corporate and regulatory practices to support employment issues arising from regulatory investigations, trust company mergers and corporate activity.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Andrew Laws
Banking litigation Ian Swan
Commercial litigation Ian Swan
Dispute resolution Ian Swan
Dispute resolution Anna Guggenheim QC
Insolvency Andrew Laws
Listings (CISX, AIM) Keith Bell
Trusts and pensions Nicholas Donnithorne
Trusts Andrew Laws
Trusts - contentious Todd McGuffin
Trusts - contentious Nick Robison
Trusts – contentious Ian Swan
Dispute Resolution Todd McGuffin
Dispute Resolution Nick Robison
Insolvency & Restructuring Todd McGuffin
Corporate Chris Dye
Banking & Finance Chris Dye
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Donnithorne  photo Nicholas Donnithorne
 Christopher Dye  photo Christopher Dye
 Anna Guggenheim QC photo Anna Guggenheim QC
 Simon Howitt  photo Simon Howitt
Advocate Andrew Laws  photo Advocate Andrew Laws
Advocate Todd McGuffin  photo Advocate Todd McGuffin
Advocate Michael Riddiford  photo Advocate Michael Riddiford
Advocate Nicholas Robison  photo Advocate Nicholas Robison
Advocate Ian Swan  photo Advocate Ian Swan
Number of partners : 9
Number of other fee-earners : 25

Babbé LLP is Guernsey law firm committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace.

We understand that inclusion plays an important role in our success. Our work environment provides an equal opportunity for our valued team members to succeed without obstacles based on their differences. Inclusion recognises, understands and appreciates differences, and adopting a mutually adaptive approach that does not insist or assumes that everyone acts, or thinks the same. Our continuing goal is to create an environment where people of different backgrounds can contribute at their highest level and where their differences can make a positive impact on the culture of the firm and the well-being of our team.

We recognise that a diverse team makes us stronger and more effective. As we grow, we actively seek to have the most talented employees from an array backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences to support our business. Our team is comprised of individuals from over 12 countries, ranging from the ages 20 to 70 with over 60 per cent team members identifying as female.

At Babbé we believe talent is not in any way limited by disability, age, gender identity, race, religious belief or sexual orientation. We strive to build a balanced team from a multiplicity of backgrounds in order to attract the most exceptional individuals.